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Did You Know That Kate Moss Inspired Christian Louboutin’s Most Famous Heels?

Crocs, souped-up sneakers and ballet flats have dominated the shoe conversation for some time, but our obsession with stilettos has by no means disappeared. Case in point: over the last three months Net-a-Porter has reported a 175 per cent increase in searches for Christian Louboutin’s So Kate pump – which boasts a towering 120mm heel – serving a strong case for a stiletto girl summer.

Kate Moss wearing So Kate heels at The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, 2013. Fred Duval

Countless designers and brands have offered their own take on the classic heeled pump, but Christian Louboutin decided to turn to a certain supermodel for inspiration. “Kate has a sharp style – simple and very complex at the same time,” he tells Vogue of the famed Kate shoes he introduced in 2012, named after his muse and friend, Kate Moss.

“It sounded so much like Kate, simple yet very sophisticated,” he continues. “I felt this pump just had to be named after her, because it was soooooo Kate [sic].” Recognizable for its razor-sharp heel, “plunging décolleté”, “toe cleavage”, and of course, its signature, red lacquered sole, the Kate was, according to Mr Louboutin, “born to turn heads”.

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And turn heads it has: Moss has been an avid champion of the shoe since its inception, and has endorsed several of the 700 variations now available, including the original shoe’s “super-stiletto sister”, the aforementioned So Kate. Given its famous muse, it comes as no surprise that the Kate is a bestseller, having sold over 300,000 pairs in the past five years.

The Kate has recently been a quiet hero of some memorable red-carpet looks, too, having been worn by Zendaya for the Dune and Challengers press tours, styled by Law Roach – the actor has sported a tippex-white pair of So Kates on repeat – and by Taylor Russell, who wore patent So Kates with a head-turning, custom Alexander McQueen gown at the Academy Museum gala in 2022. Beyoncé also wore the same pair with a custom lace Tom Ford gown in her December 2020 British Vogue cover shoot.

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While the data suggests that flats still reign supreme in the mass market – Miu Miu’s sporty collaboration with New Balance bagged top spot on Lyst’s “hottest product” index for the first quarter, closely followed by Alaïa’s embellished Mary Janes – the appetite for high-heels will surely never fade. Long live stilettos!

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