Christian Louboutin FW09 Circus 120 Booties in Black Suede Leather
Originally inspired by Britney Spears’ Circus Tour, the designer made a fabulous array of shoes in three styles: Moira pumps, Circus bootie, and OTK Circus boots, available in black suede, and patent red or black leather.
The shoes were featured in numerous magazines and worn by several celebrities including Leighton Meester, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Ciara, Charlize Theron, Megan Fox…etc. The booties were also featured in Roland Mouret’s FW09 RTW collection on the runway.
I loved the shoes two years ago and still haven’t forgotten about them. So when I saw them on Ebay for a steal in near perfect condition, I jumped at them! I normally prefer my items brand new, but this was just too good of a deal to miss considering that the shoes retailed for 1295$US. They may not seem all that stunning at first, but the petalling, gold piping craftsmanship and wow-factor once you wear them are just incredible! They’re definitely show-stoppers on the streets!
Christian Louboutin FW11 Maggie 140 in Leopard Ponyhair, Black Kid Leather, and Gold-Tone Tip
This is a bit of a long story but I was originally waiting for the Maggie 160, but given that I find CL’s 150s difficult to walk in, I cancelled my pre-order and wait-listed for the lower heel height of 140 instead. Nonetheless, my decision was made too late in the game…
I figured I’ll probably never get the Maggie 140, and diverted my attention toward my new favorite shoe brand – Charlotte Olympia who makes absolutely the MOST comfortable shoes in 150 mm. I swear I can stand, jump, run, or dance in her shoes all day! Thus I pre-ordered her Leopard Polly.
Then last week, I miraculously saw the Maggie 140 online and it was available in my size! Initially I was hesitant to pay the 30% markup from duties, customs, taxes, and shipping fees. I was going to travel to the States anyhow, so I figured I’ll try my luck then. Nonetheless, everything was sold out or not available for what I wanted. I came home and finally without any hesitation, made my online purchase STAT haha!
This will be my last pair of CLs for a while now. The only reason why I got them is because I couldn’t let go of the fact that these were the original heels that I wanted and I have a soft spot for Louboutins. These days, I’d rather buy first and not have to worry about regretting later on.
However having said all this, which pair of shoes do I like more? I’m actually DELIRIOUSLY in LOVE with Charlotte Olympia’s Polly, NOT CL’s Maggie!!! Honestly, I think CO’s worksmanship is superior, the ponyhair is softer and evenly distributed, and the comfort level is unbelievably amazing. Another bonus point is that CO’s shoes are very light-weight. On the other hand, CL’s shoes are getting more and more heavy these days… They used to be very light which has always been a sign of quality shoes imo, but these Maggies are kind of clunky tbh… The gold tip doesn’t cover the ponyhair well on top, there are tufts of sparse hair that pop up in random directions from the holes in the tip, which is not very well finished. I’m contemplating on whether or not to cut these random hair pieces cuz they’re really bothering me…
Charlotte Olympia FW11 Polly in Leopard Ponyhair and Patent Red Calf Leather
I actually bought this pair of shoes in replacement for CL’s Leopard Maggie 140, which I thought I would not be able to get since I was added late onto the wait-list. However, after purchasing the Polly, I was able to miraculously snatch up the last pair of CL Maggie in my size in the States. So which do I like more? CO or CL? It’s a no brainer for me, my heart pours out to CO’s Polly!!! I’m absolutely head over heels for them! The ponyhair is beautiful, so soft, and well groomed. The red adds a touch of pizzaz. Not only is it gorgeous, it’s also incredibly comfortable and light-weight, like its sister Dolly. The style is a reissue from last year from CO’s FW10 collection, but the difference this year is that the red is now patent instead of kid leather. I personally prefer patent since it’s easier to maintain and more scratch resistant. Anyhow, this pair of shoes is perfect and really speaks my style. I’m in LOVE LOVE LOVE with them!!!