My Very Unexpected Purchase

Pigalle 100 in Turquoise Patent Leather


I’ve been on a hunt for Pigalle 120 in black patent leather for what seems like a decade now. Other shoes always got in the way and given that it’s CL’s most classic design, I always pushed it back. However, this time must be the closest that I’ve gotten to the same Pigalle design! It was an unexpected purchase because it was too good of a deal to pass up. Matches Fashion offered me a special discount of 20% off and free shipping from London which made a total of almost 30% in savings. So I succumbed to the price…

^Reference: Mexx silk dress with jewel embellishments

The Pigalle 100 style is horrendously painful… As soon as I put them on, pain shoots up my legs. I ended up going out for Dim Sum in them to force breaking them in and just walking 2 blocks away killed my feet. Unlike other shoes, the toebox is so small that it crushes your toes cutting off all circulation and I swear if you wear these shoes for an entire day, you’ll end up getting ischemic toes and gangrene lol. Please don’t wear them if you have diabetes…

Well this is not a very attractive image of my feet, but they’re very swollen and red just after 2 hours coming home from dim sum!!!


Color comparison to my Very Privé in Patent Azur:

The colors are quite similar but the Azur is a bit more darker and the Turquoise is much more fluorescent bright.


Comparison to Manolo Blahnik’s BB 105:

Recently Manolo’s BB has been very popular and there were several people wanting to compare this style to Louboutin’s Pigalle 100. I personally think they’re two completely different styles.

N.B. Please note that the Pigalle here is like 1/4 size too small, but the BBs are 1/4 size too big on me lol… So overall I would say that the BB here is relatively half size bigger than the Pigalle if that makes sense…

1. Heel height – BB is 5mm higher at 105mm

2. Type of heel – BB is MUCH thinner, maybe 1/3 of Pigalle’s and is slightly curved.

Shoes below lined against flat surface perpendicular to table, so that they’re aligned from the heel, showing accurate length comparison.

3. Toebox – BB is slightly longer and wider.

Like I said, the relative size difference is about half a size. So the BB’s length is probably only about 4-5 mm longer than the Pigalle, rather than what the pic shows at about 10 mm


4. Level of comfort is probably what ultimately differentiates the two styles.

BB is like 100000000 times more comfortable cuz they’re about 5mm longer and 5 mm wider than the Pigalle. Plus, Manolo’s patent leather (suede and fabric too!) is MUCHHHHHH softer than CL’s patent leather which is rock hard, which I guess makes it more difficult to break in… I have 4 pairs and wear them to work, dinner, shopping, just about anything! I can’t imagine wearing the Pigalle anywhere other than sitting on my couch! These new Pigalles will definitely be my home shoes for doing chores… lol

5 thoughts on “My Very Unexpected Purchase

  1. oh dear…i’m one of those who inquired about comparability of the cls vs the bbs….and I’m thinking that I’ll most likely stay far far away from them now!! just ordered my second pair of bbs instead!

  2. congrats!!! Once you try on the BBs, you’ll never turn back! Would love to see your second pair soon! 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for this post! I feel bad for your feel after wearing the CLs! I’ve been wondering about the comfort of CLs as I’m planning to buy pumps and now I know to go with my original choice–the MB BB!

  4. No problem Alexis! I’m glad I was able to help you out for deciding on your next shoe purchase! The BBs are amazing and will never go out of style. You won’t regret getting them! Take care and thank you for visiting 🙂

  5. I own several pairs of CL and three of them are Pigalle style (120mm though) – what I’ve learned with them is that to make them wearable you have to size up. And it’s like that with pretty much every Louboutin style. His shoes tend to run very narrow and thus your toes do crowd. But if you get a larger size it becomes very very wearable. I personally would never exchange my Loubs for any Manolos ever. They are just so much more feminine and exquisite. IMO.

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