When is a shoe not a shoe? When it’s a bag, of course.
For spring 2017, French shoemaker Christian Louboutin has created a minaudière clutch based on two of his signature So Kate stiletto styles. The surrealist offering, which is named ShoePeaks after David Lynch’s cult Nineties TV series, “Twin Peaks,” was inspired by Louboutin’s collaboration with the film director in 2007.
Part sculpture, part bag, ShoePeaks is available in two finishes — a lacquered black and a polished gold — and also features two of those iconic red soles along the curvature of two of its outside edges. The piece’s high-shine surface creates distorted reflections, heightening the surrealist effect, but it also makes for a great alternative mirror for applying one’s Christian Louboutin lipstick.
The carved wooden prototype was conceived in the designer’s Paris atelier using the last of the So Kate shoe. It was then rendered into a hand-sculpted mold at the Louboutin factory in Italy, using aluminum for the metal’s lightness but also for its strength. Just like a shoe, the bag’s interior is of nude-colored lambskin.
After the finish is applied, red soles embossed with the Louboutin logo provide the final touch. The bag, priced at $3,500, comes with a detachable strap so it can also be worn across the body.