Louboutin Ranked No. 1 Luxe Brand in Survey

NEW YORK — The 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index survey is out, and affluent female consumers have spoken: Christian Louboutin is the ticket.

Louboutin’s famed red soles were rated as the No. 1 luxury shoe brand in a survey conducted online polling 818 female consumers with an average income of $348,000. Manolo Blahnik was ranked second, Hermes came in third place, with Tory Burch, Gucci and Stuart Weitzman also making the list.

“The women’s luxury footwear is crowded, and it is very difficult to differentiate a brand,” said Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute, in a statement released Tuesday. “Louboutin and a few others have managed to break through the sameness with unique styling and signature features that wealthy women are willing to pay a premium for and to recommend. Our impartial surveys provide a detailed map of wealthy consumer perceptions of this critical fashion category with details as to why consumers are, or are not, willing to recommend each and every brand.”

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