It’s 2018 and the fact that Martha Stewart colors over the soles of her Christian Louboutin heels still makes our heads spin.
Throughout the mid-to-late 2000s, Stewart, a businesswoman and television star, repeatedly told interviewers and fans that she uses black permanent marker to recolor the luxe shoes’ red bottoms. While graffiti shoes might be the newest big trend, her approach is a whole new angle.
In 2008, she shared a post on her blog (that she still uses) and titled it: “Come see hats, hats, and more great hats!! Please comment and let me know your favorite.” In that post, she included an image of her assistant, Karena, holding a Louboutin pump with a big marker in her hand.
She captioned the image: “Karena, my wardrobe mistress, painting the soles of my Louboutins black – I am not a fan of the signature red soles and always change the red to black — this is easy if you use a broad Sharpie.”
You read that right. She doesn’t like the signature colored soles, so she uses a Sharpie to retint them. But don’t worry, because according to a 2012 interview with InStyle, she has Mr. Louboutin’s permission.
“I don’t like them red, even though they’re his trademark,” Stewart explained. “But he doesn’t mind. He said it’s okay if I do that — I asked him!”
According to Forbes, in 2006, Stewart’s net worth was $970 million. With a profitability that high, the exclusivity of the Louboutin loses its importance and becomes a personal choice, not a display of affluence. For the star of “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” she chooses not to give in to the pressures of fashion expectations for the rich and famous.
In a Q&A she did on Reddit back in 2014, a fan asked Stewart about her decision to paint over the soles to which she responded: “It is true. One of my rules is not to be a slave to fashion.”