Yeah, I know. I neglected to mention that I’m finally a proud owner of Christian Louboutins! The Prorata 90 mm pumps were purchased from a Christian Louboutin boutique in Hong Kong at the oh-so-hard-to-find size 34 (the similar-looking New Simple Pump starts at 35). Yes, size 34. Not 34.5 or size 35. I don’t think I’ve ever been this…”small.” I knew that Louboutins are usually vanity sized based on the numerous 35s I’ve tried in Canada (feet always slip out), but I assumed that I’d be a 34.5. In fact, I didn’t even think the shoes came in 34, not even in Hong Kong. That’s why I disagree with bloggers who say that Louboutins run small, that they tend to be half a size LARGER.
- Dress: RW&Co. LBD, XS (purchased August 2011, originally seen here)
- Shoes: Christian Louboutin Prorata 90 mm, size 34
After I got back home, I decided to compare the Louboutins to other shoes that I own. One of my shoes with a comparable heel height and shape are a pair of Cole Haan Talia pumps I bought back in August or September. Those shoes are a size 5. And yes, they’re about the same length as my new shoes, though the Cole Haans are a little bit wider in the toe area. The animal print shoes from Banana Republic’s Mad Men collection may be just slightly smaller (at size 5, none the less).
- The Louboutins up close!!
What’s interesting is that I never meant to buy patent. I wanted simple leather and my original pick were the Simple Pumps 85 mm. However, the shininess of the Proratas and the fact that the black doesn’t exactly look black in certain light (I’m supposed to be on a black clothing/shoes/bags shopping ban) definitely caught my attention.
L-R: Christian Louboutin (size 34), Cole Haan (size 5B), Banana Republic Mad Men Collection (size 5). All are similar in length, the Louboutins are a size 34, not 35
- Cole Haan Air Talia (left, at size 5B) vs. Christian Louboutin Prorata 90 mm (right, size 34). See how they’re similar in size?
- Banana Republic Mad Men shoes (size 5) vs. Christian Louboutin
So far, I’ve only worn the shoes once (to Christmas dinner) other than for this shoot. I plan to wear them out again for my family’s annual Chinese New Year dinner and to dinner with my husband on Valentine’s Day.