This Boot Is Work! - New Yorker

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  1. Cute article...

    This Boot Is Work

    by Amy Goldwasser April 14, 2008


    Boots tend not to be twenty-eight inches high. Twenty-eight-inch-high things are more like: your daughter who’s nearly two, an M.T.A. subway turnstile, the bathroom sink, or a suitable-for-show female Great Dane. The measurement is also the daunting height of the most common size—38—sold in Christian Louboutin’s suède pull-on Monica boot, which has a 120-mm. covered heel, no zipper, and extends past mid-thigh.
    In shoe departments across the city, the trying on of this boot (cost: $1,790) has inspired F.A.Q.s (“How do those work?”) and varied protocols. There are folders, pushers, rollers, and scrunchers. There are ladies who know that you need to show up at the store wearing something with leg access (“Tights are best—they give you a certain level of slip,” one saleswoman said) and ladies who ask to take the boots with them into the boutique rest room, or who are favored enough clients to get a pair sent home with them to squish into in private. If you’re wearing pants, forget it. “You want a little bit of scrunching,” Shawna Rose, Louboutin’s director of communications, advised recently.“I would just say, even distribution.”
    “I’m not going to lie to you,” Michael Nitis, the manager of the Louboutin boutique on Horatio Street, said one afternoon. “It’s going to take a good five minutes to put them on, and a lot of wiggling around.” Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barneys, observed, “Louboutin girls are very determined. You get the sense if they had an X-Acto knife and some margarine they’d do whatever they could to get that boot on.”
    Indeed, the Monica comes with some very public fears: of fat, of failure, of flashing. (At the uptown store, sales were slow until Season Dolan, a five-foot-two saleswoman, wore the boots in black on a busy Saturday in fall; they sold out within the week. Citywide, the first full-size run was gone by early November. By February, they were almost entirely gone.) Which is why anyone maneuvering into a pair wants to be on the north-facing side of Christian Louboutin’s Madison Avenue store. “There are no mirrors over here,” a saleswoman reassured a leg-splaying client one Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, a lovely but sturdy-enough woman in her twenties settled on the mirrored side and requested the Monica, black, size 41½.
    The saleswoman, Pavleta Alexieva, came out with a pair in red suède. They’re folders, and efficient ones, at the uptown store. (“I just make it into a knee-high boot and step in,” Dolan said.) Alexieva unfolded the boots, doubled over to fit into the standard Louboutin box, and presented them to the customer, who’d managed to hike her jeans up above her knees. She bent over to begin negotiating. The process came to a halt at the jean line.
    “I wish I’d worn a mini,” she said, looking at the exposed joint where rippled blue denim and rippled red suède, like a couple of vacuum-cleaner tubes, almost met. The saleswoman suggested that she come back in a dress.

    Christian Louboutin himself is a proponent of the rolling strategy. “I did see girls trying them on. I help these girls,” he recalled, on the telephone. “You have to reverse it so you see the lining, yes. It becomes like a short boot. Then you dive your foot in it and then after, you return the lining, put it back on your legs. It’s a boot but it’s a stocking, almost like a coat for your legs.”
    Downtown at Jeffrey, on a serious shopping afternoon, the return of a single black pair (36½) didn’t go unnoticed for more than two minutes.
    “The boot’s back!” a salesman exclaimed.
    A woman gestured to him. “Do you have?” was all she asked. She held both hands at high-thigh level, as if wading. The salesman, knowing her size, shook his head and sent her to the Louboutin shop on Horatio, a few blocks away.
    “Every girl looks at this boot and would love to wear it,” Michael Nitis said. “But not everyone wants to go through the hassle.” He added, “You don’t want to send these home with a woman who lives alone. This boot is work, and I am not going to let my client struggle on her own.” ♦
  2. That was a fun read. Thank you for sharing... :flowers:
  3. Thanks for posting this- I'm intrigued by this boot!! Does anyone have it?? Or even some pics/modeling pics!?!? it sounds amazing!
  4. I have trouble with my Bourges as it is and they have a zipper! Boots require teamwork. As long as I do not tuck jeans into them I can manage them solo. Once you have these babies on all the effort is worth it!
  5. LoL. Priceles...
    and this is soooo otrue!!

    "Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barneys, observed, “Louboutin girls are very determined. You get the sense if they had an X-Acto knife and some margarine they’d do whatever they could to get that boot on.”"
  6. Thanks so much for posting. I love this boot and think it looks fabulous on ladies like JLo...on me not so much. I recall being in the CL boutique a few months ago when a stunning tall blonde slipped these on over her jeans with no problem at all - I was pretty shocked. She looked amazing in them and she ended up walking out with 2 pairs. How I wish that I had skinny legs sometimes so that I could wear the Monica boots.
  7. It is! I read that and thought, Simon, you have no idea the level of determination we Louboutin girls have!

    Me too! I always wished I had long, skinny legs so that I can wear any length in boots. The bourges already go right to my knee, the Monica would probably go to my hips! I would look like those fishermen wearing them.
  8. I tried to try these on last December...I gave up my fight, knowing I would NEVER wear them!
  9. "Louboutin girls are very determined" :roflmfao:

    No s**t! How many times have you sat there with shoes that blatantly don't fit saying 'With insoles/footpetals/heelpads/stetching (delete as appropriate) they'll be fine'? :P
  10. They are some gorgeous boots! Thanks for the article, it was a fun read.

  11. That was fun! THank you! I feel that way about all my louboutins, actually! Not the easiest to wear, but they make me feel like a million bucks!
  12. "You get the sense if they had an X-Acto knife and some margarine they’d do whatever they could to get that boot on.” :roflmfao:
    I could never wear them, but all power to the girst who perservere!