For whatever reason, shoe designer Christian Louboutin felt the need to dispel the fairly ridiculous notion, stemming from a previous quote, that he wants his ubiquitous red-soled shoes to be uncomfortable. While that may be the case for these fetish shoes, discomfort, believe it or not, isn't his goal when designing footwear.
"I have been misquoted," he told Vogue UK. "People say I am the king of painful shoes. I don't want to create painful shoes, but it is not my job to create something comfortable. I try to make high heels as comfortable as they can be, but my priority is design, beauty and sexiness. I'm not against them, but comfort is not my focus."
We're pretty sure the number of people buying Loubs because they're comfortable is zero, but we can understand his not wanting people to think that he's intentionally inflicting pain upon his customers. Though as one angry drunk person learned, they are definitely capable of inflicting pain.
Another thing that is not his focus: dressing Kate Middleton--or criticizing her for not being adventurous enough, as some other designers have done. "She has all the choice in the world," he said. "She's a very elegant young woman. I wouldn't give her any advice - she doesn't need it, let her choose for herself. She's a big girl now."
Unrelated, Louboutin also says his proudest moment of his long career was designing the shoes for the final couture show of Yves Saint Laurent--the company he's currently suing for trademark infringement. (YSL is obviously a different company now than it was then, but still, it's a little ironic.)