Don't buy protectors & find a shoe shop. Both are provided here to ensure perfection. Check out a few examples of the craftsmanship and detail given to these incredible shoes. Mail service is also offered for people that do not live nearby.
With normal use, the beautiful red lacquer paint will begin to chip and wear off the soles under the ball of the foot, where the shoe touches the ground. The leather sole begins to show through, and it loses it's beautiful red color. The natural tan color of leather shows through and the sole begins the wearing out process.
A very thin 1mm piece of Vibram Red Rubber or the new Casali Mirror Protectors can be placed over the part of the sole that catches the wear.. This process preserves the original soles from wearing out any farther and requiring replacement at a later time. This also keeps the bottom of the shoes red in color and provides a non-slip surface to secure your step when walking.
Finding a cobbler to accomplish this goal without damaging these expensive shoes is not an easy task. Most shops already have the materials because of the suppliers they buy from, but not all of the shops know how to properly perform this service. Most of them will use the same old equipment and techniques used on the average shoes that come in their doors every day. Louboutin shoes are not average - not in price or in construction. The soles have been tapered from the back sides around the edges, making them very thin and easy to destroy when sanding. Buying the sole protectors online and taking your chances with the nearest shoe repair shop to install them can be very expensive and regretful. (see the very bottom of this page) Only use shops that advertise this service and show you detailed close ups of their work, especially the edges....
This is where most of the damage occurs
When searching other shoe repair sites (YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram) I have noticed that no one focuses on the edges. This is by far the hardest part of the installation process. Prepping the surface with the wrong type of sander, gouges the soles causing waves in the edges. Additionally trimming the protector down to match the shoe takes skill, along with specialized equipment to save the factory edge of the sole. Most shops will just trim that away and not be able to recreate it.
I have developed a unique and different process along with creating special equipment to aid me with sanding and trimming so that I can leave the edge of the sole still in tact - free from damage. The traditional shoe repair equipment used for decades by cobblers everywhere, will not. That equipment was designed to trim the edge away and create a new one, but we cannot create one that is even close to the factory edge. These shoes are way too delicate and expensive to trust an average shop.
Before tips and protectors
The edges should be smooth and the original sole should look the same with no dips, waves, or gouges. The sole protector should not be seen looking downward at the shoes. (notice the far left picture - lower shoe) After the purchase of your shoes, it is ok to walk around and enjoy them for a while. However, keep your eyes focused on the edges. If you see where you are wearing along the edges and not just the center, it is time to bring them in for protectors before further damage is done.
These two pairs were brought into my shop by a customer that used the nearest competition just a couple of blocks away. Notice the edges. The lady was almost in tears. The damage was irreversible. I did attempt to repair them to the best of my ability, but it was impossible to do the job correctly. What you are seeing is what the other shop did to her shoes. It is very hard and sometimes impossible to correct the bad craftsmanship and damage to the shoe by someone that does not know what they are doing. Unfortunately this is very common and sad to see such expensive shoes get ruined by average cobblers
Disclaimer: Upsidedown Shoe Repair and it's owner are in no way associated with or certified by Christian Louboutin. Vibram and Mirror protectors are made by other companies - not Louboutin. Upsidedown Shoe Repair simply installs these protectors professionally as a service to it's customers.