Christina House / For The Times
Fashion insiders agree this is a golden age of shoe design. Leading the pack is the famous troika of Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo. Louboutin opened his first store in Paris in 1991 and raised the caliber of shoe design by raising platforms and hiding them, allowing styles to appear much more treacherous than they are. He recently opened a store on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Pictured: High-end shoe designer Christian Louboutin with a shoe from The Marie Antoinette Collection during its U.S. debut in February at the Christian Louboutin store at South Coast Plaza.