Remember the blog post where we discussed how to PROTECT your Christian Louboutin shoes? But what if you have some of the coveted red bottom sole shoes and red needs to be RESTORED? My assistant Victoria wrote today’s post and demonstrates how you can completely restore your shoes in 3 easy steps.
She did an amazing job restoring my Christian Louboutin red soles and I think you will agree that this is one of those posts you will want to save and earmark. Be sure to SHARE this blog post with anyone needing to restore their coveted Christian Louboutin shoes.
xoxo – Tanya
3 Simple Steps to Repairing the Signature Christian Louboutin Red Soles
Christian Louboutin’s are amongst some of the most high-end footwear, especially the shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become the brand’s signature. The shoes deigned by Christian Louboutin can be viewed as a piece of art, but unfortunately after a few wears naturally the shoes will begin to scuff and lose its beautiful red color. However, there is a simple and time effective solution to salvage these beauties….it takes 3 simple steps and a few products and tools!
Tools/Products Needed to Restore your Christian Louboutin Red Soles (click to purchase)
- Sandpaper/ nail filer
- Walk on Red Angelus Paint
- Small paint brush/makeup brush
- Angelus High Gloss Acrylic Finisher
3 Simple Steps to Restore your Christian Louboutin Red Soles
- You will want to lightly sand down and smooth the soles of the shoes to get rid of any bumps or rough patches with either sandpaper, or even a nail filer. This step could arguably be the most important because it will affect how the shoes look in the end.
- After lightly sanding down the red soles. I would suggest using some paper towels or newspaper and lay it out on a flat surface because you will be using paint and this will protect from any spills, or drips. Once you have prepared your designated painting area you will use a small pain brush to begin painting the shoe using the Walk On Red Angelus Paint. I highly recommend using a small brush in order to avoid getting paint on the actual shoe. Make even strokes amongst the shoe to cover any scuffing or loss of color. I did about three coats per shoe. From there I let the shoes dry for about 10-15 minutes. The shoes dry fairly quickly but gave it extra time to dry just in case.
- Lastly, once your Christian Louboutin shoes have dried from the Walk on Red paint I would suggest cleaning off your brush because you will be using it in this final step, which is my favorite step! From now you will have noticed a huge transformation but this last step is the cherry on top. With your clean brush use the Angelus high gloss acrylic paint primer to give the shoes that shiny and smooth look and feel. Just use a couple of even strokes on the shoe will do, you will not have to apply three coats. After one coat the results are amazing! Let the shoes dry for another 10 minutes and then voila! You will have beautiful Louboutins that look like they were just opened from the box!
Once you have restored your Christian Louboutin red soles, be sure to read this blog post to see how to protect them. Was this blog post helpful? Be sure to leave a comment below. And share this post with a friend!
FYI- On Amazon, I stumbled on some clear, thin plastic sheets that can be cut to fit right over the soles. It’s best to apply them when the shoes are brand new, but if you go through all the trouble of making them look good again, I highly recommend buying the clear sheets to preserve them.
Yes, we used those too. They are also linked and what is detailed in the blog post that we linked to at the bottom of the post.
Hi, please can you tell me how soon the red coating wears off? And how often could I wear them before they scuff?
Thank you 🙂
Hi Victoria and Tanya, I am wondering about the acrylic top coat – the blog post says to use Angelus high gloss, but the link takes me to the matte finish. Which did you find works best? Thank you – this is a great post and I am motivated to get my red soles looking good as new!
We tried several and they all work well. It just depends on how glossy you want them to be. Here is the link to the high gloss: http://rstyle.me/n/craq9e5tce
xoxo- Tanya 🙂
Just wondering if I file the sole, won’t it make it a bit uneven with the heel? Let me know what you think, awesome post by the way 🙂
We didn’t have any issues with any of my shoes becoming uneven. And we did 3 pair.
xoxo – Tanya
Good afternoon Tanya this information was very helpful and I ordered all three products you suggested. My question is a two part question. Did you use the fine, very fine, medium, or coarse sandpaper and can the Epoxy brushes be purchased at Home Depot or Cosmetic Counter?
It’s been a while since I’ve done this. I used the fine sandpaper. I ordered everything from Amazon.
Hope this helps!
I think for all the money we pay Mr. CL. Should have a place you send them to restore the bottom. I really thank you for the 411.