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  • Louboutin's latest made-to-order service, Tattoos to Measure.

    Louboutin's latest made-to-order service, Tattoos to Measure.

  • Expect to wait up to 12 weeks for your pair to arrive.

    Expect to wait up to 12 weeks for your pair to arrive.

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For someone who flew the nest at the somewhat precocious age of 12 to devote his energies to sketching shoes and sneaking into the music halls of Paris, it’s fair to say Christian Louboutin likes to color outside the lines. Twenty years after establishing his empire, the farrier to the flash is offering Tattoos to Measure: custom embroidery on a range of shoe styles for both men and women. Derived from the designer’s interest in tattoos—Louboutin calls it “your own crest on your own shoe”—the service is available at his boutiques in Paris, New York, London, and Los Angeles. A pair is priced between US$1,380 and US$5,190 and will take around three months to reach you. –Harry Jacques

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