How to Fix Christian Louboutin Red Soles Christian Louboutin shoes are known for their iconic red soles. However, with wear the red lacquer can become damaged or scraped off. Fixing the red soles yourself is possible with a few key steps.
How to Fix Christian Louboutin Red Soles
Do Your Research
Before attempting to fix the soles, do some research to understand what products work best. The original Louboutin red lacquer is acrylic-based. Look for an acrylic nail polish in a true red hue to best match the original color. A very high-shine finish will look closest to the original lacquer.
Some good options are brands like Revlon or Sally Hansen “Big Matte Top Coat” in Big Apple Red. Invest in a high quality nail polish for longest lasting results. Stay away from watery nail polishes that may not adhere as well.
Prep the Sole
Ensure the sole is free of dirt, residue, or cracks before applying the polish. Use a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad to remove any oils or wax. Lightly buff the surface of the leather sole with fine grit sandpaper. This will help the polish adhere properly.
Wipe away any dust with a clean cloth. Mask off the shoe upper with painter’s tape to avoid getting polish on the leather. Carefully clean the edges of the sole to remove any old polish residue.
Apply Thin Coats
Slowly build up the layers for even color coverage. Apply 2-3 coats, letting each dry for 10 minutes between coats. Adding more layers will make the color more opaque and rich.
Shake the nail polish bottle well before applying. Use the fine brush to apply thin, even coats and let dry fully between layers. Thinner coats will ensure a smooth finish without bubbles or drips.
Seal and Protect
Once the final coat has fully dried, apply a thin layer of clear topcoat nail polish. This will help seal and protect the red polish. Buff very lightly with fine grit sandpaper to smooth out the topcoat.
Remove any dust and debris. Apply another topcoat layer to ensure a glossy sealed finish. Removing the painters tape immediately after the final topcoat will create a crisp edge.
Care and Maintenance
Avoid wearing the red soles in wet conditions to prevent the polish from staining or wearing off. Use a soft cloth to buff away any surface scratches or scuffs. Re-apply a topcoat layer periodically to maintain the shine.
When the color starts looking faded or dull, simply re-apply another layer of red polish. With a little care and maintenance, your Louboutin red soles can look fabulous for many wears.