On Sunday morning, Louboutin World – the official Instagram page for Christian Louboutin – put up a picture of a very vibrant coloured and studded pair of shoes from their new collection. They called it the ‘Imran Sandal’. Uncannily inspired by Pakistan’s Peshawari Chappal, the shoe on display went viral in the country and people started wondering whether it had been named after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. Fans were excited, to say the least.
Strangely, 24 hours after the post and the shoe went viral, it has been removed from the brand’s Instagram page as well as the official website. We’re speculating it may be because of complaints against the name … who knows? We do know that Christian Louboutin has been fascinated with South Asia for a couple of years now. Two years ago he launched a show called ‘Lahore Flats’ and later worked with Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee on a collaborative collection. The show designer, known for his trademark red-soled shoes, has friends in India and Pakistan and appears to be very tuned into the region.
We wonder why the Imran Sandal has been rolled back from the brand’s official websites. It could be because of complaints against the name and copyright issues. Who knows? We’ll be watching to see when and whether it makes a comeback.