Jay Z, Drake, Future, and Kanye West are just some of the many rappers who’ve shown love to designer Christian Louboutin—or, more specifically, his iconic red-soled shoes commonly referred to as "red bottoms."
Though the reference has become somewhat of a cliché, Cardi B has seemingly given new life to the luxury footwear with her breakout song “Bodak Yellow.” You know the lines: "These expensive, these is red bottoms/These is bloody shoes/Hit the store, I can get 'em both/I don't wanna choose."
Though the infectious track was released in mid-June, it wasn’t until recently that it became the first solo female rap record to reach No. 1 in nearly two decades. (The last artist to accomplish this was Lauryn Hill with her 1998 hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)."
Clearly, people can’t get enough of Cardi or "Bodak Yellow," which has now dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second week in a row. But what does Louboutin think of Cardi and her love for red bottoms? Well, it seems he’s only vaguely familiar with the Bronx MC.
"She has the hair like that?" the French designer told the New York Times, as he put his hands around chin level. "She’s a rapper? This ‘Yellow’ song? […] I don’t know much more than that, to be honest."
Though he admits he’s not a big rap fan, Louboutin suggested he’d be open to meeting Cardi one day. He also said it seemed fitting that so many performers enjoy his designs, considering where he got his start.
"In a way, it comes back to some of my origins," he said. "The first shoes I ever designed were for showgirls, people on stage. Showgirls have a kind of attitude—they’re driving forces."
In a recent interview with Billboard, Cardi’s stylist spoke about the rapper’s affinity for Louboutin and revealed just how many pairs of red bottoms she owned.
"She has to have over 90 pairs," stylist Kollin Carter said. "[…] She usually buys a pair or two every couple of weeks. Where she’s from, when girls are ready to get dressed up that’s what you wear. And in real life, before 'Bodak' blew up, she wore red bottoms because that’s what it means to make it in the Bronx. It’s a status symbol that the masses can relate to; everyday girls work hard and save up their money to have that shoe. Cardi did the same."