Watch the womenswear shows during fashion week, and red soles can be seen flashing up and down the runways -- but the footwear in the menswear shows is rarely paid a second look.
This season, however, may tell a different story. Young designer Marlon Gobel is planning to collaborate with none other than Christian Louboutin on the footwear for his men's Fall 2011 collection, to be debuted during New York Fashion Week in February. As to how, exactly, the cobbler favored for his sky-high heels decided to take the plunge into men's runway shoes: Gobel apparently caught Louboutin's eye when he put his lone female model in a pair of the designer's red soles last season. Louboutin was such a fan of the collection as a whole that he offered up his shoes for the next go-around, on the men.