In flip-flops you see everything but zat ees not at all sexy. Clearly for Louboutin, the devil's in the details. Having dedicated practically his life's work to creating sensually explicit shoes that fetishise the foot in a subtle game of hide and seek, the year-old knows a thing or two about provocative footwear. Until recently, Louboutin was one of fashion's best-kept secrets: worn by those who sit front row at the shows, the well-heeled and celebrities with style integrity. However, the current demand for increasingly niche, de luxe labels means Louboutin has attracted a growing clientele for whom the fact that he is not a household name is all part of the appeal. This, coupled with the fact that court shoes a Louboutin signature - whether platform, wedge or stack-heeled , have never been more de rigueur, means the shoe couturier is experiencing something of a moment.