I saw a Christina Aguilera interview where she talked about how awesome her shoe collection was because its filled with Louboutins. After some research, I decided $600 Louboutins were absolute heaven. Too bad they were so expensive. I used to go to BNY during my lunch hour and just pet and sigh at the Louboutins on display (I'm 100% serious). Then one day, I decided to show a co-worker some of my favorite Louboutins online. Clicked on BNY and OMFG...LOUBOUTINS ON SALE?!??!??!!! I rushed there after work (I miss working in Century City...) and bought my first three pairs. The rest is history - most of which has been documented on this blog :)
I remember after my first pair, I told myself that I would only get new ones during sale season. As the addiction grew, that rule went out the window. I also used to limit myself to $700 and under. I've now crossed over the $1000 mark and would put my new limit at $1500 (for exotics - esp ostrich and lizard and I can only dream of one day owning a pair of croc CLs). Then comes the number of CLs. At first I bought with no goal in mind. Then I got it into my head that I should have 25 by my 25th bday. I still have about three more months to go and my goal has now grown to 40 CLs by my 25th bday. I think after I hit 40, it'll go up by increments of 10 until 1. I grow sick of CLs (not likely) 2. I become completely satisfied with my collection (also not likely) or 3. I run out of money (somewhat likely).
Like any newbie, I used to buy just based on aesthetics. Fast forward to current day and I am well versed on all the styles ever made by Louboutin, how sizing varies between the different styles, what makes seemingly identical styles and colors different, the different colors and styles that come out each season, and which stores/boutiques are carrying which styles and colors. At any one time, I could probably tell you immediately what style and color someone is wearing. My addiction has become very technical and at times I wish it could go back to the mindless shopping that it once was but then again, my collection probably wouldn't be as extensive and well-rounded.
Rolandos defined Louboutins before I started buying and after 38 pairs, they are still my #1 choice. I love my CLs completely and entirely and would probably never sell any of them. Even if I dont wear them. I have worn all of them at least once. Some have never been worn more than once but at this point, its more of a collection rather than "just shoes".
A big thank you to my buddy DZ (fellow CL addict) and all the wonderful girls on the TPF CL forum for helping me with my addiction. By "help", I mean helping it grow :)
PS: I love my purse collection just as much but it takes A LOT more work/money for a purse collection to grow than a shoe collection - spend $400-800 couple times a month for new shoes vs. spend $1500-3000 couple times a month for new purses.