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Cash-strapped fashion conscious consumers have been heading to Homebase in their droves, prompting a rise in Louboutin-style scarlet red paint.
Home of Colour tester pot sales of socking red colours Flame and Show Stopper have shot up by 40% year-on-year this week, as customers have been looking to recreate their own Louboutins at a snip of the the price of the iconic red-soled designer shoes.
While many trendsetters such as Victoria Beckham, Coleen Rooney and Abbey Clancy have been stepping out in their favoured shoe, for many, with Louboutins averaging £600, the steep price tag is prompting people to try a bit of DIY fashion. And it seems that a pair of cheaper large soled shoes, some paint and a brush, is working the magic at many social events this summer.
Homebase store manager, Peter Rooney, at the London Acton branch comments, "While many people tend to look at magazines to get the right paint colour for walls, we have recently noticed a significant number of girls in the store colour matching the tester pots to pictures of designer shoes in fashion magazines and requesting tips on how to paint on leather or rubber."
If you are looking to get that DIY fashion look then Homebase has provided some handy tips to get you started. Richard Johnson, senior paint buyer at Homebase, has provided his advice for achieving the Louboutin look at home. He comments, "Clearly paint is meant for decorating walls rather than shoes, so we are amazed at this new trend that has hit our stores - the Home of Colour tester pots would have enough paint to cover the sole of an averaged sized shoe, but we would advise people to ensure they do apply it properly and it can achieve a really good visual effect."
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