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City Shops Offer Louboutin Treatment for Cheap Shoes

By Tom Liddy | July 3, 2011 12:39pm | Updated on July 4, 2011 10:08am

By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN - Byron Brito is painting the town red.

The Upper East Side shoe repairman is helping the Big Apple's ladies give their low-end shoes a high-end makeover, accordng to a published report.

Brito, of Andrade Shoe Repair, on East 85th Street, is advertising a $32 makeover in which he paints shoe soles red to look like those on Christian Louboutins, the New York Post said.

The famed and pricey shoes, introduced in 1992, have become a cultural touchstone, featured on "Sex and the City" and even garnering their own song with Jennifer Lopez's "Louboutins," the report said.

Brito hatched the idea after doing custom repair work for women with Louboutins, according to the Post.

Christina Aguilera wears Louboutins at NBC's press conference for the their new Show 'The Voice' on March 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Christina Aguilera wears Louboutins at NBC's press conference for the their new Show 'The Voice' on March 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Also offering the makeover is the Midtown Leather Spa, the report said.

Attempts to copy the shoes have led to lawsuits, including one against Yves Saint Laurent, which was sued for trademark infringement in April for carrying red-soled shoes, according to the paper.

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Actress Victoria Raposo attends the 'Los Labios' Photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2010 in Cannes, France.
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Actress Ashley Olsen and Designer Christian Louboutin attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011.
Actress Ashley Olsen and Designer Christian Louboutin attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011.
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