From Lacroix to Louboutin, a shoe pronunciation guide

Fess up: The reason you don't own a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos is because you can't pronounce them. (Well, that, and you can't afford the $600-plus price tag.) Strolling through a shoe department is like trying to order off the menu at a French restaurant. You'd rather point at what you want than risk the embarrassment of mispronouncing it. We enlisted the help of Gabrielle Sanfelice, a fashion and retail management student at the Art Institute of Tampa. What makes her the expert? "I shop way too much," said Sanfelice, 24, with a laugh. Between studying fashion and having worked at Neiman Marcus, Sanfelice believes she has the pronunciations down. In some cases, we also called the designers' flagship stores. Even so, depending on which staffer you ask, you'll still get some debate. But tbt* is confident that if you hit the mall with this pocket guide, you'll emerge with cute shoes and your pride intact.

Manolo Blahnik: ma-NO-low BLAH-nick

Jimmy Choo: JIM-ee CHEW

Saucony: SOCK-a-nee

Teva: TEH-vah

Chukka: CHUCK-uh

Gucci: GOO-chee

Louis Vuitton: LOU-ee veh-TAHN

Asics: ACE-icks

Badgley Mischka: BADGE-lee MISCH-kah

Bebe: BEE-bee

Christian Lacroix: CHRISH-tan leh-QUAH

Dolce & Gabbana: DOLE-chay and gah-BAH-nah

IZOD: EYE-zod

Christian Louboutin: CHRISH-tan LOO-beh-tin, CHRISH-tee-ahn LOO-boo-tehn or CHRISH-tee-ahn loo-boo-TAHN, depending on which store you call.

— Dalia Colón (pronounced dah-LEE-ah co-LOAN) and Susan Thurston (that's SUE-zan THIRS-ton)

From Lacroix to Louboutin, a shoe pronunciation guide 04/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 22, 2010 6:37pm]

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