Oct 30, 2009 8:33 AM
According to legend, in 19th century Russia, gentlemen patrons would praise a ballerina's performance by filling her toe shoes with champagne and toasting with them. This tradition, in turn, was co-opted by the "dancers" at the Folies Bergère in Paris during the Belle Époque era at the end of the 19th century, who would engage in "revelry" with their admirers and fill their high-heeled dancing shoes with champagne. Um. Ew. BUT. This tradition has been beautifully reinterpreted by vintner Piper-Heidsieck and designer Christian Louboutin in their yearly limited-edition Le Rituel set. ($500) A bottle of the finest Piper-Heidsieck champagne is packaged with a crystal stiletto champagne flute with the signature red Louboutin sole. We're honestly not sure how one drinks out of a shoe without spilling champers everywhere, but it's a beautiful collectible nonetheless, the perfect Christmas gift for your favorite label-obsessed fashionista.