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Kelsey Glein
Jan 23, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

If the shoe fits, Kerry Washington will definitely be wearing it. The Scandal star addressed her appreciation for footwear at the Daily Front Row’s first annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards last night, where she presented Christian Louboutin with the award for Shoe Designer of the Year—and was quick to gush about his designs. "What's not to love about Christian Louboutin? His shoes are so elegant and so beautifully crafted," Washington told InStyle. "And, he's the best."

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Glowing in a black-and-white graphic top and a contrasting high-waisted skirt that she paired with a black clutch, Dana Rebecca Designs earrings, rings by EF Collection and Melissa Kaye, and (of course!) classic black Christian Louboutin pumps, Washington had nothing but the highest praise for Louboutin and his creations. The actress even credited him for helping her find "red-carpet Kerry" and giving her confidence in finding her own personal style.

"I never really know who a character is until I know what shoe she wears because the shoe you wear defines how you stand in the world and how you walk in the world. And so until I can place the shoe for a woman, whether it's a flip flop or Louboutin, that tells me who she is and how she feels about herself," Washington said before presenting Louboutin with the honor. "I discovered [Christian Louboutin] at a time when I was looking for a character that was much more personal. It was a time when I was learning about fashion, and I had relied on a lot of friends to teach me about red carpets because I knew that this was an important part of what I do."

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"And so I began an education in fashion, searching for red-carpet Kerry," she shared. "Searching for who I am when I'm out there in the world standing behind my work. And when I slipped on my first red sole, I knew who I was in this world. I knew how to be bigger than myself and yet still myself. And that's what [Christian Louboutin] shoes do. They elevate who we are inside and out. They make us taller as women in our hearts and in our closets, and we are forever grateful. That red sole is so perfect because it represents blood and love and fire and passion."

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—With reporting by Brianna Deutsch

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