The heated ‘red-sole’ legal fight between the fashion world’s most prestigious brands, Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent, now finally draws to a close. French shoe maker Christian Louboutin has emerged as victorious, and can trademark his famous red sole shoes, except when the shoe itself is red, as YSL’s shoes in question were entirely red. Now, no other shoe company can infringe their signature style, as the Court of Appeals found Christian Louboutin’s key arguments to be correct; firstly that the color can and does serve as a trademark in the fashion industry, and that the Christian Louboutin’s world famous Red Sole trademark is valid, enforceable and protectable. However, the court has also conclusively ruled out that YSL’s monochromatic red shoes don’t infringe any trademark rights of Louboutin, which guarantees that YSL can continue to make monochromatic shoes in a wide variety of colors, including red.
Christian Louboutin has been known for applying glossy vivid red to the outsoles of iconic women’s shoes since 1992, and the shoes usually sell for upwards $700 a pair. Red-soled shoes has been favorite among top Hollywood actresses including Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson, and F1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone, who have a Christian Louboutin shoe collection of more than 100 pairs.
Notably, this iconic footwear designer Christian Louboutin famed for his legendary red-soled women’s shoes, has now expanded his menswear collection, and opened his first men’s only store in the United States. The brand earlier use to sell his men’s collection in all its women’s store, but the exclusive men’s store is the first ever rollout with men’s branding.
For men’s, this French footwear icon offers the $1,495 Louis Python Crystal sneakers, the Louis Strass men’s flat costing $2,995, and the stylish Rollerboy Spikes costing $1,295, to name a few designs for the most expensive shoes lovers.
Seeing world’s top luxury fashion brands fighting over the copyright and infringement of designs is certainly not new, as we have earlier seen the Gucci Vs Guess war. The Italian luxury label Gucci actually sued the LA-based fashion brand Guess for selling products in stores and online with logos that are “studied imitations of the Gucci trademarks.” Also, fashion brand Hermes sues LVHM to retain control over the brand.