A Manhattan federal judge denied shoe-designer Christian Louboutin an injunction that sought to stop fashion house Yves Saint Laurent from selling red-bottomed shoes, a staple of Louboutin’s footwear line.
The French shoe-maker was suing over four particular shoes in the YSL 2011 collection: the Tribute, Tribtoo, Palais and Woodstock models. Which all sport bright-red soles.
Louboutin, who trademarked the crimson-sole in 2008, claimed that he pioneered it in 1992 when he first polished a shoe bottom with red nail polish. However, Judge Victor Marrero dismissed that argument.
“Everyone sees the flash of red and associates the red with Louboutin,” attorney Harley Lewin said Thursday about his client. “No designer should be able to monopolize a color.” said Bernstein, YSL’s attorney.
Read Judge Victor Marrero’s decision and order here.
Louboutin will always be Louboutin but I think this trademark denial will only encourage crimson-soled shoes to flourish everywhere: from Chinatown to high-end shoe-designers stores – Let the deluge of red-soled shoes begin..
What do you think about the verdict? Should YSL be able to sell red soles?