The Debate Over The Red Sole Finds Its Way To Manhattan Courts
As any true fashionista knows, a red sole can only mean one thing: Louboutin! Ever since 1992, when Christian Louboutin first painted red nail polish on the bottom of one of his shoes, the red sole has become the unspoken trademark of the world’s most beloved heel.
Well, “unspoken” may be the key word here. Earlier this year, Yves Saint Laurent began selling his own version of the shoe, but without proper acknowledgement. YSL reps argue that no acknowledgement is needed, as the red sole is not trademarked.
Louboutin first heard about YSL’s design earlier this year, when YSL began selling his own red soled pumps in Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. Louboutin has repeatedly requested that YSL stop selling the shoe, but it still remains on shelves.
"The location of the bright color on the outsole of a woman's pump is said to provide an alluring 'flash of red' when a woman walks down the street, or on the red carpet of a special event," the 27-page lawsuit says. Hollywood is filled with fans of Louboutin, including the casts of Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, and Gossip Girl. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all unravels!
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