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.”My shoes are made for fashion not comfort”admits the designer . Even so that discomfort may be apparent, these shoes are still a necessity in every fashionistas closet.
Recently Louboutin went head to toe with YSL in a lawsuit about a pair of red suede shoes with red soles from their spring 2011 collection. This similarity to Louboutin’s trademark red sole is too much for them to ignore. The suit may be superfluous, however, as YSL is also releasing purple pumps with purple soles and navy pumps with navy soles.There is also a debate that brazilian designer Carmen Steffens copied the red sole for many of her shoes. The controversy is very apparent, should one designer be able to have a color patented?
Louboutin’s lawyers argue:“The defendants use of red footwear outsoles that are virtually identical to plaintiff’s Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing footwear.”
Christian Louboutin is actively seeking over $1 Million dollars in damages from both brands, this isn’t a lot of cash given the value of all brands involved.Most of the shoes from the designers mentioned range from $400-$1,000 and above.Clearly Christian Louboutin is not out for money, he’s out to prove a point and keep his brand to be the one and only to bear the mark of the red splash on their shoe.He can sure sleep tight knowing that from now on no other shoe can reap the benefits of his idea, since he is known world-wide as being the shoe with the red sole.
Beyonce’s wore these infamous redbottoms to the All star game.. Ive been a fan of them every since