Is Louboutin’s Sole Being Taken By YSL??

When you see a sexy high heel strut its stuff down the street with a burst of red coming from the sole of the shoe, what do you think? Well, once upon a time, it was the exclusive Louboutin heel! But not anymore!
The Louboutin shoe was once the perfect accessory to the little black cocktail dress, which actually happens to be an YSL creation, but now Yves Saint Laurent has to have it all. Yves Saint Laurent has made a couple of his shoes with the notorious Louboutin red sole. As one could imagine Christian Louboutin was not too pleased especially since he got that exact aspect of his designs, the red sole, trademarked back in 2008 by the United States Patient and Trademark Office.
Of course, a lawsuit ensued. It has just been reported that Louboutin vs. YSL has been decided by the judge. Your Honor stated, “Because in the fashion industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection.” Essentially, Louboutin has lost this round. However, his lawyers are working on other possible means of fighting back. What they will have to prove now, as the judge had stated, is this red sole going to create too much confusion for the customer? Possibly not in purchase, as if one is planning to spend over $1,000 on shoes, I am sure they will make sure it is what they are looking for.
Now the true question comes; is exclusivity everything for this brand? Will they still have a chance at selling $1,000 and up shoes when the only recognizable aspect of the merchandise has been pilfered from the Louboutin Empire?
Well girls that is something to think about. So next time you see an episode of Sex and the City, and you spot a glimmer of red from beneath Carrie’s shoes, just think Louboutin.

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