The only point of owning Christian Louboutin heels is so that people will notice the red sole and know that you spent more money on your heels than they did.
If Louboutin loses exclusivity over red soled shoes, then Louboutin loses a tiny bit of it’s luxury and it's exclusive appeal. Unfortunately, that happened today.
Louboutin sued high-street retailer Zara for reportedly knocking off their peep-toed sling back heel AND for giving the Zara shoe a red sole.
Today, the courts have decided in favor of Zara claiming that customers would not be confused between Louboutin’s shoes and Zara’s shoes, because Loubtoutin’s cost about 8 times the price of the Zara shoes.
This isn’t the only red-sole problem for the shoe designer. He’s also in a lawsuit with YSL, who also knocked off his signature red sole. Louboutin claimed that he was given an official trademark for red soles in 2008 but apparently it’s not valid.
“I’m not saying that red usually belongs to me – I repeat that this is about a precise red, used in a precise location,” the designer once said.
Anyways, it seems like any designer can put red soles on their shoes and get away with it.
Louboutin knockoffs…coming to a Payless ShoeSource near you.