I often think that it is becoming a problem to know everything about a particular subject even if youve dedicated all your life to it. We all know that shoes with red soles are Louboutins but can Christian Louboutin be the first who has applied red color to soles? Maybe. And maybe not.
We might have never raised this question unless Yves Saint Laurent has used red soles for his shoes in one of the recent collections. He did, and Christian Louboutin sued him for $1million shortly after that claiming he had an exclusive right to use red color for shoe soles. Yves Saint Laurent hit back at Louboutin saying he used the color long before the shoemaker registered his trademark. Moreover, the French designer is sure the design has existed for centuries.
Christian Louboutin has also taken legal action against the French operation of Brazilian label Carmen Steffens for alleged trademark infringement. However, Carmen Steffens France explained that it had been using red soles for its shoes since 1996 which could be proved by numerous catalogues.
No one knows now who will win the case but I think its kind of silly requiring that nobody used a certain color because it is a signature feature of your brand. Color cannot be a trademark, its not a design which one has created. Its universal and can be used by everyone. I love Louboutins but Christian Louboutin has to be wiser.