Christian Louboutin Red Soles Page 1
In the long, painful saga that is Christian Louboutin‘s trademark infringement lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent, much has been said of the fact that cobblers had been making red soles centuries before Loubs started featuring them in the 1990s. But Valentino Garavani, the Italian couturier perhaps best known by his first name, used them as recently as the 80s — and no one really cared much then.
Clearly one major luxury fashion house has learned not to mess with Christian Louboutin. Christian Dior, which already has its own problems to deal with, said Wednesday that in contrast to reports that would suggest otherwise, it has no plans to make or sell shoes featuring Louboutin’s trademark red soles next season.
Not only are red soles Christian Louboutin‘s signature — they’re also its trademark in the legal sense. Three years ago, the brand registered a trademark for its red soles with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Last week Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent over its red-soled footwear, and it looks like the company is taking action against Brazilian shoemaker Carmen Steffens, too.
Every little fashionista knows that the sight of a red sole means one thing and one thing only: Christian Louboutin made these shoes. The designer’s trademark red soles are instantly recognizable, and at this point they’re almost as much of a logo as they are a trademark. So it’s understandable that the brand has gotten its lawyers involved with the folks at Yves Saint Laurent, who made a red suede shoe with a red sole this spring.