Christian Louboutin's; every girl's red- soled dream. The famous shoe worn by celebrities all over the world can be recognized from miles away all because of its unique scarlet color, a color which not only represents feminism but rather a guarantee for quality and high taste ... But not for long, Zara the Mega international retailer, are making red soles too and that's exactly why Christian Louboutin is suing them.
The star- brand sued the high- street brand for selling a "carbon-copy" heel of their "Yo Yo Slingbacks" at a French cour.t Back in 2008, Louboutin registered his red-sole as a trademark, granting him the exclusive right of making red- soled shoes to women. Four years later today, the ruling for his case against Zara was denied after concluding that the two sling- backs could not be mistaken for each other. In fact the court ruled that Christian Louboutin pays Zara around £2,000 in compensation. Louboutin still defends his "red soles" and says:
"I understand that, but it is a red in a specific context, there is Ferrari red [and] Hermès orange.
'Even in the food industry, Cadbury recently won a lawsuit against Nestlé for using purple packaging.
'All this proves that the colours play a part in a brand's identity. I'm not saying that red usually belongs to me - I repeat that this is about a precise red, used in a precise location."
Louboutin originally came up with the idea almost two decades ago when he painted red nail polish on the black soles of a women's shoe. He was the first to develop this idea and that's why famous celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker and Victoria Beckham love their Louboutins.
The company are currently pursuing another lawsuit against YSL for copying his red sole in their 2011 resort collection.