Naturally, in response, YSL is questioning the validity of Louboutin's trademark. Additionally, YSL claims to have manufactured shoes with red outsoles since the 1970s--Louboutin only officially came into the shoe scene in 90s, obtaining a trademark for its soles in 2008.
Last Friday, 22 July 2011, Louboutin's lawyers asked Judge Marrero to issue a preliminary injunction to stop YSL from producing red soled shoes. Judge Marrero said he needed more time to decide so the verdict is still in the air.
Immediately thinking of how the red bottoms are not functional and have become widely recognized as a Louboutin shoe I thought the trademark would unlikely be successfully challenged by YSL. Also remembering that Louboutin was successfully taken to court for its blue-soled wedding shoes I thought Louboutin would be successful in his lawsuit.
I am now voting against Louboutin on this one simply because he was not the first to think of, produce, or sell shoes with red outsoles.
-Yet it is anyone's guess how this case will turn out.
I wonder what would happen if this case were to have been filed in Paris instead of Manhattan.
|Christian Louboutin Cate Boots|
(I promise this will be one of few iPhone pictures)
In the last two years, I have collected three pairs of this same boot--not because they mess up (that is what vibrams are for) but because I want to have them forever!! These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever had.
While I would not suggest them for a business wardrobe I can assure you that the calf part is snug enough to wear under work pants (specifically Theory suiting and Express editor pants) without detection.