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Wait, But Then How Will We Know That They’re Expensive?

Wait, But Then How Will We Know That They’re Expensive?

Hold on to your heels, ladies, because designer Christian Louboutin may no longer be the sole owner of the red underside of those ridiculously sweet (and ridiculously expensive) shoes.

Although the luxury shoe designer argues his shoes’ red soles trademark is priceless, a New York judge isn’t convinced that Louboutin’s lawsuit against rival fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has merit. Even though the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Louboutin with a registered trademark for the glossy red-bottomed feature back in 2008, the Judge has denied Louboutin’s lawsuit against YSL which recently started producing shoes with an oh-too-familiar red sole.

Send all red-soled Louboutin shoes to IPLJ Tech Editor, c/o IPLJ Blog. Actually, you can send red-soled YSL shoes too while you're at it.


Read more here, here, and here. Also, if you’re curious about this designer’s truly original style and where the red sole came from, here is a pretty great article about Louboutin from March 2011.

Amy Dunayevich

Amy Dunayevich is a third year student at Fordham University School of Law and is Fordham IPLJ's Technology Editor. Originally from the Detroit suburbs, Amy spent two years in the Peace Corps living in Eastern Europe without running water but with high-speed internet. Amy now lives in Brooklyn with her little black pug Roxanne. Although pursuing a career in the public interest, Amy finds intellectual property law to be extremely relevant, interesting, and important.