First they went after Yves Saint Laurent, for allegedly pinching the Louboutin idea of painting the soles red, and now they appear to be researching red soled shoes from around the world, so they can sue them too. Next up is a trademark infringement suit against Carmen Steffens of Brazil, whose soles also come in a shade of red (they call it "rosette"). The Brazillian brand yesterday defended themselves in a statement, saying they were surprised ‘that another brand is trying to reserve the rights to any colour’ as they say they have been producing shoes with various coloured soles for years, and that ‘We are ready to provide unassailable evidence that we have been using coloured soles, especially red, before Mr. Christian Louboutin popularised his’
Gosh! This seems quite strict on the part of Louboutin. Why, surely they have more than one distinguishing character to their name – vertiginously high heels, metal spikes busting out everywhere, and an immediate feeling of lightness in the purse, directly after purchasing. We don’t think another brand could ever exactly replace the ol’ CLs in the fashionista’s heart, although maybe they feel they have to set a precedent, to avoid anyone else treading on their toes (so to speak, ha ha!) in future.
- Naomi Attwood