18.02.08 Louboutin

February 9, 2018
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High Heel Court Drama

French fashion designer and leading high-heel innovator Christian Louboutin
is back in court fighting to protect the rights to his famous red-soled shoes.

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Why This Matters?

Heel Designs May Change

  • In 2012, Louboutin sued a Netherlands shoe company to prevent it from producing red-soled shoes, citing its EU trademark.
  • Now, EU court adviser says Louboutin’s EU trademark might be invalid. A ruling is expected shortly.

Red Sole Battle In U.S.

  • In 2012, a NY federal appeals court ruled Louboutin’s U.S. trademark on red-soled shoes was valid, EXCEPT when the shoe itself is red too – meaning the trademark doesn’t apply to red monochromatic shoes (i.e. Dorothy’s red slippers in The Wizard of Oz).

Did You Know?

The American woman owns, on average,A 19 pairs of shoes, but only wears 4 on a regular basis (Consumer Reports).

Did You Know?

In 1986, when the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos fled and went into exile, she left behind at least 1,200 pairs of shoes.

“I don’t wear my heels in the shower or when I sleep a and I wear my little tennis shoes when I do my treadmill a but when I go out, of course I will. That’s my look and that’s how I’m always gonna be.”

Dolly Parton on rumor she wears heels in the shower (Guardian, 2011)

Could Christian Louboutin’s Red Sole Trademark Be Invalid?

YSL Closes Louboutin Court Case

Most women own 19 pairs of shoes — some secretly

Imelda Marcos Biography

Dolly Parton: ‘I may look fake but I’m real where it counts’

by Jenna Lee,

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