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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.
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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).
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Did You Know?

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

 

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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.

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“I don’t wear my heels in the shower or when I sleep – and I wear my little tennis shoes when I do my treadmill – 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)
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