Christian Louboutin Can't Stop the Inevitable Flood of Red-Soled Shoes

A Manhattan judge denied an injunction today brought by luxury shoemaker Christian Louboutin who has been trying to prevent Yves Saint Laurent from selling shoes with red soles beginning this fall. Guess those pumps you paid way too much for just depreciated in value.

Louboutin trademarked using a red bottom sole, which became his well-established signature, in 2008, but even still he can't stop other shoe brands (or baboons) from having scarlet bottoms. Judge Victor Morreno wrote in his decision, "Because in the fashion industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection, even if it has gained enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning." Forever 21 is already stocking its selves with the red-soled stilettos it was keeping in the backroom for just an occasion.

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