Louboutin tries to bring YSL to heel over red-soled shoes

Fashion designer appeals ruling over the right to sell same-colored heels

Somewhere Joan Rivers and the rest of the fashion police are aghast. Louboutin SA has turned to the 2nd Circuit to stop Yves Saint Laurent America (YSL) from selling red-soled shoes, which the designer claims violates its trademark.

Christian Louboutin’s company feels as if it took a stiletto heel to the throat after U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero rejected its claim that YSL’s shoes are identical to its own in August 2011. Louboutin also asserted that YSL’s red-soled shoes “threaten to mislead the public.” According to the suit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Louboutin a trademark for the iconic red soles in 2008.

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