Christian Louboutin received a reason to celebrate today when a New York federal court of appeals judge ruled that the red sole on his iconic shoes should be given trademark protection after all.
Now, except in the case of shoes that are red all over, Louboutin will be able to defend itself against shoemakers who copy its red soles. Armed with the new protection, Louboutin's lawyers will next square off against attorneys for Yves Saint Laurent. The parties have been engaged in a legal battle concerning a pair of red-soled YSL pumps for over a year.
Louboutin asked a New York court to prevent YSL from selling its own all-red, red-soled shoes last April. YSL pushed back in court papers, arguing that Louboutin's trademark on red soles, which it has held since 2008, should never have been granted in the first place. The judge agreed and asked Louboutin to prove it deserved the trademark.
Today's decision will undoubtedly vindicate Louboutin himself, whose lawyers have said he was ready to "fight like hell to the end." Late last month, the designer referred to the case as being "very much a double standard."
Photo via Christian Louboutin.