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Fab Flash: Louboutin Wants to Keep Red Soles to Himself

Christian Louboutin, whose super sexy pumps are known for their trademark red soles, has filed a trademark application in the US to ensure no other shoe manufacturer mimics his style. This request will also be rolled out in the UK. This comes after Louboutin's legal battle with New York-based shoe company, OH...DEER!, who has already used the red sole detail on their footwear.

"The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that the shoes are mine," Louboutin told the US Trademark Office, according to reports in the press this weekend. You tell them, Christian!


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Penny4545 Penny4545 9 years
i agree that in that i hate knock-off's. it's trashy and stupid. what i don't know is how this will work when i'm sure there were other designers who used red soles... or will use red soles just as part of the style of their shoe. is red just not a choice now? are you really able to own a primary color in the fashion world? maybe he needs an inscription or something to add to the red.
Jacqui Jacqui 9 years
Haha, lucky I already bought my pair of Aussie rip-offs.
syako syako 9 years
To stpattygirl: This is the nike logo: Not the words "just do it" yet they have those trademarked, therefore no other company can use that. This is the m&m logo: Not the M you see on candy, BUT, they have the M trademarked so no other candy maker can put it on their candy. Much like Louboutin probably has his logo trademarked, his design of the red sole can also be trademarked like the M and the "Just do it" Just wanted to clarify the difference with you.
youngest_sister youngest_sister 9 years
I love his work! This is all his signature, I agree!
masibvo masibvo 9 years
The shoes in his bridal collection have a tiffany blue sole. Is he going to change them to red since he wants it to be the factor that identifies shoes as his creations? Individuals that purchase shoes from his collections hopefully are not just buying them because they want everyone to know by the red sole they are wearing Louboutin's. I would hope they value the quality of construction and design as well since they are spending more on one pair of shoes than most women spend on shoes in a year. I agree that anyone who is obsessed with shoes can tell the imitators from a mile away. But these days it seems companies have to trademark everything, or risk being copied by virtually everyone else.
PattyLauren PattyLauren 9 years
Let the man have his red soles.
prosecco-in-the-park prosecco-in-the-park 9 years
I have a pair of shoes I got while visiting my aunt in az when I was 15. They have red soles and they're not Loub's. I hadn't even heard of him back then. So while I do support him for trying to protect his fabulous shoes from being copied.. well, I can't completely agree. It is his signature and it's different when it's a complete knock-off.. but patenting a color is kind of ridiculous in a way..
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I don't wear Louboutin shoess to get noticed...nor do I carry a designer bag to be noticed...I carry what I like, and I wear his shoes because I like them. This issue, at least in my view, is more about a trademark. Just as the LV for Louis Vuitton, the gancini for Ferragamo, the clasp for Gucci, the weaving for Bottega, the lion for Versace, that particular color blue for Tiffany...(I could go on)...these are all trademarks for these brands. I think it's only fair that this particular color of red be the trademark for Louboutin.
gryffindor gryffindor 9 years
I love his shoes and all but SORRY HONEY, you were not the first person to put red soles on your shoes.
foX1 foX1 9 years
is there any way possible that i can possibly start a petition for him? i love christian louboutin.
stpattygirl stpattygirl 9 years
The Nike swoosh or the "M" in M&M's as some of you have mentioned, are logos, which are trademarked and protected by law. IMO, this is different.
lilflowa lilflowa 9 years
Good on him i dont care if the majority of ppl wont recognise the sole...the industry and the audience his shoes are aimed at will at thats the point! so you go fight for your trademark damn it! He has a right to stand out as a designer isnt that the point!! :oy:
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
i think he has the right to keep the red soles to himself since that's what he's known for...
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
i'm with you juliannarose. tiffany did the same thing - the tiffany blue is a trademarked color. louboutin should trademark the red he uses, then other companies would have to use a different shade of red. besides, isn't imitation the sincerest form of flattery?
toitoi toitoi 9 years
I love CL shoes, especially CL pumps. They are very high quality and last a long time (unlike the shoes of another famous designer, where the strap on one pair broke after one use and the metallic on another rubbed off after a couple of uses). However, I couldn't care less about the red soles. In fact, I wish I could get CL shoes WITHOUT red soles since I get the soles on all my shoes covered with a sole protector.
allenorton allenorton 9 years
Boo. A lot of his shoes are ugly anyway. People can charge crazy money from some things, but it won't be from me. I don't really care much about high fashion... I shop at target and goodwill for heaven's sake. But there's nothing wrong with those of you that do, I'm just saying "RED SOLES" aren't anything to get all in a tizzy about, IMO.
dguillenm dguillenm 9 years
He does great work a true master but seriously most people don't recognize the red sole. Due to if you can't afford it why care. I know what it means, but how many others do. This copycat war is silly. Designers want people to crave their clothing but have sky high prices. THen they wonder why people buy the $100 knockoff of their $6000 dress. Well $100 is affordable and at times strecthing most peoples budgets. So red sole I'm sorry I don't care. Cry me a river.
RainMcQueen RainMcQueen 9 years
eh. who cares. Why should you care if someone else is using an imitation. Glad CL is going for the patent though.
efahey efahey 9 years
I AGREE! I hate when I see girls walking down the street with the red sole - i know those shoes arent the real thing! Rip offs.
syako syako 9 years
It's not about consumers or about "us" - it's about an artist being able to protect his creation. That's what the whole copyright law is for. You think every application for a trademark or copyright ties up the legal system? When nike applied to trademark the check or "just do it" did that tie up the legal system?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i can't believe anyone cares about this. this is so out of touch with reality. and not to mention, a complete WASTE of the legal system. Tie up money and time so the miniscule fraction of the population who wears/recognizes the brand can feel special. don't get me wrong, i'd love to have a pair. but i don't care THAT much.
sway- sway- 9 years
I agree-you can always tell a pair of Louboutins from far away by the red sole!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
What a great idea!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
If you wrote a book or song melody and someone copied it and sold it as their own wouldn't that make you angry. Your hard work, creativity and thought process is out there working for someone else. I think logos or signatures should be patented. Louboutin created his red soles as a signature near the beginning of his career and only recently have I seen red soles on other shoes brands. To me this is clearly a ploy to knock-off another designer and make money from their name. I agree with him and Gwen Stefani for suing Forever 21. If you can't afford the real thing then don't buy a knock off. There are so many great pieces that you can buy at affordable prices and the only reason I know for buying fake is because you want it to seem real. The buyer wants to fit into the status these symbols represent (ie fake Louis Vuitton, the symbols are recongizable even without his trademark LV, they are usually the biggest way to spot a fake and quality). Originality is absent in the world today and I think it is sad if we have come to the end of human innovation. Just my 2 cents. Happy Friday!!
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