This time, the company in his sights is the French division of Brazils Carmen Steffens, which makes shoes with what it refers to as rosette soles. (Call us snobs, but isn't a 'rosette' a thing, rather than a colour? Just saying.)
In a statement, a Carmen Steffens rep expressed surprise that another brand is trying to reserve the rights to any colour. The brand also said its soles come in a different shade of red than Louboutins, and that it has been manufacturing soles in a spectrum of hues since 1996.
We are ready to provide unassailable evidence that we have been using coloured soles, especially red, before Mr. Christian Louboutin
popularised his, Gabriel Spaniol, Carmen Steffens international development director, said in a statement.
The court filing for that case said, Mr. Louboutin is the first designer to develop the idea of having red soles on women's shoes.
First or not, red soles are a universally acknowledged Louboutin signaturetheyre also legally acknowledged as such, having been registered with the US Patent Office since 1997 and officially trademarked in 2008.
Its an issue from the point of view of Louboutin because [the red sole] is a core mark of the company and it simply cant, regardless of whos on the other side, let its mark get in the hands of others, Louboutin lawyer Harley Lewin told WWD.
Heres an idea: blue soles... anyone interested?