YSL Basically Tells Christian Louboutin To Suck It


Yves Saint Laurent fell into hot water recently when the branding police at Christian Louboutin felt the red outsole on a certain YSL pump (the Palais, above) was a little too similar for comfort and subsequently dropped a $1 million trademark-infringement suit. YSL fired back, saying despite what Louboutin seems to believe, they didn’t invent the red sole. Bam:

“Red outsoles are a commonly used ornamental design feature in footwear, dating as far back as the red shoes worn by King Louis XIV in the 1600s and the ruby red shoes that carried Dorothy home in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ” YSL says in court papers. “As an industry leader who has devoted his entire professional life to women’s footwear, Mr. Louboutin either knew or should have known about some or all of the dozens of footwear models that rendered his sworn statement false.”

YSL goes on to say they’ve been doing red outsoles since the ’70s (before Louboutin got in the game) and that the original lawsuit is a predatory bit of bullying luxury boutiques to remove the YSL styles from shelves.

Setting aside the fact that the Palais outsoles usually mirror the color of the pump itself (in gray, black, pink, cobalt etc), who do you think is in the right: YSL or Christian Louboutin?

(via NYP)

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    • Jennifer Wright

      Suck it hard, bitch. TAKE IT ALL.

    • Dove

      YSL! I mean, come on the shoe is red…

    • Eileen

      YSL is right in the case of these shoes, but if they ever make, say, a pair of blue shoes with red outsoles, I think Louboutin would have a point. Red outsoles paired with completely red shoes, however, can be made by anyone.

    • http://bigapplepants.com sarahnoid

      YSL. Though both charge ridiculous amounts for their shoes.

    • Kristen

      I don’t understand this! I mean… it’s a red shoe. The whole shoe is red. Right? Help me? What’s the problem here?

    • Jenna

      Wait.. .so he pretty much wanted to sue because of a color on the shoe? The whole freakin’ shoe is red? But still that ridiculous, can you really copy right a color? I mean it’s on the bottom on the shoe….

    • Lynda McKenna

      YSL. There’s only one thing I care about being on the bottom of my shoe and it IS NOT color!!

    • slouden

      in my 30+ years of pump-buying, i KNOW i have bought red-soled shoes before (probably didn’t like it . . .). i agree that if you start putting them on EVERYTHING (styles are SOOOO similar these days), they might be able to say stop, but if i want to go out and spray paint my soles red . . . can cl come after me?? i can’t afford his shoes! hehe