A Manhattan federal judge denied famed shoe-maker Christian Louboutin an injunction that sought to stop fashion house Yves Saint Laurent from selling red-bottomed shoes, a staple of Louboutin's footwear line.
The French shoe-designer was suing over four particular shoes in the YSL 2011 collection: the Tribute, Tribtoo, Palais and Woodstock models. Which all sport bright-red outsoles.
The judge also went on to say, "Louboutin's claim raises the specter of fashion wars. If Louboutin owns Chinese Red for the outsole of high fashion women‟s shoes, another designer can just as well stake out a claim for exclusive use of another shade of red, or indeed even Louboutin‟s color, for the insole, while yet another could, like the world colonizers of eras past dividing conquered territories and markets, plant its flag on the entire heel for its Chinese Red."
Let the deluge of crimson-soled shoes begin.