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"Rosso Solini" stickers to customize the soles of your shoes Posted on October 30, 2012 "Rosso Solini" stickers to customize the soles of your shoes by trendlover on 04/06/2012 The shoes brand Christian Louboutin make you the eye, but you do not want to over € 400 in a pair of shoes? Tara Haughton, a young Irish girl aged 16 has found a cheap alternative: sticky soles red (the signature Louboutin shoes lies in the famous red sole) that is set on your pair of shoes. On the information page of the brand it has created, "  Solini Rosso  "(red sole in Italian), one can read"   Tara Haughton created it last fashion: Rosso Solini sole, which will bring all footwear brands!   ". Some fashionistas do not hesitate to paint their red soles being unable to afford Louboutin shoes, they can now opt for Solini Rosso.

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Only downside: the risk that this brilliant idea is considered akin to counterfeiting. In fact, Louboutin not mess with his trademark, he has attacked the French rapper particular Ol'Kainry or the Yves Saint Laurent "copy". Louboutin also fight also against many websites selling counterfeit creations ... made by the girl that seems to have started a lucrative business idea, it exports its sticky soles in 22 countries.

Rossosolini Glitter Soles Posted on August 27, 2012 | Posted under Christian Louboutin, designer soles, glitter soles, rossosolini, soles

Rossosolini's glitter soles are taking the fashion world by storm. Arianna Chieli of Fashionblabla wrote a great post on her latest obsession   - the Rossosolini Glitter Soles.

We all know by heart the story that tells of how Christian Louboutin took the gloss to his assistant and began to paint the soles of his shoes red. And that is the sole mania proves it also the new Mary Jane Glitter by Miu Miu, as well as having the heel completely covered with glitter, also the sole is "sparkling"

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Rossosolini Pink Soles Posted on August 23, 2012 | Posted under designer soles, pink soles, Rossosolini, soles

Check out this post where Rachelle of PinkSole wrote about her new favourite accessory - The Rossosolini designer soles.

How amazing is this, my sister and I talked about how cool it would be to have colored soles, unfortunately I cannot really afford red bottoms, so now thanks to Tara and her amazing talent, I can jazz up my shoes just the way I want. Of course I tried the pink ones first, but I also have them in red and polka dots  

Be sure to check out her blog, she's written lots of great fashion tips and more.

Interview With Heels and Sole Magazine Posted on August 23, 2012 | Posted under heels and soles, red soles, rossosolini, tara Tara was recently interviewed by the Heels and Sole Magazine and had her designer soles featured on their website. Have you ever wanted to jazz up your beloved heels? Have you ever wanted to add a bit of spice to your outfit with a custom look? I’m guessing the answer is yes… am I right? of course. Rosso Solini’s Secret Soles offer just that. They call it a ‘shoe makeover’ and in actual sense, it is. You decide what to do with the easy apply coloured sticky strip which sticks to the arch of your heels. It is a simple as it sounds and you can have a more dynamic and fabulous look in a matter of minutes with no hassle. Secret Soles come in over 20 styles and colours, there is even a glitter pack alternative to the range and now with the new addition of the Wedding Sole Makeover kit coming soon!

You can check out their post here

You can view the full interview with Tara here

Christian Louboutin Knock Offs Posted on August 07, 2012 | Posted under Christian Louboutin, DIY Loubs, red bottoms shoe craze, red soles


There is rarely a man or woman now days who is not familiar with the red bottoms shoe craze.  Jennifer Lopez even wrote a song about how much she loves her Louboutins. 

Over the years, Christian Louboutin has established himself as THE shoe designer of our time.  His signature red bottom shoes are worm by almost every celebrity in tinsel town; and every woman in the world dreams of, one day, owning a pair of her very own.

Recently, fake Louboutins have begun emerging across the globe.  In New York, women are racing to Byron Brito of Andrade Shoe Repair, in the Upper East Side for the Louboutin experience.  The cobbler charges $32.00 to paint the soles of shoes the signature shade of red, and his list of customers is rapidly growing.  Brito began offering this service to his customers after a customer asked him to repair an original pair of Louboutins.

In Ireland, Tara Haughton, a 16 year-old entrepreneur has created sole stickers through her company Rosso Solini.  Although the crimson red is a very popular shade, Rosso Solini offers the stickers in a variety of shades and designs, including leopard print and even glittered soles.   

While researching this topic, I came across a Chinese retailer, Milanoo, who sells "knock offs", for lack of a better word, of not only Christian Louboutins but shoes and dresses from countless other designers.  It is unrealistic to think that Christian Louboutin would legally pursue every individual/company who attempts to re-create his signature red sole shoes.  However, I'm surprised that more lawsuits are not coming forward.

Next time you see someone wearing a pair of red bottoms, ask yourself are they or aren't they?

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Seeing Red Posted on July 26, 2012 | Posted under Black and silver polka dots, DIY Loubs, red soles, Rosso Solini Animal print, Solini Classic Red 3 pack, Something Blue' 3 pack, Union Jack Secret Sole

I’m fascinated by the current court battle known to fashion insiders simply as, “ Christian Louboutin vs Yves Saint Laurent .” Want to know what they’re dickering over?  A color.

It seems that the folks at Louboutin—known for their distinctive, expensive, red-soled shoes—are hopping mad that YSL started churning out pairs with scarlet undersides as well. Hoping to trademark the look, they took the matter to court last year, where it was ultimately decided that you couldn’t trademark a color on a shoe. (Think about the ramifications… what would happen to red-rubber rain boots?)

So back to the lawyers they went and the now the world anxiously awaits a decision from the Second Circuit.

Here’s where it gets dicey: UPS managed to trademark the color brown. Which means, unless I’m completely mistaken, that Hershey’s could be accused of copyright infringement. (Thank God for white chocolate.)

Tiffany trademarked robin’s egg-blue packaging…though not the color itself.

After all, who would you sue? The bird?

Your instinct might be to say,  Who cares about red-soled shoes ? Apparently, lots of people.  According to  a report in London , sales of tester-pots of bright-red paint have surged by 40 percent this year, as scores of women have been turning their soles crimson in homespun fashion. I’m not kidding you.

Meanwhile, an ingenious little girl from Ireland—16-year-old Tara Haughton—saw an opportunity to capitalize on the craze and launched a website called , selling “designer-sole makeover kits.” Want to know what that means? Red shoe stickers (about $7 a pair) that you peel for your heels. (To be fair, she sells 23 different colors…including robin’s-egg blue. I’m not sure Tiffany knows.)

I’d laugh, but it’s just too brilliant for words.

DIY CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN RED SOLES Posted on July 26, 2012 | Posted under red soles

 Rosso Solini is an Irish company that sells coloured stickers for the soles of high heels. These ingenious little products are a cheap and easy way to emulate the famous Louboutin red sole. Starting at as little as €5.99 for a pair of red stickers this drastically reduces the cost of the Louboutin look. 

Another way you can emulate this look is simply by painting the soles of your shoes with red nail polish as illustrated in this tutorial here:


Can't Afford Louboutins? Make Your Own! Posted on July 14, 2012 | Posted under DIY Loubs, red soles

There's something really spectacular about a Christian Louboutin shoe, just ask any women who's dropped $600 or more on a pair. But for those of us who aren't able to splurge on high-end fashion items, there's another option: paint the soles of your old, affordable shoes red.

Homebase, a home improvement store in the U.K., has reported a 40 percent increase in red paint sales, with women asking salespeople how to paint on leather and rubber. As it turns out, DIY Loubs are a lot cheaper than the real deal.

"Many people tend to look at magazines to get the right paint color for walls and furniture, but we've noticed significant numbers of girls color-matching tester pots to pictures of designer shoes in fashion magazines," Peter Rooney, manager at the Homebase store in Acton, London told the Telegraph.

It's incredible how red soles have come to symbolize high status over the last 10 years. Women everywhere will seemingly do anything for a great red sole! Christian Louboutin began his signature soles in the early '90s, after he painted an assistant's red nail polish on a shoe that needed some oomph. He has since trademarked the red sole, and is always battling it out with copycats in court--namely YSL and Zara, who've both made shoes with red soles.

Don't want to get paint on your pumps? There are other ways to get red soles. Teen-aged entrepreneur Rosso Solini created a company, which started as a school project, that sells stickers for your soles. For €17.50 (roughly $21) you can buy a pack of three solid-colored stickers to put on the sole of your shoe.

As much as we love Christian's shoes, we can't decide if this idea is tacky or genius. What do you think? Would you create your own Louboutins?


Secret Soles - letting SWLS Shopistas get the Louboutin look for (much) less! Posted on July 14, 2012 | Posted under Black and silver polka dots, Rosso Solini Animal print, Solini Classic Red 3 pack, Something Blue' 3 pack, Union Jack Secret Sole

Sleuth loves entrepreneurship in the fashion world, particularly from a 16 year old Irish schoolgirl looking to tip the top shoe designers on their heads (and off their heels!)

Irish schoo azuenqbe. christian louboutin women's shoeslgirl Tara Haughton with her designer-look Secret Soles Rosso Solini Secret Soles are the latest craze for your feet. Such a simple idea really, sticker strips you attach to the soles of your shoes to give them an instant 'designer look'. 

Christian Louboutins, Manolo Blahniks, Jimmy Choos and the rest of the high-fash-pack may not be in your weekly foot fashion budget, but with Secret Soles, you can get the high-end look for much less than the $1000+ asked for designer soles.

This latest craze certainly won't be for everyone, but for those Shopistas who wouldn't mind adding a bit of bang to their wardrobe for very small bucks, this is a very easy solution! 

Along with the Louboutin-looking red sole, Sleuth is a fan of the Chrome sole (presently out of stock), the various animal prints (a Sleuth fave) and the very cute blue soles - aimed at brides looking to walk down the aisle with a different sort of 'something blue'. 

Blue soles aren't unchartered territory, with Louboutin having released an exclusive bridal range, compete with inner blue sole for the last few seasons. Secret Soles do however provide a very big difference...price. Especially if a bride has forked out a fortune (and then some!) on everything 'wedding', and needs to save some bucks on her aisle-walkers.

It will be interesting to see how heel power-house Christian Louboutin reacts to this latest foray into getting the 'designer look' for less. Back in 2009, Louboutin requested Aussie shoe mecca Peep Toe to discontinue the use of their red sole, with Peep Toe having since switched to purple soles.

More recently, Louboutin and YSL were embroiled in a court battle over YSL's use of the ‘semelle rouge’ colour that Louboutin has made famous the world Sleuth can only imagine that time is ticking on Tara's cute idea.

But before any big nasty suits get their hands on this ingenious idea, stock up Shopistas, and add a splash of colour to your soles. HOW SOLE-FUL! :)

Happy Shopping!


The Solini Classic Red 3 pack - approx AUD $26.95 -                            

'Something Blue' 3 pack approx AUD $46.18 - 

Unleash your animal instincts with the Rosso Solini Animal print in purple approx AUD $26.90 - 

Black and silver polka dots - adorable! Approx AUD $26.90 -

Prowwww! Sleuth is loving the Union Jack Secret Sole, perfect to add some Brit power to your footwear. Approx AUD $26.90 -  Each Sweet Soles pack comes with a knife cutter to ensure your new soles match your heel perfectly.

Unfortunately out of stock, the Chrome sole is one to keep an eye on! 


Louboutin Red Soles Inspire Women To Paint Their Own Shoes Posted on July 14, 2012 | Posted under Christian Louboutin, red soles

Christian Louboutin shoes are known for two things: bearing those iconic red soles and being incredibly expensive.

So it should surprise no one that women desirous of their own Loubs yet lacking the cash are taking matters into their own hands -- literally. As the Telegraph reports, sales of glossy red paint have risen dramatically in just one year, with U.K. chain Homebase claiming it's because women are painting their own shoe soles red.

Women are coming in to buy red paint and even asking how best to apply it. One Homebase store manager confirmed to the Telegraph, "They have also asked staff for tips on how to paint on leather or rubber."

Should they find paint too messy, Louboutin-loving women might try stickers. Rosso Solini, founded by teen entrepreneur Tara Haughton, sells waterproof red stickers that stick to the bottom of your non-designer heels. Sure, they also make neon and polka-dot stickers. But it's pretty clear that the adhesives mean to fulfill your Louboutin dreams for the low price of $15.

We imagine Christian Louboutin himself is equally displeased with both options. The company holds its iconic soles so dear that Louboutin had them trademarked, then proceeded to fight legal battles over the validity of said trademark when "imitators" like Yves Saunt Laurent tried putting red bottoms on non-Louboutin shoes.

Fingers crossed Christian Louboutin doesn't go after a group of thrifty British women the way they went after YSL.

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christian louboutin shoes for men YSL Closes Louboutin Court Case By Ella Alexander 16 Oct 2012 By Ella Alexander Tuesday 16 October 2012

Updated Tuesday October 16, 4.47pm: Yves Saint Laurent SA has voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit against Christian Louboutin SA in a move that will bring the lengthy court case to an end. The latter footwear label first sued the French fashion house in April 2011 over allegations that the label had copied its signature red soles. In September this year, the New York Court of Appeals said that Louboutin's trademark red soles were entitled to protection, except when the shoe itself is red - allowing YSL to make and sell red-soled shoes.

"Now that the Court of Appeals has definitively ruled for Yves Saint Laurent and has dismissed Christian Louboutin's claims, Yves Saint Laurent has decided to end what was left of the litigation and refocus its energies on its business and its creative designs," YSL attorney David Bernstein told WWD. "By dismissing the case now, Yves Saint Laurent also wishes to ensure that the Court will not make any further rulings that put at risk the ability of fashion designers to trademark colour in appropriate cases."


<p class="Default">Christian Louboutin is equally happy to see the

case close.

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<p class="Default">"Christian Louboutin is pleased to receive the

news of the dismissal announcement by Yves Saint Laurent today of

their claims against Christian Louboutin, which were filed before

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district Judge Marrero and were left with no merits since the

decision of the US Court of Appeals," a statement from the label

read. "We have considered this case closed since last September,

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when the Court of Appeals rendered their ruling - re-affirming the

validity of our trademark rights on the red sole in the United

States, an iconic signature of Christian Louboutin over the past 20

years. The ruling deprived Yves Saint Laurent of its claim for

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cancellation of our trademark. We are delighted to note that Yves

Saint-Laurent have instead decided 'to refocus their energies on

its business and creative designs'."

<p class="Default"> Updated Tuesday September 5,4.58pm: Christian Louboutin has finally won his court case against Yves Saint Laurent . A New York Appeals Court said that the designer is

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able to use trademark protection for his label's red-soled shoes,

except when the shoe itself is red. YSL's shoes in question were

entirely red, from soles to uppers.

"The District Court's conclusion that a single colour can never serve as a trademark in the fashion industry was based on an incorrect understanding of the doctrine of aesthetic functionality and was therefore in error," the appeals judges wrote, Business Week reports.

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In August last year, a New York court judge denied Louboutin the right to stop YSL from selling all red-sole pumps. He appealed against the ruling that same month.

<p class="Default"> "We welcome the decision of the Court of

Appeals and will study today's ruling at great length," a statement

from Louboutin read today. "We are extremely pleased and gratified

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that the Appellate Court found our key arguments to be correct:

first that colour can and does serve as a trademark in the fashion

industry, and that Christian Louboutin's world famous Red Sole

trademark is valid, protectable and enforceable. As we have

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said throughout these proceedings and we reiterate now, especially

in the light of this decision, we will continue to take all steps

available to protect our trademark."

<p class="Default">Yves Saint Laurent maintains that the case

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result was not a clear Louboutin victory.

"Contrary to some reports that have appeared, the New York appeal court ruling is a full victory for the French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent," a statement from YSL read. "The Appeal Court has confirmed all arguments made by YSL in this case and YSL is extremely satisfied with this outcome."

"Louboutin had attacked Yves Saint Laurent in 2011 demanding an injunction against the sale of YSL monochromatic red shoes in the United States. In August 2011, the judge of first instance denied this demand. Louboutin decided to appeal the ruling. Yesterday, the court of appeal decided to go even further in ruling definitively that YSL is fully entitled to sell monochromatic red shoes. All Louboutin claims have therefore been dismissed for a second time. YSL has been selling single-colour shoes (red, purple, blue etc), since the beginning of the Seventies. This legal victory gives YSL full liberty to sell its red shoes."

Updated Thursday February 16, 12.08pm: PPR ceo François-Henri Pinault has responded to Louboutin's passionate allegations that Yves Saint Laurent copied his signature red soles.

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"We won the first proceedings in quite precise, clear terms," Pinault told WWD . "I am therefore very confident with regard to this case, even if I regret it, because these are two great houses and I think we have better things to do than to fight in court over a question of colour."

Updated Wednesday February 8, 10.55am: Christian Louboutin has spoken out once again on his on-going court battle with YSL over claims the label copied his famous red soles.

"I find it most incredible that a group like PPR would take the risk of defending itself as a plagiarist," he said. "They claim to fight against counterfeiting and plagiarism of which they are victims and yet behave like this."


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The footwear designer added that PPR, who owns YSL, had made "many proposals" to buy his company in the past - all of which he turned down. He expressed his disappointment at having to take the brand to court, considering that he knew the head of PPR - ceo François-Henri Pinault - very well and that Yves Saint Laurent himself was someone he had worked with and had "great admiration for". Louboutin also asserted that he wasn't trying to copyright a colour, but the issue was more complicated.

"I understand that, but it is a red in a specific context [in the way that], there is Ferrari red [and] Hermès orange," he told French newspaper Libération. "Even in the food industry, Cadbury recently won a lawsuit against Nestlé for using purple packaging. All this proves that the colours play a part in a brand's identity. I'm not saying that red usually belongs to me - I repeat that this is about a precise red, used in a precise location."


Updated Wednesday January 25, 8.46am: Christian Louboutin was in court in Manhattan yesterday to hear his lawyers mount an impassioned final plea to protect his red-sole trademark. A stylishly dressed Diane von Furstenberg - who arrived in gold-rimmed aviators and a long black sparkly jumper - sat next to him to lend her support.

"For YSL and PPR Group, this might just be a legal matter, but that's not the case for me," Louboutin said. "On the contrary, to me it is very personal: after all, this is an intrinsic part of my life and my company, which bears my name - and which I have built over the past 20 years and still independently own. This is why I had to be there in person."


The panel of three Appeals Court judges hearing the case are currently preparing to decide whether the original judgement - allowing Yves Saint Laurent to continue selling its red, monochromatic pump from the 2011 resort collection, and calling into question the validity of Louboutin's trademark, which he obtained in 2008 - was correct. If the judgement is reversed, YSL and Louboutin will head back to court for a trial to resolve the lawsuit.

"I was impressed by the way the judges ran the hearing," Louboutin told WWD . "The company remains confident that the appeals court will adhere to its conviction that the red sole, this integral and long-held part of the brand's identity and recognised by consumers worldwide, will continue to be recognised as the Christian Louboutin trademark."


Updated Wednesday January 4, 8.27am: Christian Louboutin has suffered another blow to its attempt to protect its red soles trademark, as a group of eminent law professors has sided with YSL. The academics - from some of the US's most famous law schools - have filed an amicus brief with the Federal Court of Appeals in Manhattan urging the court not to allow Louboutin to "monopolise" the colour, WWD reports. The appeal "should be rejected in order to preserve freedom of innovation and competition," the group stated.


"A woman who buys red shoes is doing so for a reason," the brief argues. "Red shoes have a particular meaning to her, and to others, that cannot be supplied or even approximated by shoes of a different colour. Given the substantial creativity involved in both fashion design and fashion consumption, courts should not lightly allow one particular competitor to monopolise particular fashion submarkets."

The case, which began in April 2010, may not be settled for months to come.

Updated Tuesday January 3, 10.12am: It may be a new year but some things don't change, as the Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin red sole fight rumbles on.

YSL filed an appellate brief in late December - within the federal court of appeals deadline - in response to Christian Louboutin's appeal of the court ruling in October. YSL maintains that the court's original judgement - that Christian Louboutin should not be allowed to trademark the colour red - should be upheld and that Louboutin failed to show that YSL's use of the red sole caused "irreparable harm" to its business.


Updated Tuesday October 25, 10.43am: Tiffany & Co has added weight to Christian Louboutin's red soles fight, by filing its own brief arguing that a colour - like the blue of its famous Tiffany boxes - can be trademarked and shouldn't be allowed to be copied.

"We are enormously pleased that Tiffany has weighed in," Louboutin's lawyer told WWD . "Tiffany has not only agreed with our arguments, but it also put forth arguments that strengthened the case and made the point that the [earlier] decision should be reversed."

"Tiffany is not taking sides in this dispute," Tiffany's lawyer was careful to add. "We are only trying to assure that this area of the law is not disturbed by an overbroad decision in the lower court."


Updated Wednesday October 19, 10.31am: Christian Louboutin has launched an appeal against the court's decision not to grant an injunction stopping Yves Saint Laurent from producing red-soled shoes - but a verdict may not be passed until 2012. The shoe label filed its first brief to the Court of Appeal in Manhattan on Monday with the hopes of protecting its trademark red soles, whilst YSL's representatives have not yet filed the expected counter-suit.

"All the briefs from both sides are on a schedule that the Court of Appeals agreed with, to wit: all done and in before the end of the year," Louboutin's lawyer told WWD . "Considering what is at stake, it is probably fair to assume a ruling sometime in early spring, if not earlier."


Updated Friday August 19, 10.08am: An expert in US fashion law has stated that even Tiffany & Co's trademark blue boxes could be at risk of copying if Louboutin's trademark case against Yves Saint Laurent falls apart. "Louboutin's nightmare is that every fast-fashion retailer will begin stirring up vats of red dye because it believes the trademark is officially cancelled or is about to be," Susan Scafidi, director of Fordham University's Fashion Law institute, told WWD . "Louboutin stands to lose so much. This is identity theft for him. Those red soles are almost as recognisable as his name. The philosophical question is, if it doesn't have a red sole, is it a Louboutin? If the shoe has house designs on it, yes, but the question is, will the public see it that way?"

Updated Monday August 15, 9.13am: Christian Louboutin's lawyer says the shoe designer plans to "fight like hell" against YSL's attempt to overturn his re-sole trademark - and plans to file an appeal against the judge's denial of his requested injunction. Louboutin had asked that YSL be stopped from producing red-soled shoes in its pre-spring/summer 2011-12 collection whilst the two brands fought their trademark dispute in court. Last week the judge ruled that Yves Saint Laurent could continue to produce the shoes in the meantime and hinted that Louboutin's monopoly on the colour could be set to end.

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Updated Wednesday August 10, 4.40pm: Christian Louboutin's request for an injunction to stop sales of red-soled shoes made by Yves Saint Laurent has been denied by the judge considering the case. Judge Victor Marrero said Louboutin wasn't able to prove that its red soles deserve trademark protection.

"Because in the fashion industry colour serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection," Marrero concluded, the Wall Street Journal reports.

With the injunction denied, it looks unlikely that Louboutin will win its case against YSL, since it too relies on the association of the red sole only with Louboutin.

Updated Thursday August 4, 8.56am: Both parties are still awaiting a decision, but the judge deliberating the case between Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent over the use of red-soled shoes sided with Louboutin yesterday as he ruled to disregard exhibits submitted by YSL. Both sides submitted letters declaring their position, but YSL supplied additional articles - including a chart depicting YSL red- soled shoes since 2004 - which Judge Victor Marrero, presiding, ruled inadmissible. Louboutin's lawyer argued the chart's accuracy could not be verified and the judge agreed. Louboutin is seeking an injunction to stop YSL producing red-soled shoes for its 2011 cruise collection. It is not known when a decision might be reached.

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Updated Tuesday July 25 8.26am: Shoes were strewn all over a New York courtroom yesterday as the Judge heard preliminary evidence in the case of Christian Louboutin vs Yves Saint Laurent. Louboutin's lawyer Harley Lewin of McCarter & English LLP urged the Judge to grant a preliminary injunction, stopping YSL from producing and selling the red-soled shoes it has produced for its <a href="http://www./fashion/spring-summer-2012/ready-to-wear/yves-saint-laurent-pre"> pre-spring/summer 2011-12 collection</a>. Lewin asserted that if the injunction was not granted, it would cause "irreparable harm" to the brand, WWD reports, and could encourage third parties to begin mass producing shoes with red soles.

<a href="http://www./search?q=yves">YSL's</a> representative argued that no brand should have the "monopoly on a colour" - and that red soles have been worn through the ages by everyone from King Louis XIV of France to Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz , which was greeted by sniggers from the courtroom.

And the judge's final words as he retired to his chambers to consider the footwear evidence he'd seen?

"Nice shoes," he smiled.

The case will resume later today.

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Updated Tuesday May 24, 8.17am: Yves Saint Laurent has responded to accusations that it copied Christian Louboutin's trademark red soles, by asserting the shoe designer doesn't have a monopoly on the colour.

"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 ," court papers filed by YSL read. "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."

In a lawsuit launched last month in New York, Louboutin is seeking damages of $1 million from YSL which - Louboutin claims - has copied his signature coloured sole on "virtually identical" shoes.

Updated Wednesday April 20, 4.23pm: Louboutin has spoken out for the first time about his court case against Yves Saint Laurent, following allegations the luxury fashion house copied his famous red soles.

"I have the biggest respect for the house of Yves Saint Laurent," the designer tells the Evening Standard . "Having discussed the matter with them and not been able to reach an agreement, we have had to take this to court. My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don't enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardising the identity of the Louboutin red sole. No one before me has ever used a coloured sole to define a brand's identity. The red sole has become widely recognised as the distinct sign of my brand in the eyes of women all over the world."

Updated Tuesday April 12, 09.14am: Christian Louboutin is suing a second footwear company, Carmen Steffens, for replicating his signature red soles. The Brazilian label has fought back against the allegations, commenting that it has been using the colour red on its soles since 1996 - before Louboutin officially trademarked it in the US.

"Carmen Steffens France is confident in its position regarding the brand's long-standing use of colour on the soles of some styles of Carmen Steffens shoes, including the infrequent use of various tones of red," Carmen Steffens' president of US operations, Mark Willingham, told Footwear News . "Of the 250 styles in Carmen Steffens France's current collection, only three styles utilise red tones on their soles."

Updated Friday April 8, 1.50 pm: Christian Louboutin is suing Yves Saint Laurent for putting red soles on its shoes.

Louboutin filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in New York on Thursday, alleging that YSL has breached its copyright by using the red sole.

"Mr. Louboutin is the first designer to develop the idea of having red soles on women's shoes," the lawsuit said, Reuters reports. "The defendants' use of red footwear outsoles that are virtually identical to the plaintiffs' Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public."

Louboutin - which trademarked the red sole in the US in 2008 - says that it asked YSL to refrain from using the red colour in January this year, but the company has not yet responded. The shoe company is asking the court to award it $1 million in damages and to order YSL to halt production of all red soled shoes.


This isn't the first time the footwear legend has become annoyed at other labels using his trademark colour - in 2007, the label sued US brand Oh Deer! after it replicated his famous red sole.

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Christian Louboutin blue soled wedding shoes

These are from a collection by monsieur Louboutin especially made for brides. It was a one time collection. Brides all over the world are now searching for Louboutin’s “something blue” without any success. Today, he has a special bridal line, but he uses red soles for them.

Thank you M. for the blue soles, they are really hard to find!

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