A few weeks ago we blogged about how the history of the red sole dates back to the 1600s – not to 1992 when Christian Louboutin supposedly created his signature red sole. And it seems that Yves Saint Laurent’s lawyers are telling the courts the same thing in the Louboutin vs YSL law suit.
ElleUK claims that in court filed documents that YSL are arguing that:
‘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.’
‘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.’
This comes after Louboutin were suing the French fashion house for more than $1 million in damages due to their US trademark on the red sole shoes.
We do wonder if the trademark registration specified the specific red shade that is the Christian Louboutin red.
Read more about the history of the red soled shoes here.