Louboutin files red-sole lawsuit…again!

Christian Louboutin has filed a second suit alleging trademark infringement against a shoe group that uses red soles.

This time, the company in his sights is the French division of Brazil’s Carmen Steffens, which makes shoes with what it refers to as ‘rosette’ soles.

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 Louboutin’s, 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 latest suit arrives days after Louboutin launched legal action against YSL, seeking $1m in damages and demanding that the brand cease the sale of red-soled shoes through some of its New York boutiques.

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.’

Now here is an idea: yellow soles?

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