Back in 2008 Christian Louboutin sued Spanish fashion chain Zara over a pair of open-toe shoes which were of a similar design to Louboutin's Yo Yo style with its iconic red sole (which has been a signature of the brand for over 20 years). Despite putting forward an argument which stated that Zara were at fault for "counterfeiting and unfair competition", Louboutin lost the case, and this week the brand also lost its final appeal.
Elsewhere in the world of the red heel, a higher profile case against YSL for a similar infraction still continues, with the result pending - but in the meantime, just in case anyone else is considering producing a shoe with a red sole, the company have released this official statement (which should put a stop to your idea):
"We would like to respond to the recent commentary in various articles from newspapers and blogs regarding the French court decision in the Zara case. Much of the discussion either implies or states that through this ruling we have lost our rights to our world famous Red Sole Trademark. We would like to clarify that what has been disputed and canceled is only one French registration of said Red sole Trademark.
Christian Louboutin continues to own valid and enforceable trademark rights in its Red Sole Trademark, including in France itself as well as throughout the world. A number of court decisions have recognized the strong association between Christian Louboutin and the Red Sole Trademark, including in France.
Christian Louboutin will continue to protect and enforce its rights to its Red Sole Trademark which has been its iconic signature for the past 20 years.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who continually show support to our brand."