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Louboutin

Huge Victory in War

Over Red Soles

9/5/2012 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0905-louboutin-red-YSL-gettyThe people behind Christian Louboutin shoes just emerged victorious in a heated legal battle over their famous red soles ... and now NO OTHER SHOE COMPANY can jack their signature style.

Louboutin had gone to war with Yves Saint Laurent ... after YSL released red high-heeled shoes with a red sole.

Of course, anyone who knows anything about fashion knows the red sole is the trademark look of Louboutin ... and women KILL for those things. In fact, they've been featured on "Sex and the City," "Gossip Girl" and Jennifer Lopez even wrote a song devoted to the footwear.

Louboutin had sued YSL hoping a judge would ban them from the red sole business, and today ... an appeals court sided with C.L. ... sorta.

According to the ruling, Louboutin can block other designers from co-opting their signature red soles ... but ONLY when they are on a shoe that primarily contains a contrasting color on the top (like the one in the photo above).

But if a designer like YSL wants to make an all-red shoe (red top AND red sole) there's nothing C.L. can do about it.

Fun Fact -- The most expensive pair of Louboutins shoes reportedly cost around $20,000 and are made out of crocodile. The typical low-end pair runs between $600 and $700.

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Gi-Gi    

Money to burn...

726 days ago
2.

Ashley     

shoes, shoes, shoes
love those shoes
good for C.L..

726 days ago
3.

karisma    

YAY! A victory for butt-ugly expensive shoes everywhere! A nation of bunions and corns rejoices!

726 days ago
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DopeLikeCoke    

I don't know why YSL didn't keep their blue soles anyway. It was a good look and great marketing tool.

726 days ago
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Anonymous    

Apple has announced that they have patented heels. Anyone making shoes with a height greater than 1/2 inch will be sued into bankruptcy.

726 days ago
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Anonymous    

How many more of these stupid, very generic things, are we going to allow to be trademarked and patented?

726 days ago
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vern dufford    

Now that they are so so...yesterday.

726 days ago
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EMB    

What next, they will fight over what color of red can be used?

726 days ago
9.

OooooNooo!    

"You can leave your Louboutins on when I take you to bed"

726 days ago
10.

Phishie from Philly    

Hey, I found the other red sole under my bed.
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Phishie from Philly

726 days ago
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YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE    

Anyone spends that kind of money on shoes deserves to have those shoes shoved up their ass!!

726 days ago
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Ace    

Don't use Red....use Burgundy or Scarlet. Should be easy to get around.

726 days ago
13.

Jannie    

MY typical low-end pairs run between $9.99 and 19.99. $29.99 if there's a BOGO.

726 days ago
14.

RoadRig    

Is blue or pink taken yet? What about iShoe? I'm heading down to the patent office now to secure my "trade marks".

726 days ago
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A1A    

Oh great. Phones cannot be slim with rounded corners or the worlds biggest computer company will sue you, shoes cannot have red soles, Abobe owns the patent on Ctrl B for bolding text, if you put a one click buy button on your web site Amazon can sue you, the list of total nonsense just goes on and on. This is called corporate abuse.

726 days ago
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