While sales of Louboutin knockoffs continue around the web — blatantly bad Louboutin knockoffs, at that — the shoe brand's case against Yves St. Laurent for making shoes with red soles in the recent resort collection moves forward in court. And a development in the case, which should set a precedent as to whether other luxury shoe labels can safely design shoes with red soles for aesthetic rather than branding reasons, seems to suggest Team Louboutin may have an edge.
Along with documents submitted to the judge explaining their case, YSL attached "a chart of YSL red-soled shoes from 2004 to the present" as evidence. From WWD:
It had been a contentious document during the hearing because the plaintiff told the court it was unable to verify its accuracy.
“This exhibit is a bald attempt of YSL and counsel to circumvent the law and sneak into evidence the chart they acknowledged was a ‘demonstrative’ at the July 22 hearing,” Lewin said.
The judge ruled in Louboutin's favor on that chart, as well as on other disputed YSL exhibits, though he has not yet made a verdict on this very dramatic lawsuit. If the verdict is YSL's shoes are too easily confused with Louboutins, would that be so bad? Aside from the wasted merchandise, Louboutins are the preferred meatpacking-district club shoe these days.