Louboutin appeals court decision on bunion-inducing heels
Designer Christian Louboutin shows tenacity in his battle to retain a trademark on red-soled shoes.
Fashion house Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) is being forced to halt the release of its planned red-soled peep-toe pumps, as rival Christian Louboutin's lawyers have filed appeal to reverse a decision by Judge Victor Marrero that would allow YSL to distribute the controversial shoes, according to media reports.
Previously, Louboutin brought YSL to court requesting an injunction against the design house's red-soled suede shoes, since Louboutin had reportedly trademarked the detail.
Marrero ruled that barring other designers from using the color on the soles of their shoes would be overly restrictive and hinder healthy competition in the fashion market.
“There is something different about fashion. In fashion, color is an ingredient,” Marrero said in response to the appeal, quoted by Women's Wear Daily.
New York Magazine opined that the appeal may be Louboutin's best chance of retaining the association between red-soled heels and its brand.
Women with bunions
should stay away from either brand of pumps, since they are known to
exacerbate the bony deformity. Instead, they should consider trying bunion splints or orthotics to help correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful bunion surgery.