The plot thickens in the case of bunion-inducing red-sole heels
The lawsuit against Yves St. Laurent filed by Christian Louboutin rages on.
Earlier this year, purveyor of luxury shoes Christian Louboutin filed a suit against French fashion house Yves St. Laurent (YSL) for trademark infringement after the latter company released a model of shoes with a cherry red sole, similar to that which has become almost synonymous with Louboutins.
The courts ruled that YSL was well within its rights to use the color on their footwear, and a judge questioned whether Louboutin's trademark on the feature should even be valid, since color is used in fashion as a basic design element, according to fashion blog Stylite.
Louboutin appealed the decision, to which YSL has recently responded, saying that the plaintiff faces a "formidable hurdle" in getting the courts to reverse the ruling.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that high heels can worsen conditions like bunions or hammer toe. As such, consumers may want to concern themselves more with their foot health than the color of their shoes' soles.
Luckily, bunion splints or orthotics may help reduce the appearance of bunions or hammer toe, even in women who are addicted to their Louboutin – or YSL – pumps.