Stiletto standoff

Everyone knows when a bright red-soled shoe steps out of the limo and on to the red carpet, there’s only one brand it could belong to; Christian Louboutin, right? Or maybe not, as Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite shoe-maker is suing French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent for allegedly copying its iconic red-sole.

According to the Telegraph, Yves Saint Laurent has been selling red-soled shoes at high end department stores that also stock Louboutin, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York. Louboutin trademarked the red sole in the US in 2008 and is fiercely protective of it.

Louboutin told the Evening Standard: ‘I have the biggest respect for the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Having discussed the matter with them and not been able to reach an agreement, we have had to take this to court. My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don't enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardising the identity of the Louboutin red sole.’

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