This sea of stilettos just turned sour. A French court rejected Christian Louboutin's trademark-infringement claim against high-street retailer Zara.
The luxury showmaker originally sued Zara in 2011, with claims that the Spanish retailer's £40 red-soled, peep toed, slingback shoes not only infringed upon its trademark, but was remarkably similar to the Louboutin Yo-Yo shoe. The exact wording in the suit was "counterfeiting and unfair competition" according to WWD. Initially, the court sided with Louboutin, but a dissatisfied Zara filed an appeal.
Just last week, the court ruled that Zara could in fact, sell these red-bottomed shoes, stating that customers would not confuse Louboutins and Zara-branded heels. Furthermore, Louboutin has been ordered to compensate Zara with 2,500 euros or $3,600 for their troubles.
In these past twenty years, Louboutin has remained a favorite shoe brand among celebrities and socialites. With singers and stars professing their love for the designer label, Louboutin has maintained a luster that no other shoe brand has been able to perpetuate or uphold.