Fashion designer Christian Louboutin’s battle to protect the characteristic red soles on the shoes he designs was won on Tuesday once the EU’s European Court of Justice ruled that the red color was separate from the soles’ shape.
A legal battle had been launched when in 2012 rival firm Van Haren sold high heeled shoes with red soles. EU law stipulates that companies cannot trademark common shapes of products such as the soles of shoes. Van Haren’s argument was that Louboutin did not have trademark protection because applying red to a sole came under that law.
“Warmly” welcoming the judgment the brand stated that “For 26 years, the red sole has enabled the public to attribute the origin of the shoe to its creator, Christian Louboutin.”