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Red letter day as Zara wins Louboutin battle Monday, 11th June 2012
Photo credit: Christian Louboutin's YoYo design shoes
A French court has ruled that fast fashion chain Zara’s use of red soles for its high-heeled shoes do not infringe on the Louboutin trademark, and that the Spanish retailer can continue to manufacture and sell the design.
Currently also battling with Yves Saint Laurent in a similar court case, Christian Louboutin sued Zara, claiming the high street retailer had copied his Yo Yo slingback design. However, the court decided that consumers would not be confused between the two versions. Although both feature a peep toe and a red sole, the French court was certain that a consumer would not be confused between Zara’s EUR 49 price tag for the shoes, and Louboutin’s EUR 400 and above pricing.
Louboutin is now likely to be forced to pay EUR 2,000 in compensation for Zara.