Louboutin wins U.S. court bid to protect red soles

A visitor walks past an installation of shoe lasts by designer Christian Louboutin during a media viewing of his retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum in LondonNEW YORK (Reuters) – The bright red soles on French footwear designer Christian Louboutin's high-heeled shoes are so distinctive they deserve trademark protection, a U.S. appeals court has ruled. A three judge panel at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed on Wednesday a lower court's finding that a single color could not be trademarked in the fashion industry. Paris-based Louboutin, whose pumps have graced many famous feet, sued rival Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) in April 2011 in Manhattan federal court over what he claimed is his signature use of lacquered red on shoe soles. …