Verdict Expected Soon on Christian Louboutin’s Red Sole Lawsuit Against Yves Saint Laurent

An end to at least one portion of Christian Louboutin‘s lawsuit spree back in April might be coming soon, though it’s anyone’s guess how it will pan out. You might recall that the famous shoe designer decided to take both Yves Saint Laurent and Brazilian label Carmen Steffens to court in roughly the same week, complaining that both had created shoes with red sole, which Louboutin claims he owns the patent to. Now that first case, against Yves Saint Laurent, might soon be coming to an end, as Bloomberg reports that the judge hearing the case in Manhattan federal court, is close to reaching a decision. While, like we said before, no one knows which direction the judge will ultimately go in, but our money would be on Louboutin losing, given that the judge “questioned Louboutin’s lawyer repeatedly about design elements” and that YSL’s legal team seemed to make a strong showing, reportedly asking after Louboutin couldn’t identify if certain types of shoes were breaking his patent, “We don’t know what we are and what we are not allowed to do. Even Mr. Louboutin does not know.” Meanwhile, there’s apparently “bemusement” over this whole case at the house of Valentino Garavani, as the designer’s longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, told Women’s Wear Daily that Valentino had been making shoes with red soles all the way back in 1969 and through into the 1980s. But will they be laughing it up after Louboutin invents a time machine and takes their younger selves to court for red-ing up their shoes? We think not.

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