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YSL To Louboutin: You Weren't The First To Use Red Soles!

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The claws are out in the battle between Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin.

As you'll recall, Louboutin filed a lawsuit against YSL last month after he discovered they were making their own shoes with red soles.

The French shoe designer even took it a step further by claiming he was the first ever to do the red sole thing, but now YSL is calling bullshit and they have proof!

In court papers filed in NYC, the fashion house said:

"Red outsoles are a commonly used ornamental design feature in footwear, dating as far back as the red shoes worn by King Louis XIV in the 1600s and the ruby red shoes that carried Dorothy home in The Wizard of Oz."

YSL also called Louboutin's trademark application a big crock of you know what for claiming to have exclusive use of the red sole:

"As an industry leader who has devoted his entire professional life to women's footwear, Mr Louboutin either knew or should have known about some or all of the dozens of footwear models that rendered his sworn statement false."

Ouch.

We can't wait to hear Christian's response.

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Louboutin Says He Was The First To Do Colored Soles — Ever

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Christian Louboutin made an attempt to explain his two lawsuits against Yves Saint Laurent and Carmen Steffens this week.

The fancy footwear designer, who believes both labels are causing consumer confusion, said:

"I have the biggest respect for the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Having discussed the matter with them and not been able to reach an agreement, we have had to take this to court. My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don't enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardizing the identity of the Louboutin red sole. No one before me has ever used a colored sole to define a brand's identity. The red sole has become widely recognized as the distinct sign of my brand in the eyes of women all over the world."

If that's what you believe, monsieur, don't you think they'd be able to tell the difference? Have a little faith in your clientele!

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Christian Louboutin Sues Again!

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He's suing mad!

After filing a lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent for infringing on his trademark red soles, Christian Louboutin is now going after Carmen Steffens for the same exact thing. But unlike YSL, the Steffens is ready to throw down in court.

In a statement released on Monday, the Brazilian company thinks it's "surprising that another brand is trying to reserve the rights to any color. The tones are not the same, and, as catalogs dating from 1996 can prove, Carmen Steffens shoes contain soles of all colors, including red."

Their international development director, Gabriel Spaniol, added:

"We are ready to provide unassailable evidence that we have been using colored soles, especially red, before Mr. Christian Louboutin popularized his."

Your move, Louboutin.

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Louboutin Sues YSL Over Red Soles

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The bottom of Yves Saint Laurent's shoes have Christian Louboutin seeing red and now he's suing!

In the lawsuit filed on Thursday, Louboutin claims YSL's red shoes with red soles "are virtually identical to plaintiff's Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing footwear."

While the shoes in question do look similar, we think Monsieur Louboutin is going to have a problem winning this one. YSL's red on red shoe is part of a larger collection that matches the color of the shoe with the sole.

The court papers also say Louboutin only noticed the alleged copycat in January, which is kinda funny since YSL's sold red sole shoes in the past.

Thoughts???

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Celebs Love…Louboutins!

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Ah Louboutins.

They're undoubtedly THE most popular brand of shoes in Hollywood.

With a pair for almost every occasion imaginable, Loubs are guaranteed to make an appearance at any celebrity event.

CLICK HERE to see which celebs have been spotted with red soles!
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