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In a legal battle for the sole, YSL has won the heart of it. Judge Victor Marrero has ruled that Christian Louboutin has no legal hold over the “trademark” red sole of his shoes. C’mon Loub, suing YSL for a red shoe with a red sole? That was crass. I’m glad that’s over with. Rather, please let this be over.
“Because in the fashion industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection, even if it has gained enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning,” declared Judge Marrero in his ruling.