If there's one thing you can say about Christian Louboutin, it's that he fights hard. Anyone that has paid attention to the headlines over the past year will know that the designer has fiercely but unsuccessfully battle to protect his red soles against Yves Saint Laurent. Sadly, a court decided against him again in a case against Zara.
Today France's final court of appeal upheld the June 2011 decision in favour of Zara, allowing them to sell red-soled shoes. Just to put salt into the wound, the judge also ordered the brand to pay £2,000 compensation for the legal of bills of Inditex, the Spanish retail giant that owns Zara.
According to the earlier ruling, the action failed because there was no risk of there being a confusion between a Zara heel and a Louboutin and besides, 'the terms of Louboutin's trademark registration were too vague,' the court concluded. The sad thing about the ruling, though, is that it opens the floodgate for many other high street retailers, who are already guilty of overzealous copying of designer pieces, to follow suit.
Do you agree with the decision?