NY court protects French shoemaker's red soles

A stiletto-heeled shoe by Christian Louboutin is displayed at the opening of Saks Fifth Avenue's designer shoe floor on Friday, Aug. 17, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

September 5, 2012 8:19:23 AM PDT
A federal appeals court in Manhattan says the distinctive red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are entitled to trademark protection.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled in favor of the French maker of luxury shoes worn by stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry.

The court says Louboutin is entitled to protect its brand against red-soled shoes made by competitor Yves Saint Laurent S.A.S., which is also based in Paris.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2008 had granted the trademark protection to Louboutin.

Louboutin has applied glossy vivid red to the outsoles of women's shoes since 1992. The shoes sell for up to $1,000 a pair.