Christian Louboutin Fights Dior Over Red-Soled Shoes

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After filing lawsuits against Yves Saint Laurent and Carmen Steffens over claims that they copied his signature red soles, Christian Louboutin has found a new target: Dior.

In court papers filed July 19, the footwear designer demands a court order in an attempt to stop the fashion house’s rumored plans to release its own collection of red-soled shoes, the New York Post reports.

A private investigator hired by Louboutin, Roman Khaykin of InfoTactic Group, stumbled upon Dior’s alleged plans when a sales clerk at the latter’s 57th Street store in NYC dished that the brand was “planning to make red-soled shoes with matching uppers for the next season.”

Not on Louboutin’s watch! The Frenchman is hoping that the courts will prevent copycats from adopting crimson heels, which he claims violates his trademark.

“A flood of red soles in high-fashion women’s footwear creates the danger that Louboutin’s goodwill, market prominence, and fame will be destroyed,” he says in his latest court filing.

Yves Saint Laurent has already filed a counter-suit against the designer, and says he shouldn’t have the right to “monopolize any color.”

In related news, Jeffrey Campbell is battling Forever 21’s look-alike shoes.