Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Balenciaga red soled shoes


balenciaga round toe lace ups / exclusive pic from matchesfashion.com

yes my blog post title is correct, but when i show you the picture above, what is the first thing that comes to mind? christian louboutin shoes? i wouldn't blame you. it's rather controversial that balenciaga painted the soles of the above round toe lace-ups in red. yves saint laurent YSL, also produced a series of shoes with red soles a few years back, but is now locked in a bitter court fight with christian louboutin as the latter has the patent on red soled shoes. is balenciaga being brave, foolish or just plain courting publicity? did louboutin made these for balenciaga (i doubt so)? or does christian louboutin's red soled patent only applies to womenswear?


balenciaga round toe lace-ups from fall winter 2011


balenciaga round toe lace ups / exclusive pic from matchesfashion.com

some said that (ahem ysl) christian louboutin should never have been granted the patent in the first place, no one should be able to claim copyright on a color. however i feel that this is now becoming a visual identity, integral to louboutin's branding. i think many would have mistaken the above as a pair of bona fide louboutin shoes. i think balenciaga is being a little naughty here, although the color is a cross between hermes orange and louboutin red.


that said, it's a pair of smart lace-ups, i really like it. a little cheeky for it to come with red soles, but i don't think there will be many more in future. the balenciaga round toe lace-ups with red soles are available online from matchesfashion.com. we better hurry.



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7 comments:

  1. I Love them and i'll buy them....
    I like the little controversial side of it!
    FOr the YSL/Louboutin battle, it's a little bit weird since in 2004, for his last collection, Tom Ford released red sole wedges.

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  2. i like that Balenciaga messenger as well, never seen it before. Do you know the name of the bag, and where to get it?

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  3. No idea about the bag, I think it might be a coming soon item!

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  4. It is a tough one. I don't think Christian Louboutin should have been able to patent the red soles in the first place. However, what's done is done, and the red soles have become such an integral part of Louboutins identity that it should be protected and I can see why this is resulting in legal action. Lovely shoes though. In and industry like fashion colour is such an important tool. I think it is wrong that a brand would not be able to use a colour because of another brand. Where do you draw the line? If you can patent the colour of a sole what's next... The colour of a top?! Ooh and I like the Balenciaga bag.

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  5. Well, there are still lots of colors out there. Red on black is fierce, that's why Louboutin chose it in first place IMHO, a typical Louboutin customer does not want to be "cute" but "sexy" or somehow edgy. I don't understand why Balenciaga would make a shoe like this, the sole could be blue, green, orange or hot pink and still be as edgy.

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  6. Red is hot. But it would be boring if all wearing red soled.

    Lucca Yoga

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  7. dont know if you heard but louboutin lost his case against balenciaga yesterday in new york. The judge ruled that the patent should not have been given to louboutin because he never should have been to patent a color on a shoe.

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