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The dapper shoe designer and one of his red-soled pumps. Photos: Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images | NeimanMarcus.com
Christian Louboutinis suing again this week over his iconic red soles. The shoe designer, who has a 'zero tolerance' policy when it comes to copycat brands, went after Yves Saint Laurent America last week for mimicking his trademarked crimson treads. Now, WWD's Footwear News reports, Louboutin is going after Carmen Steffens France, a division of a Brazillian shoe brand, for the very same offense. Since he first started lacquering his soles in 1992 -- which started with an experiment involving red nail polish -- Louboutin has garnered adoring fans the world over, including Victoria Beckham, Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan. The designer trademarked his signature detail in the U.S. in 2008. In a statement to StyleList, a Carmen Steffens spokesperson said, "Carmen Steffens France is confident in its position regarding the brand's long-standing use of color on the soles of some styles of our shoes, including the infrequent use of various tones of red." The statement went on, "Of the 250 styles in the current collection, only 3 styles utilize red tones on their soles." In other news, find out how much luxury brands lose each year due to counterfeiting.