Sunday, May 15, 2016

Oh, patents! Christian Louboutin spikes

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Louboutin spiked
Pigalle pump
Louboutin Harvanana
spiked loafers
Presenting spiked Louboutin Pigalle pumps in canary yellow for women to the right, and  spiked Harvanana men's loafers to the left, crested and striped! 

The Louboutin spiked shoe design is patented in USD735986. titled Shoe. In this patent, it is interesting that it is not the pump design that is patented, but indeed just the ornamental "spikes". The patent specifies that the broken lines of the shoe drawings (e.g.; Figs. 1 and 4 below) are "only for illustrative purposes and form no part of the claimed design" whereas "The ornamental design which is claimed is shown in solid lines".

Thus, this "spikes" design invention appears in many Louboutin models (sneakers, flats, sandals, boots..) with many variations in spikiness (on straps, at the back of the heel piece, or evenly distributed on the whole upper). For example, the following US design patents each cover differently spiked shoe designs and models: USD735981, USD734599, USD729506, USD712641 and USD707926.

Below, figure 1 and figure 4 for the Louboutin design patent USD735986 titled Shoe.

The patent further specifies that there are records indicating that the Harvanana style was first unveiled to the public in NYC, NY on May 30, 2011; the Pigalle Spikes style was first disclosed to the public in NYC, NY on Nov. 30th, 2009; and the Rollerboy spikes (another men's spiked loafer style) was first disclosed to the public in NYC, NY on Dec. 3, 2007.



Louboutin shoes are Pygmalion shoes, try ‘em on and you’ll morph …at least until the stroke of midnight…! 

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