Can the style of a shoe be subject to trademark protection?
Converse All Star shoes, with their white soles and laces and color-blocked sides, are instantly recognizable. According to Nike-Converse, Inc., the famous Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker “look” merits trademark protection. If they’re right, it could spell big trouble for over 30 U.S. and foreign-based companies in the New York lawsuit, including major players like Walmart and Ralph Lauren. Converse is also asking the International Trade Commission to ban all imports and sales of Chuck Taylor look-alikes.