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New Balance Suing Karl Lagerfeld for Sneaker Ripoff

June 3, 2014 BY / 26

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new balance sues karl lagerfeld New Balance Suing Karl Lagerfeld for Sneaker Ripoff

New Balance is the latest sneaker company to bite back against luxury brands ripping off its designs. According to TMZ, the brand is suing German fashion lord Karl Lagerfeld over his liberal usage of the NB aesthetic, specifically the side letter hit, on a $360 pair of Lagerfeld trainers. The turn of events suggests that sneaker companies aren’t exactly appreciative of the sort of high fashion rip approach that’s been rampant lately in the luxury sneaker world (Common Projects, Givenchy, and Céline are all guilty of this as well). You have to also wonder whether or not New Balance will be chasing down the likes of Hender Scheme, who have a sneaker that’s basically just a $900 NB 1300 without the logo. See some of the evidence after the click and let us know if you think sneaker companies should be a little bit more lenient as far as luxury borrowings of their designs.

Source: TMZ

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Above, the Karl Lagerfeld sneaker that sparked the lawsuit

hender scheme new balance 570x399 New Balance Suing Karl Lagerfeld for Sneaker Ripoff

Above, a high end sneaker from Hender Scheme that also borrows heavily from New Balance

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26 comments
Shahin Sha
Shahin Sha

best news of the day. This clown didnt even change the FONT on the fucking K.

Biga173rd
Biga173rd

They Rip the silhouette of the shoe mark up the price to triple and expect NB not to act. FOH!! NB I hope you sue the shit out of this pansy pony tail fuck!!. It's an insult to the original designer of the shoe and not give any credit or royalties to the companies that design the shoe. And that K looks retarded you can see copycat from a mile away they look mad fake. 

jungleants
jungleants

First off the hender scheme looks like the New Balance 373 not a 1300.  The lagerfeld looks like someone who don't wear sneakers approved the design.  And I'm not sure designers can be sued for making shoes similar to other companies' design, if they say it's a homage to whatever brand and didn't get permission then yeah.  Most of the retro sneakers coming out from all the big companies look alike, maybe it was a common style that every company used and put their take on them.  Converse running shoes & Asics Onitsuka, adidas country, Rebook classic leather, Saucony Jazz.  All of those shoes used wedge mid sole and they all look similar.  I am not a fan of most sneaker designers that make over the top stuff like Raf Simmons or Rick Owens adidas, I like stuff from designers like Yohji Yamamoto & most of Ronnie Fieg designs. Simple creative stuff always appeal to me.

wcwktb
wcwktb

damn I'm agreeing with all the comments here except when they say there are no good original sneaker designs from high end fashion designers. thats not so true. I think the Rick Owens Geobaskets, the Buscemi 100mm, and Y-3 Qasa are all quite nice to be exact.

cavmclaren
cavmclaren

On another note it is wack that high end brands rarely make original silouettes worth stealing. As a matter of fact I can't even think of any aside from Prada's America's Cup which Fila stole.

cavmclaren
cavmclaren

I think the original brands shouldnt be too upset because the lux brands ARE paying homage to their silouttes by imitating them but just because they are suing doesnt mean they are upset settlements are a form of income so why not be compensated if you can thats just business. Fast food restaurants steal each others menu items all the time and rename them you take someone elses idea and maket them to customers that may be looking for an alternative to that other brand.

yackolef
yackolef

you know kelme sneakers karl¿¿¿¿¿its the same thing


jevondahustla
jevondahustla

im a streetwear kinda guy i dont understand high fashion ... that guy looks like a gay bum to me

"C.E.O."
"C.E.O."

"....at least if you're goin' to steal it pay homage.... its all right to be inspired just respect it...." -Ace Hood Ft. DJ Khaled - "Dec. 31st." (Hilariously, its like plagiarizing an essay paper except a pair of shoes. XD)

Truthiv
Truthiv

Ha ha. Some dumb mofo spent over $300 on some new balances wit a k on them. 

scaredmagic
scaredmagic

He needs to look in the mirror, and then explode.

csbenji
csbenji

i hope new balance wins. that karl lagerfeld sneaker man...ripoff. and karl is a jackass anyhow

Nikelife
Nikelife

It's pathetic. Almost every single one of the "high fashion" sneakers are hideous. You would think with all their so called expertise they could come up with something better than a shitty take on a ripped off design.

cavmclaren
cavmclaren

@wcwktb you're right they do have some nice designs but nothing super iconic to where other designers want to copy them most of the popular  modern designs are spin offs of classic sports and lifestyle shoes from the 80s and 90s such as the air force 1 the jordan 1 the air max 90 and the New Balances.

aintnojoke1
aintnojoke1

I agree. Sneakernews should do a weekly game called High Fashion or Payless Shoe because I think most people would have a hard time telling the difference. Why would you buy a bad knockoff version of a shoe for 4x the price?

wcwktb
wcwktb

@FutureTomorrow_    and I can't believe I even forgot about the Visvim FBT's , those are amazing



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