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.
Above, the Karl Lagerfeld sneaker that sparked the lawsuit
Above, a high end sneaker from Hender Scheme that also borrows heavily from New Balance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"....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)
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.
@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.
@wcwktb I could not agree more with every brand/shoe you listed and I have a couple more I could add to the mix. I think I may have commented saying as much to someone else. Definitely can't agree with the generalized statements here.
Makes me wonder who has and hasn't spent time getting to know their designer sneakers.
@GrangTapes LOL...nice one!
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?
@FutureTomorrow_ and I can't believe I even forgot about the Visvim FBT's , those are amazing
@justshoes lol how?
@aintnojoke1 because of the name? The most disgusted you'll ever see me is if for what ever reason I have to be around people that SOLELY purchase products because of what name is on it. Plenty of those in the world.