A History of Luxury Sneaker Copycats
Yesterday, news broke that New Balance is suing Karl Lagerfeld over a sneaker being sold by the German fashion designer that features an awfully NB-looking shape, complete with an “K” across the side in place of the usual “N”. That sort of appropriation is nothing new in terms of luxury brands though, and there are plenty of other pairs on the market that owe varying degrees of their DNA to more pedestrian sneaker designs. Legal activity in this realm isn’t an entirely new thing either – Jordan Brand previously chased down Gourmet for their tributes and even New Balance had previous a win in this category following their settlement with Louis Vuitton over a 574 ripoff from 2009.
Should these companies be allowed to borrow and interpret these classic designs? That’s ultimately up to courts to decide, but it’s still an interesting discussion to have if you care about this sort of blending in the footwear world. It certainly makes sense that the brands involved would want to do everything they can to protect their intellectual property. On the other hand, the luxury versions of these models aren’t 1:1 ripoffs, in most cases they up things in terms of quality with authentic leathers, European production, and the like (Of course the chunkier price tags reflect this). And let’s not forget that the streetwear community at large has given a pass to these sort of brand flips when it comes to clothing. Continue reading for a a handful of of luxury sneaker ripoffs from the past decade and let us know if you approve of the process down in the comments.
clearly some of yall do not understand how nice the leather is, that the profile is higher, and that that no designer brand plasters logos everywhere (and if they do it's typically the trendy cheaper pieces in the collection)
Haha look at this guys, "new balance sues karl lagerfield"
Gotta watch this. Also take a look at the releated items :D http://www.deichmann.com/DE/de/shop/herren/herren-schuhe/00000001209117/Sneaker*.prod?r=5&c=3&orderby=topseller&st=PRODUCT&filter_cat=herren/herren-schuhe/herren-schuhe-sneaker
@sneakernews designer labels need to stop trying to get back at streetwear by ripping athletic shoe brands!
they forgot about the cole haan air max 97 copy cat and versace ripped off the jordan 1's in the 90s or early 2000s
@JStaffz Raf Simon does make some dope shoes
@TheMan_Ty true. rick owens ripped nike too and chucks lol
There are really only so many ways to design a shoe for casual purposes without it becoming an outright abomination. Some of these infringements were definitley blatant but in all fairness all sneakers bear resemblance to each other to some degree.
@sneakernews the fila's that were Prada bites, were the worst
@sneakernews I still have the ones that look like vii's
Well, in retrospect the supposedly "copycats" have superior workmanship and overall material quality that being Made in Italy, France or in Europe. We will never know the real story behind who stole the design idea from where or what.
Hender Scheme is really the most shameful. If any of you saw their whole shoe line, their shoes are basically a complete ripoff of all the iconic models from including Nike, Adidas, New Balance, and Vans stripped of its logo and turned into an all-sepia colour. What a shame.
@sneakernews no I don't
@sneakernews hell yeah
@sneakernews remember when BAPE continues to rip off Nike.
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