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When smaller brands draw inspiration from big designer brands, this is what happens.Sources of photos: here, here, here and here Click on the images to enlarge
We end up with lots of similar shoes, most of which are being referred to, as knock-offs. This is just a small example.
In the case of YSL’s Tribtoos, many brands tried to imitate them. We can see similarities on the shape and the heels of the shoes from brands like Kelsi Dagger, Pour La Victoire, and most recently from the greek brand Tsakiris Mallas. The latter is the one we think that drew the most inspiration out of the YSLs.
The shape is identical and the toe caps, is the new addition to this season’s YSL Tribtoos. Coincidence?
Another example, where the inspiration is obvious but there are some differences between the shoes is this one:
Zara was the first to take inspiration from Charlotte Olympia’s Dolly pumps, making their shoes peep-toes, but Tsakiris Mallas soon followed the same path. And even though on their blog they stated that they drew inspiration from Balenciaga, I can definitely see the resemblance to Charlotte Olympia’s pumps. It may be the characteristic platform, or the pointed toe, but I can see it.
Moving on, to another inspired pair by the same greek brand: Tsakiris Mallas.
Here the similarity is, the basic idea of the Christian Louboutin shoe, while using other colors and materials.
Last but not least we have one of my favourite pairs of shoes which once again inspired the creation of one of Tsakiris Mallas’ own pair.
Do you remember these? It’s not the first time I featured them on my blog. In fact I did it 3 times (here, here and here). I bought Tsakiris Mallas’ version of Brian Atwood’s Drama pumps last December (You haven’t seen them in one of my outfits yet), but the model was successful and continued in S/S 2011 too. This season, they changed the heel for a more chunky one, and it seems that the color is more rose than beige (as the last model was), but it’s basically the same shoe.
EDIT 21/10/11: It seems that I wasn’t aware of the Christian Louboutin Marissa studded boots. Now that I am, I want to show you one more inspired pair by the same brand:
Almost identical. Don’t you think?
So what do you think about all these designer inspired shoes? Are you a fan of them, or do you consider them as knock offs? For me it’s a little bit of both. At first I was angry that the similarities were so obvious, but the prices were much lower, so that was a good alternative to the real deal. However, I think that shoes which are so obviously inspired by big designer brands shouldn’t be sold for more than 100€, and most of these, are somewhere between 149-159€ in my country, which is too much for the quality they offer.
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