Archive for April 24th, 2009

24
Apr
09

The School of Hard Knock Offs

Today’s post on Shoeaholics Anonymous: “Knockoff Marc Jacobs Sandals.” The blog reveals, side-by-side, a pair of strappy red Marc Jacobs cork wedges ($339.95) and a Steve Madden version of the same shoe ($49.95). “Of course, we all know Steve Madden is known for some awesome knock-offs,” the writer points out.

Naga peep toe pump by Guess

Naga peep toe pump by Guess

In fact, the designer version-meets-discount version is regular fare for many a fashion magazine (I’m a huge fan of Self magazine’s “Admire it, Acquire it” it feature). But the recent lawsuit brought against clothing retailer Forever 21 (designer Travota accuses Forever 21 of copying a line of shirts; Diane von Fürstenberg, Anthropologie, Gwen Stefani and others have pressed similar charges in the past) gives the term “knock off” a dirty ring. (Like “Genuine Pradu” handbags weren’t bad enough.)

Still, how many of us can really spring for the Marc Jacobs sandals these days? And, in the shoe world, is it possible that imitation is still the sincerest form of flattery? Shoeaholics Anonymous seems to think so. The site boasts recent posts on Dolce Vita, Jimmy Choo and Louboutin knockoffs. (The Naga peep toe pump from Guess, pictured here, is nearly a dead-ringer for Jimmy Choo’s Eliza Petrol Patent Peep Toe Shoes.)

Gemology by Kenneth Cole Reaction

Gemology by Kenneth Cole Reaction

And, while out-and-out design stealing likely warrants cries of piracy, what about when designers “borrow” from their own high-end lines to flesh out their lower-priced offerings? Check out the $78.95 Gemology sandal from Kenneth Cole Reaction. It’s rhinestone-encrusted and comes in bronze, gold and silver.

Bedside by Unlisted

Bedside by Unlisted

Cole’s Unlisted brand features a sister (if not twin) style in the Bedside: sparkly beading, metallic coloring and just $45.

Glamour Girls Shoes Simpson

Glamour Girls Shoes Simpson

Finally, there are the replicas which are not knocksoff so much as tributes: Glamour Girls Shoes claims to be “your online source for the latest in celebrity worn and designer inspired footwear.” So, is Glamour Girls’ Simpson Peep Toe Wedge in homage to Jessica Simpson? The singer-turned-fashion-brand hasn’t produced a similar style in her current collection, but the open toe, the stacked wedge… it does nod to the star’s style. And a Simpson-esque shoe ($19.99!) is a step up from a “Genuine Sampson” any day.

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24
Apr
09

Life Just Got Sweeter with DSquared Heels

dsquared-candy1The ultimate in eye candy, these DSquared Heels were designed for any sugar-lovin diva. The candy-striped heels and cherry red upper make this a must-wear for showing off your playful side.

The stacked 5” heel is balanced by a 3/4” platform and the thick leather sole and lining make them extra comfortable; you don’t have to practice much in these babies, so feel free to throw them on at the last minute.

What to wear with these delicious duds? Your best bet is a white dress (after Memorial Day, of course), a short denim skirt for a killer schoolgirl look, or a hot red sundress. These shoes are a great fit for any girl who isn’t afraid to have some fun.

24
Apr
09

Chic and Green, Italian Sneakers We Love!

Serafini, an Italian shoe brand since 1885, is known for athletic as well as more elegant styles. But in recent years they have become absolutely famous for their sneakers. We have designer and ex tennis coach Fabrizio Serafini, to thank.

top-modelHis clean, colorful, vintage-inspired sneakers are truly innovative, incorporating materials you’d expect to find on an evening shoe like quality velvet, shiny satin, classic tartan and soft sponge. The result however, is still 100% a sneaker, without imperfections or excesses, but with an exquisite hint of snobbery.

This summer, in honor of the 80s, Serafini has designed the top-model sneaker, with the names of a few super models of the decade embroidered on the back heel: Cindy, Naomi, Karen and Claudia to mention a few.

And, just in time for Earth Day, the collection features 99% vegetable-tanned leather. “Every season I’ll be adding something new until the result is totally green,” he says.




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