Remember the story The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain. Well, here too you'd be hard pressed to tell which shoe has the refined pedigree here.
If you peek at the insoles, you'd be able to see that the bottom shoe has "the papers" but who is doing the imitating here?
The top pair are from Nine West and we saw these come out last winter.
But then today I was on the Barney's site and saw these new Louboutin Moustique sandals and was like "WTF! A reverse imitation?"
Both come in other color combinations, but the Louboutins are a good ten times more expensive.
After reading Deluxe, I question whether brands are working to maintain their luxury standing, especially when I see Nine West and Louboutin heels looking like twins.
UPDATE: I figured that Nine West was doing the copying here. And it has been confirmed (see comments). If you bought the Louboutins do you get as mad as I do when you see an extreme knock-off like this? Do you feel that Louboutin has enough production quality to justify the major price difference? If given the two shoes without labels do you think you could tell the difference?
I don't buy knock-offs and try to pass them off as another brand. I have, of course, bought shoes that I liked the style of and then later found out they were "inspired" by another brand. What are your thoughts on this on-going problem?