But I was surprised to see a wedge with obvious (although poorly executed IMO) knocked off elements.
The Prada Spring/Summer 2012 collection was filled with fiery heels, especially the blazing wedge. Sure the pair from ModCloth are chunkier and simpler but the shape of the straps and flames at the ankle are identical.
Haven't we been here before ModCloth? Ignorance of your buyers is not an excuse. I mean, this is a major shoe for the S/S 2012 season. Do your buyers just not follow the fashion news and world or are they actively looking for "inspired by" pieces?
I know some will argue that it's making a style available to more people, with just enough distance to not be a true knockoff. And that's probably true. I still think it's too close.
Flame on cobblestone image via Elle.