6.27.2011

Knock it Off!

I've got shoe beef. 

Let me preface this post by saying that I think Jeffrey Campbell is killing it. His shoes are often the biggest trending shoes out there and he obviously has a great eye. I practically live in my Litas and that's saying a lot. You guys KNOW about my shoe collection. haha

That being said, I do have beef with these cheesy blatant knockoffs. Knockoffs bug me sometimes, while other times I don't think it's that big of a deal. I get that people want designer inspired styles for less. The Litas are actually "interpretations" of an amazing designer shoe and like I said, I wear them all the time. These shoes however, really rub me the wrong way. 

You can't take a shoe that is literally an icon and knock it off like this. It's super cheesy. 


Above, the knockoff. 
Below, the original by Salvatore Ferragamo...

I don't like either one to be honest but you have to respect a classic. This is one of the most famous shoe designs in the world.


I also have beef with this shoe because the original is so amazing and these just look like bad orthopedic shoes. Yikes.

Above, the knockoff.
Below, the Original by Prada...

And finally this shoe. A cheesy knockoff of a really special shoe.

Above, the knockoff.
Below, the original by Charlotte Olympia.


What do you guys think?? There's a fine line between interpreting and knocking off but these are crossing the line. Does it bother you? Or do you think that all is fair in shoes and fashion?


xox, 


67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes I have beef too. I love JC shoes BUT, it's not fair they are suing Forever 21 for a knock off version of a flat sandal by JC. JC is suing Forever 21 for knock off's when they are doing the exact same thing!!!

Taylor said...

I think this is really well spoken. I knew about the other two, but had no idea about the Charlotte Olympia ones, which are horrible. He needs to sort of take a step back I think and realize that it's not okay to copy certain things. I think the Ferragamo ones are an embarrassment. Did you see the McQueen "tribute" ones? Those are horrible as well.

Poochie said...

You know how I feel about knockoffs especially ones like these. Just stop an come up with something good on your own.
Poochie

chipsHH said...

I don't know... I really appreciate knock-offs. I've no job right now, going to school, and with the income that does arrive (from a parent), I can only manage to buy an "acceptable" shoe. And knock-offs are my fave, ONLY if I like how they look AND if they do it right...oh, AND if the price is right :P

The shoes here, well... Okay, may be as a dress shoe I'd buy the oxfords :P Unique styles, though ^_^

{ aggie } said...

Oh, Celine! Finally!

I've seen these "inspired" shoes around, and I don't mind if they're inspired but don't rip off everything!
It's even more ironic that JC is a proper shoe label. What are their desginers doing? Pfft even everyday people could easily copy another design.

It's even more ironic that Forever 21 ripped off the Miu Miu swallow-print shoes. They look exactly the same!

talktomyshoes said...

There is a difference between being inspired and ripping off a design. It drives me nuts and makes me giggle. Yes once in a while the odd knockoff can be done right, but really folks, use your own creativity.
http://talktomyshoes.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/

I had a little laugh about it back in April, Christian Louboutin wannabe's everywhere.... *sigh*

Anonymous said...

I think that all of these shoes are ugly. Your designs are ok, at best, but your shoe collection of other designers are great. No offense just thought you might wanna hear some truth for once!

Jules said...

I think the knock offs are hideous! I think in some occasions, imitation is the best form of flattery, but in these cases, I would be pissed! Come up with your own designs! I would almost want to make something ugly on purpose just to see if someone else would knock it off

TheShoeGirl said...

Hey Anonymous. You're a genius. These aren't my designs but thanks for checking out my blog.

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Anonymous said...

hey genious i know they are not your designs,i saw what you did with the last designer you worked for and no wonder why they got bought out by steve madden,i just wanted to know who the fuck hired you to dod such a half ass job,and by the way i was trying to be nice by not saying so but your not very pretty without makeup and i was being to nice when i said your designs are ok at best when they are really way below novice,and your husband is gay.i only know about your bolg because i googled SHE NEEDS MAC and 6 PACK BETTY which in case you didnt know means that your gay husband would need a minimum of a six pack of beer in order to sleep with you,in either case your picture popped up on both searchs.thanks for tunning in

Anonymous said...

and your teeth are way to big for your face which is long enough as is.

REBECCA said...

Anonymous, you have no class. Celine loves what she does and inspires a lot of readers to do the same.

You sound like a complete hater. Get lost.

Anonymous said...

the truth hurts.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous, If you're going to insult someone, you should learn english first. You sound like a fool.

Anonymous said...

wtf is wrong with you "anonymous", that was such a terrible thing to say.
Celine you have been nothing but sweet and entertaining, you dont deserve this negativity.

Tim Hendricks (not anonymous) said...

To the anonymous hater: what a waste of time to write negative remarks. Taking the time to insult others is a tell-tale sign of insecurities and lack of intelligence. The world could use more positive, intelligent and witty people like Celine and less people like you.

Cheesegrater said...

I would consider it an honor to be insulted by someone as terrible at grammar, spelling and rational thought as Anonymous.

-- Chase

Hannah said...

First off...real 'klassy' anon. You're a true inspiration to all of us.

But back to the post: I just blogged about this myself. The Charlotte Olympia knock offs really frosted me for some reason! It was the tipping point!

Poochie said...

Dearest Anon,

A few words of advice. First, to successfully insult someone it's best to come off as a bit superior and your insults should have an element of truth to them. I would suggest that you avail yourself of a Dictionary as well as The Rules of Style for grammar advice.

Second, I've met our adorable ShoeGirl and her wonderful husband in person and not only is she lovely and fun, I did not get any indication that he was gay. But aren't we past calling someone gay as an insult yet?

Third, I'm not sure what search engine you are using, but, because I like to be knowledgeable before I throw information out there, I searched for your two terms and Celine did not come up as a result connected to either one.

And lastly, because I was intrigued that so erudite an Anon would know something I did not, I went to the best slang resource on the web, Urban Dictionary, and neither term came up as a result or having any meaning.

So stop trying to make Fetch happen. It's never going to happen.

Best regards,
Poochie
(aka a friend of ShoeGirl)

Spell Check Guardian Angel of Anonymous said...

slow down I am 4 posts behind you...

scarf rings said...

These shoes areee soooo greaat! <3


--scarf rings lover

Anonymous said...

good morning Celine. It's me anonymous. I want to apologize to you & your readers. I'm sorry about what i said last night... I was in a bad mood. you see mommy & daddy didn't really teach me much about being a decent person. I understand that it takes a lot to put yourself out there for everyone to make an opinion. I also want to apologize to your amazing husband, who must be the luckiest guy ever. I can tell by your posts that you are fun loving, have great friends, and are talented beyond limits.

TheShoeGirl said...

Wow anon- you learned how to spell and use organized sentence structure overnight! That's so great :)

Don't worry about the nasty stuff you spewed yesterday, it didn't bother me. I obviously have really great, supportive friends and readers that mean more than an anonymous commenter. Thank you for taking the time to apologize though, that was nice. I forgive you.

xox

Faith J. said...

I have seen Jeffrey Campbell do so many knockoffs over the years, now every time I see a JC shoe I just assume it's a knockoff. And I shop other brands instead. I don't like wearing knockoffs.

arc said...

You know, they do say that Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

There a difference between imitating a famous design and flat out copying a famous design so it passes as the real deal.

I'm ok with imitation. Sometimes we cant afford the real thing so we are willing to take the "close enough imitation" without trying to pretend it's the real deal. However, what I DON'T accept is a flat out counterfeit, trying to deceive that it's a real Gucci, Prada or Chanel.

Bottom line, the person who can afford it WILL buy the real deal...they won't buy the imitation. That said, just because you cant drop $200 to $2000 on a pair of shoes should not mean you should be totally shut out of the cute shoe market. They know, as do the fashion pros that they are not the real thing.

Suzanne said...

Good lord, that anonymous commenter is mean! Truly heinous.

Celine, you are beautiful and have amazing taste. I've loved your blog for a while now and think you're incredibly witty and charming.

ANYWHO - I agree with your post. Knock-offs are the worst, and more often than not, they're very poorly made and fall apart. I'd rather save my pennies than buy some faux leather fakes at F21.

Mary said...

He also copied Dior's SS11 shoes. Ugh.

J. said...

I agree, the similarities are a bit too obvious...

Accidental Fashionista said...

TOTALLY Agree!!! Wrote about it not to long ago in fact.

http://noodlefashions.blogspot.com/2011/06/lets-be-original.html

Anonymous said...

I hate knock offs too! I think that buying cute shoes cheap is okay but if it's a knock off I just dont go there. I am a supporter of smart shopping but ruining a classic isn't good.

SHY BooGS said...

lol those dont even look like replicas theyjust look all wrong ... love your blogg

Vanessa said...

Just started following your blog, love it! Very insightful comments and you seem very qualified to make them! Completely agree about the Jeffrey Campbell's...love the brand, but I pretty much assume most of their designs are knock-offs of one designer or another!

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Anonymous said...

ewwwww

TheShoeGirl said...

Anonymous- you can talk shit about me all you want and I'll leave it up because you don't phase me, but leave others out of it or I will delete your comments.

NikiMaait said...

What is with haters who comment on blogs and about how much they hate the blogger? Their insecurity is so transparent.

Anon - Your insecurity and jealousy of Celine is so blindingly obvious that you may as well have just written the below in your comment:

"Celine, I am extremely jealous of your happy marriage and your successful and fun life. So much so, that my jealousy is taking over any capacity that I may have to be a decent human being. Because of this I am going to write some nasty comments on your post. Posts which I am completely up to date with because I most likely have your page saved in my favourites because I am completely obsessed with everything you have to say because you're living the life that I want for myself and no one else. I am one of those people who can't handle it when other people do well in something that I have an passion for. Some people call it insecurity. I call it Narcissism."

------------

Now a message from me to you Celine, I absolutely love your blog. I follow you on twitter and like your facebook page. I am incredibly jealous of you and your career but I have nothing but happiness for you. You inspired me to start my own blog about shoes. It's never going to be as successful as yours but it's something I'm mostly doing just as a hobby and outlet for my shoe addiction. All the best with your new collection. I love the name and have my fingers crossed that you will one day sell them in Australia <3

Keep up the fab work

Anna at ShoeHunting said...

I have a HUGE problem with the Charlotte Olympia knockoffs, that is such an original shoe and I hate to see it copied so BADLY! Also, the Ferragamos deserve to be left as is and not duplicated by Mr. Campbell. With ya. The creepers don't bother me much because I don't like that shoe style anyway.

WendyB said...

The Ferragamo knockoff just hurts me. I can't even comment on it!

Anonymous said...

Sigh***

I love your blog!.

Your the best!.

Pearl C

Ankle Boots said...

Huge Shoes looking awesome

Calla said...

First, let me preface this by saying that your blog is one of my favorites and I always appreciate reading your opinions.

I would say that... without these knock-offs, there are no trends and in fact, to create a trend, you need to have people playing of each other. Personally, I think the original Charlotte Olympia's are completely unwearable and quite ugly and prefer the version that JC did (much more Carmen Miranda and Lucille Ball to me), but that is my opinion and no one needs to agree with me. I always refer to the excellent lecture Joanna Blakley gave on this subject (http://www.ted.com/talks/johanna_blakley_lessons_from_fashion_s_free_culture.html) because it has some good points. It's awesome that people can afford shoes like the originals, but those people are really in the top tiers of society (or spending like they are) and for the rest of us, who do have a right to wear unusual fashion too, we can't afford a shoe that starts at $900 (I know the COs and the SFs are far more). I agree that JC is cutting it fine now and should back off, but think about the Litas that are so popular. That's a ripoff of a Charles Anastase design and now it's being patented because Anastase wouldn't even make them for anyone else. How many of us would return our Litas so we didn't have a knock-off?

Calla said...

Sigh. That was "off each other."

Anonymous said...

How can you seriously write this post when on your twitter you just posted a sneak peak of your new line that CLEARLY knocked off Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony??! So you changed the bow to something more horrific and altered the topline and made the strap skinnier... does that mean you didn't knock of Chloe Sevigny? And you were "inspired"?

Careful of what you post.

TheShoeGirl said...

Anonymous, seriously you're a fucking creep. You should think about how crazy you sound although you don't care because you're anonymous so nobody knows who you are. Total pussy move by the way.
It's time to move on I think. I get that you hate me and everything about me. I don't care.

xox

Anonymous said...

with all due respect, can you speak to the issue of the knock offs just posted from your new collection (mentioned by anon. above). i don't understand...? it's a fair question if you are going to call out JC who does a lot of great pieces that are not knocks, or are truly modified in some way.

much appreciated.

LADIVASOSA said...

The reason knockoff's are happening at an alarming rate and with ridiculous audacity because EVERYONE BUYS THEM!! Even the ugly shoes! As soon as JC reveals a new "collection" EVERY SINGLE BLOGGER has posted about it. I just got an invitation to see this "unveiling" today at LF. Not interested. Most of the shoes are ugly as fuck and people buy them because they see famous bloggers buy them.

Now it gets even more ridiculous. As I was running some errands, I pass by a Steve Madden store and now they have their own versions of Litas and Dani shoes, etc etc.

Pathetic. These dumbass companies are trolling through these blogs to see what is one everyone's "wishlist" and then plan the future "collection". I'm telling you, some famous blogger talked about those Charlotte Olympia's and it probably got like 300 comments. And there are plenty bloggers talking about their trip to the Ferragamo museum, so that explains that one.

NikiMaait said...

A quote from one of my fave actresses in one of my fave movies:

"...what you don't know is that, that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent... wasn't it who showed cerulean military jackets? ... And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin."

The point of this quote is to show that trends come and go and there is always going to be inspiration for designers to take from eachother. Celine's designs have always been super original. The shoe Anon is talking about (the wooden heel) has been trending with other designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, MIU MIU even Jessica Simpson. It's also a fairly understated design. The shoes that Celine is talking about in this post are clearly very original and 'out-there' designs which have blatantly been copied.

Anon - The fact that you admitted that you are following her on Twitter also just proves my previous comment about your insecurity and jealousy. Not to mention the fact that your comments have no credibility because:
a) you won't even show your name
b) they're uninformed
c) you're not making an argument, you're just being an ass

Anonymous said...

I am not the mean anon lol, but i just wanted to say I was a little taken back by your latest design you showed as your first original design. I am a huge fan of the site, and you, so dont get me wrong, I just personally found it a bit hypocritical to call out other designers on doing exactly what you do. I hate JC and Steve madden, and refuse to wear anything by either, because by doing so you are only supporting the problem. Maybe not to everyone, but in my opinion shoes are a form of art, and the design is like any amazing painting. It is not fair to make money of anothers design. If you want to be inspired by another design i believe it only fair to give credit to the designer. You complain about jc yet you wear his shoes daily...your supporting the enemy. I think it is fair to have lower lines to appeal to those who cannot afford said items, but at least give credit to the inspiration and get valid approval. I just wish there was a lower line willing to create their own designs and not out right copies of higher end designs. The talent is out their yet when given the opportunity like yourself, you choose to make replicas yourself. Use your talent and give your fans something original. Your first pair whether inspired by whoever, look exactly like the chloe for oc you posted withen the last couple months. Of course people would see the connection. Create something of your own, i know you have it in you. As an artist i just hate seeing so many artist steal others work. Its flattering perhaps, but also tiring.

NehkohCat said...

First off, Poochie you are the ish for that comment!!! Articulate individual will always trump moron, 'nuff said! I loved reading this post because just today I came across a site whose advertising went something like this "why spend $$$ on certain designer shoes, when you can achieve the same look for less!". This person was selling decals in different colors and patterns one could place on the bottom of your shoes, particularly a certain iconic red sole! I remember when CL was a brand few fashionistas knew about and lusted over, that glimpse of red peeking slyly out from under the heel...oooo what is that??? The red sole meant you were a bad a** bi*** who knew her shoes, was willing to spend the money to look good and it spoke of self confidence, ya know. Now, not so much, it seems like EVERYONE lusts after Mr. L, so much so that women make it a point to show off that red sole, throw money away on poorly made knockoffs and now red decals?? I wonder what Mr. L's thoughts are on this over saturation of his brand. What do y ou think Celine?

Anonymous said...

Have a look on sportsgirl.com.au (at the Harness Boot) for another example of commercial rip-offs.

So yucky.

Anonymous said...

PS as for the cyper-bulling.
Grow-up. Seriously.
Australian fashion loves ya Celine!

Beryl said...

If I really loved a shoe design that much, I'd save like a maniac and buy the original. It isn't worth buying a blatant knockoff which doesn't give you the satisfaction of wearing a good quality and artfully designed shoe, and isn't going to last anyway.

That being said...I actually think that last Charlotte Olympia knockoff is kind of cute! Oh well.

Nicole said...

One thing my family taught me growing up lower working class was the appreciation of well-made and quality items. My mother had one pair of quality work shoes that she polished and took care of every night to make sure she didn't "look poor". I think one of the biggest contributions to knock-offs is the disposable and ADHD society that we live in where (as someone else mentioned) "power bloggers" spazz out over novelty print Miu Mius and then a month later are on to the next rich girl distraction. We all know exactly the difference between a well-made shoe and a cheap one, and I think it's more a question of immediate gratification then true appreciation. For me I came away with a love and obsession of amazing/beautiful clothing that I consider to be art and I am willing to save and pay for the originals (or stalk it on Ebay!).
Love your blog Celine!

Calla said...

Ok. Further research (and I am not trying to dog you, but hey, you need to answer this if you're going to be pointing fingers): your new line includes this shoe: http://mylifeinheels.tumblr.com/post/7089830445/sneak-peek-cece-lamour
This is a direct (and I mean DIRECT) rip-off of the recent Chloe Sevigny x Opening Ceremony Mary Jane (that you own because you've shown them on your tumblr). Chloe's for reference: http://www.openingceremony.us/products.asp?menuid=2&designerid=224&productid=28999

Explain how this is "inspired by" and not "ripped from."

Karla said...

That is a valid point, Calla. I'm glad you brought that up, because I was wondering about that myself.

As for me, personally- my training has taught me that "nothing is created in a vacuum"- as in, everything influences everything. Ferregamo was inspired by ____, made the icon, and inspired countless others. This is one of the most recognizable shoes in history, and I think it's great that other folks with more modest incomes may enjoy something similar. What's wrong with that?

If there's anything to despise here, it's elitism.

Kristina said...

You did design this Lyra wedge for Gwen's line, Harajuku Lovers, did you not?

See below:

http://www.heels.com/womens-shoes/lyra-wedge-red.html?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=affiliate&utm_source=aff_id&atrack=cj

Your Lyra wedge is an exact replica of one of the greatest shoes Giuseppi Zanotti ever made. You just added a pom pom and changed the colors around..

Comparison below:

http://theshoegirl.blogspot.com/search?q=zanotti

Listen, I own both pairs of shoes because I think their shoe shelf material and look sexy on my feet.

Calla, every designer is inspired by the next "Explain how this is "inspired by" and not "ripped from." I personally don't believe they rip off the designer, they simply make it better!!

I like the new version of the Chloe for OC shoe. I will fucking buy that shit. Celine your awesome! Bring back some of the old one of a kind designs that we can't buy anymore, that is my best advice to you;)

Roxanne said...

Aww Celine, let haters be!

Clearly anon is just jealous of you lovely collection of shoes (as I am :-p) or maybe anon is a jilted ex-lover!

But come on! Why read this wonderful blog if you hate it and its contents?

If you want to have debates and arguments go comment on a Justin Beiber video on Youtube!

Lots of love
Your fan from India
Roxanne

TheShoeGirl said...

Don't you worry "Karla". I'll get to it. I'm enjoying my weekend first and suggest you do the same. There are more important things to do than to defend my design ability this weekend.
Thanks!

:)

Calla said...

Celine, just delete my comments. Obviously, this is not a debate that you and yours are able to defend, so you'll just conscend instead. Since you're "right" and allowed to rip others' designs, then it should be ok for everybody. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. And yeah, regardless of what you want to say, it is a rip of the Mary Janes. The Fruitbowls and Ad Longs are not exact copies, but they're just as close as yours. I don't disagree with the right to trending and the copies, but you are pointing fingers and it's hypocritical in the same way as JC suing F21. There. I've said my piece. Now you can make me go away because that's the wonder of personal blogs: you can make it so everyone agrees with you. Hope you enjoy your holiday.

Claire M. said...

I love the designs!

Anonymous said...

your first design for your line is wack and a rip off.you should not have taken it there,really to call out others and then turn around and do the same.this is the classic 50 cent story diss ja rule for singing on a record then turn around and do the same thing CLASSIC.which is why the last label you designed for went under you have no imagination.totally bogus

Maryjane said...

It's wonderful when people say positive and supporting things. In that way I will say that I've enjoyed your blog for a long time now. You're super talented and I love your taste and take on shoes and all things fashionable. I will gladly continue to read your blog regularly. Best wishes on wherever your career takes you. Every chapter in life is a stepping stone to reach our next destination. It's obvious you are on an excellent track. Keep it up Celine! Lots of love sister!

Maryjane xoxo

lizzie said...

Apparently you once hurt someone's feelings Celine.

Seriously, some of these people are ridiculous. I agree with everything NikiMaait said.

Additionally, there is a HUGE difference between counter fitting, knocking off, and using a popular trendy design as your own spring board...

Buying AuTHeNtiC cHrIStIAN lOUbUtIns @ LOuBouTinfAkEs.com = Bad. You're an asshole and you're supporting trafficking, hope your foot gets chopped off.

Buying the stupid red sole stickers so you *may* fool a few people that *kind of* appreciate shoes and have poor vision= now you're a tacky asshole.

Buying a trendy shoe that was designed to meet YOUR pricepoint that isn't actually taking credit away from where it's due?...I just don't see anything wrong with that. As for shoes that are "inspired" by truly iconic shoes...yes, that might be kind of cheesy...but in the grand scheme of things if you don't like it - don't buy it, be a snotty elitist and snicker at us poor unfortunate souls in our steve madden's and get on with your day. boo hoo.

I have to laugh at anyone saying ~I wish a lower line would make ORIGINAL shoes~...really? Because somehow I doubt you'd actually buy them. What exactly does an "original shoe" look like? And if you want to get really ~original why don't you just go barefoot?...Except, I think Jesus did that and you don't want to be a copy cat do you!?

For people criticizing your design ability Celine, fuuuuck them. You know you're amazing at what you do and so do the rest of us.

Kittie said...

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! This is the liveliest comment section I've seen in a while! Go Selena!

Ilse said...

I think the designs by Celine talked about in the comments are something different then the JC ripoffs. Iconic shoes or shoes that are.. uncommon in design, like the ones in the post, shouldn't be copied when you're out of ideas because it's so obvious.

Shoes designs that are simpler, like the mary janes, already existed anyway; it's good that designs like that get redone over and over. A basic shoe design does not belong to anyone anyway- that would be like calling every new pair of bell bottoms a ripoff of the previous ones. It's a shoe, come on! It's not a whole new thing.

I can really appreciate differences in design. I'm very picky about toe shapes and straps, for example. It's good to have some variation and choice. After all everyone is free to buy whatever they want to buy. As long as you keep the trees in mind :)

Keep up the good work, love reading your blog,
X

corina said...

I have never seen shoes like that...amazing...

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