Charlotte Russe is very “inspired” in the shoe department

Step forward, Charlotte Russe, you of the cheap clothes and “buy one pair of shoes, get the second pair for $10” offers. You have been accused of taking “inspiration” from other brands a little too literally, and we’d like to know how you plead.

First, the evidence:

Christian Louboutin shoes copied by Charlotte Russe
Christian Louboutin Vs Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe valentino bootsValentino Vs Charlotte Russe

Miu Miu shoes copied by Charlotte RusseMiu Miu Vs Charlotte Russe

Pierre Hardy shoes copied by Charlotte RussePierre Hardy Vs Charlotte Russe

These are just a few of the shoe copycats we found at Charlotte Russe, and, to be fair to them, none of them are exact replicas (although some are closer copies than others), and when you see them side-by-side, it’s instantly obvious which is the designer shoe and which is the copy. So CR probably aren’t going to find themselves in court over any of these. What do you think, though? Have they gone too far with the “inspiration”, especially with the more visually distinctive shoes, or is it fair game for mass-market retailers to copy designers in this kind of way, given that they’re not passing the shoes off as belonging to the designer brand, and are likely to be┬átargeting┬ávery different areas of the market?

Tell us!


  • November 22, 2011


    The likeness between some of the pairs is indeed striking, but then again, what Charlotte Russe is doing, isn’t new. The highstreet is crawling with copycats, and I think it’s just a side-effect of fashion. Or what to think about brands like Steve Madden, whose entire collection usually exists of (not to subtle) knock-offs. Personally, I don’t think it’s very damaging, as fashionistas with money will still be willing to pay more for the real thing. And at the same time us mere mortals can enjoy a little taste of the design, but for less money and with less quality.

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  • November 22, 2011


    If you can afford the real thing, good on you! I prefer to pay more, as I expect quality.
    There are loads of ‘looky likey’ shoes out there at ridiculously low prices, and this is great for those on a budget who want to keep up with current trends.

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  • November 22, 2011


    When I did a fashion degree we were encouraged to ‘copy’ designer fashion, because lets face it, most of us were set to get jobs in the high street design studios rather than working for a ‘designer’ … If that makes sense…

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  • November 22, 2011


    I think the fact that they’re targeting a very different market makes this sort of thing okay. It is pretty obvious which is the designer and which the cheap knock-off, after all. (And this is nothing new – more than a century ago, women would make their dresses based off of fashions they couldn’t afford to buy ready-made, after all. I’m sure they would have done the same with shoes if cobbling were as easy to manage as dress-making.)

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  • November 23, 2011


    The only one that I found to have crossed the invisible “inspired by” vs “copy-cat” line were the last pair.

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    • October 28, 2012


      Actually I have to disagree with you there Lola, the Miu Miu shoes and the Charlotte russe are very VERY similar. Excactly the same except with silver instead of black. And the Christian Louboutin and Charlotte Russe there EXCACTLY the same except with less spikes on one. But this trick isn’t new.

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  • October 12, 2013


    Nala, actually the miu miu and Charlotte Russe have different shapes to the shoe it’s self an the rouching of the fabric is shaped differently, and the charlotte russe is a peep toe. and with the Loubouton the shape and materials used are different, the Loubouton is obviously leather with the signature red sole.

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