Designer Vs. High Street: Criss-cross sandals from KORS Michael Kors and J.Crew

This is an interesting case of Designer Vs. High Street, as the designer version comes from the designer’s lower priced line and is now on sale cheaper than the version it possibly inspired at the mall. The KORS Michael Kors Fanny Crisscross Pump was originally $275 at Shopbop.com and is now on sale for $192. The fact that this shoe has been out long enough to be on sale, whereas the J. Crew version is new does lend the situation to speculation of inspiration. Hmm.

But what do you think of the J. Crew Ares Platform Heel, at $215 only moderately less expensive than the original price of the KORS shoe? They have lowered the heel a bit, making it more chunky, resulting in a more hipster, less chic, silhouette and the leather has a less expensive look. There are hundreds of files on J.Crew overcharging for items you could get similar versions of from real designer brands for the same amount of money. Do we now consider J.Crew a designer? Do we want to save up for J.Crew shoes and dresses? It’s just so darn stylish lately (especially from the looks of their upcoming Fall 2010 collection) that we’re too tempted to look the other way on these misdemeanors. What about you?

9 Comments

  • April 13, 2010

    Arielle

    I’ve seen shoes with a similar design long before that Kors one came out. I don’t find it to be particularly original. That said, I actually do like both shoes. The Kors pair has a lovely silhouette and the J.crew pair has, to my mind, managed to create a shoe that gives off both a sensible and fun vibe.

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  • April 13, 2010

    Arielle

    I should add that I would not pay that much money for either pair. If I were ever wealthy enough to drop $200 on a pair of shoes, they’d have to be a lot more eye-catching than either of those!

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    • April 13, 2010

      Miriam

      My thoughts exactly!
      There’s bound to be some cheap knock-offs in the shops sooner or later!

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  • April 13, 2010

    CoutureCoco

    I think both shoes are different enough because of the heel height. The J.Crew ones would be more versatile for me if I had to choose but not at that price. I think they’re just trying to make the most of their raised profile.
    .-= CoutureCoco´s last blog ..Homage to vintage =-.

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  • April 13, 2010

    Ash

    As much as I love that tanned hot dog they call Kors, the J Crew are more my style with the heel and buckle.

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  • April 13, 2010

    Karyn

    I really like those shoes. I like the heel and color on the j. crew and I like the look of the leather on the Michael Kors. I also should admit that j. crew is currently my favorite store. I love the way they incorporate classic cuts with interesting details to unboring it. They have a great color palate. I think it is perfect for someone like me who is pushing 30 and doesn’t want to wear t-shirts with cartoons on them or pleated khaki slacks. I feel sophisticated, fun, hip and classy in their clothing. Knowing me I’ll probably be over them in a year or two. I’ve liked them for about 2 years now. I’m not super into designers. While some of the pieces are great, not only can I not afford them, but the way people become addicted to the status they feel it brings them makes me concerned. I want to wear clothing. I don’t want it to wear me.
    .-= Karyn´s last blog ..The Latest Dish =-.

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  • April 15, 2010

    Tellicherry

    They’re both boring. A woven vamp is hardly cutting-edge design, so I don’t see how J. Crew is “biting” the Michael aesthetic.

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  • April 15, 2010

    Diandra

    I like the J Crew one better actually. I think I just like the color. It does have an older feel though, while the Michael Kors one is more hip and modern. Since they’re about the same price I could go for either. 😛

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