Fashion Police Fraud Squad: Martinez Valero Vs Manolo Blahnik

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 When Shoeperwoman alerted the Fraud Squad to the case of Martinz Valero Vs Manolo Blahnik yesterday, we we a little surprised to find that Manolo Blahnik apparently had nothing to say about this blatant copy of the famous 'Carrie" shoes from the Sex and the City movie. Of course, it's easy enough to spot which is the cheaper shoe, but as Dana pointed out over at Shoeperwoman, $164 isn't all THAT cheap for a knockoff: although we guess it does compare favourably to the $995 you'd pay for the Manolos.

The Valero shoes are also available in gold and silver, and you can get them at Zappos. Would you buy them?

4 Comments

  • July 30, 2009

    TheShoeGirl

    EWWWW!! No! How embarrassing.

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  • July 31, 2009

    Dana

    Out of coincidence, yesterday i came across a link selling replicas of famous shoes – and for 89$ you can buy a similar cheap Blahnik knockoff, but you also get the right NAME written inside your shoes 🙂 Talk about a good deal!
    PS: Is this thing even legal (selling replica shoes)??

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  • July 31, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Dana, no, it’s absolutely NOT legal! In cases like the shoes shown here, the person selling the shoe gets away with it because they don’t try to claim it’s someone else’s design (i.e. the label will read “Martinez Valero” not “Manolo Blahnik”), and they can normally prove that there are some (normally very minor) differences between the two designs. In this particular case I don’t see the differences (other than that the Valero shoe looks cheaper and the colour is brighter – althought that may be accounted for by photography), so as I said, I’m surprised they didn’t get in trouble with Manolo Blahnik. It’s a very grey area. The shoes you see that are trying to pass themselves off as ACTUAL Maolos, or whatever, though, are most definitely illegal, and are often shoddily made, in poor conditions for the workers. I’d avoid.

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  • July 31, 2009

    Dana

    That’s exactly what i thought about selling things pretending to be a famous brand or whatever, that’s why i was very surprised to discover that site (and in a google ad of all places) selling them like this, out in the open. They even specify that every detail is exactly like the original. lol. I thought that kind of merchandise is sold in obscure places, or in countries that have poor legal system (eg not long ago you could find Dior or Dolce & Gabbana knockoffs in Romania, where i live, even in big departement stores – now we {pretend to} have better legal system, they sell it in more “discreet” shops…)
    And about the Martinez Valero, that’s why they made the inside and outside sole silver, and not the original NUDE color.

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