Spot the Difference: Colourblocked shoes by Jessica Simpson and ASOS

Can you spot the difference between these two shoes, readers?

Nope, we can’t either. In fact, a few subtle shade variations (which could easily be explained by differences in photography and lighting) aside, we don’t think there are any. The only difference, then, would seem to be the brand names – ASOS and Jessica Simpson – and the price points: the ASOS shoes are £75 and the Jessica Simpson ones are $78, which works out at around £56.

Looks like someone’s been a bit naughty on the “inspiration” front, then, but who is it? Well, Shoeperwoman wrote about the Jessica Simpson shoes last month, and the ASOS version only appeared on the site last week, so we initially suspected ASOS of being the guilty party. The copy seems SO blatant, though, that it doesn’t really seem like ASOS – in fact, we were so confused by it that we actually contacted them on Twitter to ask if the shoe they have listed as “ASOS Handfull” is actually by Jessica Simpson, and they’ve just neglected to add the brand name to the product description. (We know, it doesn’t seem likely, and they don’t normally stock shoes by JSim, but hey, benefit of the doubt and all that.) We’ve yet to receive a response, but we’ll update if we do.

In the meanwhile, what do you think: is this taking “inspiration” a little too far, or are you so used to this kind of thing now that it doesn’t really bother you?

6 Comments

  • October 10, 2011

    cmap

    That is so ridiculous. How can someone copy a designer only to charge more for it? That’s the worse kind of plagiarism.

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  • October 10, 2011

    cmap

    excuse me, I meant “worst”

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  • October 10, 2011

    Zoe

    There are two big issues here. The first is obviously the blatant stealing of Simpson’s design. The second is that they actually had the gall to make the exact same shoe and then charge more for it! I truly love ASOS, but this is just wrong.

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  • October 11, 2011

    Ez

    Do you think it’s possible that someone else designed the shoe and the Jessica Simpson shoe company and ASOS just bought the shoe design from the original designer? Therefore the original design itself doesn’t actually belong to JS or ASOS?

    I’ve seen examples of this before in ‘celebrity designer’ ranges – dresses that have supposedly designed by that celeb but actually the exact same item has been sold previously by another store and therefore must have originally been designed by someone other than the celebrity in question.

    Just a theory!

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    • November 20, 2012

      Claudia

      I’d say you are right – they come from the same factory in china, probably, or even from the same lot. I know examples of this practice in other areas than clothes – with electronics, cosmetics, sometimes even cars (!) all that changes are the labels and the packaging. These shoes are identical twins!

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  • October 11, 2011

    lvb

    Well I’ve never even hurd of ASOS before, but I know all about JS shoes so guess that answers the question for me!

    Don’t really care who disagrees, just my personal feelings!

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