Fashion Police Fraud Squad: Steve Madden is “inspired” by Dior’s Extreme Gladiator Sandals, as seen in the Sex and the City movie

Steve_madden_diorSteve Madden has been “inspired” again, folks. That seems to happen fairly often, doesn’t it? The man must be just be one big burning ball of creativity. This time he’s been “inspired” by Dior’s extreme gladiator sandals, as seen on Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City movie. These are being touted as the “It” shoe of the moment, and are sold out everywhere, which will give fans of the style quite the dilemma: the Steve Madden versions (called ‘Madalynn’) are available for pre-order now, and cost just $109.75 to Dior’s $770, but could you live with the knowledge that your hard-earned cash was being used to support Steve Madden, who waved goodbye to all pretense at originality and creativity quite some time ago, and has been churning out cheap versions of other people’s work ever since? Or does the fact that you can’t buy the originals anyway make you think, “well, why not?”

10 Comments

  • July 4, 2008

    alicen

    I actually prefer the Steve Madden ones. And they’re cheaper!

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  • July 4, 2008

    bookmole

    I like these. And I would wear them, too, except I would fall over / get back ache / dislocate something should I try.
    I cannot afford designer prices, cheap knock-offs def have appeal.

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  • July 4, 2008

    Ella

    I have an immense dislike for Steve Madden and his over-commercialized shameless plagiarizing techniques.
    So no, I will not put money into the man’s pocket. I own one pair of Steve Madden shoes and they were bought at a second-hand store.

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  • July 5, 2008

    Chelsea

    I actually like the Steve Madden version better, with the embossing on the front and the bit of snake skin of whatever the print is? I think they’re fab.

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  • July 5, 2008

    Arielle

    I also like the Madden version better.
    I guess if you’re going to steal someone else’s idea, you may as well improve on it!

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  • July 5, 2008

    amaris

    hate the steve madden one, absolutely cannot tolerate the chunkiness of the heel in contrast with the slimness that is dior

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  • July 6, 2008

    michele

    Well, it was possible to (somewhat) afford the designer version a year ago (when I got mine for less than half price), before the SATC movie, before Dior re-released them to coincide with the SATC movie, before every Carrie Bradshaw wannabe had to have a pair, which lead to the shoes being sold at hideous mark-up on eBay and the market being flooded with knock-offs. People need to learn to find their own style, instead of relying on celebrities and characters in shows/movies to dictate it for them…

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  • July 8, 2008

    cherie jones

    Hiya
    I purchased a gorgeous pair of maroon gladiator shoes similar to the $770.00 Dior shoes for just £40, they had my size too! (which is rare). Loads of colours, loads of sizes
    I got them from Zunacci
    http://www.zunacci.com/shoes.html
    I repeat, gorgeous! 🙂

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  • July 11, 2008

    Aurore

    well , bakers shoes do the exact same shoes that Dior , Baker’s copy is way better than steve madden’s one .. http://www.bakersshoes.com/product/bakers+womens+dress+shoes/bakers+womens+dress+sandals/candice.do

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  • December 24, 2008

    theshoppingdiva

    I like the Steve Madden ones better the original Dior version. I waited until they went on sale. I got the brown instead of the black. I think its all in how you style your outfit around the shoes. Nobody has a freakin monopoly on “style” not celebrities, not stylist and that the self-righteous fashion snobs. Ladies I say “go for yours” save money and get the Steve Madden or the Baker version. Both look hot and you will look hot in them! Do your thing!

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