Back in April, we noticed that Karl Lagerfeld‘s Leather Suede Mesh Sneakers ($360) look almost exactly the same as these New Balance 574 Black Sneakers ($112.88). So, we did what we do best and wrote about it as a Taste Test. Little did we know that two months later, the sneaker company would take action against one of the most iconic names in fashion–and SHEfinds is involved!
New Balance is suing Karl Lagerfeld for creating confusion by using a block capital letter “K” on an otherwise identical shoe. TMZ broke the news yesterday and other media outlets, like Vogue UK, have written about the case. The original article mentions that a fashion blog is quoted in the suit, “The sneaker company points out it’s been using this design since the ’70s, noting even fashion blogs have seen the similarity … one with an article titled, ‘Wait did Karl Lagerfeld just knock off New Balance sneakers?'” Yeah, that’s us, and we STILL can’t believe the head designer and creative director of Chanel knocked off New Balance. But we are talking about the man whose last runway show was a high fashion supermarket, so maybe Karl knows exactly what he’s doing and this is all just a play on the whole sneaker trend? Guess we’ll have to stay tuned to find out!
UPDATE: We got our hands on the official court docs and confirmed that our article IS in fact mentioned in the lawsuit. Check it out:
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