Monday, September 23, 2013

Original or Carbon Copy?

It is fact that some carbon copies these days can come very close to the original.  In some cases the carbon copy can look a little better.  If you're a shoe wearer and you have a specific look that you're going for... sometimes the carbon copy will do just fine.  The only big difference is the price.  It is fact that carbon copies sometimes get much more attention because they are not only good looking but they are also much less in price than the original.

Let's take a look at my favorite designer Christian Louboutin for example.... he creates some of the most fabulous designer shoes that are worn today by celebrities and the elite crowed... however, the average person could not afford his shoes.  Does this mean they do not like the designer?  Well of course not... even the average person loves to follow celebrity trends and see what is trending in fashion and styles today.. but you would be fooling yourself to even think that you can even afford those fashionable brand prices... some of them are more then a house payment; or two house payments for that matter.  Would you skip paying your mortgage for a pair of hot heels?  Well some might but the wise person would absolutely not do this.

So how do you get the designer look without paying the designer prices?  Some simply purchase the carbon copy.  Keep in mind that if you are a frequent high heel shoe wearer and an authentic lover of high heel shoes... it's not about money or status.  It's about quality and the look that you are going for and some carbon copies can deliver that.

Now when I say carbon copy... I am not talking about buying shoes from people who are pretending to sell you the actual designer shoe for a lesser price.  That is illegal and I do not recommend anyone support this kind of action.  We all know that there are huge copyright infringement and laws against these types of organizations and the FBI is shutting those places down for very good reason.  Mostly to protect the consumer like us... but most importantly to protect the designer who owns rights to their shoe designs.

Now the places that I am referring to are strictly copies that are obviously not the original but come very close.  These carbon copies governed by certain laws when it comes to re-creating a designer shoe and can't take very important designer specific things like Christian Louboutin's signature "Red Bottom" and the specific color and or materials that are used to make the shoe distinctive.  They only copy patterns and or style such as a wedge heels, platform heel or a high heel... which are rights that everyone has.  Certain patterns like animal print and or colors are also rights that anyone can have when designing a shoe and are not designer specific because almost every shoe designer has designed a shoe with snake skin or animal print on them.

It is also important to know that the carbon copy would need to remain nameless and to put a name on a shoe that is not that designers shoe is illegal.  So beware when you are making shoe purchases and know that there are these types of fakes out there that are insulting the designer and you as a consumer because they are pretending to be something that they are not.

As you follow my blogs and began to educate yourself more about shoe fashion, you will understand some very specific things about the nature of shoes that are very important.  You will be able to wear your high heels with a lot of integrity and you will realize how much fun shoe shopping can really be.

Let me show you some examples of the real and legal carbon copies.... however these carbon copies are no name shoes and are not trying to insult the designer by adding their name to it.  They look almost identical but they are obviously very different.  In the below example.... I like the carbon copy better because the carbon copy has more Zebra stripes and are more colorful which in my opinion should be the main focus for a colorful and fun shoe like this.  Now I am not insulting the designer because I love him and his designs but I am very picky about my looks when I put on a pair of shoes and this shoe screams playful to me.  (see below)

The real Christian Louboutin "Triboclou" Zibra print bootie cost point is approximately $2,000

Carbon copy "Multi Color Zibra Print" Bootie from buy this shoe for $60.00 

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