Adventures in Copyright: Bootie Call

Steve Madden, master of all things copied, has struck again. We've gotten used to seeing his Chloe rip-offs and Miu Miu imitations but this time ther
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Steve Madden, master of all things copied, has struck again. We've gotten used to seeing his Chloe rip-offs and Miu Miu imitations but this time ther
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Steve Madden, master of all things copied, has struck again. We've gotten used to seeing his Chloe rip-offs and Miu Miu imitations but this time there's a twist. The Chap is a white, platform covered ankle bootie with a black patent toe and black buttons up the side. According to the site, the shoe's "Back by Popular Demand" and is apparently Steve Madden's "Most Wanted" style. We remember seeing these in the store at least a month ago - it's hard to forget something so utterly unwearable yet cute, (unless of course you're Christina Aguilera pre-pregancy and then you could totally rock them). So we were taken aback when we found Christian Louboutin's Emily boot, newly exclusive to Net-a-Porter and only available to pre-order. It's almost exactly like the Chap, except the buttons are white and the heel is covered in light grey leather. They can be ordered now, but it might not ship until January, nearly six months after the debut of Steve Madden's obvious knock-off. Or not so obvious? Which came first, the Emily or the Chap? Is there an evil spy embedded in Monsieur Louboutin's workshop?