Adventures in Copyright: Ruffle Us This

We're usually drooling over Christian Louboutin's killer pumps, but the Spring 09 Adona have had our hearts beating fast since we laid eyes on their f
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We're usually drooling over Christian Louboutin's killer pumps, but the Spring 09 Adona have had our hearts beating fast since we laid eyes on their f

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We're usually drooling over Christian Louboutin's killer pumps, but the Spring 09 Adona have had our hearts beating fast since we laid eyes on their first incarnation on Phillip Lim's runway. Surprising to learn ASOS and Pour La Victoire are also big fans - they've gone ahead and knocked off the darling shoe. The Louboutins are going for $1,265 while ASOS black version's sell for around $45 and Pour La Victoire's for $225 on Shopbop. With the drastic price cut comes a downsized top ruffle - a shame since the brashness of the original made us love it so much in the first place. It's like the shoe itself is embarrassed over its identity theft and is trying not to be noticed.

Christian gave the shoe an extra punch with its metallic coloring but the copies lack that extra oomph. Plus, just because Pour La Victoire added a zipper to their ruffle, does not mean the shoe's more original. The real deal might be bold and attention-grabbing, but the copycats are rightly stuck in its shadows. --AMANDA JEAN BOYLE