With the Alexander Wang “Freja” Lace-up Bootie being such a hot commodity last season, it would be soon before long that other designers came a knockin’ with their interpretation of the shoe. Enter the Gianni Bini “Rocker” Ankle Boot. The similarities are stark between it and Alexander Wang’s with the fold-over flap at the top, the open-toe, and the zipper piping that’s practically all over the shoe. But with similarities come differences. A. Wang’s version is obviously made of top quality leather and actually has a shoelace effect going on. And Gianni Bini’s version? Well…it lacks both the aforementioned. With top quality leather, however, comes a price that may put a hole in your wallet. The “Freja” bootie costs $895, but it seems to be sold out everywhere. The Gianni Bini’s? Only $100.
So would you spend a wad of cash for the name and the quality, or prefer not to splurge on a trend item?