August 27th, 2010
Runway Inspiration
Rip The Runway: Alexander Wang vs. Gianni Bini
By Claire

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?


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8 Responses to “Rip The Runway: Alexander Wang vs. Gianni Bini”

  1. Ms Jones says:

    Kelsi Dagger has a very similar version of that shoe as well

  2. sun.kissed says:

    Never that much on a trend. And I’ve also seen the Kelsi Dagger version.

  3. hight waist queen says:

    I can’t bring myself to buy anything knock-off. I feel its a way of letting society know ur a broke ass, lol

  4. fashion pie! says:

    I don’t buy knock offs. If I can’t afford the real thing then I just prefer to stay away from it altogether.

  5. Bianca rule says:

    Next, River Island and Aldo all do versions too

  6. Daisy says:

    @ hight waist queen:

    I’m not a knock-off person myself, but some people who aren’t into fashion may actually come across a lower priced version of a shoe or item of clothing, and decide to purchase the said item because they actually like it. It doesn’t always have to mean that a person is broke. Buying counterfeit goods such as a fake LV bag is totally different, though.

  7. $100 for a shoe NOT made of leather? Don’t think so.

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