They say that imitation is the best form of flattery, but can we really say the same when it comes to fashion?  Sure, most designers find inspiration from the collections of other designers and place their own aesthetic on their designs.  But Bebe clearly took “inspiration” to another level with their Lizzy Mesh Sandal which obviously serves as a doppelganger to Stella McCartney’s Mesh Basket Sandal for her spring 09 show.  The only differences are the color of the platform, the stiletto, and Stella’s faux leather against Bebe’s patent leather.  Caged sandals are all the rage right now: which begs the question, “Would you spend hundreds of dollars to support a designer’s trend item, or go for the same look for a fraction of the cost, especially considering the economy?” Check out Stella McCartney’s shoe here.  The Bebe’s are only in turquoise online, but stores may have them in stock.

What’s your verdict?