Well, well what do we have here and from whom?
Well, after a more thorough look, it is not impossible to see that the first shoe is Bambi from Samsøe Samsøe while the one below is the famous Lita from Jeffrey. Considering the striking similarity and the fact that Jeffrey Campbells design really stands out (love it or hate it, you WILL recognize it everytime it pops up which is quite often lately since the brand seems to be doing really well) I have to say: Dear S&S Bambi – naughty naughty! Seriously, it is not exactly the classical pump we are talking about here, where a designer might accidentally get a detail or two to be very similar to some other already-famous shoe on the market since the core of the whole model is well, classical. There is no real space for “Ooops, really? Our shoes look pretty much the same?” here for shoe designers of Samsøe Samsøe.
However, S&S DO try to be unique in one matter, the one that baffles me the most. Maybe I am wrong but to me the first and foremost reason why somebody would buy a shoe whose design has clearly been inspired by an already popular model is simply – lower price.This logic should be especially valid for shoes that appeal to a younger customer base with three things on its mind when shopping: being stylish, cool and not-spending-all-monthly-allowance at the same time. Well not in this case, considering the fact that Bambi costs app. €10 more than Lita. Not a big price difference but still a bit remarkable one.
Personally, the model of the shoe has never been my cup of tea so I would not go for neither of the options above. I have seen people wear Lita and really look good doing it but I would not be able to pull off the shoe without looking clumsy and big-footed. Finally, as a budget option, if you have fallen in love with big chunky sky-high shoes but don’t want to spend too much money on them or maybe want to see if you can manage the heights before investing in Lita or Bambi, Nelly is also offering a very similar model, this one for one-third of the original price:
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