OK, well this is… different. Generally speaking, when I spot a case of Shoe Deja Vu, it involves some insanely beautiful -and equally insanely expensive – designer stilettos that have, um, “inspired” a much cheaper brand to make their own versions. And lord knows, Forever 21 are no strangers to that concept.
This time, though, they’ve decided to copy Doctor Martens.
These pink patent boots are clearly very similar to the good doctor’s eight-eyelet boots, which have been enjoying a bit of a comeback as far as mainstream fashion in concerned (obviously they’ve never been OUT of fashion for some), thanks in the main to celebrity wearers like Agyness Deyn, Alexa Chung and the like.
The Doctor Martens shown above are £59.99, which is about $98. The Forever 21 versions, meanwhile, are only $24.80, so roughly a quarter of the price. Although large, though, the price difference isn’t THAT big, and having briefly owned a pair of Docs in the 90s (look, grunge was popular back then, OK?) I can testify that the real thing really does last forever. The F21s, on the other hand, probably won’t, but of course, if you’re only looking for a quick fashion fix, knowing that they’ll go out of style again just as quickly as they came back in, that may suit you just fine.
What do you think, readers: would you buy the real thing, the copies, or neither?