Recognise these, anyone? I certainly did: colour aside, they’re almost identical to the Scuh ‘Garda’ wedges I bought last summer:
And actually, even although the black version is the only one currently available on the Charlotte Russe website, they’ve been previewing these in red, too, so I’m assuming the red version is coming soon (it may actually already be available in store).
Now, Charlotte Russe, as I’ve mentioned before, is currently one of the worst offenders for copycat shoes, and is rapidly approaching Steve Madden territory in that respect. If you take a look at their website, you’ll find yourself feeling a whole lot of deja vu in the shoe section: there are too many designer dupes there for me to highlight them all here, but what’s interesting about this particular example is that it’s NOT a designer dupe. It’s a high street dupe, and this is something we’ve started to see a lot more of over the past few years, with budget brands copying, not just designer shoes, but mid-to-low range shoes, too. Kurt Geiger, Carvela, and River Island have all had styles copied recently, so if you really like a shoe, you generally don’t have to wait too long to find one “inspired” by it: even if it’s a style from the good ol’ UK high street.
Of course, this is good news if you’re in the UK, and really wanted a pair of Gardas: their twin sisters are just $32 at Charlotte Russe!