Shoe Deja Vu: Banana shoes by Charlotte Olympia and Jeffrey Campbell

Charlotte Olympia’s ‘Bananas is My Business’ shoes didn’t exactly get a rapturous reception when I showed you them a few months ago (Although I actually tried these on last month and was rather smitten with them, I must admit), so I’m going to take a wild guess that Jeffrey Campbell’s shameless ripoff version of the style won’t be too popular either.

To be fair to Jeffrey Campbell, his Fruit Bowl Shoe isn’t exactly the same as the Charlotte Olympia version – and is significantly cheaper looking too, I think: no one’s ever going to mistake it for a Charlotte Olympia design, are they? Still, you have to admit, the placement of the fruits seems too similar for this to be a co-incidence. Both shoes feature watermelon on the toes, bananas on the sides, strawberries at the heels…. add the wooden platform and heel, and, well, it’s a poor show from Jeffrey Campbell, in more ways than one.

What do you think of this case of Shoe Deja Vu?



  • You know, I think I like the toe on the Jeffrey Campbell shoe better. I am not a fan of the current trend of the tiny peep toe that is on the Charlotte Olympia. I must say though, that the wooden heel on the original is really rock star! Far better than the knock off. On the whole, it might be worth it to go for the savings of a few hundred dollars…

  • I’m not a fan of Jeffrey Campbell’s designs, even if he rips them off from other designers a la Steve Madden. Some of the huge clompy shoes he sells are reminiscent of Frankenstein’s monster.

  • The ones by Charlotte Olympia are beautiful and different, I love almost everything about them, except of one thing – this too short platform. It ruins all Olympia’s shoes for me.. The ones by JC are not too bad, but gosh is the platform looking cheap!

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