It looks like Karl Lagerfeld has some sole searching to do.
A few months ago during Fashion Week, the designer behind Chanel sought to kick-start spring by debuting all his looks with sneakers rather than heels–comfort AND couture! Yay!
But not everyone is praising Kaiser Karl. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, New Balance is suing him for ripping off their trademark sneaker design for a pair from his eponymous line.
The Boston-based brand released a statement on the lawsuit, saying:
“On June 3, 2014, New Balance filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld to protect our intellectual property rights related to our iconic Lifestyle footwear designs. Although we cannot comment on the specifics of the case, we believe it is vital to actively and vigorously defend our brand.”
We have to admit: these sneaks sure do share an uncanny resemblance. The only real difference (other than the ‘K’ logo) is the price–a pair from the Boston brand retails for $114, while the Karl Lagerfeld leather, suede, and mesh sneakers have a $360 price tag.
This is one instance where we’re glad we’re not in Karl’s shoes.