Haha just kidding!
I was browsing the Aldo website just for fun even though their shoes make my feet bleed (see post below) and I came upon these silver open-toe pumps with a jewel centrepiece at the front. Know what they really remind me of? The Manolo Blahnik D'Orsays (aka. the Carrie shoes) that I just bought a couple weeks ago at Holts. Are they a total rip-off or just "inspired?" Let me break down the similarities for you:
1. Both the Aldos and the Manolos are silver
2. Both of them have pleats in the leather
3. Both of them have a crystal-encrusted centrepiece at the front of the shoe
4. Both of them are open-toed
The only difference is that the crystal centrepiece on the Aldo shoes is held by leather straps, whereas on the Manolos, the piece sits on the leather.
My judgment: Manolo Blahnik should sue Aldo's ass for copyright infringement.
But this is one woman's opinion. The pictures speak for themselves:
The real McCoy. Manolo Blahnik D'Orsay shoes. (Photo: Chloe Tejada)
See? They are exactly the same!! The Aldo shoes may only be $80 but be warned, they will tear your feet apart. (Photo: Aldo.com)
That's beautiful Italian craftmanship right there with Swarovski crystals.
Notice that this Aldo shoe tries to imitate the crystal centrepiece of the Manolo? Pfft.