This is a new feature wherein I talk about whether there's really a difference between a designer piece and its identical knock off. Feel free to send me pieces to chat about.
First up: Some satin evening shoes.
Stuart Weitzman Gigritz "evening sandal" for $298.
VANELi Madora pump for $99.95.
What's the diff? Well, besides the heel, which is slightly more tapered on the Stuart, not a damn thing. I don't have a preference between the two, since I really can't tell them apart. If I were getting a pair, I'd probably get the cheaper version, as long as they are comfortable. For one thing, they are so light, they will show the slightest wear. So if I'm gonna trash a pair of shoes, I'd rather it not be a $300 pair.