Nasty Gal Launches "Original" Footwear, Copies Alex Wang

Alexander Wang is easily one of the most talked about (and hence, in-demand) young designers in the U.S., and thanks to his new job at Balenciaga, he's also an internationally-known name. So, it seems fitting that his wares are being copied - constantly. Replicas of his Spring 2013 tops and dresses (the garments constructed from pieced together leather panels, many of which had a sportwear vibe) have been making their rounds for quite awhile now, and now its time for some blatant copies of the shoes.

The Glacier Aline t-strap sandal has been copied pretty heavily already. The latest style to get the fast fashion treatment: the Mackenzie bootie. And who better to do it than Nasty Gal? The Los Angeles-based online retailer (and giant in the making) launched a footwear collection this week, entitled Shoe Cult, which consists of "styles you won't find anywhere else" (their words not mine). True to form, their latest venture is far from the pinnacle of original design. See the strikingly similar side-by-side pictures 

Alexander Wang's Mackenzie bootie (left) & Nasty Gal's version (right)

Alexander Wang's Mackenzie bootie (left) & Nasty Gal's version (right)