It’s no secret that fast fashion houses rely on high end designers for inspiration, but these shoes from Zara’s fall 2016 collection are just straight up knock offs.
Designer Aurora James of Brother Vellies recently posted an image of Zara’s “Faux Fur Vamp Sandals” noting the similarities between the shoe and her own “Black Magic Tufted Dhara” Sandals. James captioned the post “Stolen from Africa @zara 🙁 #DharaSandals.”
James’ “Dhara” sandals, which are available on her site for $715.00, are handmade and ethically produced in Ethiopia, from fox fur and leather.
While James is an indie designer, she’s rapidly on the raise. Last year, she scored the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize and she also joined the CFDA Fashion Incubator class of 2018. James’ impressive resume likely caught Zara’s eye.
Zendaya also sported the “Dhara” sandal in “whiskey” last year, when she walked the red carpet at the 12th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, alongside James.
No word yet on whether or not James plans to pursue the matter beyond publicly calling Zara out. Unfortunately, she’s the latest in a growing list of indie designers who have slammed the Spanish brand for ripping off their designs. Last month, L.A. based indie designer and illustrator Tuesday Bassen went public with an exchange she had with Zara, after learning that they had knocked off several of her pieces.