Do Those Trainers Look Familiar? New Balance Is Suing Karl Lagerfeld Over Copyright Infringement

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  • Can you spot the difference?

    Karl Lagerfeld is being sued by New Balance for copyright infringement. The trainer brand, which has been making its trademark ‘574’ shoes since the seventies, claims it has been ripped off by Karl Lagerfeld’s eponymous high fashion line. 

    It’s no news to us that designers sometimes take inspiration (to put it lightly) from other brands. But there’s no denying the similarity between these two pairs of shoes.


    New Balance claims that the only difference is the ‘K’, which Karl has used in place of the signature ‘N’ logo the trainer brand uses. We do spot a few (subtle) differences.

    Interestingly, after news of the lawsuit surfaced, Karl Lagerfeld’s trainers sold out on Net-A-Porter, almost instantaneously…

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