Totally agree and in some cases the original is not as good, but people pay through the nose for the prestige of the label. I think that often happens in RTW clothing, because those companies put so much emphasis on design rather than construction and the marketing dollars have to be paid for.
Viberg created a niche for themselves with an iconic look that literally would standout in a crowd and if I saw a guy wearing "trumans" or whatever Co that copied that look, I would think that is a Viberg boot, that is a hell of an accomplishment and brand power, there are very few products that are that instantly recognizable and identifiable. The thing that surprises me more is that rather than cultivating that iconic look they are churning all of these GYW models, its opening the door for the Trumans of the world just when things are getting interesting.
While I prefer stitch down, it makes perfect sense to me why they are doing all the GYW makeups. They are trying to offer shoes and boots more in the dress realm - at least a lot of them seem that way - and thereby appealing to customers who might like their stuff but find it too casual for work or dress settings. Though the fact that stitch down models seem to be decreasing is a bummer. I bet it is a cyclical thing - Notre Shop and such places have plenty of stitch down for those looking.