Originally Posted by nahneun
because fashion isn't biology. in fashion, there are the trendsetters and then there are the followers. if someone revolutionizes the industry before you, and you follow in its footsteps, you're a bit too late to the game to be revolutionary.
I don't particularly care whether they're "revolutionary" or not, that shouldn't grant them some type of "moral patent" over other brands (who are copying them or not).
Let's face it. They're selling high end boots whose selling point is their quality and design. It is therefore up to them to differentiate themselves, not up to everyone else to work around them. That is the best thing about fashion - you can't pull a drug company and do whatever you want because you have the patent. There is no copyright, and for a very good reason. This is why trends occur. It allows for refinement of ideas.
Moreover, if you go to Italy you will see that upturned toes are present in lots and lots of shoes and boots, and this likely existed before CDiem. So did distressed boots. Do you not think it possible that other brands joined these ideas? My shoemaker knows absolutely nothing about Cdiem or Guidi but he makes some pretty similar derbies, backzips and sidezips.
Whether CDiem did revolutionise this or not, it doesn't give them some special standing above everyone else. If other shoes are of equally good design (most are not, and that's the amazing thing about CDiem) then they also deserve credit. It's harder than you think to copy something.