Ivanka Trump sued by Aquazurra for copycat shoe design

Ivanka Trump (photo credit: Seeds of Peace via Wikipedia)

It’s par for the course to see Donald Trump being blasted in the news. However, it appears a different Trump is being called out this time.

The Donald’s well-heeled (pun intended) daughter Ivanka is involved in a scandal of her own this week involving her namesake-branded clothing line. Italian shoe designer Aquazzura is suing the businesswoman and her manufacturing firm for seemingly copying its popular “Wild Thing” sandal design.

Aquazurra contends that side-by-side the two fringed adorned sandals appear to be separated by birth and little else, saying, “nearly every detail of [the] plaintiff’s well-known and coveted ‘Wild Thing’ shoe, from the shape and silhouette to the fringe covering the toes, to the tassel on the heel.”

The only marked difference between the two may be price; Aquazzura style of the red ankle-strapped stiletto heel retails for $785, while Trump’s alleged “designer imposter” version called the “Hettie” costs just $145.

Ivanka Trump’s (left) “Hettie” and Aquazzura’s “Wild Thing” shoe

The Italian company released a statement telling Trump to knock off making knock-offs. “Aquazzura strives to create unique designs and cannot allow its well-known and signature styles to be copied as it undermines Aquazzura’s brand identity and confuses the public. Over the past two years, Aquazzura has repeatedly objected to Ivanka Trump’s shoe designs and is now taking action in court.”

However before you think that Aquazzura is a shoe-in for a win in this case, Trump’s team has fired back, disputing the copycat allegations.

“This is a baseless lawsuit aimed at generating publicity. The shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style, is not subject to intellectual property law protection and there are similar styles made by several major brands. The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against the claim,” Trump’s team said in a statement released to People,

Only time will tell if this case has feet, but one thing is for sure: Where Trumps go, trouble seems to follow — only this time, in a four-inch stiletto.