Considering how the fashion world flips for pretty much everything Phoebe Philo does for Céline, I’m positive we’ll see more than a few editors, bloggers, and street-style stars strutting around in her latest footwear creations for the fashion house’s Spring 2016 collection. And that’s why I’m pissed that I just got rid of a pair of cheapo white boots that look nearly identical to my favorite pair from the show.
During Paris Fashion Week yesterday, models stormed the runway in white leather square-toe boots with black elastic panels, exposed tabs, and a low, square heel. This summer, I agonized over getting rid of a very similar pair that I bought about a year and a half ago. The major diff? Mine were by Jeffrey Campbell and cost $150.
I’m not suggesting Céline looked to the fast-fashion footwear label known for copying high-end brands (although stranger things have happened: Saint Laurent was accused of knocking off a Forever 21 print last month), but it kind of proves the point that nothing in fashion is really ever new.
To wit: In 2014, Céline also showcased shoes that looked nearly identical to Doc Martens, down to the yellow stitching and the rubbery perforated sole.
Still—and maybe it’s shallow to admit—I really wish I hadn’t given my versions away now that I see they’re Philo-approved. The Jeffrey Cambell boots (which, in fairness, have a higher block heel) aren’t available anymore online, except on eBay. But it’s a safe bet that the brand feels like me right now, and probably wants to revive them for spring.