if you are like me and were planning on heading to zara for the balmain like studded strappy sandals we may have encountered a problem. rumor is that they have been removed from the shelves by legal. they are now going for about $500 on ebay. i was waiting it out to see if someone else would come up with something better but I guess it's a fine line between inspired and infringement. who knew.
looks like we are back to the drawing board with aldo smeal, unless unlike me you can DIY. they actually look good on rumi of fashiontoast so I might give them a try. are they just different enough to pass as legal? probably, that was the good thing about the zara though, they were so much closer.
so these will be my next ridiculous purchase, or it least it is looking that way, unless something even more frivolous comes along.
the smeal is pictured below courtesy of aldo website.