A Pair of Shoes Landed Ivanka Trump in Hot Water

An Italian footwear label claims she lifted its design.

While her father promises to make America great again, Ivanka Trump may have made Aquazzura's sandals... um, just again. In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court yesterday, the Italian footwear maker claims that Ivanka stole its copyright design for a popular style.

The shoe in question: The "Wild Thing" sandal. With its high heel, fringed toes, and suede tassels, Aquazzura's free-spirited sandal has captured the attention of tastemakers like Olivia Palermo and Solange Knowles. And, just maybe, it's also entranced Ivanka.

A few months back, Aquazzura posted a side-by-side snap of its shoe next to the Ivanka Trump Hettie high-heel sandal. "One of the most disturbing things in the fashion industry is when someone blatantly steals your copyright designs and doesn't care," the caption read. "You should know better. Shame on you @ivankatrump! Imitation is NOT the most sincere form of flattery."

Let's take a closer look at the Hettie, which, incidentally retails for about $145, while the Wild Thing fetches $785 on Net-a-Porter:

According to USA Today, Aquazzura's lawsuit also took aim at three companies that work with Ivanka, including Marc Fisher. A statement put out by Marc Fisher's C.F.O. read, in part: "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." 

For her part, Ivanka has not yet publicly responded to the allegations. But there was nothing "vigorous" about the mood she projected in an Instagram video she posted yesterday: 

A video posted by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on

Looks like the jury's still out on this one.

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