Why Isabel Marant Doesn't Want To Wear Her Wedge Trainers Anymore

Why Isabel Marant Doesn't Want To Wear Her Wedge Trainers Anymore

The French designer has gone off one of her most popular designs...

In fashion, one of the easiest ways to measure a design's success is by how many knock-off copies it inspires – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all that.

Looking at the ubiquity of the hidden-wedge trainer on the high street – a style that originated on the Isabel Marant catwalk in 2012 – it's fair to say that Marant's iconic shoe is one of the most popular of recent years.

However, it seems they have been a victim of their own success: at least in the mind of their creator.

'They still have something special, even though there are a lot of copies,' Marant told WWD.

Unfortunately, many of the copies aren't very good. Or, as Marant put it: 'the bad copies are super-ugly.'

Beyonce wearing Isabel Marant wedge trainers

It's this reason the designer doesn't wear her originals as much as she used to.

'I don't wear them as often as I [used to] because I see too [many bad copies] in the street. I'm not saying mine are the most beautiful shoes, but they have a certain [style].'

That said, the threat of 'ugly' copies hasn't put Marant off from designing other shoes. Currently, the designer is working on creating a furry moccasin: 'that super-plain shoe with fur inside.'

And no doubt, everyone will be wearing them...

By Olivia Marks

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