Gucci has to be, hands down, the most imitated brand of the past few seasons. The teddy bear-esque shaggy fur coats and snakeskin boots are just a few of the things that are now all over the high street that have been showcased in recent collections for the brand. With the recent news of the step-down of both Gucci’s creative director and CEO, the future of the brand remains unsteady. Gucci is a brand that, although widely imitated, is not wholly successful. Sales are slow and steadily dropping and despite the ready-to-wear being often stunning and successful in terms of trend starting and high street copies, the actual sales of them don’t tend to materialise.
Lots of people like to criticise Frida Giannini, the now past creative director of the brand, but I like her work. People are still pining for Tom Ford-era Gucci which ended literally a decade ago and that is often the root cause of their dislike for Frida. However, after the next ready-to-wear collection is shown in February the Frida-era at Gucci will also be over and, as of yet, a successor has not been named.
Business information aside, the subject matter of this post was to show a cheaper alternative to Gucci’s boots; the snakeskin ones in the adverts. Now I’ve already made a post about the blue ones which Marks & Spencer made an ankle-boot version but this is bigger and better. These beauties are from Topshop. Over the knee high and 100% leather, these are honestly some of the greatest copies that I have seen for a long time. Now I know it is slightly unethical to wear a direct copy of something, which is what these pretty much are (there are a few minor changes), but these are stunning. The boots are new season so its unlikely that they’ll go on sale, but if you have some Christmas cash or got a Topshop gift card, perhaps, this would be a great way to spend it?
Gucci – £2270
Topshop – £150