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Skechers’ Take on the adidas Stan Smith Has Been Shut Down by a Federal Judge

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but sometimes it’s deemed illegal. Skechers, who has made the jump to second largest US footwear company behind Nike, has been ordered by a federal judge to stop producing three different shoes that bare striking resemblances to that of adidas — the marquee model being the Onix which is incredibly similar to the Stan Smith.

Oregon Live reports that Oregon’s U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez was presented the Onix and Stan Smith only a few feet away from him in court and could not tell the difference, a factor that led to his final decision.

“Although Skechers points out minor differences between its Onix shoe and the Stan Smith — that the Onix has five, not three, rows of perforations which extend in a different direction, and that its colored heel patch is a slightly darker shade of green — the unmistakable overall impression is two nearly identical shoes,” Hernandez wrote. “Given the striking similarity between the shoes, there is but one inference to draw: that Skechers knowingly adopted a mark very similar to the Stan Smith to draw off of the success of Adidas’s iconic shoe.”

In response to the ruling, Skechers President Michael Greenberg issued a statement that although the company was disappointed by the ruling it would not strongly disrupt their business as the injunction involved “only three minor and commercially insignificant Skechers styles that have already been discontinued.” Following up, Greenberg stated, “While this is a non-issue from a commercial standpoint, we are disappointed in the ruling and fully intend to appeal it in order to ensure that our footwear designers retain the freedom to use common design elements that have long been in the public domain.”

Recently, Nike also sued Skechers for a design that draws from Flyknit (and even adidas Boost).

While the Skechers Onix is a blatant bite on the adidas Stan Smith, it also says a lot of about the bigger business of sneakers. The fact that Skechers has moved to #2 in the US makes selling a takedown on a classic hurt all the more. As pointed out in our Follow the Leader feature, we live in an era where high end fashion houses also bite sportswear staples. Clearly, there’s much more units moved in a lower priced Skechers shoe than that of a designer do-over (though fashion houses still get sued on occasion). One could argue that a high-end appropriation raises the perceived value of a sportswear staple, while a take-down from a lesser brand diminishes the value. Regardless, a copy is a copy and it undermines design and marketing dollars at some level. No idea is original, but you still gotta respect creativity and innovation. Congrats to adidas.

Spotted at Highsnobiety/Stan Smith shot via Foot Locker


Did Eric Bledsoe Just Shut Down #KicksOnCourt For The Season?

We’ve seen rare shoes hit the hardwood before. Phoenix Sun PJ Tucker has donned pricey PEs in the past, like his QRich IXs, black OVO Xs or Gerald Wallace XIIIs. We’ve seen Derrick Williams wear the “Oregon” Jordan IV. We’ve even seen Swaggy P break out the Supreme Foamposites just before they released, as well as countless other rarities. And of course, the KOC gawdfather Gilbert Arenas once wore Dolce & Gabbana sneakers at Staples Center because he’s the Sneaker Champ.

After mostly sticking to a mix of LeBron 12s, 13s and Soldier 9s to start the season, Tucker’s fellow teammate and Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe caught everyone by surprise last night, when he broke out the rarest sneaker we’ve spotted so far this season.

Originally made just for Drake and Lil Wayne during their straightforwardly named “Drake vs Lil Wayne” tandem tour, this subtle Air Jordan 3 promo sample worn by Bledsoe features custom insole tour artwork, along with gradient sockliner and laces. There’s even a pair on eBay right now for a steep $ 10K if you’re a fan.

Will we see a more expensive pair of kicks on the court this year? If the first month of the season has taught us anything, we can expect the unexpected ahead.

For more on the Phoenix Suns’ great Kicks On Court, be sure to check out our in-depth episode of Sole Access for a tour of their equipment and locker rooms.

Nov 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) passes the ball in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives to the basket in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Nov 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (right) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson in the second quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


game shots via SC



Watch Pro Era Shut Down ‘RapFix Live’ Cypher

Brooklyn was in the house on Wednesday’s episode of “RapFix Live” when Pro Era (including Joey BadA$ $ , Kirk Knight, Dessy Hinds, CJ Fly, Nyck Caution, Dirty Sanchez) shut down the show with a cypher. Watch above.

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Rap Genius And Other Lyrics Sites May Get Shut Down


Rap Genius and other lyrics sites are a favorite of fans and artists alike–where else can you find every word to every song—but they may be on the brink of shut down. Billboard shares that the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) is trying to take down 50 lyrics sites including the beloved Rap Genius as it believes that the sites don’t have the licenses to publish song lyrics.

The so-called takedown notices reportedly demand that the sites obtain licenses or remove copyrighted lyrics immediately.

Rap Genius Co-Founder Ilan Zechory told Billboard that he hasn’t heard from the NMPA and isn’t worried. “We can’t wait to have a conversation with them about how all writers can participate in and benefit from the Rap Genius knowledge project,” he said. In his mind, “Rap Genius is so much more than a lyrics site! The lyrics sites the NMPA refers to simply display song lyrics, while Rap Genius has crowdsourced annotations that give context to all the lyrics line by line, and tens of thousands of verified annotations directly from writers and performers.”

He adds, “Music is only a small part of what we do. Rap Genius is an interactive encyclopedia for annotation of all texts – anyone can upload and annotate texts relating to music, news, literature, religion, science, their personal lives, or anything else they want.”
Rappers like Nas have supported Rap Genius by providing such annotations to their own songs. He was the site’s first “Verified Rapper.”

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