Steve Madden Takes “INSPIRATION” From Virgil & Travis Scott

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For those alive and aware in the early ’00s, Steve Madden footwear is best known in the hip hop space for Jay Z’s “Fake Manolo boots straight from Steve Madden” line off the “Excuse Me Miss” Remix. That and their various obvious Hyperflight homage.

Riffing off topical trends once again, the brand has lifted ‘inspiration’ from both the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 and Off White x Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” as spotted by our friends at Highsnobiety.

Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1
Steve Madden Malone “Taupe”
Off-White x Air Jordan 1
Off-White x Air Jordan 1
Steve Madden Malone “Red”

Whether or not it’s lit or it’s a “COPY” is up to the eye of the beholder — everyone borrows and flips, heck that’s what makes hip hop hip hop.

However, the too-close for comfort color blocking and AJ1 cues might make Nike go the “Skecherizing” route on these. And for that, we thank you.

You Madden doggie? The Malone model is available now for $140 at Steve Madden. While the leather actually looks quite good, the similarities are “OVERT” from every angle.

Need a laugh? Read the reviews of the shoe on the site below.


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