Adidas Is Suing Forever 21 And Zara For Ripping Off Its Shoe Designs

By Izza Sofia, 20 Jul 2017

Left: Zara Right: Adidas

Adidas is once again going after Forever 21 for allegedly using its well-known three-stripe design.

Adidas claims that Forever 21 is not only selling a design remarkably similar to its trademarked three-stripe insignia, but also selling counterfeit Adidas products on its website. Adidas made similar allegations against the fast-fashion retailer in 2015.

The shoe brand has taken its suit against Forever 21 to a US federal court where it alleges that the clothing chain uses a three-stripe design that is “identical and/or confusingly similar” to Adidas’ own trademarked design. Adidas claims Forever 21’s use of the design will diminish its own profits and identity.

In a similar fashion, Zara has been accused of ripping off two of Adidas’ best selling shoes, the Adidas ‘NMD_R1’ and Adidas Originals ‘NMD CS1 PK’. 



Zara’s design is uncannily similar to the Adidas’ ‘NMD_R1’. Although the original Adidas’ shoe is in black, the rest of the shoe has the same details. Zara’s shoes includes a BOOST sole, and red and blue details too, which is found on the Adidas design.

Zara’s ‘Lightweight Black High Top Sneaker.’ also looks a lot like the ‘NMD CS1 PK’. The shoes retail for US$50, and feature the stripes, but not the BOOST sole, that are found on the Adidas sneakers.

[via Highsnobiety and Hollywood Reporter]
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