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Louboutin at left via <a href=",default,pd.html">Barneys</a> &amp; Old Navy sandal at right via <a href="">nitrolicious</a>
Louboutin at left via Barneys & Old Navy sandal at right via nitrolicious

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Ahh...spring. When the flowers bloom, the weather warms and the stores gets rained on with knock-offs. Now that it's been over six months since the spring/summer 2010 collections of designers were shown on the runways, more mass market brands have had all the time in the world to copy the looks and put them out at the same time as the pricier stock.

And although we love affordable style, we have little tolerance for copycats who lack their own creativity. Every season, it is a given that Christian Louboutin will be copied by numerous brands, and although we've come to expect it of Coach, we didn't see this Old Navy knockoff of a Louboutin wedge coming. There's no pricing on the Old Navy version, but the original Louboutin "Barcelona" style is $495 and currently on the racks at Barneys. The only big difference aside from quality and name? The little espadrille accent; it's too close for comfort.

Wang "Freja" bootie at left via LuisaViaRoma & Coach Poppy bootie via nitrolicious

But speaking of Coach, blog nitrolicious visited a preview of the Spring Coach Poppy line, and is "loving" the Alexander Wang bootie knock-off above right. This won't be the last Wang-inspired design you'll see all season; we guarantee it. Not to mention that another of the Poppy designs (the flats), resemble this Louboutin style.

Have you spotted any other fresh-to-the-shelves knockoffs? Do tell!
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