If you weren’t cut off the internet for last few months, you probably already seen USD Carbon III Franky Morales pro-model. For the record, that’s how they look like:
Pro model of course should looks how pro who it is named after wants it to look like. But don’t be ridiculous! There are limits to what company should agree on. And I’m not talking about looks of these – I personally find these incredibly ugly, but I’ve never been in to this whole sneaker craze – I’m talking about stealing other company design, and designer intellectual property.
Because these skates are rip-off from Jordan Spizike shoes. Take a look:
Of course, there were cases of copying shoe design in rollerblading before (for example, white USD Carbon Kelso were modeled after shoe too) but never they were so shameless. Sure, Powerslide avoided copying details 1:1, so they PROBABLY won’t get a lawsuit (but imo, if Nike would care, they could sue them and probably would win). But that doesn’t change the fact, they stole design made by someone else. If your own designers can’t come up with something original, fire them and hire better ones. If your pro-skater wants you to copy a well-known shoe design for his pro-boot, you should say no… let him make it all pink if he likes, but do not agree on plagiarism. Especially so obvious one. Because you can’t say these Carbons are “inspired” by Jordans, these Carbons are in the same league as fake Chinese Jordans.
With all respect to Franky Morales and USD/Powerslide, they went too far with this one. This boot should never see a daylight. Rollerblading won’t go anywhere, if biggest companies in this industry will do things like that.
And 310 Euros for a boot only? Really, when Adapts Harmanus One cost 350 Euros (with VAT) and Vegans 280 Euros?
I don’t care these are pro boots of a OG skater. These deserve to gather dust in warehouses, nothing more, not because these are bad skates – after all, they are still the same proven design – but because of what they represent. And they represent laziness in designing a product, and lack of professionalism in this industry. It would be better if these would never came out.