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Steve Madden Says His Shoes are as Creative as Prada 2010-02-22 14:00:22

Is Steve Madden as Creative as Prada?

I was reading a Steve Madden Q&A in WWD when one of the shoe designer's responses stopped me dead in my clicks: "We design shoes every day, and we are as creative as Prada." Interesting, go on. "Do we make $900 shoes that are in Neiman Marcus? Have we made shoes just like that, which are less than $100 and have been great? Yes, we have . . . That creativity is not appreciated, and I would argue that what we do is harder. I could design an $800 shoe line; it’s easy. You use the best materials and you can make beautiful shoes. It’s easier than making great shoes for $90."

Quite the bold statements, ones I'm sure Prada and Chloé would be interested to hear. This begs the question: Do you think Steve Madden is as creative as Prada despite the vast price and quality differences?

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Talldiva45 Talldiva45 5 years
Hmmm - very interesting. I am on the fence. I see how Madden sees his shoes as more creative because often you must be when you want to create a funky/fashionable and quality shoe using materials that may not always be all that "quality". The mass also wants the shoes to look lavish at a cheaper price - a fine line...
chiclivingla chiclivingla 5 years
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agentnikita95 agentnikita95 5 years
It's a little snooty to dismiss his creativity just cuz of a brand's luxury factor (i.e. price). And secondly, invariably, most designers do their own interpretation of something that's popular in the market. So no, I don't think he made a "BOLD" statement. He wasn't comparing quality, of which I'm sure all of us would be all over him in a heartbeat. He was comparing creativity. And ya, Madden also makes tons of knock-offs but honestly, I'm glad for them. Some wind up cuter than the original at a price that more people can afford.
vinnie vinnie 5 years
He has a point about making stylish shoes for less, however all of his shoes are knock-offs. His ideas come from the top down. I'll give him props for bringing $800 ideas to the masses, but his shoes are sometimes tacky, IMO.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I totally disagree with #11, I always find steve madden shoes to be very comfortable, and the heels often last longer than some of my higher end shoes!
LisaLockhart LisaLockhart 5 years
I love Steve Madden shoes but sometimes they can copy some of the higher end lines. But in Fashion who doesn't copy or influence someone else?!
superninja superninja 5 years
They design some fun shoes, but I have to agree that they simply copy trends by other designers. It like doing a "look for less". It does involve some problem solving, but I don't know how much credit I would give for creativity. I've seen cheaper lines do creative, but people know talent gets $$$ and the designs for Prada are not just stellar because of the materials.
myystque myystque 5 years
I agree with emilymaraschi, and I definitely think that there is a point to it being more difficult to design beautiful $100 shoes versus $800 shoes but whether the brand Steve Madden is more creative...that I'm not so sure about.
emilymaraschino emilymaraschino 5 years
in terms of creativity... prada > steve madden. and I say this as a great lover of steve's cheap shoes. if he were to argue that steve madden is equally as important to fashion, equally as worthwhile, etc - I'd probably agree. and I certainly think a cheap shoe designer COULD be as creative as a high-end one, but steve madden wouldn't be the brand to illustrate that, in my opinion.
Dubn8tr Dubn8tr 5 years
Since when are designers of $900 the sole owners of creativity? Please!
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
i think steve madden used to be creative...back in the 90s. now all i see are knock-offs.
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 5 years
absolutely not. how many times has steve madden been sued for copyright infringement. mcqueen motorcycle jacket shoe, balenciaga lego shoe, fendi basket booties, givenchy cut out ankle booties, valentino bow sandals, just to name a few recent ones. steve madden being as creative as prada is a joke.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 5 years
I'm sorry, I don't mean to knock their design team, but honestly, when he says he's just as "creative" as great fashion houses like Prada, I think what he really means is that he gets creative when he knocks off all their shoes. What a joke!
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