Anglo-Dutch footwear brand United Nude has won a High Court design dispute against Irish footwear retailer Shoe City, which has been forced to destroy product and pay compensation.
The row centred on three boot and pump designs in United Nude’s United Nude Fold range, which the brand alleged Shoe City copied and tried to “pass off” as its own.
The brand was alerted to the products by an authorised United Nude agent in Ireland, who had received complaints from stockists that identical-looking products of inferior quality were available in the Irish market.
The Irish High Court ordered Shoe City to halt the copies and retrieve and destroy all infringing shoes sold by the retailer at over 50 outlets in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK by August 6.
Shoe City, its sister company Buddha Brands, and directors of both companies have given undertakings not to pass off their products as those of United Nude.
United Nude was launched in 2003 by Dutch architect Rem D Koolhaas and shoemaker Galahad Clark. It has recently opened flagship stores in Shanghai, New York and Amsterdam, and is seeking suitable space for openings in Hong Kong, Tokyo and London next year.
Its United Nude Fold range will be available in 12 colourways for autumn 10.
Shoe City had not responded for comment by the time of publication.