New Look has been forced to withdraw a style of boot from its shelves after US footwear company Rubber Duck, which owns the Snowjoggers brand, filed a lawsuit against the UK multiple for copyright and design infringement.
Antony Nathan, managing director of fashion agent 33 Joints, the UK distributor for Snowjoggers, said: “Snowjoggers is an instantly recognisable brand that is associated with originality, quality and comfort. It is a trademarked design therefore Rubber Duck was left with no other option than to pursue copyright infringement.”
33 Joints added that other versions of the boot had been discovered at various retailers and that would be investigated.
A spokesman for New Look said: “New Look is aware of the alleged claim and takes such matters seriously. This product was a stock buy from a supplier and the matter is being investigated. We are in the process of withdrawing this product from sale on a non-admissions basis.”
Snowjoggers launched in the UK last year and has built a celebrity following, with fans including pop band Sugababes and actress Jaime Winstone.
Earlier this year, footwear retailer Office paid £7,500 in compensation to luxury label Jimmy Choo and destroyed 1,300 pairs of shoes which Jimmy Choo had alleged were copies of its metallic framed-heel style.