Jessica Simpson Accused of Copying Christian Louboutin Heels

Jessica Simpson's 'Evangel' sandal, $98.

While Christian Louboutin's been embroiled in a nasty legal battle against Yves Saint Laurent over his signature red soles, he may have overlooked an unlikely threat: Jessica Simpson.

Ooh La La Blog was the first to point out that the pregnant fashion guru's Evangel heels and Louboutin's Staratata style appear to be separated at birth, with both boasting pink suede straps with yellow leather piping, purple suede rectangular buckles, a purple suede platform and heel, and a black suede insole. (On the bright side, only one of them has that tell-tale red sole.)

Launched in 2010, the Staratatas retailed for $995 and have since sold out, though new color combinations have been released. By contrast, Simpson's version sells for just $98, and is even worn by the Fashion Star mentor in a footwear ad for her line. Elle, which ran the ad in its April issue fronted by the star, is now under fire for turning a blind eye to the design similarities.

Luckily for Simpson, she's unlikely to face any legal consequences for her lookalike design. As Jezebel notes, clothing and accessories are not yet eligible for copyright protection. But maybe she'll send Louboutin some flowers?

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