Boot Battle: Cobra Society “Zeus” Thigh Boots vs. Freebird by Steven “Caballero” Thigh Boots

February 1, 2012 • By Erika

You all know how hot the blanket boot trend is for this upcoming spring/summer season. You also all know that it all started with this groundbreaking boot design from the Cobra Society fall 2011 debut capsule collection.

Cobra Society Zeus Wool and Leather Thigh-High Boots in Black Olive, $1,195.00

We’ve already covered the Steve Madden knockoffs of the lower versions of these Cobra Society boots, and now, the thigh-high versions have got their very own.

Check out these Caballero boots from Steve Madden’s “artisan” sublabel called Freebird by Steven, which undoubtedly copied the look of the Cobra Society Zeus boots down to the diamond pattern on the fabric-paneled shaft.

Freebird by Steven Caballero Fabric and Leather Thigh-High Boots in Black, $498.00 (Sold Out)

I almost always enjoy look-for-less versions of popular boot styles, but I’m on the fence on this one. Alex Davis of Cobra Society has managed to develop a really unique and distinct design aesthetic for herself, and I feel like it was just stolen from her through the knockoffs.

She’s also just an up-and-coming designer who had to do all the researching, manufacturing, down to sourcing the special handwoven Kilim rugs from the female rug artisans in Morroco’s Middle Atlas Mountains herself. Steve Madden didn’t even give her a chance with this one. Their knockoff version can’t even be considered inexpensive either.

Am I just overdramatizing this, or do you also think that Steve Madden crossed a line with this one?

The Cobra Society Zeus thigh-high boots are $1,195.00 at Net-A-Porter. On the other hand, you can find the Freebird by Steven Caballero thigh-high boots for $498.00 at Free People.