Sketchers may find itself in some legal issues as Adidas filed a lawsuit today according to Darren Rovell accusing Sketchers of ripping off their design of the Adidas Originals Stan Smith to create the Sketchers Onix.
Taking a look at the Sketcher Onix you immediately notice it's resemblance to the Stan Smith. They share similar rubber middles, heel tabs, and perforated uppers.
Adidas' commented on the lawsuit:
“ADIDAS FILED A LAWSUIT TODAY AGAINST SKECHERS TO PROTECT ITS VALUABLE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND PUT AN END TO A LONG-TERM PATTERN OF UNLAWFUL CONDUCT BY SKECHERS TO SELL SHOES THAT INFRINGE ADIDAS’ RIGHTS. ADIDAS WILL NOT STAND SILENTLY WHILE SKECHERS COPIES THE ICONIC STAN SMITH SHOE AND USES TERMS LIKE ‘ADIDAS ORIGINALS’ AND ‘STAN SMITH’ AS KEYWORDS ON ITS WEBSITE TO DIVERT CUSTOMERS LOOKING FOR AUTHENTIC ADIDAS SHOES. WE BELIEVE SKECHERS’ UNLAWFUL BEHAVIOR, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES MISAPPROPRIATION OF ADIDAS’ SUPERNOVA AND THREE-STRIPE TRADEMARKS, NEEDS TO STOP NOW.”