COUNTERFEIT BOOTS HIT SA
By: Mhleli Mkhize
The durable, tempting and stylish Timberland boots have made their way back on top of the must-haves list for some people, after several celebrities have been spotted wearing them.
People in and around Durban have got their hands on these classic, brown but now also available in different colour boots.
However the unfortunate part is that the high cost of these shoes have forced some people to buy ‘fake’ ones and this has opened an opportunity for street sellers to sell their imitation boots at half price.
Ordinary citizens are not the only ones who have fallen in love with these boots, even celebrities and government officials have been spotted wearing them, one of them being the Minister of Sport Fikile
Mbalula who has made news through the previous months in having an eye for fashion.
Public figures have a huge effect to the society as in what’s trending, however the unfortunate is you can never spot a fake from a socialite.
Rodney Sabelo Msinga, a fashion design student said that genuine boots are extremely expensive and this has pushed people to buying fake ones.
“Without a doubt these shoes are painting the city brown, but the cost is really unfriendly I think the manufactures need to scale it down,” explained Rodney.
According to the Timberland website, the reasons for their cost is because of the comfort and durable condition. They also differ in colours, brown being the commonly worn and the most expensive.
According to consumer.com, experts in business say there are many times when people literally talk themselves into buying expensive goods that they don’t really need but only to question the very purchase they made later.
Sbongekile Mbatha a young fashion designer and socialite said she likes keeping up with the trends and looking good.
“I won’t deny they are a rip off but despite the cost I have to look good, and if t means I spend thousands then I will do that, this is my money and I don’t care who says what,” Mbatha said.
Timberland.com revealed that the latest boots are estimated at the cost of $545 (R7000) and will be hitting Africa soon