Skechers Onix trainer is said to be almost identical to Adidas Sam Smith shoe

Skechers' Onix trainer is said to be almost identical to Adidas' Sam Smith shoe

German sportswear giant Adidas Group has filed a trademark lawsuit against US footwear business Skechers over alleged copyright infringement of its Stan Smith trainers.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Adidas said the company filed the suit 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”.

Skechers' Onix trainer is said to be almost identical to Adidas' Stan Smith shoe due to its green markings, perforations, and general shape.

The Adidas spokesperson added: “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 behaviour, which also includes misappropriation of Adidas’ Supernova and Three-Stripe trademarks, needs to stop now.”

A spokesperson for Skechers said the company "never comments on pending litigation and/ or lawsuits".