What's the Big Frigin' Dupe?! Identical Sneakers … Or Not?

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Welcome to our new shopping section, What's The Big Frigin' Dupe?!, where we explore the world of strikingly similar products on Amazon ... a.k.a. "dupes" in internet slang.

This first one is a doozy ... Two different brands of sneakers selling what appear to be the exact same frigin' product. The price is almost exactly the same. The specs are virtually identical.

So what's different?

Glad you asked ... Because us sleuths at TMZ have found the devil is always in the details.

(Don't worry ... none of these or any future products are knock-offs. They're just very similar in design.)

To be frank, the difference between these two products is almost non-existent ... and it exposes a common occurrence in retail.

Sometimes a manufacturer will produce pretty much the exact same product for two different brands -- with only things like color or stitching differing between them.

It happens in the world of home goods and furniture all the time ... in fact, pointing out where you can buy the same crap for a better price point has become its own cottage industry (ahem).

Another version of this is "white-labeling" ... a practice made famous by retailers like Costco, which often buys its product from another company and rebrands it as their own.

But let's get back to our lil' puzzle above. In this instance, there doesn't seem to be a copycat ... just two brands competing in the same marketplace with very similar products.

But before you go looking for the big frigin' deal ... in this case there isn't one.

Whitin vs. Hobibear

Both products are currently priced very similarly on Amazon ... so your decision is all about color and minor differences in stitching.

Under our microscope ... the Whitin sneaker (above, left) had rounder laces and a more linear stitching than competitor Hobibear (above, right).

As you might have heard, so-called barefoot shoes are all the rage among health nuts these days ... claiming it increases foot strength and thereby reduces back pain and a host of other postural ailments. Gone are the days of Birkenstocks, for your average granola munching hippie ... now it's all about shoes with paper thin soles.

 
WHITIN Minimalist Barefoot Shoes

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Both of these options offer a zero drop design ... meaning the thickness of the sole is the same from heel to toe. They also feature a foot shaped toe box that is suitable for wide feet. Barefoot evangelists claim these are the key design features you should look for in a healthy shoe. Although, your podiatrist might think differently about this all.

Whether you're a true believer or not ... the internet pretty much agrees these two brands of barefoot sneakers can't be beat when it comes to value for your buck (both are currently priced around $40 a pair).

Prices subject to change.

 
HOBIBEAR Barefoot Minimalist Shoes

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Hey Dude, Those Look Like Sanuks

Hey dude, if you're not all about that barefoot, trail mix crunching lifestyle ... but still want ease and comfort then some summer slips-ons might just be for you.

While the example, below, are not exactly dupes ... you gotta admit, they are pretty frigin' close.

Sanuk shoes ... you either love 'em or ridicule 'em. There is no in-between!

Unless ... you're a Hey Dude fan. In that case you're probably wondering which one has the better deal.

 
Hey Dude Wally Stretch - Unisex

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Depending on the colorway ... both shoes are almost identical in price as of publishing this article.

 
Sanuk Shaka Lite SL Mesh

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While neither are barefoot shoes ... people swear by these slip-ons because you can wear them with your bare feet. Which is a round about way of saying ... these heathens are wearing their shoes without socks!

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Big Zaddy Energy! Summer Shades ... For When It's Hot & Heavy

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It's RAEN-ing ... men's sunglasses ... this summer.

Check out these eight styles from the brand that oozes California vibes in each of its designs.

In fact, RAEN says every pair of shades they make are "inspired by the people, terrain, and freedom" of the Golden State ... check out some of their most popular designs below!

Lonso Raen Sunglasses For Men

Lonso Raen Sunglasses For Men feature a '90s inspired design with wrapped end pieces, thick sticks, and a nice wide fit.

The round, smooth silhouette accommodates a large range of face-types and head shapes ... making it a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one who exhibits a cool retro-vibe.

Raen offers free returns on all U.S. orders within 14 days of shipment.

 
Lonso Raen Sunglasses

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Zouk Raen Sunglasses For Men

If the Lonso shades (above) are a throwback design ... then these Zouk Raen Sunglasses For Men are really retro.

These chic glasses were Inspired by the oversize silhouettes of the '60s and '70s and are part of the Zafrique Ensemble created with Mikey February. The sharp geometric angles and smooth beveling will make these shades a year-round favorite for anyone who enjoys timeless style.

Raen offers free returns on all U.S. orders within 14 days of shipment.

 
Zouk Raen Sunglasses

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Squire Raen Sunglasses For Men

These Squire Raen Sunglasses For Men are part of Raen's original Modern Classics.

This update breathes new life into the silhouette with an improved fit, increased rim heights, and double beveled temples ... making it a handsome and easy-wearing frame for any face shape.

Raen offers free returns on all U.S. orders within 14 days of shipment.

 
Squire Raen Sunglasses

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Ynez Raen Sunglasses For Men

Ynez Raen Sunglasses For Men are the ultimate statement piece.

Offering a bold, angular design with distinctive brow-line wraps ... that gives off both an edgy and sleek aura. The wide fit, thick frame, sculptural shape make for a truly unique pair of shades.

Raen offers free returns on all U.S. orders within 14 days of shipment.

 
Ynez Raen Sunglasses

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Radio Star Raen Sunglasses For Men

Radio Star Raen Sunglasses For Men are ... as the name suggests ... built for a rockstar.

Radio Star is part of Raen's Luxury Wig Collection created in collaboration with Alex Knost. These '90s era goggle-style shades feature a bulbous, multi-layered look with a concave bridge design. Radio Star is a rebellious design made for the spotlight.

Raen offers free returns on all U.S. orders within 14 days of shipment.

 
Radio Star Raen Sunglasses

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Mystiq Raen Sunglasses For Men

Mystiq Raen Sunglasses For Men are an ode to the cosmic jazz of the '60s and '70s.

The curvy, outsized silhouette offers generous coverage, sculpted temples, and all packaged in an retro but still edgy design.

Raen offers free returns on all U.S. orders within 14 days of shipment.

 
Mystiq Raen Sunglasses

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Phonos Raen Sunglasses For Men

If the previous products were edgy and a bit bold ... the Phonos Raen Sunglasses For Men are true crowd pleasers that can fit in anywhere ... from corporate outings to music festivals.

The Phonos are part of the Zafrique Ensemble®, a special collection designed with Ambassador Mikey February. These shades offer a dynamic look that’s both familiar and fresh, thanks to a wider fit, structured beveling, and a timeless silhouette.

Raen offers free returns on all U.S. orders within 14 days of shipment.

 
Phonos Raen Sunglasses

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Zelti Raen Sunglasses For Men

Zelti Raen Sunglasses For Men are the perfect addition to any sunglasses quiver.

Zelti ... a new addition to the Zafrique Ensemble® in collaboration with Mikey February ... offer a rounded and yet still angular silhouette, making them both timeless and edgy. They also feature triple rivet hardware, adding distinction and durability.

Raen offers free returns on all U.S. orders within 14 days of shipment.

 
Zelti Raen Sunglasses

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What's The Big Frigin' Dupe?! Identical Leggings ... Or Not?

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Welcome to our new shopping section, What's The Big Frigin' Dupe?!, where we explore the world of affordable alternatives to high end products ... a.k.a. "dupes" in internet slang.

This one's a head turner for sure (and for more than one reason). Two different brands of yoga leggings ... one's a household name and the other is an up-and-comer that just might become a favorite of yoga mommies and athleisure fans across America.

They look nearly identical ... So what's different? Glad you asked, because us sleuths at TMZ have found the devil is always in the details.

(Don't worry ... none of these or any future products are knock-offs. They're just very similar in design.)

Align Full Length Yoga Pants

These are the classic 28" inseam Lululemon leggings adored by yoginis and chai latte chugging mommies across the nation.

With a skinny leg style, regular fit, and super stretchy material there's a reason these are so beloved.

As one verified buyer noted: "It took me so long to purchase these. I just ordered my second pair. They are a perfect fit, and as my daughter says, they make your butt look great!"

While another wrote: "Ive got mostly Alo brand and these are my absolute favorite. I wish i wouldve made the switch to Lululemon earlier because omggg SO soft and shapes perfectly".

Prices range from $81.50 - $111.00 depending on color and size.

 
Lululemon Align Full Length Yoga Pants

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Butterluxe CRZ YOGA

The Butterluxe CRZ YOGA pants, like the Lululemons above, feature a high waisted design with a 28'' inseam.

While these are not technically dupes they seem to fill a need for a less expensive alternative to the uber-famous, ultra-expensive Lulus ... I mean who doesn't like a deal?

Fans of the brand swear by how soft and luxurious they feel ... at a third of the cost of a pair of Lululemon leggings.

While there was some debate over durability ... the majority of Amazon customers seemed to think this was a quality buy.

One satisfied customer shared: "These are buttery soft, the most comfortable and flattering leggings I have ever owned. I’m 5’10” and they are just the perfect length for me so I’d say ideal for ladies on the taller side. They don’t make you look like a cupcake when you bend because there’s no seam on top, just folded fabric. Perfect for working out and on the go, allow full range of movement without suffocating you like some leggings with tight waistbands do. Have them in 4 colors so far and just ordered more. Oh and they do make your bum look nice."

While another five star reviewer added: "A few months ago I purchased multiple leggings from different brands to see which ones I liked best; softness, durability, squat proof, and length. This were by far my favorite ones. I’d definitely buy them again."

Prices range from $32.00 - $36.00 depending on color and size.

 
CRZ YOGA Butterluxe Lounge Leggings 28"

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Invigorate High-Rise Tight 25" Lululemon

These are the Invigorate High-Rise Tight 25" Lululemon leggings that ride just above the ankle.

Fans of the style love wearing them on hikes, to the gym, to yoga and pilates or to just lounge around the house.

As one satisfied customer noted: "Really loving these leggings very comfortable. Great for hiking, weight lifting or just relaxing. The pockets are the big selling point for me."

Prices range from $91.95 - $178.00 depending on size and color.

 
Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Leggings

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CRZ YOGA Butterluxe High Waisted Lounge Legging 25"

These CRZ YOGA Butterluxe High Waisted Lounge Legging 25" have earned a cult following.

As one satisfied buyer noted: "These have served me well! I've owned them for half a year, and they're still going strong. And I wear them a LOT. One thing I particularly appreciate is that they're soft, but they have just enough spandex/elastic material to keep their shape. They don't droop or get dirty easily like a lot of the more cotton-y ones do. They do have some pilling, but it's hard not to with soft material and heavy use. Far less pilling than I thought they would have by now!"

While another wrote: "I own Lulu and the CRZ but find myself grabbing these more! I wear them while working out (running, hiit, lifting) or on more casual days. I’ll even wear them with sweaters in the winter as leggings. The top of the pants are thin so they don’t squeeze your stomach and they don’t roll down on me at all. I even love that they’re not see through, even when I bend down. I wash them in my washer but I try to air dry them to keep them in good conditioner for longer. However, I have dried in dryer with no issues. I’ve had them for months and still they look new!"

Price is currently $32.00.

 
CRZY YOGA Butterluxe High Waisted Lounge Leggings 25”

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What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!

Knock Knock, Kris Jenner's in the house, and she's throwin' some shady switch-ups right at your front doorstep! Put your sleekest shades on, examine these two photos and see if you can pick up the minor differences!

Kicking off Paris Fashion Week with a bang, The OG momager was out in Paris earlier this week and dressed to impress in a matching floral Chanel set, paired with some blacked-out specs ... duh!

The Kardashians are known for their trendy looks, but can you throw the changes in the bag?

**HINT: There are THREE differences in the above Kris Jenner photos!**

925 Sterling Silver Swiss Blue Heart Studs Just $14.99!!!

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Let your style shine with these stunning, skin-friendly studs. Grab them for yourself or as a gorgeous gift for just $14.99!

 
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