According to Bobux's own history, which started in 1991, Robeez copied them. [Robeez' history, which begins in 1994, is silent on the subject.] And according to like half a dozen other companies, including scrappy little underdogs like Target, the whole "soft-soled, stay-on, leather baby shoes with elastic around the ankle that kind of look like little body bags" concept is "worthy of re-creation."
At least the punk&rock-loving dad designers at Me In Mind have put awesome little skulls on their shoes to signal their pirate origins. At least I think that's what it means. Meanwhile, they've also mixed in their own unique designs such as the novel "Trucker Girl" [above, right], which might look better on a mudflap or something. Also on tap: checkerboard not-Vans with "vegan construction".