Real vs. Steal – Acne Pistol Boots

by Irina on July 20, 2014

UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 20, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Acne‘s “Pistol” ankle boot is pretty much the “It” shoe of the fashion blogosphere because it’s either in every style blogger’s wardrobe or at least on their wish list. Apparently the appeal is partly due to the fact that Acne makes great quality footwear and most bloggers say they were totally worth the investment. At first I didn’t really see why these simple boots were so highly coveted, but the more I look at them the more I start to like them.

Acne Pistol Short Boots in black

Acne Pistol Short Ankle Bootscj
($570, Shopbop)

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Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties

UPDATE (07/20/2014): Stumbled upon these fantastic and wallet-friendly Acne Pistol boot dupes at Forever 21. $27.80 only and available in either black or brown faux leather.

Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Bootiesls
($27.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Selected Femme “Carla” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (05/30/2014): Found another Acne Pistol boot dupe! Check out these fab booties by Selected Femme.

Selected Femme "Carla" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Selected Femme “Carla” Zip Ankle Boots
(£109.95, Nelly)

P.S.: Also available at About Youaffilinet & Edited.

Tony Bianco “Alexa” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (02/17/2014): Happened to come across this super amazing and almost identical Acne Pistol boot dupe by Tony Bianco! Not exactly a steal at $189.95 AUD, but so close to the real deal!

Tony Bianco "Alexa" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Alexa” Zip Ankle Bootsdgm
($189.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Spurr “Kerrie” Tassel Ankle Boots

UPDATE (02/17/2014): Also discovered this lovely and very affordable Acne Pistol boot dupe by Spurr. Available in black, tan and grey.

Spurr "Kerrie" Tassel Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Spurr “Kerrie” Tassel Ankle Boots
($49.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Therapy “Fidel” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (02/17/2014): And here’s yet another lovely and very budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot alternative! These boots from Therapy retail for a light $49.95 AUD and come in either black, grey and tan.

Therapy "Fidel" Zip Ankle Boots in black and tan (Acne Pistol Short knockoffs)

Therapy “Fidel” Zip Ankle Boots
($59.95 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic.

Topshop “ANGEL” Leather Heeled Boots

UPDATE (01/19/2014): Accidentally came across these zip ankle boots by Topshop today and they instantly reminded me of the iconic Acne Pistol boots. The heel on these here is higher, but that can’t be a bad thing, right? Also available in black suede and brown leather.

Topshop "ANGEL" Leather Heeled Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Topshop “ANGEL” Leather Heeled Bootsls
($160, Topshop)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls & Topshop (DE)zx.

EXPRESS Outside Zip Ankle Booties

UPDATE (03/08/2013): Stumbled upon these budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot look-a-likes by EXPRESS. Only $41.93!

EXPRESS Outside Zip Ankle Booties in black (Acne Pistol look-a-likes)

EXPRESS Outside Zip Ankle Bootiescj
($41.93, EXPRESS)

Steve Madden “Partenon” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (02/22/2013): And here we go with yet another perfectly good-looking Acne Pistol boot look-a-like by Steve Madden. Love, love, love these booties (and the price ain’t too bad as well)! Also available in brown leather.

Steve Madden "Partenon" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol look-a-likes)

Steve Madden “Partenon” Zip Ankle Bootsamazon
($65, Amazon)

Dixie “Gobi” Tasseled Booties

UPDATE (02/22/2013): Found this amazingly similar Acne Pistol altnerative by Dixie at Nelly. So close to the original, don’t you agree?

Dixie "Gobi" Tasseled Booties in black (Acne Pistol look-a-likes)

Dixie “Gobi” Tasseled Booties
(€209.95/£159.95, Nelly)

Forever 21 Tasseled Zip Booties

UPDATE (10/09/2012): Forever 21 has a great and budget-friendly Acne Pistol look-a-like for $32.80 available in either black or tan faux leather.

Forever 21 Tasseled Zip Booties in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Forever 21 Tasseled Zip Bootiesls
($32.80, Forever 21)

Enzo Angiolini “Elysian” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (10/09/2012): Here’s a great suede alternative if you’re looking for the Acne Pistol look 4 less. These Enzo Angiolini booties look absolutely amazing, I especially love the red suede version.

Enzo Angiolini "Elysian" Ankle Boots in black suede (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Enzo Angiolini “Elysian” Ankle Bootsamazon
($70, Amazon)

Chelsea Crew “Hull” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (09/29/2012): Good news! Another fabulous and budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot knockoff has popped up. Check out these zip booties by Chelsea Crew. Also available in olive green and beige faux snake.

Chelsea Crew "Hull" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Chelsea Crew “Hull” Zip Ankle Bootsamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

Topshop “MIGHTY” Leather Zip Boots

UPDATE (07/20/2012): Phew! This is the 20th Acne Pistol boot look-a-like we have listed here in this Real vs. Steal post. These Topshop booties look strangely identical with the “AMBUSH” ones found below which were one of the first Acne Pistol knockoffs to pop up only the “MIGHTY” boots are only $90 instead of $150. Yay for that!

Topshop "MIGHTY" Leather Zip Boots in black (Acne Pistol Short knockoffs)

Topshop “MIGHTY” Leather Zip Bootsls
($90, Topshop)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls.

Office “Dusk Till Dawn” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (06/24/2012): And here we go again with yet another Acne Pistol boot look-a-like by Office. Available in black or brown leather.

Office "Dusk Till Dawn" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Office “Dusk Till Dawn” Zip Ankle Boots
(£80, Office)

Blink “Maraa” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (06/24/2012): Acne Pistol boot fangirls can now get their budget-friendly boot fix from Blink.

Blink Maraa Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Blink “Maraa” Zip Ankle Bootscj
($69.99, Heels.com)

ZiGiny “Creative” Booties

UPDATE (05/04/2012): And here’s yet another fab Acne Pistol look-a-like. These faux leather booties by ZiGiny are a great alternative if you’re on a tight budget.

ZiGiny "Creative" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Creative” Bootiesamazon
($59.96, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Heels.comcj.

STEVEN by Steve Madden “PARADOXX” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (03/07/2012): The Holy Grail has been found! Finally! I really don’t think you’ll ever find a better Acne Pistol boot look-a-like than these almost identical STEVEN by Steve Madden zip ankle boots. I even hyperventilated a little when I first saw them on the Steve Madden website. You better make your order ASAP because I’m 100% certain these are going to sell very, very well.

STEVEN by Steve Madden "PARADOXX" Ankle Boots in black and cognac (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

STEVEN by Steve Madden “PARADOXX” Ankle Bootscj
($44.99, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, ShoeMallls, Steve Maddenls & NORDSTROMls.

Dorothy Perkins Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (12/15/2011): Another chic British Acne look-a-like by Dorothy Perkins. Available in black or tan faux leather.

Dorothy Perkins Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Dorothy Perkins Zip Ankle Boots
(£20, Dorothy Perkins)

BP. “Trolley” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (12/05/2011): One of our readers, JRD, found this super similar Pistol boot look-a-like by BP. which costs a little under $100 and is available in either black or chocolate. Thanks for the great find, JRD!

BP. "Trolley" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

BP. “Trolley” Ankle Bootsls
($99.95, NORDSTROM)

Just Sheepskin “Nikita” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (12/01/2011): And here we go again! The next Pistol knockoff is kindly presented to you by Just Sheepskin for the sweet price of £70! Available in black and brown.

Just Sheepskin "Nikita" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Just Sheepskin “Nikita” Zip Ankle Boots
(£70, Office)

ALDO “Crisson” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (11/15/2011): A big thank you to ITC reader horangi113 for letting us know about yet another great Acne Pistol knockoff. This one’s by ALDO and it comes in black or beige.

ALDO "Crisson" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

ALDO “Crisson” Ankle Bootsls
($45.49, ALDO)

Dolce Vita “Jax” Booties

UPDATE (11/15/2011): Woohoo, found another fantastic though slightly pricey Acne boot alternative. These Dolce Vita tassel booties come in either black, brown or cognac. They’re selling pretty quick, so you better hurry if you fancy this boot style. P.S.: I bought these booties recently and now am pretty much wearing them to death! Big shoe love here!

Dolce Vita "Jax" Booties in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Dolce Vita “Jax” Bootiesamazon
($120.29, Amazon)

Topshop “AMBUSH” Side Zip Boots

Thank Topshop for bringing Acne to the masses. Their Pistol boot look-a-like is almost just as fabulous as the original and I’m currently debating whether I should try these boots myself to see if they can become my go-to ankle boots for this Fall and Winter. Also check out the other colors and variations of the “AMBUSH” boot herels.

Topshop "AMBUSH" Side Zip Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Topshop “AMBUSH” Side Zip Bootsls
($150, Topshop)

Bronx “E Lusion” Ankle Boots

If you’re willing to spend a bit more Bronx also has a really great Acne Pistol boot look-a-like for a little less than $100.

Bronx "E Lusion" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Bronx “E Lusion” Ankle Bootsamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

Nelly Shoes “Low Clara” Ankle Boots

If your budget does not allow for a big splurge and you’re living in the EU, you can get your Acne Pistol fashion fix at Nelly. They have a fab Acne Pistol boot look-a-like for under £50/€50, but be aware that these here are faux leather.

Nelly Shoes "Low Clara" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol Short knockoffs)

Nelly Shoes “Low Clara” Ankle Boots
(£39.95/€56.95, Nelly)

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