Real vs. Steal – Azzedine Alaïa Ankle Strap Platform Sandals

by Celine on March 29, 2010

Azzedine Alaïa is an inspired clothes designer, but I think he’s an even better shoe designer. Devotees seem to hoard his footwear like each pair is the last. Alaïa counts many celebrities as fans but our favorite starlets seem to favor one pair of his shoes in particular: the Ankle Strap Platform Sandals. They have delightful lattice-like cut-away detailing and a 70s retro vibe. The black color is divine, of course, but the cerise has my heart (just look how great they look paired with black stockings on Miroslava Duma, below). You’ll be paying for that style, however: these sandals retail for about $660 and are sold out anyway.

Azzedine Alaïa Ankle Strap Platform Sandals in red

Azzedine Alaïa Ankle Strap Platform Sandalsls
(£490, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Azzedine Alaïa

Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Miroslava Duma and Sandra Bullock wearing Azzedine Alaïa Ankle Strap Platform Sandals

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GUESS “Tank” Platform Sandals

If you love the look of the Alaïas but, like me, can’t afford them, GUESS has come out with their version of the Ankle Strap Platform Sandal. Their red color appears to be more on the side of burnt orange but the lattice cut-away is dead-on, as is the adorable peep-toe. GUESS has added a T-strap to their copy, which some women might find is actually more flattering to their legs than just having an ankle-strap. These GUESS “Tank” sandals are also available in medium and dark brown as well as black and come with a reasonable price tag of $98.95.

GUESS "Tank" Platform Sandals in dark red (Azzedine Alaia knockoffs)

GUESS “Tank” Platform Sandalsamazon
($98.95, Amazon)

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

Vince Camuto “Paula” Peep-toe Sandals

If the GUESS sandals aren’t quite doing it for you (I don’t know, maybe you hate T-straps!), we thought these Vince Camuto “Paula” sandals were also a great alternative to the Alaïas. They have the same great cut-aways (minus the perforated edges), a platform front (with triangle detailing, just like the originals) and a retro-inspired chunky heel. These will run you less than the GUESS sandals, which is to say a helluva lot less than the Azzedine Alaïas.

Vince Camuto "Paula" Peep-toe Sandals in black (Azzedine Alaia knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Paula” Peep-toe Sandalsamazon
($53.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls & Dillard’sls.

Posted in: Azzedine Alaïa,Jessica Simpson,Lindsay Lohan,Miroslava Duma,Out & About,Real vs. Steal,Red Carpet,Sandra Bullock,Shoes

  • Ooooh! These are amazin’! The guess “steal” is perfect! Great post!

  • Great to hear you like the “steal” versions, FfF! Thanks for your kind words.

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