Real vs. Steal – Balmain Studded Strappy Gladiator Sandals

by Irina on February 10, 2011

Update: This post has been updated on February 10, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’ve been in love with these studded Balmain gladiator sandals ever since I first spotted them on NET-A-PORTER 6 months ago and dreamed of owning them, happily strutting the streets in them with leggings or skinny jeans. But as always the whopping price tag of $1.195 kept that dream fom ever coming true.

Balmain Elastic Studded Gladiator Sandals in black

Balmain Studded Strappy Gladiator Sandalsls
($1.195, NET-A-PORTER)

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Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna wearing black Balmain Studded Strappy Sandals

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Liliana Pray-1 Sandals

UPDATE (02/10/2011): Here’s another great Balmain alternative coming from Liliana. Available in black, red and silver fabric upper.

Liliana Pray-1 Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Liliana Pray-1 Sandalsamazon
(47.15, Amazon)

Type Z “Lorry” Sandals

UPDATE (09/17/2010): These Balmain knockoffs by Type Z come a little late, but isn’t it amazing how they are almost identical compared to the Balmain originals? Only these are soooo much cheaper.

Type Z "Lorry" Sandals in black (Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain knockoffs)

Type Z “Lorry” Sandalscj
($63, Zappos)

Wet Seal Stud Cage Booties

UPDATE (12/10/2009): Found another budget-friendly alternative by Wet Seal.

Wet Seal Stud Cage Booties in black (Balmain Studded Strappy Gladiator knockoffs)

Wet Seal Stud Cage Bootiesls
($32.50, Wet Seal)

ZiGiny “Palace” Studded Sandals

UPDATE (10/31/2009): I just stumbled upon another Balmain knockoff by ZiGiny. Good thing: They look more like the original Balmain heels (except for the platform).

ZiGiny "Palace" Studded Gladiator Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Palace” Studded Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($99.95, Amazon)

GUESS by Marciano “Natalia” Gladiator Sandals

I’ve been waiting so long for knockoffs like these to come out and finally GUESS by Marciano answered my prayers by giving us frugal fashionistas a budget-friendly Balmain alternative. The studs on these are slightly bigger, but the shape and the elastic straps look almost identical.

Guess by Marciano "Natalia" Elastic Gladiator Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

GUESS by Marciano “Natalia” Stappy Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($55.63, Amazon)

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