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Real vs. Steal – Acne Studios Pistol Boots

by Irina on December 29, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on December 29, 2016. 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 Studios Pistol Short Ankle Bootsls
($570, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Acne Studios, S|Sense, Elizabeth Charles, MyTheresa, Matchesls, Shopbopls, Selfridges, Blue & Cream, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

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Old Navy Faux-Leather Side-Zip Boots

Update (12/29/2016): I was browsing through Old Navy‘s latest arrivals today and discovered these fab Acne Pistol look-alike booties! The tan faux leather version is even currently on sale for $26.99! Steal deal alert!

Old Navy Faux-Leather Side-Zip Boots (Acne Studios Pistol dupes)

Old Navy Faux-Leather Side-Zip Boots
($26.99, Old Navy)

Lipstik “Middle” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (05/09/2016): And another spot-on Acne Pistol dupe boot joins the list! By Lipstik.

Lipstik "Middle" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Studios Pistol knockoffs)

Lipstik “Middle” Zip Ankle Bootsls
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Also available at Myer.

Fashion Focus Palma-3 Tassel Double Side Zip Dress Ankle Booties

Update (11/02/2015): Spotted another lovely and super budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot alternative today! By Fashion Focus, available in black, brown and cognac faux leather and currently on sale for $32.99.

Fashion Focus Palma-3 Tassel Double Side Zip Dress Ankle Booties in black (Acne Pistol Short knockoffs)

Fashion Focus Palma-3 Tassel Double Side Zip Dress Ankle Bootiesamazon
($32.99, Amazon)

Mollini “Matcher” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (11/02/2015): Also stumbled upon these awesome Australian Acne Pistol look-alikes by Mollini. I’m absolutely obsessed with the gorgeous nude version! L.O.V.E.

Mollini "Matcher" Zip Ankle Boots in black and nude (Acne Pistol dupes)

Mollini “Matcher” Zip Ankle Bootsls
($199.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Sole Society “Ines” Zipper Ankle Booties

Update (09/12/2015): Discovered another great Acne Pistol boot dupe today! Check out this cool zipper bootie by Sole Society. Available in 3 colors for $99.95.

Sole Society "Ines" Zipper Ankle Booties in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Sole Society “Ines” Zipper Ankle Bootiesls
($99.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Sole Society.

Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties

Update (07/22/2015): Great news everyone! Forever 21‘s fantastic and wallet-friendly Acne Pistol boot dupes have finally been restocked! Get them for $27.90 in either black, brown or wine faux leather.

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

Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties
($27.90, Forever 21)

Sixtyseven “Nange” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (07/20/2015): Also happened to dig up these cool Acne Pistol look-alikes by Sixtyseven! They’re mostly available in Europe, so all European Acne fans rejoice! Also available in other colors.

Sixtyseven "Nange" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Sixtyseven “Nange” Zip Ankle Bootsamazon
(£119.95, Amazon.co.uk)

Also available at Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Dune “Platter” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (08/08/2014): Is it possible to be more on point with the design than Dune‘s “Platter” boots? I highly doubt so. It’s unbelievably close to the real Acne Pistol boots, don’t you agree? I can’t comment on their quality, but the almost identical design is definitely stunning and so is the budget-friendly price ($70.99!). Available in either black or brown leather.

Dune "Platter" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Dune “Platter” Zip Ankle Boots
($70.99, 6pm)

Also available at Nordstromls, ASOS, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Spartoo & eBay.

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 Bootsamazon
(£109.95, Amazon.co.uk)

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 Bootsls
($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 Bootsls
($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 Bootsls
($79.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Also available at The Iconicls.

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 Boots
($160, Topshop)

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 Booties
($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 Bootiesamazon
(£159.95, Amazon.co.uk)

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 Booties
($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 Boots
($90, Topshop)

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 Boots
($69.99, Zappos)

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)

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 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 out quickly.

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

Steven by Steve Madden “PARADOXX” Ankle Bootsamazon
($44.99, Amazon)

Also available at ShoeMallls, Nordstrom & Steve Maddenls.

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 $75 (sale price!) and is available in various colors and uppers. Thanks for the great find, JRD!

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

BP. “Trolley” Ankle Bootsls
($74.90, 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” boots.

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

Topshop “AMBUSH” Side Zip Boots
($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)

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Real vs. Steal – Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

by Juliana on September 18, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch in black

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch
($1.395, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls & Farfetchls.

Celebrities Love Valentino

Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Jessica Biel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Clémence Poésy carrying a Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

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Express Studded Border Clutch

Update (09/18/2016): Found another great Valentino Rockstud inspired clutch bag today! It’s available at Express, comes in black and costs $39.90.

Express Studded Border Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Express Studded Border Clutch
($39.90, Express)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap

Update (09/09/2016): Just spotted this lovely Valentino Rockstud dupe clutch at Forever 21 in white which is on final sale for $10. Super steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap in white (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap
($10, Forever 21)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch

Update (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Sarita" Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch in black and turquoise (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
($29.97, Nordstrom Rack)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch

Update (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large "Selma" Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutchls
(108, Neiman Marcus)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch

Update (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20!

Stylistpick "Alessia" Multi Stud Clutch in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutchamazon
(£20, Amazon.co.uk)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch

Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
($11.95, GoJane)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag

Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag in black and taupe (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
(€49.90, Buffalo)

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Update: This post has been updated on June 28, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Clutches. I love them, but they sure aren’t the most practical form of bags. Especially those of the evening kind. Clutches usually make me feel like Captain Hook because I always feel tied up with a clutch in my hand. That’s why I totally love Valentino‘s “Va Va Voom” clutch bag with its ingenious studded front handle. Why don’t all clutches have this fingers-free thingy? Total game-changer! Too bad I don’t have $2.145 to afford this beauty of a bag.

Valentino Va Va Voom Studded Flap Clutch Bag in black

Valentino Va Va Voom Flap Bag
($2.145, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Intermix, farfetchls & Harrodsls.

Celebrities Love Valentino

Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Alessandra Ambrosio, Clémence Poésy, Stacy Keibler and Felicity Jones carrying a Valentino Va Va Voom Flap Bag

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Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (06/28/2015): Came across this lovely Valentino Va Va Voom bag dupes at Forever 21 today. Aren’t they just fab? And so budget-friendly, too.

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in taupe and burgundy (Valentino Va Va Voom knockoffs)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

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

7Chi 4274 Pyramid Studded Clutch

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to get the Va Va Voom effect of Valentino, look no further because Street Level has your back. Their clutch may not be an identical copy, but all the key elements are still there. And did I mention it’s $34.90 only and also available in red as well?

Street Level Pyramid Studded Clutch in black (Valentino Va Va Voom knockoff)

7Chi 4274 Pyramid Studded Clutchpjx
($34.90, Lori’s)

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Okay, I’ll admit it: it took me a while to warm up to the Acne Pistol boot. At first it seemed like yet another ordinary ankle boot. I didn’t get the hype until I ordered the Dolce Vita “Jax” booties which are an almost perfect look-a-like of the Pistol boots. These booties pretty much became my go-to choice for almost every outfit. Due to its popularity the Acne booties are now available in a bazillion versions, including this black version which has a tan heel and tassel which I prefer over the all-black version. But at $524 buying the Acnes aren’t currently a realistic option for me.

Acne Pistol Short Ankle Boots in black with brown tassel

Acne Pistol Short Ankle Boots
($524, Forward by Elyse Walker)

Also available at Shopbopls & MyTheresa.

Celebrities Love Acne

Rachel Weisz, Clémence Poésy and Keira Knightley wearing Acne Pistol Short Boots

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DV by Dolce Vita “Joust” Ankle Boots

I was so happy when I came across these DV by Dolce Vita ankle boots. Not only do they look almost exactly like their big sister, the Dolce Vita “Jax”amazon, they’re also real leather and cost a whole lot less than the “Jax” booties which cost $198 while these are only $69.99 (sale price!). Instant shoe love! I’m so putting these ankle boots on my wish list. Also available in grey brown.

DV by Dolce Vita "Joust" Ankle Boots in black with brown tassel (Acne Pistol Short knockoffs)

DV by Dolce Vita “Joust” Ankle Bootsamazon
($69.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm, eBayeBay, Nordstromls & Bloomingdale’s.

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