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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 Boots
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

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 Boots
($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 Bootsls
($79.95 AUD, StyleTread)

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 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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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 isn’t currently an option for me…

Acne Pistol Short Ankle Boots in black with brown tassel

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

P.S.: Also available at Shopbopcj & MyTheresacj.

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)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm, eBayeBay, Nordstromls, Bloomingdale’sls & Macy’s.

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I just wrote about reader requests yesterday. This one came from Shasha that she sent us a few weeks ago where she asked for a budget-friendly alternative for a pair of Fiorentini + Baker boots. Here you go, Shasha!

Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Eternity Buckle Boots in black

Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Eternity Bootspjx
($585, Madison Style)

P.S.: Also available at Jildorcj, Footnotescj, Pink Mascarapjx, Designs by Stephenels, Madison Los Angelespjx & Net-A-Porterls.

Celebrities Love Fiorentini + Baker

Keira Knightley, Kate Beckinsale, Anne Hathaway, Miranda Cosgrove, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Love Hewitt wearing Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Eternity Boots

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Bronx “Cur Lee Q” Boots

It was quite easy to find multiple alternatives. This one by Bronx is my personal favorite and probably also the closest to the originals. Available in 5 different colors.

Bronx "Cur Lee Q" Boots in black (Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Eternity knockoffs)

Bronx “Cur Lee Q” Bootsamazon
($134.75, Amazon)

Steve Madden “BUCKKIE” Buckle Boots

Steve Madden also has an inspired-by version which has a slight distressed look to it. Available in black or brown.

Steve Madden "BUCKKIE" Buckle Boots in black (Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Eternity knockoffs)

Steve Madden “BUCKKIE” Buckle Bootsamazon
($80, Amazon)

Steve Madden Buckle Boots

If you prefer the light suede version as seen on Dakota Fanning, you might find yourself enamored with this second knockoff version by Steve Madden. Available in either taupe suede or black leather.

Steve Madden Buckle Boots in taupe suede (Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Eternity knockoffs)

Steve Madden Buckle Boots
($148.28, ASOS)

Wanted “Combatte” Boots

Another great alternative are these buckle boots by Wanted. Good thing they’re under $100 and come in either black or brown.

Wanted "Combatte" Boots in black (Fiorentini + Baker 7040 knockoffs)

Wanted “Combatte” Bootsamazon
($89.99, Amazon)

Skechers “Hard Wear-Captive” Boots

Finally, if you don’t mind the extra buckle these boots by Skechers might fit your bill. Available in black or brown.

Skechers "Hard Wear-Captive" Boots in black (Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Eternity knockoffs)

Skechers “Hard Wear-Captive” Bootsamazon
($70.89, Amazon)

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Perhaps you’re not into the gladiator trend, but still like your sandals strappy? Then look no further! Chloé updated the the look by adding a small wedge and the overall effect is more relaxed and less Roman. The only problem is, they’re sold out. Fret not, fashion lovers…

Chloé Suede Multi Strap Wedges in taupe

Chloé Suede Multi Strap Wedgesls
($950, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Chloé

Keira Knightley, Drew Barrymore, Kate Walsh & Diane Kruger wearing Chloé Suede Multi-Strap Wedges

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BCBGeneration “Vivian” Sliver Wedge Sandals

BCBGeneration comes to the rescue with a nearly identical version. It’s available in a fabulous muted neutral and trusted ol’ black. So take out your toesies (pedicures first, please) and getting ordering because summer sunshine is on its way!

BCBGeneration "Vivian" Sliver Wedge Sandals in taupe (Chloe knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Vivian” Sliver Wedge Sandalsamazon
($89.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls.

ALDO “Blandon” Multi-Strap Sandals

So you adore the sandals, but wedges just aren’t your thing? ALDO has the answer. Check out their version which also comes in black and taupe, features the same number of straps as the Chloé sandals, but switched the wedge for a super cute mini heel. Plus, the $100 price tag is a huge break from the cost of the original. Available in taupe and black

ALDO "Blandon" Multi-Strap Sandals in taupe (Chloé knockoffs)

ALDO “Blandon” Multi-Strap Sandalsls
($100, ALDO)

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Pssst! Hey you! Yes, you. Consider this your memo: gold is having a moment, and at the moment, black and gold are hot. So the Miu Miu Coffer Matelasse Leather Hobo is like tackling two trends in one. Double the hotness, right? This bag is the stuff my handbag fantasies are made of…black leather, striking hardware, pockets, multiple carrying options, and Italian craftsmanship to boot. Mmmmmmmiu Miu, I love you.

Miu Miu Coffer Matelasse Leather Hobo in black

Miu Miu Coffer Matelasse Leather Hobols
($1.650, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Miu Miu

Jessica Alba, Keira Knightley & Reese Witherspoon in Miu Miu Coffer Matelasse Leather Hobo

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Diva Lili Levine Satchel

Ok, so after a cold shower I’m back. That Miu Miu Coffer Matelasse Leather Hobo had me swooning, and not just cause it’s gorge, but because it’s also $1.650. As much as I’d like to justify it with some cost-per-wear logic, that is hella high for a handbag. So instead, I’m thinking the Lili Levine Satchel by Diva is a happy medium. Same styling as the Coffer, without emptying the coffers to get it. But you knew we had a fab alternative, didn’t you? Cause at ITC, that’s how we roll.

Diva Lili Levine Satchel in black (Miu Miu Coffer Matelasse knockoff)

Diva Lili Levine Satchel
($108, Baghaus)

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