Balmain

Update: This post has been updated on November 3, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

Everyone should own a perfectly tailored leather jacket. I think it’s a staple and will never go out of style. So it’s worth making a small investment to make sure it will last you several years, maybe even decades. I’m sure this Balmain quilted leather jacket would be still in style 10 years from now, but oh boy, 13k for a jacket? I know leather always comes at a price, but this is blatant usury.

Balmain Peak-Shouldered Quilted Leather Jacket in black

Balmain Peak-Shouldered Quilted Leather Jacketls
($13.395, Net-A-Porter)

Rihanna Loves Balmain

Rihanna wearing a black Balmain Quilted Leather Jacket

Rare PU Quilted Chain Neck Jacket

Update (11/03/2012): Two years later and I found another Balmain inspired quilted jacket option (in faux leather) at Rare.

Rare PU Quilted Chain Neck Jacket in black (Balmain knockoff)

Rare PU Quilted Chain Neck Jacket
(£69, Rare)

Haute Hippie Quilted Leather Jacket

This quilted leather jacket by Haute Hippie isn’t necessarily a Balmain twin, but the influences are clearly visible, don’t you agree? The jacket is quite pricey at almost $1.000 retail price, but it’s still 13x cheaper than the original.

Haute Hippie Quilted Leather Jacket in black (Balmain knockoff)

Haute Hippie Quilted Leather Jacketls
($995, Shopbop)

bebe Quilted Leather Moto Jacket

Another great alternative, though not quite as close as the HH version, is this quilted leather jacket by bebe. I am so digging this jacket, it’s ridiculous. And $259 for a real leather jacket isn’t a bad price.

bebe Quilted Leather Moto Jacket in black (Balmain knockoff)

bebe Quilted Leather Moto Jacket
($259, bebe)

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Update: This post has been updated on November 24, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

These buckled ankle boots were designed by shoe design genius Giuseppe Zanotti for the hottest brand in Fashionland right now, Balmain, for their Fall 2009 footwear range. I wasn’t really a fan of this collection until I saw these badass rocker booties. My only problem: finding the pocket change to afford these. Sigh!

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Uma Buckled Ankle Boots in black leather

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Buckled Bootiesls
($948, YOOX)

XOXO “Raven” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (11/24/2011): Just stumbled upon another very affordable buckled Balmain look-a-like by XOXO.

XOXO "Raven" Ankle Boots in black (Balmain knockoffs)

XOXO “Raven” Ankle Bootsls
($27.95, Shoebuy)

Charles Albert New 1733 Buckle Booties

UPDATE (09/08/2010): Just in time for fall I happened to stumble upon these buckled Balmain look-a-likes by Charles Albert. They have a canvas upper, but everything else is pretty much spot-on. Available in black, blue or white canvas.

Charles Albert New 1733 Buckle Booties in black canvas (Balmain knockoffs)

Charles Albert New 1733 Buckle Bootiesamazon
($39.95, Amazon)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Admit” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (07/22/2010): Carlos by Carlos Santana provides us with yet another fabulous Balmain alternative in form of this latticed zipper ankle boots. Available in black or camel leather.

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Admit" Ankle Boots in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Admit” Ankle Bootsamazon
($44.99, Amazon)

ZiGiny “Triumph” Booties

UPDATE (01/19/2010): If you want an upscale knockoff of the Balmain booties, try these ankle boots by ZiGiny. They are available in black leather, black and red suede.

ZiGiny "Triumph" Booties in black (Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Triumph” Bootiesamazon
($65.97, Amazon)

Hypnotic “Roadtrip” Buckle Booties

UPDATE (01/03/2010): Surprise! Surprise! Yet another Balmain knockoff. This one’s by Hypnotic and the booties come in either black, grey or rust suede.

Hypnotic "Roadtrip" Buckle Booties in black suede (Balmain knockoffs)

Hypnotic “Roadtrip” Buckle Bootiesamazon
($39.95, Amazon)

Wet Seal Multi Buckle Booties

UPDATE (12/10/2009): Found yet another Balmain alternative by Wet Seal. Click on the link below and navigate to the shoes section or enter style number “41597064” in the search field to find the Balmain inspired buckle booties on the website.

Wet Seal Multi Buckle Booties in black faux suede (Balmain Fall 2009 knockoffs)

Wet Seal Multi Buckle Bootiesls
($36.50, Wet Seal)

Anne Michelle Savior 27 Strappy Booties

UPDATE: WHOA! Check out these amazing Balmain knockoffs by Anne Michelle. I LOVE these!

Anne Michelle Savior 27 Strappy Booties in black (Balmain Fall 2009 knockoffs)

Anne Michelle Savior 27 Strappy Booties
($42, LuLu*s)

Report “Lyndon” Buckle Booties

Check out these fabulous Balmain knockoffs brought to you by Report! Aren’t they just gorgeous? They’re so close to the original buckle booties. You better act fast as I predict these are going to sell out very, very quickly.

Report "Lyndon" Buckle Booties in black (Balmain for Giuseppe Zanotti Fall 2009 knockoffs)

Report “Lyndon” Buckle Bootiesls
($86.90, NORDSTROM)

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I have a friend and her favorite saying is, “I love it when a plan comes together.” – That’s exactly how I feel about the collaboration between Giuseppe Zanotti and Balmain. And what a beautiful plan it was. These rhinestone strappy heels are just what any hot chick on the Hollywood scene needs for the perfect partner in a fashion crime (crime to look so damn good, that is) to compliment any outfit. But of course, if your red carpet moments involve the opening of a local hotspot rather than your latest movie, then you’ll wanna keep reading for great alternatives to this enormously priced $1.295 heel!

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain NE1004 Rhinestone Strappy Sandals in gold

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain NE1004 Rhinestone Strappy Sandalscj
($1.295, Zappos)

Audrina Patridge Loves Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain

Audrina Patridge wearing Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain NE1004 Rhinestone Strappy Sandals

Vince Camuto “Aileen” Sandals

Well, hello Aileen! You’re not as flashy as the original, but for a fraction of the price I can learn to love the braided strappy detail; opposed to the flashiness of the rhinestones. By Vince Camuto & available in pale gold or steel gray.

Vince Camuto "Aileen" Sandals in new gold (Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain NE1004 knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Aileen” Sandalsamazon
($98, Amazon)

Pour La Victoire “Briller” Sandals

Oh yeah, Houston we have NO problem with rocking this brilliant “Briller” sandal by Pour La Victoire! For a wee bit more money, we get the rhinestones. Not as much glitz as the Balmains (which is to be expected when you don’t drop over a grand), but these heels are still quite hot! Choose from ivory, black or silver satin fabrications.

Pour La Victoire "Briller" Sandals in ivory (Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain NE1004 knockoffs)

Pour La Victoire “Briller” Sandalsamazon
($84.50, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pmcj & Heels.comcj.

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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)

Celebrities Love Balmain

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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Update: This post has been updated on February 09, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that zippers are in. We’ve written several posts here that have featured decorative zippers (mostly on shoes) and more pop up every day. Balmain seems to be leading this trend and we can see why. Giuseppe Zanotti, who designs the shoes for Balmain, is a master. He manages to make zippers and black leather look polished and even elegant. What I really love about these zip-embellished pumps is that the shape is wholly classic, but the zippers add an industrial/rock edge. That means these shoes will dress up your jeans, but dress down your sweet skirt. Unfortunately they’re astronomically expensive.

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Zip-Embellished Pumps in black

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Zip-Embellished Pumpsls
($995, YOOX)

JustFab “Kara” Zip Pumps

UPDATE (02/09/2011): Found another great Balmain dupe by JustFab.

JustFab "Kara" Zip Pumps in black (Balmain knockoffs)

JustFab “Kara” Zip Pumpscj
($54.99, Heels.com)

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumps

These Liliana pumps are a great alternative to the Balmains. They’re not real leather, of course, but the beautiful zipper-trim is there, as is that sexy 4-inch heel. Falling somewhere between a pump and a bootie, I picture these with a multitude of outfits. Oh, and did we mention they’re only $30.91? If you’ve had your fill of black pumps, these are also available in chestnut and grey.

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumps in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumpsamazon
($30.91, Amazon)

New Look Zip Strap Courts

Now there’s less zipper action going on with this version, but I think there’s something so pretty and clean about the one cross over on the bridge of the foot. The toe is very reminiscent of the Balmain heels (looks like you’ll be getting some toe-cleavage!) and the faux suede looks very rich. Very Rock and Roll at a non-rock price. These also come in a very pretty, soft grey color. At £25 (that’s about $33), you might as well get both! New Look is a UK retailer, but I checked out their US shipping policy and it’s pretty reasonable (around $10).

New Look Zip Strap Courts in black suedette (Balmain knockoffs)

New Look Zip Strap Courts
(£25, New Look)

Image source(s): YOOX, Heels.com, Amazon, New Look

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