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Does this sound familiar? You see something and are really turned off by it first, but then, the more you look at it, the more it grows on you until you become obsessed with it? That happens to me quite often I must admit. In almost every case it’s a shoe which I first hate, then like and finally LOVE! The last time this happened to me was with these lace-up ankle boots by Ann Demeulemeester.

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009 black lace up ankle boots

Ann Demeulemeester Leather Open-Front Lace-Up Ankle Bootsls
($780, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, S|Sense, Farfetchls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

When I first saw them, I thought they were way too clunky for a woman’s feet. But I couldn’t help but be fascinated by them, so I decided to give them another chance and googled them. Sometimes, in order to be able to see a shoe’s full potential, you have to see it on a person’s feet. That was definitely the case with the Ann Demeulemeester lace-up boots. The moment I saw the models flaunting them in a mini dress, I was irrevocably in LOVE!

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009 black lace up ankle boots

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009

I couldn’t find any celebrities rocking these beauties, but fashion editors and style bloggers like Jane of Sea of Shoes happen to love them as much as me.

Chinese Laundry “Beckie” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties

Update (08/30/2017): Check out these lovely lace up heels by Chinese Laundry! They’d also be a great and budget-friendly alternative to the pricey Ann D designer boot version above. On sale for $55.99 and available in black, tan and silver metallic. Steal deal alert!

Chinese Laundry "Beckie" Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties in black and tan suede (Ann Demeulemeester dupes)

Chinese Laundry “Beckie” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Bootiesamazon
($55.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm, Chinese Laundry & Tobi.

H&M Shoes with Open Lacing

Update (08/30/2017): Also spotted these budget-friendly lace-up heels at H&M which would be a decent Ann D. look for less alternative. Price: $39.99.

H&M Shoes with Open Lacing in black faux suede (Ann Demeulemeester dupes)

H&M Shoes with Open Lacing
($39.99, H&M)

Lipstik “Tradgic” Lace Up Open-Toe Booties

Update (04/19/2016): Discovered another gorgeous and spot-on Ann Demeulemeester look-alike today! These lace-up open-toed booties by Lipstik come in tan and black faux leather and cost $99.95 AUD.

Lipstik "Tradgic" Lace Up Open-Toe Booties in tan and black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Lipstik “Tradgic” Lace Up Open-Toe Bootiesls
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Steve Madden “Temptng” Lace Up Open Toe Booties

Update (01/29/2016): Spotted these fab and super similar lace up boots by Steve Madden which come in black or taupe leather and cost $64.99 (sale price!).

Steve Madden "Temptng" Lace Up Open Toe Booties in stone and black (Ann Demeulemeester dupes)

Steve Madden “Temptng” Lace Up Open Toe Bootiesamazon
($64.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm, Dune London, Tobi, Nordstromls, Nordstrom Rack & Selfridges.

Yoki “Brie” Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties

Update (01/29/2016): Here’s a faux suede Ann D. look-alike version by Yoki which comes in either black or beige for $44.99.

Yoki "Brie" Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties in beige and black faux suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Yoki “Brie” Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties
($44.99, Shiekh)

Also available at Amazonamazon.

Kendall + Kylie “Ginny” Lace Up Open Toe Booties

Update (01/29/2016): And if you’ve ever hoped to find a stiletto version of the Ann Demeulemeester booties, check out these fab new lace-up boots by Kendall + Kylie which are available in black and grey taupe suede for $143.28 (sale price!).

Kendall + Kylie "Ginny" Lace Up Open Toe Booties in black suede (Ann Demeulemeester dupes)

Kendall + Kylie “Ginny” Lace Up Open Toe Booties
($143.28, Bloomingdale’s)

Also available at Revolve, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls, Shopbopls & Office.

Breckelle’s Tina-15 Open-Toe Lace-Up Booties

Update (11/19/2015): Discovered this fab and super budget-friendly Ann Demeulemeester dupes by Breckelle’s today! They’re available in black, white, beige and tan faux leather and can be yours for a little over $30! Steal deal alert!

Breckelle's Tina-15 Open-Toe Lace-Up Booties in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Breckelle’s Tina-15 Open-Toe Lace-Up Bootiesamazon
($31.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ZooShoopjx, eBayeBay & Amazon #2amazon.

Therapy “Natalee” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties

Update (11/19/2015): Another fab alternative are these lace-up booties by Therapy which cost $63.96 AUD and look a lot like the real deal.

Therapy "Natalee" Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Therapy “Natalee” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Bootiesls
($63.96 AUD, StyleTread)

Mollini “Jofan” Open-Toe Lace-Up Ankle Boots

Update (08/14/2015): Well, hello there best Ann Demeulemeester dupes EVER! Seriously, just how awesome and spot-on are these open-toe lace-up boots by Mollini?! I love ’em! They’re not cheap, but so close to the real deal. Available in either black, tan or cream white.

Mollini "Jofan" Open-Toe Lace-Up Ankle Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Mollini “Jofan” Open-Toe Lace-Up Ankle Bootsls
($139.97 AUD, StyleTread)

Also available at The Iconicls & Wanted Shoes.

Tony Bianco “Kinston” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Boots

Update (08/07/2015): I don’t think I’ve been so excited about finding an Ann Demeulemeester dupe since JC’s Corset Heels in 2009. Now isn’t the “Kinston” by Tony Bianco an awesome alternative to the real Ann D. boots above or what? So spot-on! I love this one!

Tony Bianco "Kinston" Peep-Toe Lace-Up Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Kinston” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Bootsls
($120 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Tony Bianco “Mixa” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Boots

Update (08/07/2015): Apparently, one Ann D. dupe is not enough, so Tony Bianco decided to do another one. Enter “Mixa”.

Tony Bianco "Mixa" Peep-Toe Lace-Up Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Mixa” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Bootsls
($219.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Forever 21 Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots

Update (07/28/2015): Great news! Forever 21‘s Ann Demeulemeester dupes are now available in an OTK boot version. So fab, right?

Forever 21 Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots in charcoal black and taupe (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Forever 21 Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots
($44.90, Forever 21)

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

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties

Update (06/27/2015): RESTOCK ALERT! Now look at these lovely lace-up booties booties which have finally been restocked at Forever 21 just recently. So cool, right? They totally reminded me of the Ann Demeulemeester booties above. They’re available in either black, brown or olive (my personal fave!). But better be fast this time, these shoes are flying off the shelves!

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties in black and olive (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties
($32.90, Forever 21)

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

Pink Inc “Tide” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties

Update (05/22/2015): Now look at these fabulous Ann D. inspired Pink Inc lace-up booties! Love, love, love! I’m usually not a big fan of white shoes, but these white booties here are kinda hot! Available in white and black leather and black suede for $119.95 AUD.

Pink Inc "Tide" Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties in white and black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Pink Inc “Tide” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Bootiesls
($119.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Mollini “Jimmy” Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties

Update (05/22/2015): Also spotted these perforated Ann Demeulemeester alternatives by Mollini today. Available in tan, black and white leather.

Mollini "Jimmy" Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties in tan and black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Mollini “Jimmy” Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Bootiesls
($139.97 AUD, StyleTread)

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Booties

Update (05/22/2015): Speaking of perforated lace-up booties: here’s another version by Forever 21. Available in black, brown and khaki for a steal price of $34.90!

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Booties in black and brown (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Booties
($34.90, Forever 21)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cors” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties

Update (07/17/2014): Jeffrey Campbell just won’t let this Ann Demeulemeester boot go. And here we go again with yet another dupe! Available in black, brown and wine red suede.

Jeffrey Campbell "Cors" Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties in wine red and black suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cors” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Bootiesls
($99, Shopbop)

Also available at Jildor, Nordstromls, Amazonamazon, Footnotescj, Ashbury Skies & Anthropologie.

Jeffrey Campbell “Meriwidow” Lace-Up Boots

Update (01/30/2014): Here’s yet another Ann Demeulemeester bootie dupe coming from Jeffrey Campbell. This one’s a little bulkier than the others and comes in either black or ivory leather.

Jeffrey Campbell "Meriwidow" Lace-Up Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Meriwidow” Lace-Up Boots
($169.95, Ashbury Skies)

Jeffrey Campbell “Contessa” Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots

Update (01/30/2014): And one more dupe by Jeffrey Campbell to add to the list. How do you like this one?

Jeffrey Campbell "Contessa" Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots in black suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Contessa” Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots
($208, Revolve)

Steven by Steve Madden “SCANDLUS” Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties

Update (09/18/2013): Et voilà, I also discovered these open-toe booties by Steven by Steve Madden which would be great alternatives to the Ann D. boots. Available in black and tan leather.

Steven by Steve Madden "Scandalous" Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “SCANDLUS” Lace-Up Open-Toe Bootiesamazon
($60.75, Amazon)

Elizabeth and James “Terri” Lace-Up Ankle Boots

Update (09/18/2013): I know these Elizabeth and James boots aren’t a perfect dupe match and at $475 not exactly budget-friendly, but if you’re looking for an Ann D. inspired closed-toe version these here are probably your best bet at the moment.

Elizabeth and James "Terri" Lace-Up Ankle Boots in black patent and brown suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Elizabeth and James “Terri” Lace-Up Ankle Bootsamazon
($475, Amazon)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cardiac” Lace-Up Booties

Update (09/18/2013): And here’s yet another Ann Demeulemeester inspired lace up boot by Jeffrey Campbell! What do you think of it?

Jeffrey Campbell "Cardiac" Lace-Up Booties in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cardiac” Lace-Up Bootiesls
($168, Shopbop)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Heels

Update (09/11/2013): Came across a tall boot version of the Jeffrey Campbell + Free People lace-up heels. Available in black or brown leather for $278! Absolutely love these boots, they’re so sexy!

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Tall Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Heels
($278, Free People)

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots

Update (08/11/2013): Seems like Ann Demeulemeester is “en vogue” again! Found another set of Ann D. Lace-Up Heel look-a-likes; this time at Choies. Also available in brown leather.

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots
($99.99, Choies)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels

Update (07/16/2013): After almost 4 years Jeffrey Campbell re-released their highly coveted Ann Demeulemeester lace-up heels again exclusively for Free People. Availale in black, white, black and white, tan and grey.

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels
($178, Free People)

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels

Update (10/05/2009): More good news! Free People have finally restocked Jeffrey Campbell’s Ann Deumeulemeester knockoffs. Missed out on these the first time? Now is your chance to get hold of these cuties!

Sometimes I think everything Jeffrey Campbell does these days is copying other people’s work. Well, it may be unethical, but at least it allows us budget fashionistas to be fashionable without the hefty price tag. Look at these beautiful, almost identical knockoffs. Pretty amazing, huh? They sure are shamelessly expensive for knockoffs, but even priced at $198 they are about $700 les than the originals, so they can’t be TOO bad, right? All sizes are still available, but you better be fast as these knockoffs won’t stay for too long (they’re also exclusively sold at Free People, so if they are gone there, you won’t find them anywhere else).

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels black lace-up ankle boots (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels
($198, Free People)

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There’s something really fun about this household heather grey sweatshirt by Elizabeth and James gone glam. Yes, I realize it’s essentially a sweatshirt but look at it! I love it with a pair of fitted jeans, however I wouldn’t necessarily pair it with your old chucks that have been rotting in the back of your closet. Pair it with a nice pair of black pumps to bring out more of a glam look rather than a slouchy “I haven’t had my first cup of coffee“-look that Dakota Fanning is sporting. So, if $445 is a bit steep for you we have another great solution!

Elizabeth and James Sequined Sweatshirt in grey and silver

Elizabeth and James Sequined Sweatshirtls
($445, Neiman Marcus)

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Choies Sweatshirt With Sequin Front

Update (11/06/2012): Found another sequined sweater at Choies for under $60!

Choies Sweatshirt With Sequin Front in grey (Elizabeth and James knockoff)

Choies Sweatshirt With Sequin Front
($55.99, Choies)

Funktional Weiland Sheer Back Sweater

Update (11/06/2012): Just discovered another great look for less option! I really love these sequin sweaters by Funktional which have a sheer back.

Funktional Weiland Sheer Back Sweater (Elizabeth & James knockoff)

Funktional Weiland Sheer Back Sweatercj
($86, Shopbop)

Wallis Sequin Panel Jumper

Update (08/02/2012): Found yet another great E&J sequin sweater look-a-like over at Wallis. It’s available in both grey and stone.

Wallis Sequin Panel Jumper in grey (Elizabeth & James knockoff)

Wallis Sequin Panel Jumperls
($61, Wallis US)

Mango Sequins Wool Jumper

Update (07/25/2012): And here’s another fabulous sequin sweater alternative from Mango. Available in grey and black.

Mango Sequins Wool Jumper in black (Elizabeth & James knockoff)

Mango Sequins Wool Jumper
($79.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls for £34.99.

Warehouse Sequin Front Sweater

Update (02/25/2012): Found another similar Elizabeth & James alternative. This Warehouse sequin sweater is affordable and looks great. Could one ask for more?

Warehouse Sequin Front Sweater in grey (Elizabeth & James knockoff)

Warehouse Sequin Front Sweaterls
($89, Warehouse)

Express Sequin Raglan Sweatshirt

Update (11/16/2011): Reader Aya kindly informed us about yet another fantastic E&J alternative available at Express. Bonus? They’re currently doing a “Buy 1 Top, Get 1 Top 50% OFF”-promo. Yay for that! 🙂

Express Sequin Raglan Sweatshirt in silver grey (Elizabeth and James knockoff)

Express Sequin Raglan Sweatshirt
($59.90, Express)

Theme Sequin Sweater

Update (11/14/2011): Ten months after posting the first steal, I’ve came across another great E&J sequin sweater look-a-like by Theme. Although significantly darker than the original I think it’s still a great alternative and a lot cheaper, too!

Theme Sequin Sweater in grey (Elizabeth & James knockoff)

Theme Sequin Sweateramazon
($69, Amazon)

Ella Moss “Majesty” Sequin Sweatshirt Top

I think the Ella Moss version for less than $100 fits the bill! It’s almost exactly the same look besides a little bit of difference in sleeve length and it comes in grey or black. I would have to say this Ella Moss sequined sweatshirt is superb in following the look and not hurting our wallets.

Ella Moss "Majesty" Sequin Sweatshirt Top in grey and silver (Elizabeth and James knockoff)

Ella Moss “Majesty” Sequin Sweatshirt Topls
($98, Ella Moss)

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I never really noticed until recently, but Kristin Cavallari is quite the style star, isn’t she? Not sure whether she is working with a stylist or not, but her recent public outings have been nothing but fabulous. On- and off the red carpet. Case in point: Kristin’s casual yet super chic outfit below! I absolutely love her getup from head-to-toe here! The cool Ray-Ban shades, the blush pink silk blouse, the lovely fit and flare skirt and especially the sexy black ankle strap heels which she “designed” for her collaboration with Chinese Laundry. Perfect styling! Take a look at our budget-friendly take on Kristin’s chic blush and black outfit and let us know what you think.

Kristin Cavallari’s Blush & Black Look 4 Less

Kristin Cavallari's Blush Pink Blouse & Black Flare Skirt Look 4 Less

Go Shopping:

Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who? Kristin Cavallari
Where? Running Errands in West Hollywood, California
When? May 3, 2013
What? Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses ($154.95), Marc Jacobs Skinny Single Quilted Bagls ($675), Chinese Laundry “Celestial” Ankle Strap Heels ($129.95)

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Go Shopping:

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  2. Erickson Beamon Garden Party Earringsls, $310
  3. Honeydew Intimates Camellia Bralettels, $30
  4. Luv Aj Crystal Cross Necklacels, $165
  5. Pierre Balmain Manila Metallic Sandalsls, $775
  6. Elizabeth and James Amalia Skirtls, $265
  7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Large Blade Chrono Watchls, $275
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Deal: Two Days Only: Save 20% at Shopbopls‘s Friends and Family Sale! Use promo code: “WEAREFAMILY” at checkout (ends October 17th, 2012; some exclusions apply)!

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Go Shopping:

  1. Mason by Michelle Mason Strappy Gown, $649 $519.20
  2. CC SKYE Double Header Bracelet, $150 $120
  3. 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bag, $750
  4. Shoshanna Stacie Dress, $340 $272
  5. Rachel Zoe Thin Belt with Screw Buckle, $110 $88
  6. Peter Som Sleeveless Peplum Dress, $1.362 $1.089,60
  7. Jean-Michel Cazabat Emma Two Tone Pumps, $265 $212
  8. TOM BINNS Spider Ring, $110 $88
  9. Michael Kors Men’s Runway Watch, $250 $200
  10. Theory Daniya Tailor Pants, $245 $196
  11. Kenneth Jay Lane Waterfall Earrings, $169 $135.20
  12. Elizabeth and James Speckled Victor Jacket, $495 $396

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