Real vs. Steal – Givenchy Birdcage Booties

by Irina on September 3, 2009

Update: This post has been updated on September 03, 2009. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I am a shoe girl – always been, always will. I could spend an entire day browsing online shops for the perfect pair. Givenchy happens to make some really great shoes and I’ve always been a fan of their designs. If I had a few hundred dollars on hand, I would easily spend them on these absolutely gorgeous cut-out heels.

Givenchy Birdcage Booties in black

Givenchy Birdcage Bootiesamazon
($664.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal & Vestiaire Collective.

Vanessa Hudgens Loves Givenchy

High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens has a pair of her own Givenchy booties and apparently likes them a lot. She first sported these with an LBD to the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party in Septemer 2008 and then re-wore them with a casual outfit when she was shopping later in November. I’m not too fond of pairing these booties with a dress, but Vanessa certainly looked very chic in her black getups. What do you think?

Vanessa Hudgens wearing black Givenchy Birdcage Ankle Boots

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bebe “Vixen” Caged Leather Boots

Update (09/03/2009): bebe‘s version definitely has its differences compared to the original Givenchys as bebe’s is made of patent leather and has a platform, but I still prefer their knockoffs out of all I have seen yet. They are certainly not the cheapest option, but the quality of the shoes looks really good. These knockoffs have also been recently worn by Lindsay Lohan. I wonder if she was aware they were designer-inspired?

bebe Vixen Caged Ankle Booties in black patent (Givenchy Birdcage knockoffs)

bebe “Vixen” Caged Leather Boots
($159, bebe)

Promise Cutout Ankle Boots

Update (09/03/2009): More Givenchy knockoffs. These here are by Promise.

Promise Cutout Ankle Boots in black (Givenchy Birdcage Bootie knockoffs)

Promise Cutout Ankle Bootspjx
($69.97, Shiekh Shoes)

Charlotte Russe Triangular Laser Cut Boots

Update (08/15/2009): Found another Givenchy inspired shoe style by Charlotte Russe.

Charlotte Russe Triangular Laser Cut Boots in black (Givenchy Birdcage knockoffs)

Charlotte Russe Triangular Laser Cut Boots
($39.99, Charlotte Russe)

Steve Madden “Sallina” Ankle Booties

Save a bunch of bucks by investing in Steve Madden‘s almost identical look-a-like “Sallina” which will cost you $107.91 (sale price!).

Steve Madden Sallina Caged Ankle Booties in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Steve Madden “SALLINA” Ankle Booties
($107.91, Zappos)

FlyJane RIO Peep Toe Caged Bootie

FlyJane RIO Peep-toe Caged Booties in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

FlyJane RIO Peep Toe Caged Bootie
($54.90, Nordstrom Rack)

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Last year these gladiator booties from Givenchy were all the rage on the red carpet. They took Hollywood by storm and sold out shortly after despite the hefty price tag of $995.

Givenchy Gladiator Ankle Booties in black

Givenchy Gladiator Open Toe Bootiesls
($995, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Givenchy

As you can see many celebrities like Cassie, Charlize Theron, Heidi Montag and Lauren London all opted for Givenchy’s open toe booties.

Cassie, Charlize Theron, Heidi Montag and Lauren London wearing Givenchy open toe gladiator booties

Boutique 9 “Joleen” Gladiator Sandals

I have seen countless knockoffs of these Givenchy gladiator booties, but Boutique 9‘s “Joleen” sandals are probably the best of the bunch. They are not 100% the same, but you can clearly see the inspiration Boutique 9 has taken from the Givenchys. Not being the cheapest option, I’d still recommend these if you want the Givenchy look 4 less because they look well-made. Available colors are black, dove grey and tan.

Boutique 9 Joleen Gladiator Ankle Booties (Givenchy knockoffs)

Boutique 9 Joleen Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($115.50, Amazon)

Steven By Steve Madden “GINN” Strappy Pumps

If you prefer a knockoff that’s more similar to the original Givenchys, then you’ll probably like these knockoffs from Steve by Steve Madden better.

Steven by Steve Madden GINN Strappy Pumps (Givenchy look-a-likes)

Steven By Steve Madden “GINN” Strappy Pumps


At the LG Rumorous Night with Heidi Klum, actress Vanessa Hudgens arrived on the red carpet wearing a tiered turquoise silk dress by Gold Hawk with black Givenchy heels and a sequined Chanel clutch. What a great summery look for Vanessa, love it! What I also loved was Vanessa’s gorgeous gold Diane von Furstenberg pendant necklace.

Vanessa Hudgens wearing a turquoise Gold Hawk tiered dress and black Givenchy sandals

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Vanessa Hudgens
Where? LG Rumorous Night with Heidi Klum, West Hollywood, California
When? April 28, 2009
What? Gold Hawk Rose Spaghetti Dress in Tiffany ($275), Givenchy Gladiator High Heel Sandals ($695), Sara Weinstock Thin Gold Bangles, Melinda Maria Vermeil Pod Ring

Gold Hawk Rose Spaghetti Dress

Gold Hawk Rose Spaghetti Dress in Tiffany Blue as worn by Vanessa Hudgens

Gold Hawk Rose Spaghetti Dress in Tiffany
($275, CoutureCandy)

Givenchy Gladiator Sandals

Givenchy Gladiator High Heel Sandal in Black

Givenchy Gladiator High Heel Sandalsls
($695, Barneys)

Vanessa Hudgens Look 4 Less

If you love Vanessa’s summer look, but can’t afford the designer items, try these budget-friendly options below:

Kensie Dresses Chiffon Party Dress

Kensie Dresses Chiffon Party Dress

Kensie Dresses Chiffon Party Dressls
($158, Dillard’s)

GUESS “Holda” Gladiator Sandals

These gladiator sandals by GUESS are a great alternative to Vanessa’s pricey Givenchy heels. They look almost the same, but cost only about 1/7 of the originals’ price and come in either black, dark red or gold snakeskin.

Guess Holda Gladiator Sandal in Black Patent (Givenchy knockoff)

GUESS “Holda” Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($96.90, Amazon)

Nine West “Jamie” Sandals

If you want to save a few dollars, then you should go for Nine West‘s “Jamie” Sandals. Nine West’s Givenchy look-a-like has an additional strap, but otherise these high heel sandals are just as as good as the GUESS heels. Available in black or black patent.

Nine West Jamie Sandal in Black Patent (Givenchy knockoff)

Nine West Jamie Sandalamazon
($78.95, Amazon)


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