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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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Update: This post has been updated on January 30, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’m completely fascinated by Christian Louboutin‘s mind. I’m starting to understand him… I think. This red calf hair pump named Big Lips, believe it or not, I get why he named it this. Just look at it. Does it not remind you of a mouth completely lacquered in red lipstick? Oh well, great minds think alike! 😉 Too bad not all wallets are created equal. Because at $995 this very kissable little heel has been snatched up by all those big lip bandits out there!

Christian Louboutin Big Lips Stiletto Pumps in red

Christian Louboutin Big Lips 120 Calf Hair Pumpsls
($995, NET-A-PORTER)

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ShoeDazzle “Esti” Stiletto Pumps

UPDATE (01/30/2013): Found another super steal-worthy Louboutin look-a-like by ShoeDazzle. Available in black, purple, yellow and turquoise faux suede.

ShoeDazzle "Esti" Stiletto Pumps in black faux suede (Christian Louboutin Big Lips knockoffs)

ShoeDazzle “Esti” Stiletto Pumps
($11.99-19.98, ShoeDazzle)

GoJane Velvet Metal Stiletto Pumps

UPDATE (05/06/2012): Just came across these steal-worthy stiletto pumps at GoJane which look a lot like the Louboutins above. Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

GoJane Velvet Metal Stiletto Pumps in red and black (Christian Louboutin Big Lips knockoffs)

GoJane Velvet Metal Stiletto Pumps
($28.20, GoJane)

ALDO “Westberry” Stiletto Pumps

Whaaat, Westside in da house! OK, Westberry. Westside or Westberry, this ALDO heel almost hits the spot. Suede instead of calf hair, but about $900 less! Available in either red or black.

ALDO "Westberry" Stiletto Pumps in red suede (Christian Louboutin Big Lips knockoffs)

ALDO “Westberry” Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($70, Amazon)

Topshop “PISTON” Metal Heel Court Shoes

Here’s another Louboutin clone, yet with extras. Piston by Topshop has a black version with studs or go with the equally amazing turquoise suede color!

Topshop "PISTON" Metal Heel Court Shoes in black and jade suede (Christian Louboutin Big Lips knockoffs)

Topshop “PISTON” Metal Heel Court Shoesls
($160, Topshop)

Kurt Geiger “Elliot” Pointed Toe Court Shoes

If you like a very pointed toe, then go with the Elliot by Kurt Geiger. Available in red suede, nude snakeskin (ooh, I bet HOT) or black leather.

Kurt Geiger "Elliot" Pointed Toe Court Shoes in red suede (Christian Louboutin Big Lips knockoffs)

Kurt Geiger “Elliot” Pointed Toe Court Shoesls
(£220, Kurt Geiger)

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PSSST! – Sometimes when you add a product to your bag there’s an info stating “Unfortunately we are not able to ship this product outside of the United Kingdom.” – However, I had this info on a pair of shoes I ordered which got shipped to me without any problem. Hence, I’d still try my luck anyways. The worst that can happen is your order getting cancelled and you’ll get your money back. Best thing that could happen to you? Getting the real Acne Pistol booties for 25% OFF (you won’t find these on sale ANYWHERE else)! Btw, Kurt Geiger also ships to Europe and the US (though shipping costs are admittedly a little steep). Have fun shopping around!

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UK fashionistas, listen up! Kurt Geiger partnered with GRAZIA to offer their readers 25% OFF. Enter coupon code “GRAZIA25” at checkout to receive the discount. The offer expires on 04/28 at midnight (European time). Oh how I’d love to take advantage of this wonderful offer, but sadly Kurt Geiger does not support delivery outside the UK & Ireland. What a bummer! Especially since I’ve totally fallen in love with the deep blue ankle strap platforms pictured on the promo pic below. Sigh!

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Do you want a shoe that can punch up even the most bland of outfits? If you do, please feast your eyes on the Kurt Geiger Corso Como Suede Pump! I’m actually really in love with this color because you can definitely play it as a neutral. The color looks striking with black and all the way to animal print. Also the embellished blue sparklies make this shoe even more playful! Olivia Palermo has done an amazing job dressing up this shoe! In all four photos her outfits look amazing. But my favorite is definitely the animal print dress. Lastly, the best thing about this pump is the price! It’s modestly priced and not ridiculously expensive. Priced at £250 (approx. $400) it’s really not too bad of a deal!

Olivia Palermo wearing yellow Kurt Geiger "Corso Como" Suede Pumps

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Kurt Geiger “Corso Como” Suede Pumps

Kurt Geiger "Corso Como" Suede Pumps in yellow

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(£250, Kurt Geiger)

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