Valentino

Update: This post has been updated on November 26, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’ve been cyberstalking these bow-embellished Valentino sandals for months. Now I know I fall in love with shoes easily, but on this occasion I didn’t have the slightest chance not to. I mean everyone loves a good bow, right? They are pretty much a signature detail at Valentino and when they look so gorgeous, who can blame them for continously returning to this proven style? So, the love is there, the budget to buy these lovely heels, however, is not. So what’s a girl to do?

Valentino Bow-Detail Satin Sandals in black & champagne

Valentino Bow-Detail Satin Sandalsls
($825, NET-A-PORTER)

Spiegel Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (11/26/2010): Wow, look at this amazing & dead-on Valentino dupe by Spiegel I just came across. So close to the real deal!

Spiegel Satin Ankle-Strap Sandals in champagne and black satin (Valentino knockoffs)

Spiegel Satin Ankle-Strap Sandalsls
($49, Spiegel)

Steve Madden “ANASTASA” Bow Satin Sandals

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “SMFREESHIP” to get free shipping on your $75+ order!

Turn to Steve Madden, of course! He is the man to make your shoe dreams come true! Take a look at these satin sandals and you’ll instantly see Valentino mirroring back. Pretty much everything is spot-on. I would’ve loved it if they’d kept the beautiful champagne color, but even the all-black version looks delicious! And don’t get me started on the luscious red satin version. Pure GORGEOUSNESS! One minor bummer though: You can only pre-order these beautiful darlings at this time and they won’t ship until the end of May! Boo! But don’t make the mistake to wait until then because this style is guaranteed to sell out quickly.

Steve Madden "Anastasa" Bow Satin Sandals in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Steve Madden “ANASTASA” Bow Satin Sandalsls
($79.95, Steve Madden)

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How come that whenever I see Kristen Stewart hitting the red carpet it seems like she’s the unhappiest person in the world? I mean, I get that she’s the kind of celebrity who is very protective of her privacy, but c’mon, when you’re walking the red carpet it is an official event, so please put on a nice smile and let us mortals envy you in your super fancy and expensive Valentino dress and to-die-for Brian Atwood satin pumps. Too bad KStew rarely smiles because she’s amazingly pretty when she’s not wearing her grumpy face.

Kristen Stewart’s Valentino Look 4 Less

Kristen Stewart's Valentino Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Kristen Stewart
Where? “Welcome To The Rileys” Screening, New York
When? October 18, 2010
What? Valentino Resort 2011 one shoulder lace dress & Brian Atwood Maniac satin platform pumps

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Update: This post has been updated on February 20, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

A few seasons back, Yves Saint Laurent debuted a cage-style bootie that captivated the celebrity and fashion worlds. Ever since, the cage has been all the rage, and these silvery sandals by Valentino are no exception. Why have cage-style booties and sandals been so popular? Perhaps it’s the covered-but-open tease, or the element of bondage they suggest. Whatever the reason, this attention-getting pair is a magnificent example of the species.

Valentino Pigalle Metallic Caged Sandals in silver

Valentino Pigalle Metallic Sandalsls
($895, Neiman Marcus)

Jessica Bennett “Monroe” Caged Sandals

UPDATE (02/20/2010): Here’s another alternative by Jessica Bennett. Available in 9 different colors.

Jessica Bennett "Monroe" Caged Sandals in silver

Jessica Bennett “Monroe” Caged Sandalsamazon
($124.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls.

Via Spiga “Liv” Caged Sandals

UPDATE (02/15/2010): Found these Valentino inspired caged sandals by Via Spiga. Available in silver, gold & black.

Via Spiga "Liv" Sandals in silver (Valentino Pigalle knockoffs)

Via Spiga “Liv” Caged Sandalsamazon
($42.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoes.comls & NORDSTROMls.

GUESS “Isteraly” Caged Sandals

If you’ve also been seduced by the cage trend, but can’t hack the cost associated with high-end pairs, try the “Isteraly” Caged Sandal by GUESS. Like Valentino’s Pigalle, the Guess version shines like platinum, and the additional platform has me thinking you might get an hour or two more before your feet start screaming at you (we all know eventually every heel hurts). And at just under a hundred bucks, it’s a trend exploration with a very justifiable cost-per-wear.

GUESS "Isteraly" Caged Sandals in silver (Valentino Pigalle knockoffs)

GUESS “Isteraly” Caged Sandalsamazon
($98.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoes.comls.

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Amazon

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Is there anything you can’t love about these absolutely gorgeous Valentino suede cutout lace up booties? They are from last season’s fall line and of course sold out by now despite the hefty price tag of $945.

Valentino Cutout Suede Peep-toe Ankle Booties in black

Valentino Suede Cutout Peep-Toe Bootiesls
($945, Nordstrom)

Pour La Victoire “Eden” Peep-toe Oxford Booties

When I first saw these Pour La Victoire “Eden” cutout booties, I intuitively knew that they had to be some sort of upscale knockoffs (Pour La Victoire makes these on a regular basis). Call it my knockoff intuition. I find myself falling for the nude version, but I also love them in blue and black as well. Shopbop has these also in a cream and grey version.

Pour La Victoire Eden Peep-toe Oxford Ankle Bootie in black, nude and blue (Valentino knockoffs)

Pour La Victoire “Eden” Peep-toe Oxford Bootiesamazon
($159.90, Amazon)

Image source(s): Saks, Amazon

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