Yves Saint Laurent

Update: This post has been updated on July 14, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

Yves Saint Laurent will be always one of my favorite high-end fashion brands. They belong to fashion much like the Eiffel Tower belongs to Paris. Where would be without this everlasting house of delicate French fashion? In 100 years from now most designers being hyped right now will be long forgotten, but I’m sure YSL will be considered iconic for its cultural and aesthetic influence in our era. And rightfully so. Evidence A: see below.

Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale Platform Pumps in black suede

Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale Platform Pumpsls
($795, NORDSTROM)

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Kristen Stewart, Lily Allen, Kate Beckinsale and Lady GaGa wearing Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale Suede Platform Pumps

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Alloy “Lexi” Wedge Pumps

UPDATE (07/14/2012): Didn’t really expect to come across any more YSL Imperiale look-a-likes, but you can find a budget-friendly faux suede version at Alloy.

Alloy "Lexi" Wedge Pumps in bordeaux and black faux suede (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

Alloy “Lexi” Wedge Pumpsls
($29.90, Alloy)

Dollhouse “Stunning” Platform Pumps

UPDATE (10/21/2010): Finally found a non-suede YSL alternative by Dollhouse. Available in black, brown, grey, pink & tan.

Dollhouse "Stunning" Platform Pumps in black (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Stunning” Platform Pumpsamazon
($41.25, Amazon)

Steve Madden “BRIGITT” Wedge Pumps

UPDATE (10/13/2010): Just stumbled upon this YSL Imperiale look-a-like by Steve Madden. Available in black or blush suede.

Steve Madden "BRIGITT" Wedge Pumps in black suede (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

Steve Madden “BRIGITT” Wedge Pumpsamazon
($129.95, Amazon)

Dolce Vita “Hayword” Platform Pumps

UPDATE (10/13/2010): These Dolce Vita pumps look exactly like the April pumps; they just seem to have renamed the shoe and re-released it. Available in black, burgundy and taupe suede.

Dolce Vita "Hayword" Platform Pumps in black suede (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

Dolce Vita “Hayword” Platform Pumpscj
($112.49, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

New Look Suedette Demi Wedges

UPDATE (10/13/2010): New Look has also an almost identical low-budget version of the YSL pumps which in either black or grey (faux) suede.

New Look Suedette Demi Wedges in black faux suede (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

New Look Suedette Demi Wedges
(£24.99, New Look)

Qupid Roshay-01 Platform Pumps

UPDATE (07/21/2010): Here’s a cheap & chic YSL knockoff by Qupid. These pumps are available in many colors & finishes.

Qupid Roshay-01 Platform Pumps in black faux suede (Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale knockoffs)

Qupid Roshay-01 Platform Pumpsamazon
($22.44, Amazon)

Dolce Vita “April” Platform Pumps

If you want the same style without breaking the bank, try these suede platforms by Dolce Vita which are dead ringers for the YSL Imperiale pumps. Not exactly a steal at ~$160, but still a whole lotta cheaper than the original Yves Saint Laurent heels. Also available in taupe suede and navy leather.

Dolce Vita "April" Platform Pumps in black suede (Yve Saint Laurent Imperiale knockoffs)

Dolce Vita “April” Platform Pumpsamazon
($159.95, Amazon)

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I’d love to see these fabulous sandals by Yves Saint Laurent paired with a beautiful summer suit with sleek modern lines and impeccable tailoring. The platforms provide that extra little bit of balance, transforming any feminine silhouette into one with more presence and structure. The other great thing is how easy they can go from casual to dressier occasions. And considering the price, that’s a very important requisite. But if you’re in the market for a similar yet budget-friendly look, we’ve also got just the thing.

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute T-Strap Platform Sandals in black

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute T-Strap Platform Sandalsls
($795, Saks)

Gianni Bini “Alana” Platform Sandals

Not only are these Gianni Bini sandals very affordable (only $59.99) but if you’re like me, and your neutral staple is black, you’ll be able to get so much mileage out of these as you take them from this season to the next! You could wear them on the weekend under your bootcut jeans or just as easily with some leggings. Choose accessories that echo the beautiful lines of this pair, and of course you can’t go wrong by adding a little metal hardware into the mix.

Gianni Bini "Alana" Platform Sandals in black (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “Alana” Platform Sandalsls
($59.99, Dillard’s)

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I used to associate cap-toe shoes with old ladies and always found them to be aging. However, lately I’ve seen quite a few outstanding examples which I wouldn’t mind wearing myself. Case in point: these simple black pointed pumps with a gold cap-toe by Yves Saint Laurent. That’s sophistication and elegance unified! It’s quite the understated shoe with just the right amount of extravagance! And a hefty price tag, of course! It is YSL after all.

Yves Saint Laurent Opyum Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps in black and gold

Yves Saint Laurent Opyum Pointed Cap-Toe Pumpscj
($675, MyTheresa)

P.S.: Also available in other colors at NET-A-PORTERls & Farfetchls.

Celebrities Love Yves Saint Laurent

Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr wearing Yves Saint Laurent Opyum Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps

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ASOS PLUTO Point Court Shoes with Gold Toe Cap

If you’re looking for the same level of sophistication in a shoe but don’t want to spend a small fortune, these ASOS heels might just be what you were looking for. They have the same look but come at a much nicer price. Score! Available in black as shown below or a just as lovely natural snakels version.

ASOS PLUTO Point Court Shoes with Gold Toe Cap in black (Yves Saint Laurent Opyum knockoffs)

ASOS PLUTO Point Court Shoes with Gold Toe Capls
($109.07, ASOS)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 17, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

So I know I blogged about Yves Saint Laurent‘s Palais pumps before, but the yellow version is just so lovely I had to dedicate them a post on their own. I remember first seeing them in yellow on The Shoegirl’s blog who called them her banana shoes (haha, so true! ;)). I have yet to purchase my first pair of yellow shoes… do you own yellow shoes? I’d love to make these YSLs mine, but a) they’re so sold out by now and b) even if they weren’t, they’d be way out of my regular shoe shopping budget, so off I was to search for a more wallet-friendly alternative…

Yves Saint Laurent Palais Yellow Suede Platform Pumps

Yves Saint Laurent Palais Yellow Suede Platform Pumpsls
($720, NORDSTROM)

EXPRESS Peep-toe Platform Pumps

UPDATE (04/17/2012): And here’s another YSL Palais look-a-like with a peep-toe. These faux leather pumps by EXPRESS come in yellow and black.

EXPRESS Peep-toe Platform Pumps in yellow (YSL Yves Saint Laurent Palais knockoffs)

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($79.90, EXPRESS)

Kelsi Dagger “Abrielle” Platform Pumps

UPDATE (11/17/2011): These Kelsi Dagger pumps are probably one of the most blatant knockoffs I’ve ever come across, but I kind of love them. Why? Because they’re way more accessible at $129.99 than at $700+. Available in yellow, orange, green, blue and black suede as well as black patent.

Kelsi Dagger "Abrielle" Platform Pumps in yellow, orange, green and black suede (YSL Palais knockoffs)

Kelsi Dagger “Abrielle” Platform Pumpsamazon
($129.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Heels.comcj & Sarenza.co.uk.

Promise “Lego” Platform Pumps

As with the blue Palais version, Promise once again comes to a broke fashionista’s rescue. But at that time no one had this knockoff in yellow which changed recently when I spied these YSL look-a-likes at Heels.com. Yes, it’s more of a mustard color than a true sunshiney yellow, but at $54.99 I won’t be the one to complain. Also available in black or fuchsia faux suede.

Promise "Lego" Platform Pumps in mustard faux suede (Yves Saint Laurent Palais knockoffs)

Promise “Lego” Platform Pumpscj
($49.49, Heels.com)

Image source(s): Yves Saint Laurent, EXPRESS, Amazon, Heels.com

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The Yves Saint Laurent Baobab Python Wedge is a statement piece on its own as it can spice up any outfit. I adore the juxtaposition of the various colors; the olive and orange among the gray python creates a frivolous pattern adding more depth and texture to the overall appearance. Also, the sculpted heel is so artistic and fascinating to look at. These would make a great addition to my closet and perfectly coincide with my love of neutral toned clothing. But as much as I love YSL, I definitely cannot afford these amazing wedge sandals for $1.995. Take a look at the wonderful steal below!

Yves Saint Laurent Baobab Python Wedge Sandals in khaki

Yves Saint Laurent Baobab Python Wedge Sandalsls
($1.995, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Yves Saint Laurent

Blake Lively, Mila Kunis, Jessica Simpson & Amanda Seyfried wearing Yves Saint Laurent Baobab Python Wedge Sandals

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Jeffrey Campbell “For Real” Strappy Platform Sandals

Though a different color pattern, these shoes are definitely hot! With the magenta color and metallic undertone, you are destined to capture all of the attention. The sculpted heel is still very apparent just like in the YSL; the only thing that’s really missing would be the python print and a bit more straps. Other than that, the Jeffrey Campbell “FOR REAL” platforms are an identical match for $134.95. This steal is a sartorial sensation.

Jeffrey Campbell "For Real" Strappy Platform Sandals in pink metallic (Yves Saint Laurent Baobab knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “For Real” Strappy Platform Sandalspjx
($134.95, Solestruck)

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