Cheap vs. Cheaper

Lace-Up heels are one of the biggest trends I have observed among fashion bloggers this year (see Song of Style, Nany’s Klozet and HelielyB for example). Black lace-up sandals with delicate cut-outs seem to have been especially popular among fashion connoisseurs. While I can’t afford the pricey designer version (Signore Giuseppe Zanotti, I love your for thesels!), I managed to find a pretty good alternative in the $129 Zara lace-up sandals shown below. Only downside? Sold out. Everywhere! However, today, while randomly browsing DSW’s new arrivals section, I stumbled upon these fabulous Zigi Soho heels below. Not only are they spot-on identical and readily available, they also happen to cost ~50% less than the Zara version! Yippie!

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Zara Lace-Up Sandals vs. Zigi Soho Barrel High Heels

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Image source(s): Zara, DSW

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I’ve been in love with these suede DV by Dolce Vita booties ever since I first spotted them on my sister’s feet earlier this year. They looked so casual yet stylish and the quality was really great for the price she paid. I decided to get them for me as well, but being the frugal fashionista that I am I didn’t want to pay retail and so tried to wait for a promo or a discount code so I could get them for less. However, once the opportunity to save came along, the booties has gotten out of stock in my size. Boohoo! Luckily, I’ve found 2 faux leather alternatives that are even cheaper: Old Navy has a great look-a-like and Mossimo‘s “Kaelyn” bootie looks a whole lot like the “Jamison” as well. So if the real suede booties are out of stock in your size as well or you just want to save some cash, try one of these super budget-friendly alternatives below.

Cheap. Cheaper. Cheapest - DV by Dolce Vita vs. Old Navy vs. Mossimo

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Looking at all these t-strap espadrille wedges which ALL look practically identical my assumption is that all of these are knockoffs of some designer heel I haven’t seen or heard of yet. Even though the priciest option here is $150 which compared to all those $800 designer shoes that are often featured here is still on the lower price spectrum I like how there’s still some deal to be had. You can save either 30%, 40% or, if you opt for the cheapest version, a whopping 70%! The look will be the same.

Sam Edelman vs. Enzo Angiolini vs. N.Y.L.A. vs. Bucco

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Black Rooster “Highpeak” Espadrille Wedges

P.S.: While this little post was waiting to get published, I happened to stumble upon yet another wedge that looks identical to the ones shown above. In terms of price, Black Rooster‘s Highpeak lies between N.Y.L.A. and Bucco though I’m 95% sure the Black Roosters are just a rebranded version of the N.Y.L.A.s or the other way round. Theser come in a range of beautiful colors including a super lovely blush, gold, black and cognac.

Black Rooster "Highpeak" Espadrille Wedges in cognac

Black Rooster “Highpeak” Espadrille Wedgescj
($79.20, Zappos)


Espadrille wedges are perfect spring/summer shoes. Recently I’ve come across the MICHAEL Michael Kors “Juniper” Espadrilles which instantly reminded me of the Stuart Weitzman “Alex” wedges (famously worn by Jen Aniston and others). At $140 they’re relatively easy on most people’s budgets, but then I happened to come across the “Rode E Oh” wedges by Diba which are practially identical twins but for less than half the price of the Kors shoes. Steal deal!

Cheap vs. Cheaper - MICHAEL Michael Kors Juniper vs. Diba Rode E Oh

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Image source(s): Zappos


Sometimes it doesn’t take a designer shoe for another shoe company to knock it off. Case in point: Steve Madden‘s $90 platform pump which has previously been copied by Bamboo and now it’s Qupid who came up with an almost identical Madden twin for a 1/3 of the original’s price. I’m so digging the yellow color, these pumps are what you’ll need to make an outfit pop. And besides, every girl should have a few pairs of fun shoes, right? And ooh, I also like how Qupid’s version is even brighter.

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Steve Madden Caryssa vs. Qupid Neutral-01

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