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You gotta admire Giuseppe Zanotti for his fearless approach to designing shoes. Take these colorful colorblock wedge sandals for instance. These look like they belong into a kid’s room rather than on the feet of a grown woman and even though I can’t think of too many outfit options to pair these with it’s still a very fun-looking shoe and probably would work well with a monochrome look at an event where drinking alcohol excessively is a socially accepted pastime (e.g. a Bachelorette party). But would I ever spend $695 for a pair of designer heels that look like LEGO? Nope.

Giuseppe Zanotti E20108 Colorblock Wedge Sandals in yellow, pink and turquoise patent

Giuseppe Zanotti E20108 Colorblock Wedge Sandalscj
($695, Shopbop)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Katy Perry & Nicki Minaj wearing colorful Giuseppe Zanotti E20108 Colorblock Wedge Sandals

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GoJane Strappy Colorblock Heels

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

Just because your budget won’t allow for you to splurge on avantgarde designer shoes doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your shoes once in a while. Luckily, online shops like GoJane stock a lot of steal-worthy designer shoe look-a-likes that will give you the same look without the heavy price tag. Look at these colorful stunners for example! Now they don’t come in the same color combos as the Zanottis but will still give you the same colorblock effect.

GoJane Strappy Colorblock Heels (Giuseppe Zanotti E20108 knockoffs)

GoJane Strappy Colorblock Heels
($35.20, GoJane)

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Update: This post has been updated on February 26, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

In case you didn’t get the memo, the 2010 designer darling is Alexander Wang. And why not? Aside from his clothing lines, his bags are legendary, his shoes the definition of urban cool, and—mark my words—his Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglasses are going to be iconic. In 20 years’ time, your girls are going to be scrambling for their very own vintage pair. They are the cat eye of the noughties.

Alexander Wang Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglasses in black

Alexander Wang Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglassesls
($325, NET-A-PORTER)

Lady GaGa Loves Alexander Wang

Lady GaGa wearing gold Alexander Wang Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglasses

Designer Inspired Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses

UPDATE (02/26/2012): Found another Alexander Wang sunglass alternative for under $5.

Designer Inspired Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses in black (Alexander Wang Zoro knockoffs)

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($4.98, Amazon)

GoJane Futuristic Cat Eye Sunglasses

UPDATE (01/04/2011): Here’s a spot-on knockoff coming from GoJane. Available in black with silver or gold edges or in a red or tortoise frame.

<GoJane Futuristic Cat Eye Sunglasses in black & silver (Alexander Wang Zoro knockoff)

GoJane Futuristic Cat Eye Sunglasses
($4.80, GoJane)

ASOS Pointy Cat Sunglasses

UPDATE (01/04/2011): ASOS has also a stunningly similar Wang Zoro look-a-like. Available in black or brown tortoise.

ASOS Pointy Cat Sunglasses in black (Alexander Wang Zoro knockoff)

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($20.69, ASOS)

Sunglass Warehouse Style #31202 Cat Eye Sunglasses

If you’re digging the Wang frame, but don’t have the cash (or the courage) to sport them, the #31202 Cat Eye Sunglasses by Sunglass Warehouse are a fantastic alternative. They have the same, delicious hard angles, just slightly less extreme. And for less than $12? That’s a pair you don’t have to be Beautiful Dirty Rich to rock. Available in red tortoise, brown striped & zebra print.

Sunglass Warehouse Style #31202 Cat Eye Sunglasses in red tortoise (Alexander Wang Zoro knockoffs)

Sunglass Warehouse Style #31202 Cat Eye Sunglasses
($11.86, Sunglass Warehouse)

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Update: This post has been updated on December 20, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

OK… Wow! There really aren’t enough words in the dictionary to fully describe the mouth-wide-open expression I have on my face right now. Therefore I’ll go baseline and keep this simple: shut the front door – these Christian Louboutin heels are hot as hell!

Christian Louboutin Daffodile Watersnake Pumps in blue

Christian Louboutin Daffodile Watersnake Pumpsls
(Price Unknown, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Fergie & Beyoncé Knowles wearing turquoise Christian Louboutin Daffodile Watersnake Pumps

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Studio TMLS “Diamante” Platform Pumps

Update (12/20/2011): And here’s another Daffodile knockoff! This one’s by Studio TMLS and I’m pretty sure this is basically just a rebranded version of the Topshop “SULTRY” pumps or the other way round.

Studio TMLS "Diamante" Platform Pumps in blue and black

Studio TMLS “Diamante” Platform Pumps
(£99, Sarenza.co.uk)

Topshop “SULTRY” Snake Effect Platform Court Shoes

This “Sultry” pump by Topshop is barely registering the same eye-popping effects, but if you’re just dying to get your hands on a copy of the Louboutin Daffodile, then go ahead and drop a mere $180.

Topshop "SULTRY" Snake Effect Platform Court Shoes in blue and black (Christian Louboutin Daffodile Watersnake knockoffs)

Topshop “SULTRY” Snake Effect Platform Court Shoes
($180, Topshop)

Steve Madden “VIKTOREE” Platform Pumps

Well, well, well. Leave it to Mr. Madden to give us a great knock-off with a twist. For what I’m sure is less than a quarter of the unknown (translation: if you gotta ask, you can’t afford it) price. At only $62.98 (sale price!), you can score this “VIKTOREE” buckle platform in a variety of colors: purple, black and blush suede as well as silver/lace.

Steve Madden "VIKTOREE" Platform Pumps in purple suede (Christian Louboutin Lady Daf knockoffs)

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($62.98, Steve Madden)

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When I shop for dresses I often end up with a new sheath dress in my cart. I have so many pencil dresses now it’s almost ridiculous. But I just can’t help it; these type of dresses suit my body shape the best. Baggy dresses look absolutely horrible on me and babydoll dresses are just not my cup of tea. However it’s tough sometimes with so many sheath dresses in your wardrobe because a sheath looks always quite dressy and you can hardly go for a casual look if you put on a pencil dress. Not that I would mind too much though because I prefer to be over- than underdressed any time. Look at this stunningly beautiful sheath by Roland Mouret for example. It’s perfection! How am I supposed to ever stay away from these kinds of dresses? Simply impossible.

Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress in black and white

Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress
($1.995, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available in grey at NET-A-PORTERls.

Celebrities Love Roland Mouret

Kelly Rutherford and Kim Kardashian wearing a Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress

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ASOS Ponti Pencil Dress With Pleat Neck

HOT DEAL: Use code “FALL2011” to save $30 on your $150+ order! Ends 10/09.

ASOS is my go-to dealer for affordable yet stylish sheath dresses. Just look at this one below! A perfect Roland Mouret look-a-like but with a much nicer price tag of under $80. Once again I couldn’t resist, people, so I recently bought this dress. And let me tell you: it’s AMAZING! I love, love, love it. It fits me like a glove and keeps my shopping budget sane. Available in black, blue and yellow.

ASOS Ponti Pencil Dress With Pleat Neck in black (Roland Mouret Myrtha knockoff)

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($78.57, ASOS)

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Purple Rain, purple rain… please somebody, make it rain on me! I just love how good this Lux purple suede platform looks against the signature red soles of Christian Louboutin. Simply reeks of style & money. Too bad it hasn’t been raining dollar bills on me. For $945 plenty of other purple loving pocketbooks have reigned supreme!

Christian Louboutin Lux Suede Platform Pumps in purple

Christian Louboutin Lux Suede Platform Pumpsls
($945, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Elizabeth Berkley & Jennifer Hudson wearing Christian Louboutin Lux Suede Platform Pumps

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Nine West “Aroundtown” Platform Pumps

So we already know that you like to get down with the top designers on a budget of course. That’s why this “Aroundtown” platform by Nine West is perfect for all you around-the-(other side)-of-town girls. Of course this version is missing the distinct telltale sign of wealth – i.e., that red sole, but at least you won’t have to sell your soul to your creditors for these shoes. Because at only $99 you can have this budget-friendly heel in your choice of: black, dark pink & teal suede as well as 2 snakeskin versions.

Nine West "Aroundtown" Platform Pumps in dark pink suede (Christian Louboutin Lux knockoffs)

Nine West “Aroundtown” Platform Pumpsamazon
($99, Amazon)

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