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Update: This post has been updated on July 4, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Does the name Rene Caovilla ring a bell with you? If not, it definitely should and if you ask why, then just take a look at the darling shoes below and I’m sure you will all come to agree with me on this. Rene Caovilla is a family-run shoemaking business from Italy with a strong focus on jeweled luxury shoes. And as you can see, you don’t even have to be a high heel lover to be a fan. Their pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandal called “Venus” has been around for more than two decades now and is considered to be one of Caovilla’s most famous signature styles. Too bad you’d have to be pretty rich though because these babies are everything but cheap!

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals in white and black

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandalsls
($1.150, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Farfetchls & Lane Crawfordls.

Rihanna Loves Rene Caovilla

Rihanna has been spotted wearing her Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals various times.

Rihanna wearing black Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals

Update (07/04/2017): Stumbled upon these amazing Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Kailee P and just had to share this steal deal with you. So close to the real deal while being moderately priced at $49! Love!

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals in white and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus dupes)

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals
($49, Etsy)

Also available in various other colors here.

Head over Heels by Dune “Leonia” Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals

Update (07/04/2017): Also spotted these pearl-embellished thong sandals by Head over Heels by Dune which would be a great and affordable alternative to the pricey designer real deal above. Available in black or nude for $30 (sale price!).

Head over Heels by Dune "Leonia" Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals in black and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus inspired)

Head over Heels by Dune “Leonia” Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals
($30, Dune)

Also available at Dorothy Perkins.

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Came across this Venus dupe by Mobi today. So cute, no? Available for $25.99 in either white, black or turquoise faux leather.

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals in turquoise and ivory (René Caovilla Venus dupes)

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals
($25.99, Oasap)

Dorothy Perkins “Florence” Pearl Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Also stumbled upon this pearly thong sandal by Dorothy Perkins which is a great René Caovilla alternative minus the bow. Made of genuine leather. Price: $44.

Dorothy Perkins "Florence" Pearl Sandals in nude (René Caovilla Venus inspired)

Dorothy Perkins “Florence” Pearl Sandals
($44, Dorothy Perkins)

Also available at Debenhams, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandals

Update (03/20/2016): Spotted another beautiful Rene Caovilla alternative in these pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandals by Blue by Betsey Johnson.

Blue by Betsey Johnson "Pearl" T-Strap Sandals in silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandalsamazon
($74.25, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos, Lord & Taylorls, Dillard’s, Betsey Johnsonls, ShoeMallls, Belk, Amazon.co.ukamazon & Macy’s.

I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals

Update (01/12/2016): And here’s another fabulous alternative for the pricey Rene Caovilla designer originals for under $100! This dupe’s by I Love Billy and it comes in either black or nude leather.

I Love Billy "Crawf" Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals in black and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus dupes)

I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandalsls
($49.98 AUD, StyleTread)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals

Update (07/29/2015): Just stumbled upon these lovely and super budget-friendly Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Lara’s and wanted to share them with you. They’re available in either white, silver or gold faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $30! Steal deal alert!

Lara's Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals in white and platin gold (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandalsamazon
($25.99, Amazon)

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Luckily, there’s no need to break the bank because these pearly bow flat sandals by Marc Fisher are the next best thing to Rene Caovilla if you’re on a budget. Fisher’s “Fumi” is astonishingly similar to Caovilla’s “Venus” sandals; the only noticeable difference being the missing crystal rim on the sole. But since they’re about one thousand dollars cheaper than the real deal, I wouldn’t complain too much about missing details.

Marc Fisher "Fumi" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in ivory and rose pink (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandalsamazon
($47, Amazon)

Also available at Walmartls.

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Another cute and slightly cheaper Rene Caovilla Venus alternative would have to be these faux-pearl bow thong sandals by ASOS. These are more of an “inspired by”-kind rather than an identical dupe, but I find them beautiful nonetheless. A similar version named “Florence” is available here.

ASOS "Funder" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in black and silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals
($45, ASOS)

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Update: This post has been updated on July 2, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

We’ve already written multiple times about the items of Valentino‘s famed “Rockstud“-family and as you might remember, up until now I loved every single bag or shoe that came out with the unmistakably studded silhouette. However, when Valentino brought out a “kitten heel” version of their iconic Rockstud high heels, I wasn’t too impressed at first. Sure, I did love them from the front, but the side view? Not so much. Kitten heels just aren’t my cup of tea and probably will never be, but seeing them on the gorgeous bloggers and celebs below, at least I realized that there are women who can get away with wearing kitten heels (skinny girls with beautiful long legs specifically). What still kept me cringing about these kitten heels though is the hefty price tag of $995!

Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heelsls
($995, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Selfridges, MyTheresa, Farfetchls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers, Celebrities Love Valentino

Style bloggers such as Julie from Sincerely Jules, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, Magdalena from Hoard of Trends and celebs such as AnnaSophia Robb and Giovanna Battaglia have all been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels.

Style Bloggers and Celebrities in Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels

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J. by J. Renee “Odanda” Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps

Update (07/02/2017): Stumbled upon these fab and budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud look-alike pumps by J. by J. Renee which come in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $50 at Nordstrom Rack. Steal deal alert!

J. by J. Renee "Odanda" Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps in red, black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

J. by J. Renee “Odanda” Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps
($49.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Pink Inc “Sphinx” Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Came across these lovely 3″ Valentino Rockstud dupes by Pink Inc today. The strap arrangement is a little different, but the Valentino influence is obviously undeniable! They’re not cheap at $199.95 AUD (approx. $150 USD), but they’re made of genuine leather and look like high-quality designer dupes, so might be worth the investment. Also available in nude or all-black patent leather and in a 4″ high heel versionls.

Pink Inc "Sphinx" Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Pink Inc “Sphinx” Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumpsls
($199.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Also available at Myer (the 4″ high heel version can be found here).

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Also discovered these Valentino inspired mid-heel pumps by Jessica Simpson which look like they could be a rebranded version of the BCBGeneration/Sole Society pumps. They also cost $69.95 and come in the cutest colors! Total steal deal alert!

Jessica Simpson "Dameera" Studded T-Strap Pumps in nude and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

J. Renee “OlyviaToo” Studded Heel Sandals

Update (01/13/2017): Just spotted these fab Valentino Rockstud kitten heel pump look-alikes by J. Renee and had to share them with you as they are currently on sale for a steal-worthy $64.99 (down from $129.95). Super steal deal alert!

J. Renee "OlyviaToo" Studded Heel Sandals in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

J. Renee “OlyviaToo” Studded Heel Sandalsamazon
($64.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm & Nordstrom Rack.

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps

Update (08/01/2016): Stumbled upon these gorgeous and spot-on Valentino Rockstud kitten heel dupes by Royou Yiuoer which are quite affordable at $59.99 and come in a variety of 14 different colors and uppers. Love, love, love!

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumpsamazon
($59.99, Amazon)

Billini “Jacinda” Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps

Update (01/29/2016): Spotted these lovely Valentino Rockstud dupes by Billini today. Available in black or nude for $99.95 AUD.

Billini "Jacinda" Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Billini “Jacinda” Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumpsls
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Update (12/17/2015): Now look at this pretty Valentino inspired kitten heel by Sole Society which has just been restocked and is now also available in nude patent! Isn’t it gorgeous? And at $69.95, it’s budget-friendly, too!

Sole Society "Tiia" Studded T-Strap Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels
($69.95, Sole Society)

Also available at Nordstromls & QVC.

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumps

Update (11/06/2015): If you’re willing to invest more in a more exact Valentino Rockstud dupe, then check out these virtually identical kitten heel pumps by Kaitlyn Pan. They’re made of genuine leather and are available in various colors for $113.99.

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumps (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumpsamazon
($113.99, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.caamazon & Etsy.

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps

Update (11/06/2015): “Darron” by BCBGeneration is yet another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative which costs $69.95 and comes in various colors and uppers including a gorgeous leopard version. Get this one while it’s still available!

BCBGeneration "Darron" Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

BCBGeneration “Niro” Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps

Update (08/11/2015): Well, hello there, darlings! Just stumbled upon these lovely Valentino kitten heel dupes by BCBGeneration.

BCBGeneration "Niro" Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps in black and red (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Niro” Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumps

Update (07/19/2015): I also spotted these low-heel Valentino dupes by Loslandifen. They come in an amazing array of 14 (!) colors and are currently on sale for $29.90! A high heel version (4,5 inches) can be found hereamazon.

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumpsamazon
($29.90, Amazon)

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps

Update (07/19/2015): Also discovered these cute kitten heel Valentino look-alikes by JY Shoes which are available in either black, nude or blue faux patent leather for under $40.

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps in black, nude and blue patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps
($31.90, YesStyle)

Jessica Buurman “CARA” Studded High Heel Pumps

Update (01/04/2015): Just happened to stumble upon this set of lovely Valentino Rockstud kitten heel look-a-likes at Jessica Buurman. So similar to the real deal, aren’t they? Available for $129 in 15 (!) different colors and uppers. I loooove!

Jessica Buurman "CARA" Studded High Heel Pumps in red, black and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “CARA” Studded High Heel Pumps
($129, Jessica Buurman)

G-small Studded Kitten Heels

If you’re really into the kitten heels of the Valentinos above though and are explicitly looking for kitten heels, these here by G-small are pretty much identical but don’t have the designer shoe price tag. Steal deal alert!

G-small Studded Kitten Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten knockoffs)

G-small Studded Kitten Heelsamazon
($56.99, Amazon)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps

Another great Valentino Rockstud alternative are these super fabulous kitten heels from Oasap. Available in various color combinations with price points from $50 to $70.

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps (Valentin Rockstudd Kitten knockoffs)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps
($49.99-$72.99, Oasap)

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps

I also stumbled upon this super cute calf hair Valentino dupe by Gumzzi. Not a steal at almost $100, but the Valentino Rockstud look is spot-on.

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps in black calf hair (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps
($97.90, YesStyle)

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Update: This post has been updated on June 28, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Just as recently promised today is the day we’re finally covering the incredibly popular Gucci “Princetown” loafer mules that have been constantly flooding our fashion feeds for roughly the past twelve months. If Stuart Weitzman’s “Highland” overknee boots have been the “It“-shoe for Fall/Winter, Gucci’s “Princetown” is the absolute must-have shoe for Spring/Summer. We’re admittedly pretty late to the party, but even though the loafer mule trend has been around for quite a while now, there seem to be no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And with Spring around the corner, Gucci’s “Princetown” is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. That is, if you can stomach the price tag of $595 (now: $680), of course. Luckily, there’s no need to shell out a fortune to be right on trend this season as we have compiled a list of more than *drumroll please* 20, yes, TWENTY Gucci “Princetown” alternatives for you to satisfy all your fashion needs! This is an absolute first in the history of this blog; to start out with so many designer dupes right from the get-go. It only goes to show just how insanely popular (and probably super comfy) this footwear trend is at the moment. I also love how ELLE referred to loafer mules as “…the mullet of office-friendly footwear” which is one of the funniest fashion metaphors I’ve read in a while.

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules in black

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules
($680, Gucci)

Also available at Nordstromicon, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Bloomingdale’s, Matches Fashionls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, MyTheresa, Breuninger, Farfetchls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Gucci

Personal style bloggers such as Aimee Song (Song of Style), Jessie Bush (We The People), Elizabeth Lee (Stylewich) and Crystalin Da Silva (Crystalin Marie) have all been spotted wearing Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules.

Personal style blogger wearing Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules

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Billini “Olivia” Loafer Mules

Update (06/28/2017): Check out these cute Gucci look-alike loafer slides by Billini which come in black or rosegold metallic and cost $69.95 (now on sale for $34.95 AUD). What do you think of these Princetown dupes?

Billini "Olivia" Loafer Mules in black and rosegold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Billini “Olivia” Loafer Mulesls
($34.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Also available at Billini & Beginning Boutique.

Kensie “Petunia” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Update (05/21/2017): Spotted more Gucci Princetown look-alikes today including these budget-friendly loafer mules by Kensie which come in either black PU or taupe suede and are currently on sale for a little over $40.

Kensie "Petunia" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black PU and taupe suede (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Kensie “Petunia” Slip-On Loafer Mules
($44.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Also available at DSW, Amazonamazon & Macy’s.

Windsor Smith “Dree” Loafer Mules

Update (05/21/2017): Also discovered these Princetown dupes by Windsor Smith for all of you Australian Gucci lovers out there. Price: $99.95 AUD.

Windsor Smith "Dree" Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Windsor Smith “Dree” Loafer Mulesls
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Jessica Buurman “Leana” / “Dinah” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Update (05/21/2017): And here’s a Gucci alternative found at Jessica Buurman which come in a variety of colors and uppers including a fur-lined version. Prices vary from $119 to $145. Make sure to use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman.

Jessica Buurman "Leana" / "Dinah" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Jessica Buurman “Leana” / “Dinah” Slip-On Loafer Mules
($119-$145, Jessica Buurman)

Also available in a (faux) fur-lined version here.

Silent D “Gigi” Slip-On Loafers

Update (04/26/2017): Stumbled upon a bunch of new Gucci Princetown dupes including these spot-on loafer mules by Silent D which come in multiple colors and retail for $128.

Silent D "Gigi" Slip-On Loafers in black and gold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Silent D “Gigi” Slip-On Loafers
($128, Free People)

André Assous “Priya” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Update (04/26/2017): Another great Gucci alternative – even though they’re on the more expensive side – is “Priya” by André Assous which costs $174.90 (sale price!, retail: $250) and comes in either nappa or black patent leather.

André Assous "Priya" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black patent (Gucci Princetown dupes)

André Assous “Priya” Slip-On Loafer Mulesamazon
($174.90, Amazon)

ASOS “Movie” Leather Mule Loafers

Update (04/26/2017): Of course, ASOS couldn’t dare to miss out on the Gucci mule trendwagon! Check out their “Movie” mule loafers which retail for $56, are made of genuine leather and come in either black, pastel pink or gold. So cute, right?

ASOS "Movie" Leather Mule Loafers in black and pastel pink (Gucci Princetown dupes)

ASOS “Movie” Leather Mule Loafers
($56, ASOS)

Nine West “Jacobini” Horsebit Slip-On Loafer Mules

Update (04/26/2017): Same goes for Nine West. They have a solid and budget-friendly Gucci Princetown look-alike which comes in black, brown or white and is on sale for $59.31.

Nine West "Jacobini" Horsebit Slip-On Loafer Mules in black and white (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Nine West “Jacobini” Horsebit Slip-On Loafer Mulesamazon
($59.31, Amazon)

Paprika “Garson” Mule Loafers

Update (04/26/2017): If your shopping budget is really tight, but you still crave the Gucci look, take a look at these fab Princetown inspired loafers mules by Paprika which come in an array of colors and variations and cost around $25.

Paprika "Garson" Mule Loafers (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Paprika “Garson” Mule Loafersamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Also available at Shiekh, ZooShoopjx & Amazon #2amazon.

Breckelle’s Minky-01 Slipper Mules

Update (04/26/2017): These Breckelle’s loafer mules are also a chic way to get the coveted Gucci look for less. Available in various colors and finishes.

Breckelles Minky-01 Slipper Mules (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Breckelle’s Minky-01 Slipper Mulesamazon
($18.99, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon #2amazon, Amazon #3amazon, eBayeBay & Nordstrom Rack.

Steve Madden “Kandi” Slip-On Loafers

Let’s kick off the Gucci “Princetown” dupe game with a trusted ol’ copycat confidant: Steve Madden. “Kandi” is a pretty decent and almost spot-on “Princetown” look-alike which costs $79.95 and comes in either black, silver or floral embroidered. Definitely one of my fave steals! By the way, the (faux) fur lined Gucci loafer dupe by Steve Madden is called “Jill” and retails for $90.

Steve Madden "Kandi" Slip-On Loafers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Steve Madden “Kandi” Slip-On Loafersamazon
($79.95, Amazon)

Also available at Shoes.comls, Zappos, Dillard’s, Steve Maddenls, ShoeMallls, LuLu*s, Steve Madden (Canada)ls, Jildor, Hudson’s Bay & Nordstromls.

Merona “Kona” Backless Mule Loafers

Another one of my favorite dupes and super budget-friendly, too, are these lovely loafer slides by Merona which can be yours for the steal-worthy price of $22.99! Major steal deal alert!

Merona "Kona" Backless Mule Loafers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Merona “Kona” Backless Mule Loafers
($22.99, Target)

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mules

AnnaKastle is a brand I have recently discovered on Amazon and they have the biggest selection of Gucci “Princetown” dupes I’ve yet come across. Fur, no fur, embroidered, printed, you name it, they got it. I assume the merchant is operating somewhere from Asia to be able to produce such spot-on “Princetown” look-alikes and most of the dupes sell for ~$50. Customer reviews average around 4/5 stars, so I’d say they’re worth taking a closer look at. I wouldn’t say they’ll last you a lifetime, but if you want to try the trend without breaking the bank, this one might be a suitable option. By the way, my personal favorite of the Gucci dupe bunch is the rose embroidered one, it’s so pretty!

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mulesamazon
($48.90, Amazon)

Louise et Cie “Finay” Loafer Mules

Another beautiful looking Gucci Princetown alternative are these loafer mule flats by Louise et Cie which are currently on sale for $61.99 (down from $110) and come in either black, red (looove!) or silver patent. What a sweet steal deal!

Louise et Cie "Finay" Loafer Mules in black and red (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Louise et Cie “Finay” Loafer Mules
($61.99, 6pm)

Also available at Dillard’s, Lord & Taylorls, Vince Camutols & Sole Society.

Boohoo “Harriet” / “Melissa” Loafer Mule Flats

At Boohoo you can find plenty of cute and budget-friendly Gucci “Princetown” dupes and most of them are currently on sale for $25. Steal deal alert!

Boohoo "Harriet" / "Melissa" Loafer Mule Flats in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Boohoo “Harriet” / “Melissa” Loafer Mule Flats
($25, Boohoo)

Also available at Boohoo (UK) & Boohoo + Global.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides

It didn’t really surprise me that Forever 21 also jumped on the loafer mule bandwagon and came up with their own take on Gucci’s “Princetown” mules which cost $16.99 (sale price!) and come in either black, silver or gold faux leather. I bought these in black and am really liking them so far! A cute and affordable way if you don’t want to spend $600 on the real deal.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides
($16.99, Forever 21)

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats

Want to save even more on the loafer mule trend? Then try these loafer slides by Qupid which come in black, rosegold or floral print and are on sale for a steal price of $17.99 at CiCi Hot. These are probably the cheapest Gucci “Princetown” dupes available at the moment!

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats in black and rose gold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats
($17.99, CiCi Hot)

Also available Amazonamazon, GoJane & LuLu*s (faux fur version).

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers

Another now not-so-secret Gucci dupe favorites of mine are these loafer mules I discovered at Romwe. While they’re only pictured in the plain black version here, if you click over to the website, you’ll find an abundance of gorgeous Gucci “Princetown” look-alikes for just ~$30 and I want to have them ALL! Chic and budget-friendly is exactly how we like our designer dupes, right?

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers
($24.99, Romwe)

Also available at SheIn.

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mules

If you’re willing to invest in a durable high-quality Gucci dupe, check out these cool loafer slides by 275 Central which are almost spot-on to the real deal, but also cost $225. “Made in Italy” obviously comes at a price. You’re still saving $370 compared to the original though! Available in black, white and gold metallic.

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mulescj
($225, Footnotes)

Wanted “Cavallo” Loafer Mules

Not ready to commit to such a price tag? Then take a look at these super budget-friendly loafer mules by Wanted which are under $50 and come in either black, white, silver and rose gold. Steal deal alert!

Wanted "Coverlet" Cavallo Loafer Mules in black and white (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Wanted “Cavallo” Loafer Mulesamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

Also available at Belk & DSW.

Mollini “Googi” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Now we’re moving over to the Australian-based Gucci “Princetown” dupes. These pretty loafer mules are by Mollini and will cost you $149.95. Which one is your favorite? The plain black version or the studded floral embroidered one? I can’t decide!

Mollini "Googi" & "Grover" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Mollini “Googi” / “Grover” Slip-On Loafer Mulesls
($149.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Also available at The Iconicls, Wanted Shoes & eBayeBay.

I Love Billy “Gollam” Loafer Mules

Not ready to drop $150 on loafer mules? Well, how about $69.95 AUD for these just as fabulous loafer mules by I Love Billy then? They’re made of faux leather, but cost only half as much as the Mollini ones.

I Love Billy "Gollam" Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

I Love Billy “Gollam” Loafer Mulesls
($69.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Tony Bianco “Vienna” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Another Australian high-quality Gucci “Princetown” dupe comes from Tony Bianco which is currently on pre-order for $149.95 AUD and also comes in a faux fur version in black and nude. Really like these, they are so chic and spot-on to the real deal!

Tony Bianco "Vienna" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Tony Bianco “Vienna” Slip-On Loafer Mules
($149.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Also available at The Iconicls, David Jonesls & Beginning Boutique.

Miss Selfridge “Elena” Snaffle Backless Mules

Let me show you another lovely and budget-friendly Gucci inspired loafer mule option which I have recently discovered at Miss Selfridge. Currently on sale for just £22.40!

Miss Selfridge "Elena" Snaffle Backless Mules in nude, black and silver (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Miss Selfridge “Elena” Snaffle Backless Mules
(£22.40, Miss Selfridge)

Also available at Miss Selfridge (US)ls, Miss Selfridge (EU + AU), Zalando & Zalora.

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules

A great Gucci Princetown inspired loafer mule version in faux leather can also be found at Pull & Bear and it’s quite easy on the wallet, too. Price: £25.99 or €29.99. Really like these!

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules
(£25.99/€29.99, Pull & Bear)

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules

Not convinced? Well how about these Gucci “Princetown” look-alikes by Billi Bi which might be especially of interest for all of you European Gucci budget-conscious fashionistas. They’re rather on the expensive side at €179.95, but possibly worth the investment if you are not looking for a cheap fix.

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules
(€179.95, Zalando)

Also available at Mirapodo & Otto.

Marc O’Polo Backless Slipper Mules

Another fabulous look-for-less option inspired Gucci’s “Princetown” mules are these backless slipper flats by Marc O’Polo which I think would be perfect to wear at the office. Again, these are not exactly budget-friendly, but the quality looks so good, don’t you agree? Also available in half sizes.

Marc O'Polo Backless Slipper Mules in black (Gucci Princetown inspired)

Marc O’Polo Backless Slipper Mules
(€149.95, Zalando)

Also available at Marc O’Polo.

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafers

Fast fashion moguls like Mango couldn’t pass up on such a major trend and so they came up with a lovely silver metallic Gucci look-alike which costs $99.99 (£59.99/€59.99). So fab!

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafers in silver (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafers
($99.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU)td & Zalando.

Dune London “Gole” Backless Loafer Shoes

Metallic silver and gold were also the choice of color for Dune London‘s take on the Gucci “Princetown” which can be yours for $99. Also available in various other colors.

Dune London "Gole" Backless Loafer Shoes in silver and gold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Dune London “Gole” Backless Loafer Shoes
($99, Dune London)

Also available at Zalando, Selfridges, House of Fraser & John Lewis.

Topshop “Kylie” Loafer Mules

Of course, this dupes list wouldn’t be complete without Topshop! A lovely silver metallic loafer mule (“Kylie”) can be purchased for $85 at Nordstrom.

Topshop "Kylie" Loafer Mules in silver metallic (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Topshop “Kylie” Loafer Mulesls
($85, Nordstrom)

Topshop “Alexa” Slip On Mules

And then here’s yet another dupe by Topshop, “Alexa” is a fab Gucci inspired loafer in black faux suede which is also quite budget-friendly at just $52.

Topshop "Alexa" Slip On Mules in black suede (Gucci Princetown inspired)

Topshop “Alexa” Slip On Mules
($52, Topshop)

Also available at Nordstromls.

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers

I also discovered a set of great Gucci Princetown look-alikes by 5th Avenue which you can buy at Deichmann in either black or nude genuine leather for just £19.99. Love the look and love the price even more! By the way, a super cute floral print version for £17.99 is available here.

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers in black and nude (Gucci Princetown dupes)

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers
(£19.99, Deichmann)

Also available at Deichmann (DE).

Public Desire “Louisa” Backless Loafers

Also check out these fab metallic Gucci inspired backless loafer mules I found at Public Desire which are quite budget-friendly at £29.99. Plus, students get an extra 10% off all non-sale items at Public Desire.

Public Desire "Louisa" Backless Loafers in gold and pewter metallic (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Public Desire “Louisa” Backless Loafers
(£29.99, Public Desire)

Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” Slipper Mules

Let’s make a full circle here and close as we began: with Steve Madden. Apparently one Gucci “Princetown” dupe was not enough for Steve Madden, so they came up with multiple more and we decided to show you the Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” which is available in a velvet version as pictured below, but also comes in other exotic variations like studs or python print. The price point for these designer dupe beauties ranges between $62.99 to $107.99. My favorite of the bunch: soft pink suede! A Barbie dream come true!

Steven by Steve Madden "Razzi" Velvet Slipper Mules (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” Slipper Mules
($62.99, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Lord & Taylorls, Steve Maddenls, Macy’s, Shopbopls, 6pm, DSW & HSN.

Image source(s): Nordstrom, Instagram/@songofstyle, We The People, Stylewich, Crystalin Marie, Billini, Windsor Smith, Jessica Buurman, Free People, ASOS, Tilly’s, Amazon, Zappos, Target, Boohoo, Forever 21, CiCi Hot, Footnotes, DSW, Romwe, StyleTread, Miss Selfridge, Pull & Bear, Tony Bianco, Mirapodo, Marc O’Polo, Mango, Dune London, Topshop, Deichmann, Public Desire, Steve Madden

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Update: This post has been updated on June 14, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I don’t know how they do it, but Yves Saint Laurent makes some of the most iconic shoes I’ve ever seen. Especially their “Tribute” collection is a hit among celebrities, fashion connoisseurs and us totally obsessed shoe freaks. I’ve loved the Tribute sandals from the first moment I saw them, but never got the chance to go for the real deal or snap up one of the various knockoffs (check!) back then when they were considered the “It” shoe of the year. My favorite Tribute sandal was the purple suede version with gold trimming, but the black patent version is of course more versatile.

YSL Tribute Platform T-Strap Sandals in black patent (Yves Saint Laurent)

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Platform Sandalsls
($895, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Nordstromls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Harrodsls, Selfridges, Matches Fashionls & Luisaviaroma.

Celebrities Love YSL

Lucy Liu, Demi Lovato, Olivia Palermo, Hayden Panettiere and Kate Beckinsale wearing black patent YSL Tribute Platform Sandals

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Aldo “Chelly” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (06/14/2017): While browsing the latest arrivals at Aldo, I happened to stumble upon another great Yves Saint Laurent alternative. Say hello to “Chelly”! Apart from the heel which isn’t tapered, “Chelly” is pretty much a spot-on YSL dupe. Available in black, silver or nude patent for $62.99.

Aldo "Chelly" T-Strap Platform Sandals in silver and nude patent (Yves Saint Laurent dupes)

Aldo “Chelly” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($62.99, Amazon)

Also available at Aldols, Zappos, Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & Zalando.

Shoe Dezigns Lauren 87 Strappy Patent Platform Sandals

Update (05/14/2017): Spotted another YSL Tribute dupe today! Check out these mega high platform heels by Shoe Dezigns which are super budget-friendly at $19.99 and come in black, beige, yellow and light blue faux patent leather. Steal deal alert!

Shoe Dezigns Lauren 87 Strappy Patent Platform Sandals in black and beige patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupes)

Shoe Dezigns Lauren 87 Strappy Patent Platform Sandalsamazon
($19.99, Amazon)

Bandolino “Sarahi” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (05/14/2017): And if you’re not into wearing sky-high 5″ platform heels, check out these YSL inspired sandals by Bandolino which come in various colors and have a 3.5″ heel and a .75″ platform. So cute!

Bandolino "Sarahi" T-Strap Platform Sandals in black and nude patent (YSL Tribute inspired)

Bandolino “Sarahi” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($47.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm, Amazon (similar)amazon, 6pm (similar), ShoeMetrocj, Macy’s, eBayeBay & Kmart.

J. Adams “Vdara” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (04/25/2017): So stoked about having come across these absolutely fab and totally spot-on YSL Tribute dupes by J. Adams! They come in either black or nude patent faux leather and at $39.99 they’re super affordable, too! Steal deal alert!

J. Adams "Vdara" T-Strap Platform Sandals in black and nude patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupes)

J. Adams “Vdara” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

Also available at ZooShoopjx.

Wild Pair “Kisme” Platform Patent Leather Sandals

Update (11/22/2016): Check out these super affordable YSL Tribute look-alike heels by Wild Pair! Aren’t they amazing? I guess they’re more likely supposed to be dupes of Steve Madden’s “Kananda” heels rather than the original YSLs as the brand has several other Steve Madden dupes in their collection, but since Madden’s “Kananda” is a pretty good dupe of the Tribute sandals itself, we’re not going to be petty here. They’re available in red, black and nude faux patent leather and cost $39.99.

Wild Pair "Kisme" Platform Patent Leather Sandals in black, red and nude (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute inspired)

Wild Pair “Kisme” Platform Patent Leather Sandals
($39.99, Target)

Dune “Maui” Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals

Update (11/22/2016): I also discovered another lovely YSL Tribute inspired sandal at Dune. “Maui” is a great alternative if you’re looking for the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute look without wanting a complete knock-off design. Available in black or nude patent for £95 £47.

Dune "Maui" Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals in nude and black patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupes)

Dune “Maui” Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals
(£47, Dune)

Also available at Debenhams & Selfridges.

Office “Nostalgia” Platform Heels

Update (07/06/2016): Spotted yet another almost spot-on Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupe at Office. Like Steve Madden’s “Kananda” version, this one too, is missing the t-strap on the front, but otherwise the design is so close to the real deal. Available in nude, red and black patent leather as well as gold or rosegold leather and black nubuck for affordable £69.

Office "Nostalgia" Platform Heels in nude patent and gold (YSL Tribute knockoffs)

Office “Nostalgia” Platform Heels
(£69, Office)

Also available at Office London (DE), House of Fraser, Amazon.co.ukamazon & Amazon.deamazon.

Fersengold “Paris” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (05/01/2016): Just stumbled upon these spot-on YSL Tribute look-alike heels by German shoe brand Fersengold which come in either nude or blue patent leather. I also like the Fendi influencels here with the gold f-letter plate on the platform. They’re not the budget-friendliest steal find at £175, but might be worth the investment if you’re looking for a high-quality YSL dupe.

Fersengold "Paris" T-Strap Platform Sandals in nude and blue patent (Saint Laurent YSL Tribute knockoffs)

Fersengold “Paris” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
(£147.83, Amazon.co.uk)

Also available at Zalando, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Steve Madden “Kananda” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (01/20/2016): And here we are, almost 6 years after the last find, here we have yet another YSL Tribute look-alike by Steve Madden (minus the t-strap). And I think this one’s the best one yet! “Kananda” is available in various colors and uppers for $60.99 (sale price!).

Steve Madden "Kananda" T-Strap Platform Sandals in black and nude patent (Saint Laurent YSL Tribute dupes)

Steve Madden “Kananda” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($60.99, Amazon)

Also available at Shoes.comls, ZooShoopjx, Zalando, About You, Macy’s & LuLu*s.

Formentini T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (01/20/2016): Also happened to come across these YSL Tribute inspired 4 inch heels by Formentini which are currently on sale for a super steal-worthy price of $39.90. Also available in a suede version.

Formentini T-Strap Platform Sandals in black and nude patent (Saint Laurent YSL Tribute dupes)

Formentini T-Strap Platform Sandals
($39.90, Bluefly)

JustFab “Lianca” T-Strap Sandals

Update (09/06/2012): After more than a year I was able to find yet another YSL Tribute sandal look-a-like. Check out these fabulous heels by JustFab for under $30!

JustFab "Lianca" T-Strap Sandals (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute knockoffs)

JustFab “Lianca” T-Strap Sandals
($24.99, JustFab)

rsvp “Evelyn” T-Strap Sandals

Update (05/02/2011): Here’s another great and almost identical YSL Tribute look-a-like coming from rsvp. The only noticeable difference is the lower heel. These come in black, fuchsia, red, nude, gold and silver patent. Apart from the black patent version all the other colors have been marked down to a super affordable $55.

rsvp "Evelyn" T-Strap Sandals in black patent (YSL Tribute knockoffs)

rsvp “Evelyn” T-Strap Sandals
($99, Zappos)

Steve Madden “DAARLING” T-Strap Sandals

Update (03/28/2010): Check out Steve Madden‘s second take on the Tribute sandal. Available in black, nude & natural patent, denim and leopard.

I still prefer the first one, but this heel has some major advantages. It is a) not sold out, b) cheaper and c) way easier to walk in because of the lower heel (the platform helps, too).

Steve Madden "DAARLING" T-Strap Sandals in black patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute knockoffs)

Steve Madden “DAARLING” T-Strap Sandalsls
($69.95, Steve Madden)

Steve Madden T-Bar Platform Sandals

Update (12/04/2009): Woohoo! You lucky gals. ASOS is now selling the Steve Madden sandals at the amazing price of £32 at their online outlet store. That is 60% OFF the original retail price! I bought these babies full price six months ago there and they look absolutely fantastic in person. So worth the price.

YSL lovers, today’s your lucky day! These Steve Madden platform sandals have completely sold out everywhere else, but ASOS has still a few of these fabtastic heels in limited sizes available. Be quick to order because this is the final sale and probably also your last chance for a great YSL Tribute knockoff of such great quality. I love mine so much! They are absolutely amazing looking for knockoffs and while £80 were certainly not cheap, I haven’t put a second thought whether or not to buy them and ordered straight away after they added my size. My tip: if your feet are slightly wider than average I suggest you go at least half a size up so your toes won’t get squished.

Steve Madden Black Patent T-Bar Platforms (YSL Tribute Platform Sandal knockoffs)

Steve Madden Patent T-Bar Platforms
(£32, ASOS)

Guess Trivan T-Strap Platform Sandals

There have been countless YSL Tribute sandal knockoffs, but only a handful of them were actually decent looking. These YSL look-a-likes by Guess are one of the best knockoffs which are still being sold. So if you haven’t got the chance to grab a knockoff back then, you can now catch up on this!

Guess Trivan T-Strap Platform Sandals in black patent (YSL Tribute Sandal knockoffs)

Guess Trivan T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($79.19, Amazon)

Gianni Bini Uptown Platform Sandals

If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, you’ll probably be happy with these Gianni Bini platforms. They are currently on sale for half the price being marked down from $98 to $49.99 and come in black or tan (my favorite!). But hurry, sizes are limited.

Gianni Bini Uptown black patent platform sandals (YSL Tribute Sandal knockoffs)

Gianni Bini Uptown Platform Sandals
($49.99, Dillard’s)

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So how adorable are these purple/pink gradient cat eye sunnies from Quay Australia? VERY I’d say. And apparently so do a lot of you because these pastel-hued shades kept selling out in a hot minute and were constantly out of stock for weeks. The craze has finally calmed down a little, so if you find these sunglasses as cute as I do and have the shopping budget to opt for the real deal, happy shopping! However, if you’re looking for a quick and cheap sunglass fix to get your face fashionably through summer, check out the $18 sunnies I discovered at Urban Outfitters which look so much alike. The saving potential of $42 is quite convincing here, don’t you agree? What’s your opinion on this sunglass shopping matter: cheap ($60) or cheaper ($18), which one would you pick?

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Quay All My Love vs. Urban Outfitters Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses

Go Shopping:

Quay’s “All My Love” Sunglasses are also available at Amazonamazon, ASOS, Bloomingdale’s, Urban Outfitters, Zappos, Quay Australia, Zalando, SmartBuyGlasses, Amazon.deamazon & The Iconicls.

Shhhhhh: another, very similar version is available at Aldols for just $16!

Image source(s): Quay Australia, Urban Outfitters

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