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

Don’t get me wrong: I loooooove high heels with utmost passion, but when summer is blazing its heatwaves upon us, the last thing I would think of wearing are high heeled shoes. A good flat sandal that you can easily slide in and out of and walk in for hours is absolutely essential in the summer; especially if you’re planning to go on vacation. Flip flops would be an obvious choice here, but aren’t we so over them by now? That’s why I am absolutely smitten with these backless knotted sandal leather slides by Joie. I love their minimalistic yet chic design (made in Italy, btw) and the supple cowhide leather; these would go with almost anything in my wardrobe. And while they’re not terribly expensive at $125, we understand that many of you are on a budget, so we made it our mission to find some great alternative options for much less. Just keep on reading.

Joie a la Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals in black and brown

Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandalsls
($125, Shopbop)

Also available at Zappos, Amazonamazon, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Joie, Nordstromls, DSW, Neiman Marcusls & Bloomingdale’s.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Joie

Celebs such as Reese Witherspoon and various personal style bloggers have been spotted wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals.

Reese Witherspoon, Risa (Really Risa) and Jessie (Diary of Ambitions) wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals

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Dorothy Perkins “Frazer” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Here’s another absolutely fabulous and spot-on Joie Nice dupe to add to the list. It’s by Dorothy Perkins, comes in either black or white faux leather and costs $25. Love these!

Dorothy Perkins "Frazer" Knotted Thong Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Dorothy Perkins “Frazer” Knotted Thong Sandals
($25, Dorothy Perkins)

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

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Also found these fabulous leather sandals by Pieces which are obviously inspired by Joie as well. Made of genuine leather, price: £32.

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals in black and nude (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals
(£32, Pieces)

Also available at Bestseller.

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals

Update (04/20/2017): Today I browsed the Charlotte Russe website and came across these steal-worthy Joie sandal look-alikes which come in either rosegold or faux snakeskin are just $9.09! Steal deal alert!

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals
($9.09, Charotte Russe)

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals

Update (03/28/2017): Spotted another Joie Nice inspired set of thong sandals! These here are by Massimo Matteo, they’re made of genuine leather and are on sale for $30.99! Also available in various other colors.

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandalsamazon
($30.99, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos.

Merona “Malia” Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2017): Check out these amazing Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Merona which are super budget-friendly ($19.99!) and come in either black, tan, silver or raspberry red. Absolutely love this designer dupe steal find!

Merona "Malia" Thong Sandals in black and tan (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Merona “Malia” Thong Sandals
($19.99, Target)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Discovered these spot-on Joie Nice dupe sandals by Rock & Candy today which are available in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $25! Major steal deal alert! This sandal is also available with a 1,25″ stacked heel here if you need some extra height.

Rock & Candy "Blaney" Thong Sandals in black and orange (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals
($24.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Also found these knotted summer sandals by Wanted which are a spot-on dupe of the Joie originals. They’re a little pricey at $129.95 AUD, but once they go on sale these might be a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal. Available in tan, white, silver and leopard.

Wanted "Munn" T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals in tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals
($129.95 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another very affordable Joie Nice alternative today! How cute are these knotted t-strap slides by Old Navy? Available in black, cognax or white faux leather for $24.94.

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals in cognac brown and black (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals
($24.94, Old Navy)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Here’s a fab Joie Nice look-alike by Lucky Brand which is available for less than 1/3 of the price of the real deal. Available in black, tan, blue and watermelon pink leather.

Lucky Brand "Ari" Thong Sandals in black, tan and blue (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandals
($35.99, 6pm)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Shoes.comls.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Forever 21 now has a lovely non-suede Joice Nice dupe stocked! Available in black, tan, white and gold faux leather for a very budget-friendly price of $12.90! Steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals in black, tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Spotted these amazing and spot-on Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Steve Madden. Available for $19.80 in various colors. Made of genuine leather. Love these!

Steve Madden "Olivia" Knotted Thong Flat Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandalsamazon
($19.80, Amazon)

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Also discovered these Joie dupes by Rebels which are currently on sale for $20.95. There’s also a very cute cow-hair version available for a little over $30.

Rebels "Paitlyn" Knotted Thong Sandals in tan and gold metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandalsamazon
($20.95, Amazon)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2016): These Alex + Alex thong sandals have an extra back strap, but the overall design is obviously inspired by the Joie sandals above.

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals
($69, Gilt)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides

Update (03/09/2016): Also love the fun colors of these Joie inspired flat sandals by Maiden Lane. So many colorful options! Love it!

Maiden Lane "Gia" Thong Slides (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides
($19.99, Gilt)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals

Update (12/13/2015): Spotted these lovely faux suede Joie Nice dupes at Forever 21 for a steal price of $12.90. Love every one of the colors!

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals (Joie Nice Plage dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK) & Forever 21 (EU).

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals

If you’re on a really tight budget, then these cute thong sandals by Mossimo Supply Co. are probably your best option. The design is spot-on, they come in three different colors (black, brown and white) and they can be yours for less than $15! Only downside? These are made of PU leather, so no promises regarding durability and/or sweaty feet here.

Mossimo Supply Co. "Ainsley" Knot Thong Sandals in black and cognac brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals
($13.98, Target)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals

If you’re willing to invest a little more for a genuine leather option, check out these chic summer sandals by Sole Society. Again, these are pretty much a spot-on dupe compared to the Joies above (plus, I love that these are made of genuine leather). The price of $29.98 (sale!) ain’t too bad either (that’s less than half the price of the real deal).

Sole Society "Sarena" Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals in black and platinum metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandalsls
($29.98, Sole Society)

Also available at Nordstromls.

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals

Another look-for-less option would be these huarache sandals by Naya. They have a very similar design and come in various color combinations (and are genuine leather, too), plus they’re currently on sale for a budget-friendly $44.99.

Naya "Crescent" Huarache Sandals in black and brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals
($44.99, 6pm)

Also available at Amazonamazon.

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Update: This post has been updated on May 1, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

So I think this is the first time, after more than 3 years of writing this blog, that I feature a sneaker here on In Their Closet. Of course, it couldn’t be just any ordinary sneaker for this occasion, no, it had to be a “fashion sneaker” naturally, the most popular one being the “Bekett” / “Bekket” velcro sneaker by Madame Isabel Marant at this time. Personally, I both like and hate them; I’ve never been too fond of sporty looking shoes, but these exude that cool kid vibe and how clever is the hidden built-in wedge? Genius.

Isabel Marant Bekett High-Top Sneakers in navy blue and white

Isabel Marant Bekett High-Top Sneakers
($655, Luisaviaroma)

Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, S|Sense, MyTheresa, Net-A-Porterls, Italistls, Selfridges, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Isabel Marant

Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beyoncé Knowles, Ashlee Simpson and Anne Hathaway wearing Isabel Marant Bekket High-Top Sneakers

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Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Update (05/01/2017): Just happened to discover another Isabel Marant Bekett dupe after such a long, long time! Check out Shiekh‘s Ella-02 which comes in either black faux suede or blue denim and costs only $44.99. Steal deal alert!

Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede and denim (Isabel Marant Etoile Bekett dupes)

Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers
($44.99, Shiekh)

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Update (02/24/2015): After a very long time I managed to come across this Isabel Marant Bekett dupe at Rosegal today. Super budget-friendly at under $40, too!

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers
($36.37, Rosegal)

Candie’s Wedge Sneakers

Update (07/15/2013): Also found these hidden wedge sneakers by Candie’s which are a great Marant Bekett alternative for under $25!

Candie's Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Candie’s Wedge Sneakersls
($23.99, Kohl’s)

Heart Soul “Iona” Wedge Sneakers

Update (07/15/2013): Just discovered another great Isabel Marant wedge doppelgänger! Check out this hidden wedge sneaker by Heart Soul. Also available in other color combos.

Heart Soul "Iona" Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Heart Soul “Iona” Wedge Sneakers
($16.99, DSW)

Aldo “Numata” Velcro Wedge Sneakers

Update (02/11/2013): Found yet another Bekket alternative. Check out this velcro wedge sneaker by Aldo!

Aldo "Numata" Velcro Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Aldo “Numata” Velcro Wedge Sneakersls
($39.98, Aldo)

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainers

Update (01/13/2013): Xti has also a very Isabel Marant Bekket inspired wedge sneaker version in an array of colors such as black, silver, gold, brown/white, taupe/white, etc. And these are currently on sale!

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainers in black (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainersamazon
(£45, Amazon.co.uk)

JustFab “Keena” Wedge Sneakers

Update (11/05/2012): Just stumbled upon this budget-friendly Isabel Marant Bekket look-a-like in black by JustFab. Only $54.99!

JustFab "Keena" Wedge Sneakers in black (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

JustFab “Keena” Wedge Sneakers
($54.99, JustFab)

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 “Raise Your Glass” Wedge Sneakers

Update (09/24/2012): Found a new very Isabel Marant inspired wedge sneaker at Skechers. $49.74 (sale price!) and also available in various other colors and color combinations including an all black version.

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 "Raise Your Glass" Wedge Sneakers in black and white (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 “Raise Your Glass” Wedge Sneakersamazon
($49.74, Amazon)

Xhilaration “Kahsha” Wedge Sneakers

Update (08/24/2012): And here’s another fab and super affordable Isabel Marant Bekket look-a-like by Xhilaration that looks a lot like the Steve Madden version, only this one is made of faux leather.

Xhilaration "Kahsha" Wedge Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Xhilaration “Kahsha” Wedge Sneakers
($17.48, Target)

Steve Madden “HILIGHT” High-Top Sneakers

Update (06/24/2012): The king of designer inspired footwear, Mr. Steve Madden, has now a very close Isabel Marant alternative available called “HILIGHT”. As you can see from below it comes in a variety of colors.

Steve Madden "HILIGHT" High-Top Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Steve Madden “HILIGHT” High-Top Sneakersamazon
($79.99, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Shoes.comls, Nordstromls & Steve Maddenls.

Schutz “Hanna” Fashion Sneakers

Update (07/29/2012): These wedge sneakers by Schutz lack the high-top, but otherwise they’re very similar to Isabel Marant’s Bekket kicks. Wish they were cheaper though!

Schutz "Hanna" Fashion Sneakers in blue and cream suede (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Schutz “Hanna” Fashion Sneakersamazon
($215, Amazon)

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers

Update (03/10/2012): Just stumbled upon another great Bekket alternative. These high-top sneakers by Nine West retail for $79.99 (sale price!) and are also available in baby blue.

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers in black and white (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers
($79.99, Zappos)

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers

Update (01/28/2012): Found more exact though faux suede Isabel Maranat Bekket look-a-likes by Jean Stone.

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers
($124.20, YesStyle)

Ash “Cool” Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakers

If you’re looking for Bekket coolness but for a budget price, try these suede sneakers by Ash. They do have a few differences, but overall share the same look and the hidden wedge. Available in black & white, taupe & white and pink & white.

Ash "Cool" Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakers in black and taupe (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Ash “Cool” Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakersls
($225, Shopbop)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 26, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I think we can all agree that a black leather jacket is an absolute wardrobe staple and should be owned by every man and woman. I also think we can all agree on the fact that Acne Studios happens to make some of the best leather jackets everrrrrrr! (Velocite aviator jacket, anyone?) – Unfortunately, Acne leather jackets (also leather jackets in general) come at a price; in this particular case at $1.650 which is obviously a lot of money, even for a really cool leather jacket. But fret not, my dear fashionistas on a budget! Just keep on scrolling to discover how to get the uber-cool Acne moto look for a whole lot less.

Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket in black

Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket
($1.650, Forward by Elyse Walker)

Also available at Nordstromls, Shopbopls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Need Supply Co., Acne Studios, S|Sense, La Garçonne, Matches Fashionls, MyTheresa & Ottepjx.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Acne Studios

Celebs such as Kendall Jenner and fashion bloggers like Carolyn (Hey Pretty Thing) and Jane Song (FitFabFun Mom) have been spotted wearing an Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket.

Kendall Jenner & Fashion Bloggers wearing Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket

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Mango “Solange” Leather Biker Jacket

Update (04/28/2017): Just discovered another Acne Mock jacket alternative, again by Mango, which is spot-on to the real deal and made of genuine leather (hence the steep price tag of $249.99). A similar but slightly longer option can be found here (also available at Zalando, €159.99).

Mango "Solange" Leather Biker Jacket in black (Acne Studios Mock dupe)

Mango “Solange” Leather Biker Jacket
($249.99, Mango)

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

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket

While browsing through Mango‘s new arrivals recently, I happened to stumble upon this Acne Mock inspired moto leather jacket which retails for under $100 and comes in either black or white. It’s also made of faux PU leather, so this jacket is both budget- and animal-friendly! Love! If you’re really after a genuine leather Acne jacket dupe however, check out this option for $199.99 (available in black, red and brown).

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket in black and off-white (Acne Studios Mock dupes)

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket
($99.99, Mango)

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

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Pinterest, Hey Pretty Thing, FitFabFun Mom, Mango

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Update: This post has been updated on April 24, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

While Self-Portrait certainly had its breakthrough with the Azaelea dress, my personal SP favorite was another dress: Ivy, a gorgeous lace-trim tiered midi dress with a Swiss Dot texture and an open lace-up back. I could probably gush about this dress for the next hour or just simply say that it is *the* perfect summer dress! Playful, feminine, delicate, breezy – what more could you possibly ask for in a summer dress? The only bummer is the price of $625 (now $437.50) which seems reasonable when you consider all the details that this dress has to offer, but still, $437.50 is a lot of money for a lot of people.

Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress in white and black

Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dressls
($437.50, Shopbop)

Also available at Hampden Clothingpjx, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Revolve, Kirna Zabêtels, Selfridges, Stylebop & Farfetchls.

Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Personal style bloggers such as Louise Roe (Front Roe by Louise Roe) or Nina (Fashiioncarpet) have been spotted wearing a Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress.

Louise Roe (Front Roe by Louise Roe) and Nina Schwichtenberg (Fashiioncarpet) wearing a white Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress

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Bardot “Sophia” Peplum Dress

Update (04/24/2017): Discovered this lovely Self-Portrait inspired, shortened peplum dress by Bardot which instantly reminded me of the “Ivy” dress above. May isn’t too far away, so this frock might become your go-to dress for the remainder of Spring and Summer. “Sophia” is available in white or orange and retails for $119.

Bardot "Sophia" Peplum Dress in white (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Bardot “Sophia” Peplum Dressls
($119, Nordstrom)

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress

Update (04/24/2017): And if you don’t want to spend that much money, check out this budget-friendly Self-Portrait inspired dress at Charlotte Russe which can be yours for $39.99. Steal deal!

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress in white (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress
($39.99>, Charlotte Russe)

Jessica Buurman “Mavis” Tiered Lace Midi Dress

Update (07/06/2016): Stumbled upon these spot-on Self-Portrait Ivy dress dupes at Jessica Buurman today. Price: $139. Worth it or not, what do you think?

Jessica Buurman "Mavis" Tiered Lace Midi Dress in white and black (Self-Portrait Ivy knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Mavis” Tiered Lace Midi Dress
($139, Jessica Buurman)

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dress

When I first saw this lace tiered midi dress at Warehouse, it instantly reminded me of the Ivy dress even though it clearly has some obvious differences. I wouldn’t call it a dupe, but the whole concept of the dress, which is available in either black, white or rust by the way, is definitely at least inspired by Self-Portrait’s whimsical aesthetic. Unfortunately, this Ivy look-alike dress ain’t cheap either ($176!), but at least it’s still almost $450 cheaper than the real deal.

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dress in black, white and rust red (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dressls
($176, Warehouse)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Front Roe by Louise Roe, Fashiioncarpet, Bardot, Charlotte Russe, Warehouse

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If there’s a shoe trend I noticed over the last couple of months, it’s sporty footwear with a feminine twist. Whether it be floral embroideries à la Gucci, shiny pearls à la Miu Miu, girly bows à la Puma or in this case a delicate blush pink velvet upper combined with wide satin ribbon laces, “sporty meets elegance” is one of Spring’s biggest trends! Luckily, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a pair of designer sneakers to indulge in this trend as there are various sneaker alternatives at almost any price point. And while the Steve Madden velvet sneakers aren’t terribly expensive to begin with (retail price is $79.95), we managed to find a just as gorgeous and super spot-on sneaker for under $30! Total steal alert!

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Steve Madden Bertie-V vs. Mossimo Supply Co. Tara Lace-Up Velvet Sneakers

Go Shopping:

P.S.: Steve Madden “Bertie-V” Lace-Up Velvet Sneakers are also available at Dillard’s, Amazonamazon, Footnotescj, 6pm, Zappos, Steve Madden (Canada)ls Nordstromls, South Moon Under, John Lewis, House of Fraser & Zalando.

Image source(s): Footnotes, Target

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