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Update: This post has been updated on September 20, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Writing up a post about these “Ceinture” buckled booties by Balenciaga is a tough one for me. Why? Well, mainly because I don’t find myself very attracted to this type of masculine biker boots. Nor am I tall or skinny enough to pull off such a bulky boot. However, since these boots have been making the rounds on a number of style blogs and celebs lately, here you go with a couple of budget-friendly alternatives.

Balenciaga Ceinture Cutout Buckled Booties in black

Balenciaga Ceinture Double-Buckle-Strap Bootsls
($1.275, Nordstrom)

Also available at Balenciaga, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, S|Sense, Matches Fashion, MyTheresa, Farfetchls, Browns Fashion, Breuninger, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Balenciaga

Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie, Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones and Nina Dobrev wearing black Balenciaga Cutout Buckled Booties

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Sacha Buckled Cut-Out Biker Boots

Update (09/20/2017): Came across yet another Balenciaga inspired cut-out biker boot today! Found it at Sacha, it comes in either white or black and costs €129.99.

Sacha Buckled Cut-Out Biker Boots in white and black (Balenciaga Ceinture inspired)

Sacha Buckled Cut-Out Biker Boots
(€129.99, Sacha)

Romwe Buckle Cutout Boots

Update (05/01/2017): Discovered these budget-friendly Balenciaga boot dupes at Romwe today. Spot-on to the real deal, don’t you think? And they’re only $35.99!

Romwe Buckle Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga Ceinture dupes)

Romwe Buckle Cutout Boots
($35.99, Romwe)

Also available at SheIn.

Pull & Bear Buckled Ankle Boots

Update (03/20/2017): One of our readers alerted us about these budget-friendly Balenciaga look-alike boots by Pull & Bear which retail for £39.99/€45.99. Thank you for the tip, Serena!

Pull & Bear Buckled Ankle Boots in black (Balenciaga Ceinture dupes)

Pull & Bear Buckled Ankle Boots
(£39.99/€45.99, Pull & Bear)

Bucco “Sai” Cutout Platform Boots

Update (03/13/2017): Spotted another Balenciaga Ceinture inspired buckle boot today! It’s by Bucco is currently on sale for less than $30 and comes in either black or brown faux leather.

Bucco "Sai" Cutout Platform Boots in black (Balenciaga Ceinture dupes)

Bucco “Sai” Cutout Platform Bootsamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

River Island “Rudy” Patent Cut-Out Boots

Update (07/31/2016): 3 years after posting our last designer steal find, we finally came across a brand new Balenciaga Ceinture dupe: it’s by River Island and costs only $40 (sale price!). But hurry, only very few sizes left!

River Island Rudy Patent Cut-Out Boots in black (Balenciaga Ceinture dupes)

River Island “Rudy” Patent Cut-Out Boots
($40, River Island)

Also available at River Island (UK)ls, River Island (International), ASOS & Zalando.

XCC Double Buckle Cut-Out Moto Boots

Update (07/31/2016): We also happened to discover these fab and spot-on Balenciaga boot look-alikes by XCC at Amazon for under $90. What do you think?

XCC Double Buckle Cut-Out Moto Boots in black patent (Balenciaga Ceinture look-alikes)

XCC Double Buckle Cut-Out Moto Bootsamazon
($85.93, Amazon)

Bestowal Metal Buckle Cut Out Boots

Update (07/31/2016): Spotted these fab Balenciaga-like boots by Bestowal at Choies which are made of genuine leather and come in either black or black patent leather.

Bestowal Metal Buckle Cut Out Boots in black patent (Balenciaga Ceinture dupes)

Bestowal Metal Buckle Cut Out Boots
($96.90, Choies)

Wanted “Plaza” Buckled Cut-Out Booties

Update (09/16/2013): And I stumbled upon yet another budget-friendly Balenciaga dupe! Check out these faux leather buckle cut-out boots by Wanted. Only $19.94!

Wanted "Plaza" Buckled Cut-Out Booties in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Wanted “Plaza” Buckled Cut-Out Booties
($19.94, DSW)

Jessica Buurman “CRUSH” Buckled Cutout Boots

Update (08/16/2013): Whoa! Now look at these fabulous, almost identical Balenciaga dupes by Jessica Buurman which are available in different colors and finishes in mens and womens sizing and either with gold or silver hardware. Looking pretty awesome, right? Shhhh, use promo code “XOXOJESS” at checkout and you’ll receive 10% off your order!

Jessica Buurman "CRUSH" Buckled Cutout Boots in black and white gold silver (Balenciaga Ceinture dupes)

Jessica Buurman “CRUSH” Buckled Cutout Boots
($159, Jessica Buurman)

Chicnova Chunky Cut Out Buckled Boots

Update (08/16/2013): And here we go again with yet another Balenciaga Buckle Bootie alternative. This one comes from Chicnova and is made of PU leather.

Chicnova Retro PU Leather Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Chicnova Chunky Cut Out Buckled Boots
($32.93, Oasap)

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Booties

Update (08/16/2013): If you need a more wallet-friendly Balenciaga fix, this cutout boot by Qupid is a great Balenciaga Ceinture look-alike for under $20! Yay!

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Booties in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Bootiesamazon
($16.99, Amazon)

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepers

Update (08/03/2013): Wild Diva have made a creeper version out of the highly coveted Balenciaga boots and called it Credence-11! Available in black or burgundy.

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepers in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepers
($32.90, CiCi Hot)

Office Ultimate 2 Buckled Ankle Boots

Update (04/03/2013): Found yet another great Balenciaga inspired buckle boot! This one’s by Office, it costs £38 and there are only a few limited sizes left, so if you like these, you better hurry up to get these!

Office "Ultimate" Buckled Ankle Boots in black (Balenciaga look-a-likes)

Office Ultimate 2 Buckled Ankle Boots
(£38, Office)

Windsor Smith “Envy” Buckled Cutout Boots

Update (01/26/2013): Just came across another great Balenciaga boot look-a-like by Windsor Smith. If you prefer a patent version, check out the “Encore” boot, also by Windsor Smith.

Windsor Smith "Envy" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Windsor Smith “Envy” Buckled Cutout Bootsls
($179.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Soles “Magento” Buckled Cutout Boots

Update (01/26/2013): Also found a second Australian Balenciaga alternative by Soles.

Soles "Magento" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Soles “Magento” Buckled Cutout Bootsls
($159.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Steve Madden “AVE-A” Buckle Boots

As of now Steve Madden‘s “AVE-A” Buckle Boots are probably the closest and cheapest match to the Balenciaga boots.

Steve Madden "AVE-A" Buckle Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Steve Madden “AVE-A” Buckle Bootsls
($99.99, Steve Madden)

Topshop “ARABEL” Cut Out Boots

Topshop comes in second in terms of the Balenciaga look with their $170 “ARABEL” boot that is also available in white and a black studded version.

Topshop "ARABEL" Cut Out Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Topshop “ARABEL” Cut Out Boots
($170, Topshop)

Jeffrey Campbell “Roscoe” Cutout Boots

And of course, Jeffrey Campbell has come up with their own interpretation of Balenciaga’s bulky biker boot and named it “Roscoe”. It’s the most expensive of all look for less options ($248), but I like the shape of this boot the most and it’s the closest to the original.

Jeffrey Campbell "Roscoe" Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Roscoe” Cutout Boots
($67.50, Nordstrom Rack)

Jeffrey Campbell “Coltrane” Buckled Cutout Boots

Our reader Devon has found another Balenciaga boot look-a-like by Jeffrey Campbell which is even more similar than the “Roscoe” boot. Check out the “Coltrane” which comes in an array of uppers and colors and retails for $185!

Jeffrey Campbell "Coltrane" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Coltrane” Buckled Cutout Boots
($194.95, Nordstrom)

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Real vs. Steal – Dior So Real Sunglasses

by Irina on August 20, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on August 20, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

When it comes to setting fashion trends, Dior seems to be on quite a roll at the moment. First, we had the Mise En Dior craze and now we have everybody lusting after their uber-cool “So Real” sunglasses. Karen Walker and Céline, move over! If we could crown one pair of shades the official sunglasses of 2015, it would definitely be Dior’s “So Real” frames. And even though these sunglasses are everything but affordable at $595, virtually every fashion influencer – from bloggers to fashion editors to supermodels to celebs (and let’s not forget about all the countless Instagram sightings) – has been spotted wearing these sunnies. They come in a wide range of great styles, but if I had to pick a “So Real” favorite it would probably be the crystal (clear)/silver version with the blue mirrored lenses (last one pictured below). But no matter how much hype is still to follow on these lovely shades, there’s no way I would lay down almost $600 on a pair of trendy sunglasses that’ll probably be so passé 6 months from now.

Dior So Real Sunglasses

Dior So Real Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($545-$595, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdale’s, Amazonamazon, Solstice Sunglasses, Sunglasses Shop, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Dior

Celebs such as Rihanna and Olivia Palermo as well as personal style bloggers like Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Kristina Bazan (Kayture) have all been spotted wearing Dior So Real Sunglasses.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Rihanna, Olivia Palermo and Kristina Bazan (Kayture) wearing Dior So Real Sunglasses

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Dasein Retro Round Unisex Polarized Sunglasses

Update (08/20/2017): Spotted these cute Dior sunglass dupes by Dasein today which come in a variety of different colors and variations and cost $19.99.

Dasein Retro Round Unisex Polarized Sunglasses in black (Dior So Real dupes)

Dasein Retro Round Unisex Polarized Sunglassesamazon
($19.99, Amazon)

Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses

Update (02/01/2017): Came across these cute and almost spot-on Dior So Real dupes at Forever 21 today and they cost only $7.90! Total steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses in clear and blue (Dior So Real dupes)

Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses
($7.90, Forever 21)

Mango “Sarah” Tortoise Arm Sunglasses

Update (02/01/2017): Also spotted this Dior inspired black/tortoise version at Mango which costs $29.99. So pretty, isn’t it?

Mango "Sarah" Tortoise Arm Sunglasses in black (Dior So Real dupes)

Mango “Sarah” Tortoise Arm Sunglasses
($29.99, Mango)

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

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglasses

Update (06/21/2016): And the Dior So Real dupe list grows bigger once again! Check out these Dior inspired sunglasses I discovered at Steve Madden, currently on sale for $26.98.

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglasses in black and tortoise (Dior So Real dupes)

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($26.98, Steve Madden)

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar

Update (06/21/2016): Also stumbled upon this lovely and spot-on Dior So Real sunglass dupe at Target. Price: $16.99. More colors and variations available in Target stores.

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar in black (Dior So Real dupe)

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar
($16.99, Target)

Free People “Mystic River” Metal Frame Sunglasses

Update (03/10/2016): Here are more Dior So Real look-alikes which I have discovered at Free People for $25 a pop. Really like these!

Free People "Mystic River" Metal Frame Sunglasses (Dior So Real dupes)

Free People “Mystic River” Metal Frame Sunglasses
($25, Free People)

Aldo “Bonadomane” Brow Bar Sunglasses

Update (03/10/2016): Also stumbled upon these lovely Dior inspired brow bar sunnies by Aldo which are available in either transparent or black and are on sale for $7.98.

Aldo "Bonadomane" Brow Bar Sunglasses in clear transparent and gold black (Dior So Real dupes)

Aldo “Bonadomane” Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($7.98, Aldo)

Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & Sunglass Warehouse (similar).

GoJane Style Blogger Vintage Sunglasses

Update (10/12/2015): Spotted these fantastic Dior So Real dupes at GoJane which are currently on sale for less than $10! Available in various colors and lens finishes.

GoJane Cool Kid Reflection Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

GoJane Style Blogger Vintage Sunglasses
($7.50, GoJane)

Similar versions are also available at Sunglass Warehouse & MakeMeChic.

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses

Update (10/12/2015): And here’s a great Dior So Real alternative for all of our European readers which we’ve discovered at Missguided. Only $13.60!

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses
($13.60, Missguided)

Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (International).

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglasses

Update (09/27/2015): Spotted another dupe-worthy Dior So Real sunglass look for less option! This time at ZooShoo. Price point: 22. code Use our exclusive promo code INTHEIRCLOSET to save 15% on orders of $45.

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglasses in black and gold (Dior So Real knockoffs)

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglassespjx
($22, ZooShoo)

Gant Brow Bar Sunglasses

Luckily, there are quite a few great Dior So Real dupe options available like this one by Gant, so you don’t have to break the bank to try the trend. Like the real deal, these sunnies also come in a broad range of styles (I counted 17!), so there’s a huge selection to choose from. And at $11.90 per pair, why not pick two?

Gant Brow Bar Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Gant Brow Bar Sunglassesamazon
($11.90, Amazon)

Similar versions are also available at Amazon #2amazon, Romwe & SheIn.

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses

I also discovered these lovely Dior So Real dupes at Choies which I just had to include in this post because I’m absolutely obsessed with the rosegold version. They’re currently on sale for a little under $8, so I suggest to stock up on them while they’re still available.

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses
($7.90, Choies)

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses

If you’re a fan of the tortoise Dior So Reals, then check out this fab steal version by Express which looks just like the real, but costs only $29.90 instead of $595.

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses in tortoise (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

Image source(s): Barneys, The Blonde Salad, Pinterest, Olivia Palermo, Forever 21, Mango, Steve Madden, Target, Free People, Aldo, GoJane, Missguided, ZooShoo, Choies, Amazon, Express

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Update: This post has been updated on July 7, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Leave it to Chanel to make us crave those #grannyshoes we all deemed ugly when we were teenagers. And if it weren’t for Chanel and the iconic CC-logo on the side of the heel, I doubt these would have been quite as popular as they are right now, but even though I know the greater part of the allure of these shoes can be traced back to just being by Chanel, I somehow still understand why so many bloggers and fashion insiders are so in love with these. The two-tone cap-toe, the mid-height block heel, the convenient slingback; it’s the perfect example of 50s retro chic and an absolute timeless classic. By pairing these shoes with modern pieces such as ripped skinny jeans or a cool biker jacket, you will keep yourself from looking like an actual granny in these. And while I don’t know what the exact retail price is for these, we’re talking about Chanel here after all, so I think it’s safe to say that they’re expensive. And apparently very hard to get ahold of these days.

Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps in beige and black

Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps
(~$1.500, Vestiaire Collective)

Also available at The RealReal & Fashionphile.

Style Bloggers & Fashion Insiders Love Chanel

Personal style bloggers and fashion insiders such as Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), Pernille Teisbaek (Look de Pernille), Miroslava Duma, Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Leandra Medine (Manrepeller) have all been spotted wearing Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), Pernille Teisbaek (Look de Pernille), Miroslava Duma, Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Leandra Medine (Manrepeller) wearing Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps

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Design Lab Lord & Taylor “Tifa” Block-Heel Slingbacks

Update (07/07/2017): Spotted these cute Chanel inspired block-heel slingbacks by Design Lab Lord & Taylor which are on clearance for under $30 and come in various colors including nude/black, gold and black patent.

Design Lab Lord & Taylor "Tifa" Block-Heel Slingbacks in black and nude (Chanel dupes)

Design Lab Lord & Taylor “Tifa” Block-Heel Slingbacksls
($34.65, Lord & Taylor)

Office Middle Two Part Block Heels

Update (07/07/2017): Also stumbled upon these Chanel alternatives at Office which come in two colors and cost £68.

Office Middle Two Part Block Heels (Chanel inspired)

Office Middle Two Part Block Heels
(£68, Office)

Also available at Office Shoes (DE).

Sam Edelman “Leah” Cutout Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

Update (03/17/2017): I think I just found my new favorite Chanel slingback dupe! Check out these amazing cap-toe block heel pumps by Sam Edelman! So similar to the real deal, don’t you think? Loooove! Also available in silver/black and black/black suede. Price: $120. Make sure to use promo code “FALL” at checkout to get 20% off regular and sale items at Lord & Taylor (offer valid through September 19th, at 11:59 PM EST, some exclusions may apply) which would lower the price of these darling to less than $100.

Sam Edelman "Leah" Cutout Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in nude and black (Chanel dupes)

Sam Edelman “Leah” Cutout Cap-Toe Slingback Pumpsls
($120, Lord & Taylor)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Sam Edelman, Shopbopls, Zappos, Saks Off 5th, Nordstromls & The Outnetls.

Pull & Bear Slingback High Heel Shoes with Toe Cap

Update (03/17/2017): Also discovered these super fab faux suede cap-toe heels at Pull & Bear which instantly reminded me of the iconic Chanel slingbacks above. And at £25.99 (or €29.99) they’re super budget-friendly as well!

Pull & Bear Slingback High Heel Shoes with Toe Cap in nude and black faux suede (Chanel inspired)

Pull & Bear Slingback High Heel Shoes with Toe Cap
(£25.99/€29.99, Pull & Bear)

River Island Slingback Block Heels

Update (09/20/2016): Just spotted these cute Chanel inspired cap-toe suede slingbacks at River Island. They come in various colors and uppers and cost $50 (sale price!).

River Island Slingback Block Heels in cream and black suede (Chanel dupes)

River Island Slingback Block Heels
($50, River Island)

Also available at River Island (UK)ls & River Island (EU).

Ivanka Trump “Liah” Slingback Block-Heel Pumps

Update (06/29/2016): OMG, I’m officially in designer dupe heaven! Now please take a long look at these gorgeous and spot-on Chanel look-alike pumps by Ivanka Trump. The search for the perfect Chanel slingback dupe is finally over! These are available in either nude, black or grey suede and retail for $125. It’s not the cheapest Chanel dupe, but probably worth the investment (made of genuine leather). I promise you, these shoes will sell out in less than a week, so if you find yourself fancying a pair, don’t wait (they won’t last until sale season) and buy them now! Make sure to use promo code “FALL” at checkout to get 20% off regular and sale priced items (offer valid now through September 19th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST, exclusions may apply).

Ivanka Trump "Liah" Slingback Block-Heel Pumps in nude, black and grey (Chanel knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Liah” Slingback Block-Heel Pumpsls
($125, Lord & Taylor)

Also available at Zappos, Amazonamazon, Bon-Tonls, Macy’s, 6pm, Nordstromls & Nordstrom Rack.

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumps

Update (06/20/2016): And Kaitlyn Pan strikes again! Just discovered yet another gorgeous designer shoe dupe! Love, love, looooove these Chanel slingback look-alikes which are made of genuine sheepskin leather and cost under $90. The customer reviews are also raving as usual for Kaitlyn Pan shoes. Definitely got to get myself a pair!

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumps in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumpsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

Also available at Etsy (alternative buying option for non-US based buyers).

Mango “Orly” Slingback Pumps

Update (06/20/2016): I also spotted these lovely Chanel inspired faux suede slingback shoes at Mango which cost $59.99. They don’t have the contrasting black cap-toe front, but the overall look of these slingback is still very reminiscent of Chanel, don’t you think?

Mango "Orly" Slingback Pumps in nude faux suede (Chanel knockoffs)

Mango “Orly” Slingback Pumps
($59.99, Mango)

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

Vaneli “Aliz” Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

Update (03/29/2016): And just like that Chanel dupes are starting to come in! This one’s by Vaneli and it’s available in either nude/black or black/black for $149.95.

Vaneli "Aliz" Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in nude and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Vaneli “Aliz” Cap-Toe Slingback Pumpsls
($149.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Jildor.

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps

Update (03/30/2016): I also discovered these cute and budget-friendly faux suede slingback cap-toe pumps by New Look which retail for £8 (sale price!).

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps in tan and black (Chanel dupes)

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps
(£8, New Look)

Also available at New Look (EU) & ASOS.

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes

Update (03/24/2016): OMGSHOEALERT! Just discovered these amazing and spot-on Chanel dupes by Jill-YBC and guess what? They’re under $35! What a steal deal! Available in beige/black or black/black faux leather. A non-slingback flat version is available here for $34.90. Choies was so nice to provide a pair of these shoes for us to review and we can honestly say that these Chanel dupes are lovely, especially considering the price! True to size, well made and durable. Definitely a recommendation from our side.

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes
($33.90, Choies)

A similar version is also available at Amazonamazon.

Jessica Buurman “Jorie” Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

Deal: Free worldwide shipping on all orders! Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and get a 10% off coupon!

The closest Chanel look-alikes I could find as of now are these fab slingbacks by Jessica Buurman. Spot-on design for $129. Available in beige/black and black/black as well as beige/black suede. Love how similar these look to the real deal!

Jessica Buurman "Jorie" Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Jorie” Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
($129, Jessica Buurman)

Carnival Beast Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

If you can’t spend that much money, here’s a very budget-friendly Chanel dupe by Carnival Beast which is currently on sale for a little over $20. This one comes also in a black/black and in a beige/black faux suede version.

Carnival Beast Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in beige and black (Chanel look-alikes)

Carnival Beast Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
($21.51, YesStyle)

Similar versions are also available by Banaba & JY Shoes.

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

Deal: Sign up to the Heine newsletter and get a €5 discount on your order!

For all you European Chanel lovers and budget-conscious fashionistas out there, I have discovered these beautiful slingbacks by Heine which are obviously heavily inspired by the Chanel shoes above. They’re currently on backorder and will approximately ship around mid-April, but you can pre-order these now and get your hands on these beauties before they sell out once again. Available in beige/black or beige/rose pink for €69.90.

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in nude and black (Chanel dupes)

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
(€69.90, Heine)

Also available at Kaleidoscope & I’m walking.

Jeffrey Campbell “Tulloch” Cap-Toe Pumps

Another great Chanel inspired alternative are these lovely cap-toe pumps by Jeffrey Campbell which are $139.95 and come in beige/black, taupe/black and red/black.

Jeffrey Campbell "Tulloch" Cap-Toe Pumps in beige and black (Chanel inspired)

Jeffrey Campbell “Tulloch” Cap-Toe Pumpsls
($139.95, Nordstrom)

Office “Maddie” Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels

And one last Chanel alternative for all my lovely UK readers. Now these beige/black suede slingbacks from Office might not be an identical dupe, but they’re still close enough to serve as a great Chanel look for less, wouldn’t you agree? Plus, there’s also a closed back version named “Madison” available here which costs £38 (sale price!) as well.

Office "Maddie" Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Office “Maddie” Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels
(£38, Office)

Image source(s): Chanel, Keep it Chic, @chiaraferragni/@pernilleteisbaek Instagram, Gary Pepper, Song of Style, Lindley Pless, Lord & Taylor, Zappos, Pull & Bear, River Island, Nordstrom, Amazon, Mango, Lori’s, New Look, Choies, Jessica Buurman, YesStyle, Heine, Designs by Stephene, Office

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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 March 22, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I know I already mentioned that Aquazzura is having quite the fashion moment with bloggers right now, but WOW!, I then went on to discover another one of their latest top sellers: Wild Thing, a delicate suede high heel sandal with intricate lace up tassels and a fringed vamp. Now I don’t know about you, but even though the shoe looks lovely on its own, I wasn’t too compelled at first. But then I started seeing all those gorgeous personal style bloggers donning their Wild Things on Instagram and all of a sudden I found myself completely obsessed with this shoe! I love how many of the bloggers used it to either add a pop of color or to compliment their already colorful outfit. I so wish I could lavishly spend $785 on a pair of shoes, but rent is not gonna pay by itself unfortunately.

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringed Lace-Up Suede Sandals in red

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringed Suede Sandalsls
($785, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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

Style Bloggers Love Aquazzura

Various style bloggers such as Nicole from Gary Pepper Girl, Julie from Sincerely Jules, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific have all been spotted wearing Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringed Suede Sandals.

Personal Style & Fashion Bloggers wearing Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringed Suede Sandals

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Ivanka Trump “Hethal” Suede Fringe High Heel Sandals

Update (03/22/2017): Juicy details coming up with a new steal find! As you might know Aquazzura has filed a lawsuit againgst the Ivanka Trump brand last year for allegedly copying their highly popular “Wild Thing” design. As far as I am informed, the lawsuit hasn’t been settled yet, but I guess the folks at Ivanka Trump are either not particularly worried ooooor really pissed off at Aquazzura because Ivanka Trump released a new shoe design that looks A LOT like the “Hettie” sandal with only a few minor changes such as the metal hoop on the fringed vamp and the missing tassels on the laces which IV replaced with metal caps instead, which, coincidentally or not, are also heavily used by Aquazzura (e.g. on the “Christy” flats). Now THAT’s a bold move when you’re in the middle of a (possibly? probably!) multi-million dollar lawsuit! Really curious to see how that copycat feud is going to turn out. In the meantime, you can purchase these admittedly lovely shoes for a steal price of $39. Make sure to use promo code “LTLOVE” at checkout to get an extra 15% off regular and sale items at Lord & Taylor (offer valid through May 22nd at 11:59 PM EST, some exclusions may apply). This would lower the price of these shoes down to $33.15.

Ivanka Trump "Hethal" Suede Fringe High Heel Sandals in black, red and turquoise (Aquazzura Wild Thing inspired)

Ivanka Trump “Hethal” Suede Fringe High Heel Sandalsls
($39, Lord & Taylor)

Also available at Amazonamazon, 6pm & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Maiden Lane Fringed Ankle-Wrap Suede Sandals

Update (03/22/2017): To take some pressure off of Ivanka Trump though, she’s definitely not the only one copying Aquazzura (obviously, just look at this long list of “Wild Thing” dupes here). Maiden Lane decided to hop on the “Wild Thing” trend bandwagon as well and thus came up with an almost spot-on look-alike shoe. The only noticeable difference is the heel height which is significantly lower on the Maiden Lane version which I personally really like because it makes the shoe so much more w/bearable. I just wonder whether Maiden Lane decided to go with a lower heel because they didn’t want to anger Aquazzura too much and be the possible cause of yet another copycat lawsuit? We’ll probably never know. Anyway, these heels are available in red, taupe and black suede for $129. But hurry, some sizes are already out of stock!

Maiden Lane Fringed Ankle-Wrap Suede Sandals in red (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Maiden Lane Fringed Ankle-Wrap Suede Sandals
($129, Gilt)

Mossimo “Irene” Ghillie Lace Up Pumps

Update (01/31/2017): Spotted another great and budget-friendly Aquazzura alternative. It’s by Mossimo and comes in either black or red faux suede.

Mossimo "Irene" Ghillie Lace Up Pumps in red and black faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Mossimo “Irene” Ghillie Lace Up Pumps
($34.99, Target)

Charlotte Russe Fringed Two-Piece Dress Sandals

Update (06/21/2016): Super steal deal alert! Check out these spot-on Aquazzura Wild Thing look-alikes which I found at Charlotte Russe today. So beautiful, aren’t they? And so affordable, too! Available in red, yellow, nude and black faux suede for $32.99.

Charlotte Russe Fringed Two-Piece Dress Sandals in red, yellow and nude (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Charlotte Russe Fringed Two-Piece Dress Sandals
($32.99, Charlotte Russe)

Gianni Bini “Hadley” Fringe Two Piece Suede Sandals

Update (06/21/2016): I also came across these Aquazzura inspired 3″ fringe heels by Gianni Bini which would be a great alternative for all you Aquazzura Wild Thing lovers who might not be used to walking around in high heels. These come in either red, yellow, tan or black kid suede and retail for $89.99.

Gianni Bini "Hadley" Fringe Two Piece Suede Sandals in yellow and natural (Aquazzura Wild Thing inspired)

Gianni Bini “Hadley” Fringe Two Piece Suede Sandals
($89.99, Dillard’s)

NerissaDOS Tassel Embellishment Lace Up Heeled Sandals

Update (06/21/2016): There’s also a great Aquazzura dupe available at Choies for just $29.90. By NerissaDOS and available in either red, blue or black faux suede.

NerissaDOS Tassel Embellishment Lace Up Heeled Sandals in red and blue faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

NerissaDOS Tassel Embellishment Lace Up Heeled Sandals
($29.90, Choies)

Ivanka Trump “Hettie” Fringe & Tassel Suede High Heel Sandals

Update (04/15/2016): OMGNEWS! Just found two new stockists of the highly coveted “Hettie” sandals by Ivanka Trump and both stock the gorgeous new yellow suede version! Love these! They come in either red, black, yellow or gold.

Ivanka Trump "Hettie" Fringe & Tassel Suede High Heel Sandals in red and black (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Ivanka Trump “Hettie” Fringe & Tassel Suede High Heel Sandalsamazon
($135.98, Amazon)

Also available at ShoeMetrocj & Kmart, Nordstrom Rack.

Matiko “Daphne” Fringed Suede Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): And here we have yet another Aquazzura Wild Thing dupe! This one’s by Matiko and it retails for a not so budget-friendly $176.

Matiko "Daphne" Fringed Suede Sandals in black (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Matiko “Daphne” Fringed Suede Sandals
($176, Revolve)

Banana Republic “Honey” Fringe Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): These fringe suede sandals by Banana Republic don’t have the tassels and wrap-around detail, but otherwise they’re a pretty fab alternative to the Aquazzura heels above, no? Available in black, green, red and nude faux suede.

Banana Republic "Honey" Fringe Sandals in black and red suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Banana Republic “Honey” Fringe Sandals
($129.99, Banana Republic)

Also available at Banana Republic (EU).

GoJane Girly Gossip Fringe Heels

Update (01/29/2016): Check out these super budget-friendly Aquazzura dupes I found at GoJane. They come in blue, red, black and olive green faux suede.

GoJane Girly Gossip Fringe Heels in blue, red and black (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

GoJane Girly Gossip Fringe Heels
($23.41, GoJane)

Daisy Street “Afia” Pom Ghillie Lace Up Heeled Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): Spotted these Aquazzura dupes by Daisy Street. Love the fab color (also available in blush and black faux suede)!

Daisy Street "Afia" Pom Ghillie Lace Up Heeled Sandals in turquoise teal (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Daisy Street Black Pom Ghillie Lace Up Heeled Sandals
($60, ASOS)

Express Fringe Heeled Tassel Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): If you don’t want an identical knock-off, but more of an inspired version, these Aquazzura inspired fringe heels by Express are a great alternative for less than $90.

Express Fringe Heeled Tassel Sandals in red faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Express Fringe Heeled Tassel Sandals
($88, Express)

Lost Ink Ruffle Fringe Lace Up High Heeled Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): Also discovered these lovely Aquazzura Wild Thing look-alikes by Lost Ink. So cute, right?

Lost Ink Ruffle Fringe Lace Up High Heeled Sandals in black faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Lost Ink Ruffle Fringe Lace Up High Heeled Sandals
($44.50, ASOS)

Privileged “Miami” Fringe & Tassel Sandals

Update (01/20/2016): Stumbled upon these super chic Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes by Privileged today. They come in 4 rad colors: green aqua, red, deep blue and hot pink faux suede.

Privileged "Miami" Fringe & Tassel Sandals in green, red and blue faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes)

Privileged “Miami” Fringe & Tassel Sandalsls
($49.20, Nasty Gal)

Also available at LuLu*s & Charlotte Russe.

Steve Madden “Sassey” Fringe Suede Sandals

Update (11/06/2015): Just spotted these amazing Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes at Steve Madden. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous? And so close to the real, too. I’m super obsessed with these and they’re available in so many rad colors! L.O.V.E.

Steve Madden "Sassey" Fringe Suede Sandals (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Sassey” Fringe Suede Sandalsamazon
($79.95, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm, Macy’s, Nordstromls, Shoebuyls, LuLu*s & Zalando.

Mollini “Capers” Fringe & Tassel Suede High Heel Sandals

Update (11/06/2015): Australian Aquazzura lovers, rejoice! I have found a great and spot-on Wild Thing look-alike by Mollini, too. Price: $160 AUD.

Mollini "Capers" Fringe & Tassel Suede High Heel Sandals in black and grey (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Mollini “Capers” Fringe & Tassel Suede High Heel Sandalsls
($160 AUD, StyleTread)

River Island Leather Tassel Front Heels

Update (11/02/2015): And here’s another great Aquazzura dupe which I found at River Island. Available in either red or black suede for $40 (sale price!). Love these heels!

River Island Leather Tassel Front Heels in red suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

River Island Leather Tassel Front Heels
($40, River Island)

Chase & Chloe Edward-21 Fringed Lace-Up Sandals

Update (11/02/2015): I also stumbled upon these Aquazzura look-alikes by Chase & Chloe. They’re available in red, black, grey and nude faux suede leather.

Chase & Chloe Edward-21 Fringed Lace-Up Sandals in red and black faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Chase & Chloe Edward-21 Fringed Lace-Up Sandals
($16.99, Shiekh)

Public Desire “Silvia” Fringed Heels

Update (09/26/2015): Just found these amazing and budget-friendly Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes at British footwear retailer Public Desire. They’re available in 6 colors: black, red, blue, taupe, nude and khaki faux suede. Worldwide shipping available. Students get a 10% discount on their order.

Public Desire "Silvia" Fringed Heels in taupe, red and cobalt blue faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Public Desire “Silvia” Fringed Heels
(£29.99, Public Desire)

Dabagirl Tasseled Ankle-Strap Fringe Sandals

Update (08/11/2015): So pretty much all the Aquazzura Wild Thing steal versions I’ve posted here yet have sold out by now and that’s why I am happy to report that I’ve come across yet another bunch of Aquazzura dupes. This one’s by Dabagirl and it comes in 4 lovely colors.

Dabagirl Tasseled Ankle-Strap Fringe Sandals in red, taupe, black and yellow faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Dabagirl Tasseled Ankle-Strap Fringe Sandals
($26.01, YesStyle)

Missguided Tassel Detail Barely There Heeled Sandals

Update (08/06/2015): Now look at these gorgeous Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes by Missguided! I’m SO in love (you know I love me some cobalt blue)! Price point: under $50 and also available in nude faux suede. Students get 40% off at Missguided! Now hurry, I’m sure these will sell out fast just like the Boohoo ones below!

Missguided Tassel Detail Barely There Heeled Sandals in cobalt blue and red faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Missguided Tassel Detail Barely There Heeled Sandals
($48.45, Missguided US)

Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (International).

Jessica Buurman “Pom Pom” Tassel and Fringe Sandals

Deal: Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman!

Luckily, there’s no need to be bummed out because where there is a fashion trend, there is Jessica Buurman. And they have come up with amazing-looking, spot-on Aquazzura Wild Thing dupes for less than one fifth of the originals’ price. Their “Pom Pom” heels come in three different colors and I would love to have them all! Judging from their Instagram, I’d say it’s JB’s best selling product at the moment and their customers seem to love these shoes.

Jessica Buurman "Pom Pom" Tassel and Fringe Sandals in black, red and taupe faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Pom Pom” Tassel and Fringe Sandals
($139, Jessica Buurman)

Boohoo “Millie” Fringe And Ghillie Tie Heels

Not willing to shell out $140 for such a treny shoe? I hear ‘ya, girls! And that’s when Boohoo saves our day! Their “Millie” faux suede heels, availabl in red and black, retail for a budget-friendly $42 and look astonishingly similar to the Aquazzura real deal.

Boohoo "Millie" Fringe And Ghillie Tie Heels in red and black faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing knockoffs)

Boohoo “Millie” Fringe And Ghillie Tie Heels
($42, Boohoo US)

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

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, The Cut, Sincerely Jules, Brooklyn Blonde, Atlantic-Pacific, @thedaileigh Instagram, My White T, Style Pantry, @elle_ferguson Instagram, Lord & Taylor, Gilt, Target, Dillard’s, Choies, Charlotte Russe, Boohoo, Public Desire, Missguided, YesStyle, Shiekh, River Island, Mollini, Steve Madden, Lord & Taylor, Heels.com

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