Real vs. Steal

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, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Saksls, NET-A-PORTERls, Selfridges, MyTheresals & Farfetchls.

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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BCBG Paris “Darron” Studded Pointy Pumps

I’m so happy I stumbled upon this Valentino look-a-like heel by BCBG Paris the other day. Not only is it more than $900 cheaper, it also adds an extra 1 1/2 inches without being an overwhelmingly high heel at 3¾ inches. Obsessed³! Get this lovely designer dupe shoe before it sells out (and believe me, this one will go fast!).

BCBG Paris "Darron" Studded Pointy Pumps in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBG Paris “Darron” Studded Pointy Pumpscj
($69.95, DSW)

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)

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As much as I love the vintage look of these classic patent leather t-strap pumps by Gucci, I have a hard time seeing myself shell out more than $700 for such a simple shoe design. And I guess most of you are with me on this. Luckily, I found a few nice (and budget-friendly) alternatives that won’t break the bank.

Gucci T-Strap Pointed-Toe Pumps in black patent leather

Gucci T-Strap Pointed-Toe Pumpscj
($734, MyTheresa)

P.S.: Also available at Saksls & Guccils.

Office “Selina” T-Bar Pointy Pumps

My favorite steal are these almost identical t-bar heels which I’ve come across at Office. The design is really close to the Gucci pumps, but the price is so much nicer at £65 (approx. $105). Available in black and nude patent leather.

Office "Selina" T-Bar Pointy Pumps in black patent leather (Gucci knockoffs)

Office “Selina” T-Bar Pointy Pumps
(£65, Office)

Adrienne Vittadini “Cecelia” T-Strap Pumps

If you prefer a lower heel, then these Adrienne Vittadini t-strap pumps would be a great alternative to the Gucci shoes above. Currently on sale for under $50 and also available in various other colors.

Adrienne Vittadini "Cecelia" T-Strap Pumps in black patent leather (Gucci knockoffs)

Adrienne Vittadini “Cecelia” T-Strap Pumpsamazon
($42.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorcj & Macy’sls.

Image source(s): MyTheresa, Office, Lord & Taylor

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Let’s talk about wedges for a moment. Just how good are they? I mean, you can either eat or wear them. Pure genius! ;-) All (stale) jokes aside though, wedges are definitely a girl’s best friend. They are the best compromise between extra height and comfort. These slingback espadrille wedges by Céline are admittedly cute, but they don’t really make me want to spend almost $500 on them.

Céline Espadrille Slingback Wedge Sandals in black

Céline Espadrille Slingback Wedge Sandalscj
($490, Bluefly)

Steven by Steve Madden “STARRYY” Slingback Espadrille Wedges

Luckily, there’s no need to spend that much money because you can get an almost perfect look-a-like with these Steven by Steve Madden wedge espadrilles which cost less than $80. Steal deal alert!

Steven by Steve Madden "STARRYY" Slingback Espadrille Wedges in black (Céline knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “STARRYY” Slingback Espadrille Wedgescj
($79.95, DSW)

P.S.: Also available at 6pmcj, Amazonamazon, Onlineshoes.comls, Lori’s Shoescj, Steve Maddenls, Shoes.comls & eBayeBay.

Image source(s): Bluefly, Lori’s Shoes

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 29, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Dior‘s “Mise En Dior” Earrings have become quite the new “It“-piece in the fashion world. They are pretty much sold out everywhere, despite their heavy price tag of $290 (and we’re talking costume jewelry here). I must say I am still a little undecided whether I love or hate these because while they do look great on the promo pics and on the celebs below, I’ve also seen pictures where they looked rather big and clumpy and made their wearer’s ears look huge and padded. But still, I am slightly leaning towards loving them for some reason. Maybe because they’re Dior.

Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings in cream

Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings
($290, Dior)

Celebrities Love Dior

Celebs such as Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings.

Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna wearing Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings

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AQUA “Avery” Front & Back Stud Earrings

UPDATE (08/29/2014): One of our readers tipped us off about yet another great Mise En Dior dupe (thanks!). Check out these double pearl earrings by AQUA which sell for $20!

AQUA "Avery" Front & Back Stud Earrings (Dior Mise en Dior knockoffs)

AQUA “Avery” Front & Back Stud Earringsls
($20, Bloomingdale’s)

P.S.: Also available at Bloomingdale’s (UK)ls.

Nasty Gal “Marie” Double-Pearl Earrings

UPDATE (08/28/2014): Woot, woot! Found a new Dior dupe today! Check out these double pearl earrings I found at Nasty Gal.

Nasty Gal "Marie" Double-Pearl Earrings in cream (Dior Mise En Dior knockoffs)

Nasty Gal “Marie” Double-Pearl Earringscj
($18, Nasty Gal)

BaubleBar Pearl 360 Studs

If you’re just as undecided or simply can’t afford to spend almost $300 for a pair of faux pearl earrings, here’s a wonderful alternative from BaubleBar which will give you the coveted “Mise en Dior” look for under $30! These double-pearl earrings are available in various versions and colorspjx and cost $28. Get them soon because I’ve already seen them sell out once!

BaubleBar Pearl 360 Studs (Dior Mise En Dior Tribal knockoffs)

BaubleBar Pearl 360 Studspjx
($28, BaubleBar)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 28, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

We’ve seen a lot of colorblocking this year, mostly on clothes. Pierre Hardy incorporated this trend into his Fall 2011 collection which resulted in the blue-beige-rust colorblock suede sandals you see below. I do like the design, but the color combination is a little lackluster, don’t you agree? And this at $1.285!

Pierre Hardy Buckle-fastening Suede Sandals

Pierre Hardy Buckle-fastening Suede Sandalsls
($1.285, NET-A-PORTER)

LeAnn Rimes Loves Pierre Hardy

LeAnn Rimes in Pierre Hardy Buckle-fastening Suede Sandals

Shoe Cult Buckle Up Platforms

UPDATE (08/27/2014): Oh, look. Almost 3 years after my first find, I happened to stumble upon this platform sandal by Nasty Gal’s own shoe label Shoe Cult. Available for $88 in either yellow or black faux suede.

Shoe Cult Buckle Up Platforms in faux suede (Pierre Hardy knockoffs)

Shoe Cult Buckle Up Platformscj
($88, Nasty Gal)

Jeffrey Campbell “Dressen” Suede Platform Sandals

Now that’s more like it! Good old Jeffrey Campbell took the Pierre Hardy design and spiced it up with more vibrant colors. Still a bit pricey at almost $200 but so much cheaper than the original!

Jeffrey Campbell "Dressen" Suede Platform Sandals in orange, blue and beige (Pierre Hardy knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Dressen” Suede Platform Sandalspjx
($199.95, Solestruck)

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