Real vs. Steal

Update: This post has been updated on February 6, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

So, lace-up flats. You probably won’t get around them this summer. First, we started with Aquazzura’s pointy “Christy” flats and today we present you yet another gorgeously delicate example: “Leo” by Isabel Marant, an eyelet-embellished ballet flat with intricate lace-up design and scalloped edges for a soft and feminine look. It seems like high heels may have to take a summer vacation this summer because the fashion blogosphere has gone cuckoo for sophisticated flats this season.

Isabel Marant Leo Embellished Lace-Up Ballet Flats in black

Isabel Marant Leo Embellished Lace-Up Ballet Flatsls
($580, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available in snake-stamped ecru at Barneysls.

Charlotte Russe Grommet-Embellished Lace-Up Pointed Toe Flats

Update (02/06/2016): Just stumbled upon these spot-on Isabel Marant Leo dupes at Charlotte Russe. So cute, right? And budget-friendly, too!

Charlotte Russe Grommet-Embellished Lace-Up Pointed Toe Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Charlotte Russe Grommet-Embellished Lace-Up Pointed Toe Flats
($30.99, Charlotte Russe)

MIA “Benni” Lace-Up Flats

Update (02/06/2016): Another alternative I discovered are these Isabel Marant inspired lace-up flats by MIA which are available in black or beige snake print for under $40.

MIA "Benni" Lace-Up Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

MIA “Benni” Lace-Up Flatsamazon
($33.99, Amazaon )

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetrocj, Shoes.comls, Onlineshoes.comls, Forever 21 & PacSunls.

Jeffrey Campbell “Prudence” Lace-Up Flats

So you love Isabel Marant, we get that. But spending almost $600 isn’t a viable option right now? Well, leave it to Jeffrey Campbell to come up with an almost identical design. JC’s “Prudence” is astonishingly similar to Isabel Marant’s “Leo” flats, but costs $400 less than the real deal. A few sizes are already sold out, so be fast if you want Isabel Marant chic 4 less!

Jeffrey Campbell "Prudence" Lace-Up Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Prudence” Lace-Up Flatsls
($175, Nasty Gal)

P.S.: Also available at Ashbury Skiespjx, Amazonamazon & Shopbop.

Jessica Buurman “ASBY” Lace Up Flats

If you want to save a little more, check out the “ASBY” lace up flats at Jessica Buurman. Spot-on design but with a much nicer price tag!

Jessica Buurman "ASBY" Lace Up Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “ASBY” Lace Up Flats
($129, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Selfridges, Charlotte Russe, Onlineshoes.com, Shopbop, Jessica Buurman

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While I was still majorly crushing for the “Pistol” boots, somehow Acne‘s “Jensen” chelsea boot has managed to gain quite some popularity in the fashion world, especially among fashion bloggers. You really have to leave it to Acne to only have to tweak a few minimal details on a simple boot design here and there and – BOOM! – bestseller! I love all the pointy details of the Jensen boot, just not its price of $560!

Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Boots in black and beige

Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Bootsls
($560, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Acne Studios, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Foward by Elyse Walker, Shopbop, Barneysls, La Garçonne, Steven Alan, S|Sense, MyTheresa, Harvey Nichols, Monnier Frères & Matches Fashionls.

Style Bloggers Love Acne Studios

Personal style bloggers such as Helena (Brooklyn Blonde), Lee (FIGTNY), Melanie (The Tia Fox) and Julia (Gal meets Glam) have all been spotted wearing Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Boots.

Helena (Brooklyn Blonde), Lee (FIGTNY), Melanie (The Tia Fox) and Julia (Gal meets Glam) wearing Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Boots

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Marc Fisher LTD “Yale” Pointy Toe Chelsea Booties

Luckily, I’ve pretty much found the perfect Acne Jensen dupe in these chelsea boots by Marc Fisher LTD which retail for less than one third of the real deal’s price and are available in an array of colors and uppers. Score!

Marc Fisher LTD "Yale" Pointy Toe Chelsea Booties (Acne Studios Jensen dupes)

Marc Fisher LTD “Yale” Pointy Toe Chelsea Bootiesls
($179, Marc Fisher)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls, Nordstrom, Zappos & Bloomingdale’s.

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, S|Sense, Brooklyn Blonde, FIGTNY, The Tia Fox, Gal meets Glam, Marc Fisher

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Are you familiar with these futuristic-looking sunglasses by Dior? The “So Real” shades have admittedly stolen the thunder from Dior’s “Technologic” sunglasses last year because both models were released around the same time, but now that I actually had the chance to try the “So Real” sunnies on myself, I’m kind of over them because they didn’t suit my face as much as I hoped they would. I did like the architectural concept of the “So Real” however and that’s where the “Technologic” sunglasses come in because they’re like the grown-up and sophisticated sister of the “So Real”, a modern and updated spin on the classic aviator silhouette. But “Made in Italy” or not, there’s no way I’d spend more than $500 on a pair of sunglasses. Sorry, Dior!

Dior Technologic Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses

Dior Technologic Brow Bar Aviator Sunglassesls
($540, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Barneysls, Solstice Sunglasses, Amazonamazon, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Farfetchls & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Dior

Celebs such as Kendall and Kylie Jenner and personal style bloggers like Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Aimee Song (Song of Style) have been spotted wearing Dior Technologic Sunglasses.

Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Aimee Song (Song of Style) wearing Dior Technologic Sunglasses

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GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Luckily, there’s no need to spend half a grand to get the coveted Dior look because you can get a spot-on dupe for less than $20. These sunglasses by GMAT are probably the closest you can get to the real deal for such a steal price at the moment.

GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses (Dior Technologic dupes)

GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglassesamazon
($18.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available at Amazon #2amazon & Oasap.

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

If you’re looking for something cheaper, you might want to check out these silver/grey shades I discovered at Forever 21. Total Dior dupe for less than $10! Steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses in silver grey (Dior Technologic dupe)

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses
($9.90, Forever 21)

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

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglasses

These BP. sunglasses are missing a couple details to be considered a spot-on knockoff, but the front is almost identical to the Dior “Technologic” shades. $12 only. Plus, I love the blue mirrored lenses on these!

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglasses in blue mirrored (Dior Technologic dupes)

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglassesls
($12, Nordstrom)

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses

Deal: Use promo code “BEMINE20” to get 20% off your order at GoJane! Offer expires 02/04/2016 11:59 PM PST.

Another great steal alternative for under $10 are these sunnies from GoJane. Make sure to use the promo code above to save 20% on your order!

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses in grey (Dior Technologic dupe)

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses
($7.90, GoJane)

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglasses

ZooShoo has also a few fabulous and spot-on Dior dupes for a little over $20. I’m totally digging the gold mirrored pair!

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglasses (Dior Technologic dupes)

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglassespjx
($22, ZooShoo)

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses

Last but not least, I had to include these gorgeous shades from Express. At $29.90, they’re the most expensive “Technologic” dupe in this list, but I simply looooove their rose-tinted lenses.

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses in pink rosegold (Dior Technologic dupe)

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I know you’re going to love this! Remember the gorgeous blue Cinderella-like Manolos Carrie wore at the end of the Sex and the City Movie? Yeah, I couldn’t get them out of my head either. The classic design and the bold blue hue make them great contenders for your favorite formal footwear.

Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Satin Pumps

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Jewel Satin Pumpsls
($965, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls & Nordstromls.

Sex and the City Loves Manolo Blahnik

In the movie Carrie said they cost $525, but due to the vast demand retailers almost doubled the price to an outrageous $965 making them a fictional purchase for most of us shoe addicts who are living on a budget. What a bummer!

Carrie Bradshaw wearing Manolo Blahnik Something Blue satin pumps in the Sex and the City movie

Gumzzi Embellished Satin Pumps

Update (01/29/2016): Here’s another bunch of Manolo Blahnik Hangisi dupes! By Gumzzi and available in various lovely colors.

Gumzzi Embellished Satin Pumps (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Something Blue dupes)

Gumzzi Embellished Satin Pumpsls
($92.86, YesStyle)

Carvela “Lotty” Embellished Pointed-Toe Satin Pumps

Update (07/23/2015): Spotted these beautiful Manolo Blahnik Hangisi dupes by Carvela today! Aren’t they so pretty and so close to the original? Also available in black suede.

Carvela "Lotty" Embellished Pointed-Toe Satin Pumps in blue (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi/Something Blue knockoffs)

Carvela “Lotty” Embellished Pointed-Toe Satin Pumpsls
(£59, Shoeaholics)

Milanoo Rhinestoned Pointy-Toe Pumps

Update (05/28/2015): Now look at this spot-on Manolo Blahnik Hangisi / Something Blue dupe by Milanoo! Isn’t it beautiful? But the best part? It’s available for $29.99! Total steal deal alert!

Milanoo Rhinestoned Pointy-Toe Pumps in blue satin (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Something Blue knockoffs)

Milanoo Rhinestoned Pointy-Toe Pumpsls
($29.99, Milanoo)

Littleboutique Pointed Toe Evening Pumps

Update (02/16/2015): Discovered this lovely and spot-on Manolo Blahnik Hangisi dupe by Littleboutique at Amazon today.

Littleboutique Pointed Toe Evening Pumps in cobalt blue satin (Manolo Blahnik Something Blue knockoffs)

Littleboutique Pointed Toe Evening Pumpsamazon
($43.59, Amazon)

Badgley Mischka “Jeannie” Crystal Trim Open Toe Pumps

Update (02/16/2015): When I first spotted these gorgeous Badgley Mischka satin shoes, I thought they’d be a fantastic alternative for everyone who’d love an open-toe version of Manolo Blahnik’s Something Blue pumps. Available in an array of lovely colors for $147.99 (sale price!).

Badgley Mischka "Jeannie" Crystal Trim Open Toe Pumps in sapphire blue satin (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi alternatives)

Badgley Mischka “Jeannie” Crystal Trim Open Toe Pumps
($147.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Zappos, Macy’s, Heels.com, Shopbop, Lord & Taylorls, Shoes.comls & Bloomingdale’s.

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker “Maddalena” Pointy Toe Satin Pumps

Update (01/21/2015): So basically Sarah Jessica Parker decided to dupe Manolo Blahnik’s highly popular “Something Blue” pump for her own shoe line SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. The very same shoe which she has worn in the above mentioned Sex and the City movie. And she put a price tag of $545 on it, too. I don’t think her “good friend” Manolo will be too pleased finding out about this.

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker in cobalt blue (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Something Blue knockoffs)

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker “Maddalena” Pointy Toe Satin Pumpsls
($545, Nordstrom)

Jessica Buurman “MIRKO” Diamante Embellished Satin Pumps

Update (12/22/2014): Discovered this awesome Manolo Blahnik Hangisi dupe at Jessica Buurman today. Available in 7 amazing colors (blue, black, white, red, pink, rose and taupe satin) for $129! If you sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter, you get a 10% discount promo code. Shipping is free, by the way. Worldwide.

Jessica Buurman "MIRKO" Diamante Embellished Satin Pumps in cobalt blue (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “MIRKO” Diamante Embellished Satin Pumps
($129, Jessica Buurman)

Audrey Brooke “Sarah” Buckle Satin Pumps

Update (02/02/2014): Stumbled upon yet another Manolo Blahnik pump dupe from the Sex and the City movie. Check out this lovely cobalt blue satin pump by Audrey Brooke. Also available in ivory satin.

Audrey Brooke "Sarah" Buckle Satin Pumps in cobalt blue (Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Hangisi knockoffs)

Audrey Brooke “Sarah” Buckle Satin Pumpsamazon
($69.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetro & Tradesy.

Nina “Bonique” Buckle Satin Pumps

Update (10/11/2013): I know a lot of you are still looking for a Manolo Blahnik Something Blue dupe, so I was ecstatic to finally find a new great and budget-friendly look-a-like. Aren’t these Nina shoes absolutely lovely? Price? $69.99 (sale price!) and available in 9 beautiful colors: cobalt, green, yellow, black, champagne, tiffany blue, fuchsia, ivory and silver.

Nina "Bonique" Buckle Satin Pumps in cobalt blue (Manolo Blahnik Something Blue knockoffs)

Nina “Bonique” Buckle Satin Pumpspjx
($49.99, Nina Shoes)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & Shoebuyls.

RSVP “Sincere” Satin Pumps

Update (06/14/2012): Found yet another pair of Manolo Blahnik look-a-likes, again by RSVP. Available in 4 different colors: black, bronze, cobalt blue and silver satin. If you’re looking a higher heel, check out “Simonecj” by RSVP which isn’t quite as spot-on as “Sincere” but has a disctinctly higher heel.

RSVP "Sincere" Satin Pumps in blue (Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Hangisi knockoffs)

RSVP “Sincere” Satin Pumpsamazon
($79, Amazon)

RSVP “Zaza” Blue Satin Pumps

Update (09/23/2009): Stumbled upon these awesome Manolo Blahnik knockoffs by RSVP today. Look what I found! If you missed out on the Martinez Valero heels or just couldn’t justify the $160 price tag, these satin pumps by RSVP look almost identical, but are $60 cheaper. Available in blue, black, ivory and white. Grab these knockoffs while you can, I’m sure they are going to sell out super fast. RSVP also has a flat heeled version of the Manolo Blahnik look-a-likes called “Cassiecj” ($99) which looks exactly like the Martinez Valero version except with a low heel.

RSVP "Zaza" Satin Pumps in cobalt blue (Manolo Blahnik Something Blue knockoffs)

RSVP “Zaza” Blue Satin Pumps
($99, Zappos)

Shiekh Mitzy Hachi-200 Satin Pumps

Update (09/23/2009): And here’s another alternative to the Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Satin Pumps. I know these satin pumps by Shiekh aren’t exactly knockoffs, but the blue satin and the vamp embellishment reminded me of the Manolo Blahniks above and since these here resemble the Sedaraby pumps by Blahnik famously worn by Carrie Bradshaw a lot, I thought I just put them here as a budget-friendly alternative for under $50. Also available in pink and black satin!

Shiekh "Mitzy Hachi-200" Blue Satin D'Orsay Pumps (Manolo Blahnik knockoffs)

Shiekh Mitzy Hachi-200 Satin Pumps
($39.97, Shiekh Shoes)

Martinez Valero “Zenith” Blue Satin Pumps

Do not despair however! Because Martinez Valero has finally heard our prayers! He came up with an almost identical pair of his own blue satin pumps which also have the vamp embellishment, but cost only about 1/10 of the original Manolos. So if you are in need of beautiful yet affordable bridal shoes, these here might be your best bet. But hurry, once the masses get wind of these Manolo Blahnik look-a-likes, I guarantee you, they will be gone in a minute!

Martinez Valero Zenith blue satin pumps (Manolo Blahnik Something Blue knockoffs)

Martinez Valero “Zenith” Satin Pumpscj
($159.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

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Update: This post has been updated on January 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Now if this back-bow d’Orsay pump by everyone’s favorite French shoe designer, Monsieur Christian Louboutin, isn’t absolute shoe perfection, I don’t know what is! I mean, just look at it! Perfectly-shaped arch, a nice, subtle platform with a luscious red sole, an almost 5″ stiletto heel and the loveliest tied bow on the back. In a word, the perfect symbiosis of girly and grown-up.

Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps in black

Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumpsls
($1.045, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Zendaya Coleman, Rocsi Diaz, Caroline Sieber and Mariah Carey have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumps.

Zendaya Coleman, Rocsi Diaz, Caroline Sieber and Mariah Carey wearing Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps

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Nina “Mileena” Bow Back Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): Stumbled upon these adorable bow back heels by Nina and they instantly reminded me of the Louboutins above. Available in various beautiful colors and uppers.

Nina "Mileena" Bow Back Sandals (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud dupes)

Nina “Mileena” Bow Back Sandalsamazon
($52.96, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Nordstromls & Nina Shoespjx.

Milanoo Rivet Bow Spike Slingback Pumps

Update (05/09/2014): Also discovered these gorgeous Christian Louboutin dupes at Milanoo. Love the price, too!

Milanoo Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud knockoffs)

Milanoo Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumpsls
($56.99, Milanoo)

Kate Spade “Chrissie” Back-Bow Dress Sandals

And while I’d love to invest in the Louboutins above, I have to face reality and accept the fact that they’re way out of my price league. That’s why I made it my mission to find a similar shoe for less money. Et voilà, Kate Spade delivered! At $373.50 (sale price!), these cute bow heels are from being a “steal”, but they are about half the price of the Loubis while looking suspiciously similar to the CL Dos Noeud pumps. FYI: I wouldn’t mind having both versions in my closet. 😉 Available in deep red satin or black suede.

Kate Spade "Chrissie" Back-Bow Dress Sandals in red satin and black suede (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud knockoffs)

Kate Spade “Chrissie” Back-Bow Dress Sandalsamazon
($373.50, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls & Neiman Marcusls.

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