Real vs. Steal

I was lusting after these badass buckled Louboutins ever since I saw them on Heidi’s feet a few months ago. But spending 1.5k on a pair of shoes is nothing but a dream to me yet, so I searched the internet high & low to find some budget-friendly alternatives.

Christian Louboutin Multi-Buckle Sandals (Black Patent)

Christian Louboutin Multi-Buckle Sandalsls
($1.495, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities wearing Christian Louboutin

Heidi Klum was the first to introduce the buckled Louboutins on the red carpet when she wore them with a cute strapless vintage dress to this year’s Golden Globes. Jennifer Lopez wore the same heels with an LWD, sleek hair and a matching white clutch.

Heidi Klum and Jennifer Lopez wearing black patent Christian Louboutin Multi-Buckle Sandals

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Nine West “Bolero” Platform Sandals

If you want to rock the same style without spending a fortune, try these platform sandals from Nine West. They sell for reasonable $98.95 and are also available in tan leather.

Nine West Bolero Platform Sandals in black

Nine West “Bolero” Platform Sandalsamazon
($98.95, Amazon)

bebe “Delaney” Platform Sandals

bebe is selling their own look-a-likes “interpretation” of the multi-buckled platform Louboutins called “Delaney” sandal which costs $159 and is available in either black or natural.

Bebe Delaney Multi-Buckled Sandals in black

bebe “Delaney” Platform Sandals
($159, bebe)


If you loved Balenciaga’s Fall 2008 collection, you should check out my look 4 less alternatives on the shiny silver booties. Today, I stumbled upon another look 4 less from the very same collection, but this one’s featuring an LBD.

Balenciaga Fall 2008 LBD

Balenciaga Fall 2008 Cutout Little Black Dressls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress

If you want Balenciaga 4 less, try this LBD from bebe. The material is different and it misses the folds on the hip, but otherwise it’s a great alternative and also available in blue. Plus, the dress is currently on sale for $90.99 down from $159. Yay!

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress LBD (Balenciaga knockoff)

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress
($90.99, bebe)


If you are looking for the perfect bridal shoe, how about these gorgeous rhinestoned sandals by Stuart Weitzman? They are sold out in silver, but still available in gold or black satin.

Stuart Weitzman Dreamgirl Gold Strappy Sandals

Stuart Weitzman Dreamgirl Sandals
($262, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Overstock & eBayeBay.

Dyeables “Madison” Sandals

If the price of the Weitzman heels isn’t your kind of budget, try this almost identical version from Dyeables which is super affordable at only $41.95!

Dyeables Madison Silver Sandals

Dyeables “Madison” Sandalsamazon
($41.95, Amazon)

Image source(s): Zappos, Amazon


When we’re talking about popular shoes of 2008, the ones from Balenciaga’s Fall 2008 collection certainly fall into this category. Designed by Pierre Hardy for Balenciaga, the futuristic pointy heels have fast become a fashion staple in various celebrity closets.

Balenciaga Fall 2008 Silver Pointed Ankle Booties

Balenciaga Fall 2008 Pointy Ankle Bootiesls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

Celebrities Love Balenciaga

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker wore her Balenciaga booties to various events with everything from a classic Chanel tweedsuit to an edgy rock-chick Balmain ripped minidress. Singer Ciara couldn’t resist as well. Other celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Heidi Klum have incorporated the stiletto counterpart of the Balenciaga bootie into their red carpet ensembles.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Ciara wearing Balenciaga Fall 2008 Silver Ankle Booties

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Luichiny “Lorelei” Ankle Booties

If you can’t afford the real deal, you might want to give Luichiny‘s “Lorelei” Ankle Booties a chance to wow you. This bootie is almost identical compared to the Balenciagas and also comes in bronze, but I prefer it much more in silver/black.

Luichiny Lorelei Ankle Booties (Balenciaga look-a-likes)

Luichiny “Lorelei” Ankle Bootiesamazon
($57.33, Amazon)

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These Gucci ankle strap sandals were all the rage last year after they’ve been sported on the runway of Gucci’s Spring 2008 collection. Celebrities such as Ali Larter, Debra Messing and Camilla Belle have all worn these super sexy high heels.

Gucci Sevigny High Heel Sandals in gold

Gucci Sevigny High Heel Sandalsls
($695, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Gucci

Debra Messing, Ali Larter, Sophia Bush and Camilla wearing Gucci Sevigny High Heel Sandals

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Charlotte Russe Ankle Wrap Stilettos

If you love the style, but can’t afford to spend so much on shoes, try this almost identical version from Charlotte Russe which is also available in silver faux leather.

Charlotte Russe Ankle Wrap Stilettos in patent gold

Charlotte Russe Ankle Wrap Stilettos
($22.99, Charlotte Russe)

Nine West “Olavera” Sandals

These sandals by Nine West are also a great and budget-friendly alternative if you want the Gucci look for less. And did mention they’re only $26.99?!

Nine West Olavera Sandals in gold

Nine West “Olavera” Sandalsamazon
($26.99, Amazon)


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