Real vs. Steal

What I love about Alexander McQueen is that he’s not only great in designing clothes, but he also happens to make some of the most beautiful shoes. OK, I might be addicted to McQueen and therefore am a little biased. These black patent ankle strap peep-toes however are simply adorable. The price? Not so much.

Alexander McQueen Satin Bar Pumps

Alexander McQueen Patent Leather Pumpsls
($885, NET-A-PORTER)

Soiree Peep-Toe Ankle-Strap Pumps

Living on a budget? Try these almost identical peep-toe ankle strap pumps by Soiree. The heel might be just half as high, but this makes the shoe more comfortable to walk in. The bar is also a bit different in material and color, but hey, they only cost a fraction of the original McQueens.

Soiree Peep-toe Ankle Strap Pumps (Alexander McQueen knockoff)

Soiree Peep-Toe Ankle Strap Pumps
($78, YesStyle)

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Back in June 2006, wild child Lindsay Lohan sported a beautiful black and white Hervé Léger bandage dress when she attended the Cartier and Interview Magazine’s Charity Love Bracelet Party. Lindsay wore her hair in a loose updo and accessorized with Cartier jewels, a black clutch and black slingback peep-toes. More than a year later in October 2007, Khloe Kardashian wore the same black and white Hervé frock to the premiere of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” which she teamed with silver bracelets and black peep-toe Louboutin pumps. Carmen Electra wore a taupe version of the dress at NYC Fashion Week in 2007.

Lindsay Lohan and Khloe Kardashian wearing a black and white Hervé Léger dress

I prefer the dress on Lindsay because a) she accessorized better b) her updo allows to see more of the dress and c) because the dress hugs her in all the right places whereas I do not think that it flatters Khloe’s body shape very much. But what do you think?

Who wore Hervé Léger better?

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BCBG Black and White Satin Cocktail Dress

If you liked Lindsay’s and Khloe’s black and white Hervé Léger dress, but don’t want to spend a fortune, try this BCBG monochrome satin bandage dress. The dresses are almost identical except for the material and the straps. Max Azria is the chef designer of both BCBG and Hervé Léger, so I guess this cheaper knockoff version is his take on Hervé Léger 4 Less.

BCBG Black and White Satin Cocktail Dress

BCBG Black and White Satin Stretch Cocktail Dresspjx
($288, eDressMe)

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These Fendi platform pumps sure are very beautiful, but unfortunately also very pricey at $705 a pair. If you are are looking for a budget version of these, you have come to the right place.

Fendi Grosgrain Bow-Front Pumps in Beige

Fendi Grosgrain Bow-Front pumpsls
($705, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels.

bebe “Mariah” Satin Peep-toe Pumps

Now this is a spot on knockoff coming from bebe. The upper material might be different and the pumps aren’t available in beige, but apart from that, these satin peep-toe pumps are virtually identical. The double platform, the bows on the front, the extreme high heel, it’s all there. These Fendi look-a-likes originally retailed for $149, but have been reduced to $101.49 since. They also come in black satin or gold snakeskin.

bebe Mariah Satin Peep-toe Pump in Purple

bebe “Mariah” Satin Peep-toe Pumps
($101.49, bebe)

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So we’re back at Alexander McQueen again. I told I am big fan of his designs, so here we’ll go again with another gorgeous pair of footwear he created. These square toe pumps were pretty hot on the red carpet about 6 months ago. They retailed for $595 at NET-A-PORTER, but are now completely sold out.

Alexander McQueen Black Satin Square Toe Pumps

Alexander McQueen Satin Square Toe Pumpsls
($595, NET-A-PORTER)

L.A.M.B. “Primrose” Square Toe Pumps

Not being the cheapest alternative ($252.12, sale price), but certainly a very good one is this square toe pump by Gwen Stefani’s brand L.A.M.B. called “Primrose” which comes in either black or plum satin. The heel is slightly different and the pumps have a metal embellishment on each vamp, but otherwise they look quite the same.

L.A.M.B. Primrose Black Satin Square Toe Pumps

L.A.M.B. “Primrose” Square Toe Pumpsamazon
($252.12, Amazon)

Office Point and Square Pumps

This is by far my favorite “interpretation” of Alexander McQueen’s square toe pumps. I love the faux snakeskin pattern and the extreme high heel. These Office pumps seem to be overall well manufactured and clean in design. They are a bit expensive with £70 (~$100), but I am sure they’ll be a great investment. The pumps also come in red and black patent and pewter.

Office Shoes Point and Square Pumps Black Snake

Office Point and Square Pumps
(£70, Office)

ALDO “Saric” Square Toe Pumps

Another great alternative if you want Alexander McQueen 4 Less are these “Saric” square toe pumps by ALDO. They retail for $90 and were available in black satin like the Alexander McQueen ones, but apparently sold out and now the only colors left are black and red patent and black leather.

Aldo Shoes Saric Black Square Toe Pumps

ALDO “Saric” Square Toe Pumpsls
($90, ALDO)

Steven By Steve Madden “SEDONA” Square Toe Pumps

Of course Steve Madden couldn’t pass upon the chance to create his own version of the square toe pump which is called “SEDONA”. His square toe pump comes in black patent with a faux fakeskin pattern, but the style is otherwise pretty similar.

Steven By Steve Madden Sedona Square Toe Pump in Black Patent

Steven By Steve Madden “SEDONA” Square Toe Pumpsamazon
($102.31, Amazon)

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These black Pour La Victoire Gladiator Booties are certainly a fabulous find, but unfortunately a very pricey one, too.

Pour La Victoire Sacha Gladiator Booties in BlackPour La Victoire Sacha Gladiator Bootiescj
($314, Shopbop)

GoJane Perforated Stud Decor Shield Heels

Going through a private recession? No problem, we have found a great and affordable alternative. This PLV look-a-like by GoJane is almost identical with Pour La Victoire’s Sacha Booties. They retail for a lot less (currently on sale for $27.50) and are also available in silver.

GoJane Perforated Stud Decor Shield Heels in Black

GoJane Perforated Stud Decor Shield Heels
($27.50, GoJane)

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