Real vs. Steal

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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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?

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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)

Also available at Nordstromls, Saks Fifth Avenuels & Fendi.

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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