Real vs. Steal

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)

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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

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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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