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Update: This post has been updated on March 17, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Leave it to Chanel to make us crave those #grannyshoes we all deemed ugly when we were teenagers. And if it weren’t for Chanel and the iconic CC-logo on the side of the heel, I doubt these would have been quite as popular as they are right now, but even though I know the greater part of the allure of these shoes can be traced back to just being by Chanel, I somehow still understand why so many bloggers and fashion insiders are so in love with these. The two-tone cap-toe, the mid-height block heel, the convenient slingback; it’s the perfect example of 50s retro chic and an absolute timeless classic. By pairing these shoes with modern pieces such as ripped skinny jeans or a cool biker jacket, you will keep yourself from looking like an actual granny in these. And while I don’t know what the exact retail price is for these, we’re talking about Chanel here after all, so I think it’s safe to say that they’re expensive. And apparently very hard to get ahold of these days.

Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps in beige and black

Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps
(~$1.500, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal.

Style Bloggers & Fashion Insiders Love Chanel

Personal style bloggers and fashion insiders such as Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), Pernille Teisbaek (Look de Pernille), Miroslava Duma, Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Leandra Medine (Manrepeller) have all been spotted wearing Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), Pernille Teisbaek (Look de Pernille), Miroslava Duma, Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Leandra Medine (Manrepeller) wearing Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps

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Sam Edelman “Leah” Cutout Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

Update (03/17/2017): I think I just found my new favorite Chanel slingback dupe! Check out these amazing cap-toe block heel pumps by Sam Edelman! So similar to the real deal, don’t you think? Loooove! Also available in silver/black and black/black suede. Price: $120. Make sure to use promo code “LTDAYS” at checkout to get 20% off regular and sale items at Lord & Taylor (offer valid through March 29th at 11:59 PM EST, some exclusions may apply) which would lower the price of these darling to less than $100.

Sam Edelman "Leah" Cutout Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in nude and black (Chanel dupes)

Sam Edelman “Leah” Cutout Cap-Toe Slingback Pumpsls
($120, Lord & Taylor)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Sam Edelman & Zappos.

Pull & Bear Slingback High Heel Shoes with Toe Cap

Update (03/17/2017): Also discovered these super fab faux suede cap-toe heels at Pull & Bear which instantly reminded me of the iconic Chanel slingbacks above. And at £25.99 (or €29.99) they’re super budget-friendly as well!

Pull & Bear Slingback High Heel Shoes with Toe Cap in nude and black faux suede (Chanel inspired)

Pull & Bear Slingback High Heel Shoes with Toe Cap
(£25.99/€29.99, Pull & Bear)

River Island Slingback Block Heels

Update (09/20/2016): Just spotted these cute Chanel inspired cap-toe suede slingbacks at River Island. They come in various colors and uppers and cost $50 (sale price!).

River Island Slingback Block Heels in cream and black suede (Chanel dupes)

River Island Slingback Block Heels
($50, River Island)

P.S.: Also available at River Island (UK)ls & River Island (EU).

Ivanka Trump “Liah” Slingback Block-Heel Pumps

Update (06/29/2016): OMG, I’m officially in designer dupe heaven! Now please take a long look at these gorgeous and spot-on Chanel look-alike pumps by Ivanka Trump. The search for the perfect Chanel slingback dupe is finally over! These are available in either nude, black or grey suede and retail for $125. It’s not the cheapest Chanel dupe, but probably worth the investment (made of genuine leather). I promise you, these shoes will sell out in less than a week, so if you find yourself fancying a pair, don’t wait (they won’t last until sale season) and buy them now! Make sure to use promo code “SIGNATURE” at checkout to get 20% off regular and sale price items (offer valid now through March 20th at 11:59 PM EST).

Ivanka Trump "Liah" Slingback Block-Heel Pumps in nude, black and grey (Chanel knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Liah” Slingback Block-Heel Pumpsls
($125, Lord & Taylor)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Amazonamazon, 6pm, Macy’s, Nordstromls & Nordstrom Rack.

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumps

Update (06/20/2016): And Kaitlyn Pan strikes again! Just discovered yet another gorgeous designer shoe dupe! Love, love, looooove these Chanel slingback look-alikes which are made of genuine sheepskin leather and cost under $90. The customer reviews are also raving as usual for Kaitlyn Pan shoes. Definitely got to get myself a pair!

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumps in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumpsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy (alternative buying option for non-US based buyers).

Mango “Orly” Slingback Pumps

Update (06/20/2016): I also spotted these lovely Chanel inspired faux suede slingback shoes at Mango which cost $59.99. They don’t have the contrasting black cap-toe front, but the overall look of these slingback is still very reminiscent of Chanel, don’t you think?

Mango "Orly" Slingback Pumps in nude faux suede (Chanel knockoffs)

Mango “Orly” Slingback Pumps
($59.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Vaneli “Aliz” Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

Update (03/29/2016): And just like that Chanel dupes are starting to come in! This one’s by Vaneli and it’s available in either nude/black or black/black for $150.

Vaneli "Aliz" Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in nude and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Vaneli “Aliz” Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
($150, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Jildor & Bluefly.

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps

Update (03/30/2016): I also discovered these cute and budget-friendly faux suede slingback cap-toe pumps by New Look which retail for £8 (sale price!).

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps in tan and black (Chanel dupes)

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps
(£8, New Look)

P.S.: Also available at New Look (EU) & ASOS.

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes

Update (03/24/2016): OMGSHOEALERT! Just discovered these amazing and spot-on Chanel dupes by Jill-YBC and guess what? They’re under $35! What a steal deal! Available in beige/black or black/black faux leather. A non-slingback flat version is available here for $34.90. Choies was so nice to provide a pair of these shoes for us to review and we can honestly say that these Chanel dupes are lovely, especially considering the price! True to size, well made and durable. Definitely a recommendation from our side.

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes
($33.90, Choies)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Amazonamazon.

Kimi Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

If you can’t spend that much money, here’s a very budget-friendly Chanel dupe by Kimi which is currently on sale for a little over $20. This one comes also in a black/black and in a beige/black faux suede version.

Kimi Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in beige and black (Chanel look-alikes)

Kimi Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
($22.14, YesStyle)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available by Pastel Pairs, JY Shoes & Anran.

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

Deal: Sign up to the Heine newsletter and get a €5 discount on your order!

For all you European Chanel lovers and budget-conscious fashionistas out there, I have discovered these beautiful slingbacks by Heine which are obviously heavily inspired by the Chanel shoes above. They’re currently on backorder and will approximately ship around mid-April, but you can pre-order these now and get your hands on these beauties before they sell out once again. Available in beige/black or beige/rose pink for €69.90.

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in nude and black (Chanel dupes)

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
(€69.90, Heine)

P.S.: Also available at Kaleidoscope & I’m walking.

Jeffrey Campbell “Tulloch” Cap-Toe Pumps

Another great Chanel inspired alternative are these lovely cap-toe pumps by Jeffrey Campbell which are $139.95 and come in beige/black, taupe/black and red/black.

Jeffrey Campbell "Tulloch" Cap-Toe Pumps in beige and black (Chanel inspired)

Jeffrey Campbell “Tulloch” Cap-Toe Pumpsls
($139.95, Nordstrom)

Office “Maddie” Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels

And one last Chanel alternative for all my lovely UK readers. Now these beige/black suede slingbacks from Office might not be an identical dupe, but they’re still close enough to serve as a great Chanel look for less, wouldn’t you agree? Plus, there’s also a closed back version named “Madison” available here which costs £38 (sale price!) as well.

Office "Maddie" Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Office “Maddie” Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels
(£38, Office)

Image source(s): Chanel, Keep it Chic, @chiaraferragni/@pernilleteisbaek Instagram, Gary Pepper, Song of Style, Lindley Pless, Zappos, Pull & Bear, River Island, Nordstrom, Amazon, Mango, Lori’s, New Look, Choies, Jessica Buurman, YesStyle, Heine, Designs by Stephene, Office

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Just as recently promised today is the day we’re finally covering the incredibly popular Gucci “Princetown” loafer mules that have been constantly flooding our fashion feeds for roughly the past twelve months. If Stuart Weitzman’s “Highland” overknee boots have been the “It“-shoe for Fall/Winter, Gucci’s “Princetown” is the absolute must-have shoe for Spring/Summer. We’re admittedly pretty late to the party, but even though the loafer mule trend has been around for quite a while now, there seem to be no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And with Spring around the corner, Gucci’s “Princetown” is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. That is, if you can stomach the price tag of $595, of course. Luckily, there’s no need to shell out a fortune to be right on trend this season as we have compiled a list of more than *drumroll please* 20, yes, TWENTY Gucci “Princetown” alternatives for you to satisfy all your fashion needs! This is an absolute first in the history of this blog; to start out with so many designer dupes right from the get-go. It only goes to show just how insanely popular (and probably super comfy) this footwear trend is at the moment. I also love how ELLE referred to loafer mules as “…the mullet of office-friendly footwear” which is one of the funniest fashion metaphors I’ve read in a while.

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules in black

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules
($595, Gucci)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromicon, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Bloomingdale’s, Matches Fashionls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, MyTheresa, Farfetchls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Gucci

Personal style bloggers such as Aimee Song (Song of Style), Jessie Bush (We The People), Elizabeth Lee (Stylewich) and Crystalin Da Silva (Crystalin Marie) have all been spotted wearing Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules.

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Steve Madden “Kandi” Slip-On Loafers

Let’s kick off the Gucci “Princetown” dupe game with a trusted ol’ copycat confidant: Steve Madden. “Kandi” is a pretty decent and almost spot-on “Princetown” look-alike which costs $79.95 and comes in either black, silver or floral embroidered. Definitely one of my fave steals! By the way, the (faux) fur lined Gucci loafer dupe by Steve Madden is called “Jill” and retails for $90.

Steve Madden "Kandi" Slip-On Loafers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Steve Madden “Kandi” Slip-On Loafersamazon
($79.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls, Zappos, Dillard’s, Steve Maddenls, ShoeMallls, Tilly’s, LuLu*s, Steve Madden (Canada)ls, Jildor, Hudson’s Bay & Nordstromls.

Merona “Kona” Backless Mule Loafers

Another one of my favorite dupes and super budget-friendly, too, are these lovely loafer slides by Merona which can be yours for the steal-worthy price of $22.99! Major steal deal alert!

Merona "Kona" Backless Mule Loafers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Merona “Kona” Backless Mule Loafers
($22.99, Target)

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mules

AnnaKastle is a brand I have recently discovered on Amazon and they have the biggest selection of Gucci “Princetown” dupes I’ve yet come across. Fur, no fur, embroidered, printed, you name it, they got it. I assume the merchant is operating somewhere from Asia to be able to produce such spot-on “Princetown” look-alikes and most of the dupes sell for ~$50. Customer reviews average around 4/5 stars, so I’d say they’re worth taking a closer look at. I wouldn’t say they’ll last you a lifetime, but if you want to try the trend without breaking the bank, this one might be a suitable option. By the way, my personal favorite of the Gucci dupe bunch is the rose embroidered one, it’s so pretty!

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mulesamazon
($48.90, Amazon)

Louise et Cie “Finay” Loafer Mules

Another beautiful looking Gucci Princetown alternative are these loafer mule flats by Louise et Cie which are currently on sale for $81.99 (down from $110) and come in either black, red (looove!) or silver patent. What a sweet steal deal!

Louise et Cie "Finay" Loafer Mules in black and red (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Louise et Cie “Finay” Loafer Mules
($81.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls, Nordstromls, Dillard’s, Vince Camutols, Zappos & Sole Society.

Boohoo “Harriet” / “Melissa” Loafer Mule Flats

At Boohoo you can find plenty of cute and budget-friendly Gucci “Princetown” dupes and most of them are currently on sale for $25. Steal deal alert!

Boohoo "Harriet" / "Melissa" Loafer Mule Flats in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Boohoo “Harriet” / “Melissa” Loafer Mule Flats
($25, Boohoo)

P.S.: Also available at Boohoo (UK) & Boohoo + Global.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides

It didn’t really surprise me that Forever 21 also jumped on the loafer mule bandwagon and came up with their own take on Gucci’s “Princetown” mules which cost $24.90 and come in either black, silver or gold faux leather. I bought these in black and am really liking them so far! A cute and affordable way if you don’t want to spend $600 on the real deal.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides
($24.90, Forever 21)

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

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats

Want to save even more on the loafer mule trend? Then try these loafer slides by Qupid which come in black, rosegold or floral print and are on sale for a steal price of $17.99 at CiCi Hot. These are probably the cheapest Gucci “Princetown” dupes available at the moment!

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats in black and rose gold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats
($17.99, CiCi Hot)

P.S.: Also available GoJane & LuLu*s (faux fur version).

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers

Another now not-so-secret Gucci dupe favorites of mine are these loafer mules I discovered at Romwe. While they’re only pictured in the plain black version here, if you click over to the website, you’ll find an abundance of gorgeous Gucci “Princetown” look-alikes for just ~$30 and I want to have them ALL! Chic and budget-friendly is exactly how we like our designer dupes, right?

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers
($24.99, Romwe)

P.S.: Also available at SheIn.

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mules

If you’re willing to invest in a durable high-quality Gucci dupe, check out these cool loafer slides by 275 Central which are almost spot-on to the real deal, but also cost $225. “Made in Italy” obviously comes at a price. You’re still saving $370 compared to the original though! Available in black, white and gold metallic.

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mulescj
($225, Footnotes)

Wanted “Coverlet” Loafer Mules

Not ready to commit to such a price tag? Then take a look at these super budget-friendly loafer mules by Wanted which are under $40 and come in either black, white, silver and rose gold. Steal deal alert!

Wanted "Coverlet" Cavallo Loafer Mules in black and white (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Wanted “Coverlet” Loafer Mules
($39.95, DSW)

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

Mollini “Googi” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Now we’re moving over to the Australian-based Gucci “Princetown” dupes. These pretty loafer mules are by Mollini and will cost you $149.95. Which one is your favorite? The plain black version or the studded floral embroidered one? I can’t decide!

Mollini "Googi" & "Grover" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Mollini “Googi” / “Grover” Slip-On Loafer Mules
($149.95 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at Mollini, Wanted Shoes & eBayeBay.

I Love Billy “Gollam” Loafer Mules

Not ready to drop $150 on loafer mules? Well, how about $69.95 AUD for these just as fabulous loafer mules by I Love Billy then? They’re made of faux leather, but cost only half as much as the Mollini ones.

I Love Billy "Gollam" Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

I Love Billy “Gollam” Loafer Mules
($69.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Tony Bianco “Vienna” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Another Australian high-quality Gucci “Princetown” dupe comes from Tony Bianco which is currently on pre-order for $149.95 AUD and also comes in a faux fur version in black and nude. Really like these, they are so chic and spot-on to the real deal!

Tony Bianco "Vienna" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Tony Bianco “Vienna” Slip-On Loafer Mules
($149.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Miss Selfridge “Elena” Snaffle Backless Mules

Let me show you another lovely and budget-friendly Gucci inspired loafer mule option which I have recently discovered at Miss Selfridge. Currently on sale for just £29!

Miss Selfridge "Elena" Snaffle Backless Mules in nude, black and silver (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Miss Selfridge “Elena” Snaffle Backless Mules
(£29, Miss Selfridge)

P.S.: Also available at Miss Selfridge (US)ls, Miss Selfridge (EU + AU), Zalando, Debenhams & Zalora.

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules

A great Gucci Princetown inspired loafer mule version in faux leather can also be found at Pull & Bear and it’s quite easy on the wallet, too. Price: £25.99 or €29.99. Really like these!

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules
(£25.99/€29.99, Pull & Bear)

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules

Not convinced? Well how about these Gucci “Princetown” look-alikes by Billi Bi which might be especially of interest for all of you European Gucci budget-conscious fashionistas. They’re rather on the expensive side at €179.95, but possibly worth the investment if you are not looking for a cheap fix.

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules
(€179.95, Zalando)

P.S.: Also available at Mirapodo & Otto.

Marc O’Polo Backless Slipper Mules

Another fabulous look-for-less option inspired Gucci’s “Princetown” mules are these backless slipper flats by Marc O’Polo which I think would be perfect to wear at the office. Again, these are not exactly budget-friendly, but the quality looks so good, don’t you agree? Also available in half sizes.

Marc O'Polo Backless Slipper Mules in black (Gucci Princetown inspired)

Marc O’Polo Backless Slipper Mules
(€149.95, Zalando)

P.S.: Also available at Marc O’Polo.

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafers

Fast fashion moguls like Mango couldn’t pass up on such a major trend and so they came up with a lovely silver metallic Gucci look-alike which costs £59.99 or €59.99. So fab!

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafers in silver (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafersls
(£59.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (EU)td & Zalando.

Dune London “Gole” Backless Loafer Shoes

Metallic silver and gold were also the choice of color for Dune London‘s take on the Gucci “Princetown” which can be yours for $99. Also available in various other colors.

Dune London "Gole" Backless Loafer Shoes in silver and gold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Dune London “Gole” Backless Loafer Shoes
($99, Dune London)

P.S.: Also available at Zalando, Selfridges, House of Fraser & John Lewis.

Topshop “Kylie” Loafer Mules

Of course, this dupes list wouldn’t be complete without Topshop! A lovely silver metallic loafer mule (“Kylie”) can be purchased for $85 at Nordstrom.

Topshop "Kylie" Loafer Mules in silver metallic (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Topshop “Kylie” Loafer Mulesls
($85, Nordstrom)

Topshop “Alexa” Slip On Mules

And then here’s yet another dupe by Topshop, “Alexa” is a fab Gucci inspired loafer in black faux suede which is also quite budget-friendly at just $52.

Topshop "Alexa" Slip On Mules in black suede (Gucci Princetown inspired)

Topshop “Alexa” Slip On Mules
($52, Topshop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls.

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers

I also discovered a set of great Gucci Princetown look-alikes by 5th Avenue which you can buy at Deichmann in either black or nude genuine leather for just £39.99. Love the look and love the price even more! By the way, a super cute floral print version for £17.99 is available here.

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers in black and nude (Gucci Princetown dupes)

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers
(£39.99, Deichmann)

P.S.: Also available at Deichmann (DE).

Public Desire “Louisa” Backless Loafers

Also check out these fab metallic Gucci inspired backless loafer mules I found at Public Desire which are quite budget-friendly at £29.99. Plus, students get an extra 10% off all non-sale items at Public Desire.

Public Desire "Louisa" Backless Loafers in gold and pewter metallic (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Public Desire “Louisa” Backless Loafers
(£29.99, Public Desire)

Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” Slipper Mules

Let’s make a full circle here and close as we began: with Steve Madden. Apparently one Gucci “Princetown” dupe was not enough for Steve Madden, so they came up with multiple more and we decided to show you the Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” which is available in a velvet version as pictured below, but also comes in other exotic variations like studs or python print. The price point for these designer dupe beauties ranges between $70.99 to $119. My favorite of the bunch: soft pink suede! A Barbie dream come true!

Steven by Steve Madden "Razzi" Velvet Slipper Mules (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” Slipper Mules
($70.99, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Dillard’s, Amazonamazon, Lord & Taylorls, Steve Maddenls, Macy’s, Shopbopls, 6pm, DSW & HSN.

Image source(s): Nordstrom, Instagram/@songofstyle, We The People, Stylewich, Crystalin Marie, Amazon, Zappos, Target, Boohoo, Forever 21, CiCi Hot, Footnotes, DSW, Romwe, StyleTread, Miss Selfridge, Pull & Bear, Tony Bianco, Mirapodo, Marc O’Polo, Mango, Dune London, Topshop, Deichmann, Public Desire, Steve Madden

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I feel like I’ve been waiting ages to finally be able to feature this gorgeous leopard calf hair clutch by Clare V. which has been on my “Real vs. Steal“-radar for the longest of times. Even though this zippered clutch has been quite the hit among personal style bloggers, fashion insiders and IGers all over the world, no one seemed to bother coming up with a decent dupe for this coveted animal print clutch which, by the way, retails for $245. When it comes to statement bags I, as a deeply loyal shoes girl, will almost always opt for the cheaper, look-for-less route because I am way too lazy to switch up my bag game on a day-to-day basis. That’s why the handful of bags that I do own hardly ever get as much exposure as they deserve and mostly live in the shadow stashed away in a dark corner of my closet. And even though I’m really loving this particular statement clutch (never ever getting tired of leopard print) and don’t think $245 is an astronomically high price for this wild-looking beauty of a bag, I think I’d prefer not to spend hundreds of dollars on a clutch that might not get me a satisfying cost-per-wear ratio eventually.

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutchls
($245, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Clare V., Amazonamazon & Revolve.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Personal style bloggers such as Kat Tanita (With Love from Kat), Jessica Sturdy (Bows & Sequins), Amy Jackson (Fashion Jackson) and Lauren Slade (Style Elixir) have all been spotted wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch.

Personal style bloggers wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

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BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch

And now we’re talking again! The fashion gods seem to have heard my (our?) prayers and so BP. came up with a fabulous leopard print clutch that’s super close to the Clare V. version. Same design, same animal print and same size! What I also really love about this bag – apart from its obvious dupe potential, of course – is that it is made of genuine calf hair just like the real deal, but it’s only $45 instead of $245. Major steal deal alert! Yes, the leopard print calf hair portion is restricted to the front side of the bag only, but that’s totally fine with me. So what are you waiting for? Your next budget-friendly statement clutch buy is ready to ship!

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch (Clare V. Flat Clutch dupe)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouchls
($45, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Shopbop, With Love from Kat, Bows & Sequins, Fashion Jackson, Style Elixir, Nordstrom

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Update: This post has been updated on March 7, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Can we please have a moment of OMG!-silence for this AH!-mazing Balmain blazer? Consider me obsessed big time. If there ever existed something such as the perfect blazer, this gold-buttoned double-breasted navy wool-twill blazer which comes with Balmain’s signature razor-sharp silhouette would definitely be one of them. Just take a look at how gorgeous and effortlessly elegant all the beautiful ladies below look in their Balmain-adorned outfit ensembles. Perfection! I’d even be willing to splurge on a classic fashion staple such as this blazer, but its price of $2.385 is just beyond any common sense. My credit card does not approve.

Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer in navy

Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazerls
($2.385, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, S|Sense, Stylebop, Luisaviaroma, Harrodsicon, Farfetchls & MyTheresa.

Celebrities, Fashion Insiders & Style Bloggers Love Balmain

Celebs, fashion insiders, IGers, personal style bloggers; they all have been spotted wearing a Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer.

Celebrities, IGers and Personal Style Bloggers wearing Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer

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New Look Military Blazer

Update (03/07/2017): Spotted this super fab navy Balmain blazer look-alike at New Look today. Not too shabby for £34.99, don’t you agree?

New Look Military Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

New Look Military Blazer
(£34.99, New Look)

P.S.: Also available at New Look (EU) & New Look (AU).

Miss Selfridge Military Blazer

Update (03/07/2017): And here’s another set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers! These ones were found at Miss Selfridge. Available in either black or orange for £39.

Miss Selfridge Double-Breasted Military Blazer in black and orange (Balmain dupes)

Miss Selfridge Military Blazer
(£39, Miss Selfridge)

P.S.: Also available at Miss Selfridge (US)ls, Miss Selfridge (EU + AU), John Lewis & Debenhams.

Bardot Tailored Blazer

Update (02/23/2017): Discovered yet another lovely Balmain inspired tailored blazer today! It’s by Bardot and retails for $139.99 AUD.

Bardot Tailored Blazer in black (Balmain dupe)

Bardot Tailored Blazer
($139.99 AUD, The Iconic)

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Stumbled upon this admittedly pretty pricey, but pretty awesome Balmain dupe by Swedish brand Hunkydory. You like this one?

Hunkydory "Cora" Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer
(€439.95, Zalando)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket

Update (01/24/2017): This double-breasted blazer by Tahari ASL is also a great budget-friendly alternative to the expensive Balmain jacket. It retails for $129 and comes in an array of beautiful colors including navy, black, white, wine red and rose pink. Absolutely looooove this budget find!

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket (Balmain dupes)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket
($129, Tahari ASL)

P.S.: Also available at Dillard’s & Macy’s.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Also found this navy double breasted blazer at Loft and it instantly reminded me of the Balmain one. It misses a few buttons to qualify as a designer dupe, but if you’re fine with a Balmain “inspired” design, this $128 blazer would be probably a good buy.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain inspired)

Loft Double Breasted Blazer
($128, Loft)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): OK, so I spotted this beautiful Balmain dupe at Mango and just had to share this gorgeous nautical inspired navy blazer with you! Actually, I liked this one so much I ordered it for myself a couple days ago and I’m so happy I did because it’s the best Balmain dupe I’ve found and owned yet! Definitely worth the $79.99 price tag (sale price)! If you like this blazer, you better don’t wait too long as I’m pretty sure this beauty of a blazer will sell out in no time!

Mango "Boton" Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain dupe)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer
($79.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU) & Zalando.

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket

Update (12/06/2016): At White House Black Market you can also find a pretty neat Balmain inspired blazer aptly called the “Trophy Jacket”. The double-breasted blazer comes in petite sizing and various colors (including white and blush) and costs between $81.99-$150.

White House Black Market "Trophy" Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket in navy and blush pink (Balmain dupes)

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket
($81.99-$150, White House Black Market)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): I’ve also stumbled upon a third set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers at Missguided which look so much like the real deal but cost only $63 and come in various lovely colors such as nude, white and blush. Love these affordable blazers! Pssssst, US students get a 30% (!) student discount (offer may end soon though)!

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer in nude, white, black and blush (Balmain dupes)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer
($63, Missguided)

P.S.: Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (08/01/2016): Just discovered this spot-on Balmain dupe by Stylekeepers in a beautiful khaki green for $145 AUD. If you prefer a more classic color, check out the “Sweet Success” blazer which looks similar to this one and comes in black.

Stylekeepers "You Set Me Free" Double-Breasted Blazer in khaki green (Balmain dupe)

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer
($145 AUD, The Iconic)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer

My personal favorite Balmain look for less alternative is this nautical basketweave blazer I discovered at Banana Republic recently. All the important Balmain details are there: a fitted silhouette, double-breasted front, gold buttons and a beautiful deep navy color. BR’s version has a couple differences such as a different material, but they’re rather minor and overall it’s still a gorgeous and budget-friendly alternative for the pricey Balmain blazer. Especially so if you take advantage of the 50% off sale promotion which is currently running at Banana Republic because it cuts down the price of this blazer down from $169.99 to $84.99 (that’s a saving of $2.300,01 compared to the real deal). Super steal deal alert!

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer in navy and gold buttons (Balmain knockoff)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer
($84.99, Banana Republic)

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer

Now this nautical blazer by Veronica Beard is probably the closest match to the real deal Balmain in terms of overall design, but it does cost almost $600, so it ranks as my current second favorite Balmain dupe. You would save a whopping $1.790 by opting for the Veronica Beard version though, so I still consider this blazer to be a pretty good bargain nonetheless!

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer in navy w/ gold buttons (Balmain dupe)

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer
($595, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Veronica Beard.

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer

Another gorgeous blazer and pretty awsome Balmain alternative is this lovely navy blazer by Brooks Brothers. The key details are spot-on Balmain, Brooks Brothers is known for their high-quality tailoring and did I mention this beauty of a blazer is currently on sale for $274 (was $548). Sure, it’s not a steal at that price, but it might be worth the investment because a navy blazer is so versatile.

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain inspired)

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer
($274, Brooks Brothers)

Vero Moda Military Blazer

And here’s a little little something for all you European Balmain lovers out there! These military-inspired double-breasted blazers by Vero Moda are a pretty spot-on Balmain dupe for less than €50 (sale price!). You’re welcome.

Vero Moda Military Blazer in navy blue and black (Balmain knockoffs)

Vero Moda Military Blazer
(€44.95, Zalando)

P.S.: Also available at Otto & About You.

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer

Not available in navy, but these blazers by J.Crew also reminded me of the Balmain one above because the design and silhouette are so similar. If you’re all about the navy color, check out this other J.Crew blazer which I found at J.Crew Factory for $79 (sale price!).

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer in white and light blue (Balmain knockoffs)

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer
($198, J.Crew)

Missguided Military Style Blazer

Deal: 40% student discount for US students! Excludes sale items. Offer ends soon!

If you really want to snatch a steal deal here, these Balmain inspired blazers by Missguided which cost $56 might be a considerable look for less option. It’s just too bad these don’t come in navy.

Missguided Military Style Blazer in khaki and black (Balmain knockoffs)

Missguided Military Style Blazer
($56, Missguided)

P.S.: Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zimbio, Style Pantry, Pinterest, Peony Lim, Harper & Harley, @yasmin_dxb Instagram, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Zalando, Tahari ASL, Loft, Mango, White House Black Market, The Iconic, Banana Republic, Forward by Elyse Walker, Vero Moda, J.Crew, Missguided

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Update: This post has been updated on March 6, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Don’t get me wrong: I loooooove high heels with utmost passion, but when summer is blazing its heatwaves upon us, the last thing I would think of wearing are high heeled shoes. A good flat sandal that you can easily slide in and out of and walk in for hours is absolutely essential in the summer; especially if you’re planning to go on vacation. Flip flops would be an obvious choice here, but aren’t we so over them by now? That’s why I am absolutely smitten with these backless knotted sandal leather slides by Joie. I love their minimalistic yet chic design (made in Italy, btw) and the supple cowhide leather; these would go with almost anything in my wardrobe. And while they’re not terribly expensive at $125, we understand that many of you are on a budget, so we made it our mission to find some great alternative options for much less. Just keep on reading.

Joie a la Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals in black and brown

Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandalsls
($125, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Amazonamazon, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Joie, Nordstromls, DSW, Neiman Marcusls & Bloomingdale’s.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Joie

Celebs such as Reese Witherspoon and various personal style bloggers have been spotted wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals.

Reese Witherspoon, Risa (Really Risa) and Jessie (Diary of Ambitions) wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals

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Merona “Malia” Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2017): Check out these amazing Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Merona which are super budget-friendly ($19.99!) and come in either black, tan, silver or raspberry red. Absolutely love this designer dupe steal find!

Merona "Malia" Thong Sandals in black and tan (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Merona “Malia” Thong Sandals
($19.99, Target)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Discovered these spot-on Joie Nice dupe sandals by Rock & Candy today which are available in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $25! Major steal deal alert! This sandal is also available with a 1,25″ stacked heel here if you need some extra height.

Rock & Candy "Blaney" Thong Sandals in black and orange (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals
($24.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Also found these knotted summer sandals by Wanted which are a spot-on dupe of the Joie originals. They’re a little pricey at $129.95 AUD, but once they go on sale these might be a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal. Available in tan, white, silver and leopard.

Wanted "Munn" T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals in tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals
($129.95 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another very affordable Joie Nice alternative today! How cute are these knotted t-strap slides by Old Navy? Available in black or brown faux leather for $19.94.

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals in cognac brown and black (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals
($19.94, Old Navy)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Here’s a fab Joie Nice look-alike by Lucky Brand which is available for less than half the price of the real deal ($42.95). Available in black, tan, blue and watermelon pink leather.

Lucky Brand "Ari" Thong Sandals in black, tan and blue (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandals
($35.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Shoebuyls, Shoes.com & Onlineshoes.com.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Forever 21 now has a lovely non-suede Joice Nice dupe stocked! Available in black, tan, white and gold faux leather for a very budget-friendly price of $12.90! Steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals in black, tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Spotted these amazing and spot-on Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Steve Madden. Available for $27.99 in various colors. Made of genuine leather. Love these!

Steve Madden "Olivia" Knotted Thong Flat Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandalsamazon
($27.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Belk.

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Also discovered these Joie dupes by Rebels which are currently on sale for $20.95. There’s also a very cute cow-hair version available for a little over $30.

Rebels "Paitlyn" Knotted Thong Sandals in tan and gold metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandalsamazon
($20.95, Amazon)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2016): These Alex + Alex thong sandals have an extra back strap, but the overall design is obviously inspired by the Joie sandals above.

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals
($69, Gilt)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides

Update (03/09/2016): Also love the fun colors of these Joie inspired flat sandals by Maiden Lane. So many colorful options! Love it!

Maiden Lane "Gia" Thong Slides (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides
($19.99, Gilt)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals

Update (12/13/2015): Spotted these lovely faux suede Joie Nice dupes at Forever 21 for a steal price of $12.90. Love every one of the colors!

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals (Joie Nice Plage dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

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

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals

If you’re on a really tight budget, then these cute thong sandals by Mossimo Supply Co. are probably your best option. The design is spot-on, they come in three different colors (black, brown and white) and they can be yours for less than $15! Only downside? These are made of PU leather, so no promises regarding durability and/or sweaty feet here.

Mossimo Supply Co. "Ainsley" Knot Thong Sandals in black and cognac brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals
($13.98, Target)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals

If you’re willing to invest a little more for a genuine leather option, check out these chic summer sandals by Sole Society. Again, these are pretty much a spot-on dupe compared to the Joies above (plus, I love that these are made of genuine leather). The price of $29.98 (sale!) ain’t too bad either (that’s less than half the price of the real deal).

Sole Society "Sarena" Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals in black and platinum metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandalsls
($29.98, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls.

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals

Another look-for-less option would be these huarache sandals by Naya. They have a very similar design and come in various color combinations (and are genuine leather, too), plus they’re currently on sale for a budget-friendly $44.99.

Naya "Crescent" Huarache Sandals in black and brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals
($44.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

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