Real vs. Steal

Update: This post has been updated on September 23, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

When it comes to designer shoes, I do love big names such as Louboutin, Zanotti and Blahnik, but Gianvito Rossi is my newest discovery and probably a big name soon himself. Admittedly, he’s actually not much of a newbie, but I feel like this brand has risen its profile drastically lately. Rossi shoes are a big thing now and you can find them in almost any designer fashion store nowadays. Looking at shoes like the one pictured below, Rossi’s success doesn’t really surprise me. His aesthetic vision is clear, his designs meticulous and the craftmanship superb (it’s “Made in Italy”, after all!). Too bad all this shoe goodness comes with a matching price tag.

Gianvito Rossi Ankle-Cuff Sandals in black

Gianvito Rossi Ankle-Cuff Sandals
($1.095, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls & Luisaviaroma.

BCBG Max Azria “Nastya” Ankle-Cuff High Heel Sandals

Update (09/23/2015): Discovered another great Gianvito Rossi alternative today! Check out these ankle cuff heels by BCBG Max Azria. So similar to the real deal, don’t you agree? Available in beige or cognac leather.

BCBG Max Azria "Nastya" Ankle-Cuff High Heel Sandals in stone beige (Gianvito Rossi knockoffs)

BCBG Max Azria “Nastya” Ankle-Cuff High Heel Sandals
($119.20, BCBG)

ZiGi Girl “Cadence” Cutout Peep-Toe Booties

So let’s assume you have a fine taste in shoes, but your budget doesn’t match it. Enter ZiGi Girl. Their “Cadence” heel will give you the coveted Gianvito Rossi designer shoe look while keeping you financially afloat. Currently on sale for a steal price of $29.70! Steal deal alert!

ZiGi Girl "Cadence" Cutout Peep-Toe Booties in natural and black (Gianvito Rossi knockoffs)

ZiGi Girl “Cadence” Cutout Peep-Toe Bootiesamazon
($29.70, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls.

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, Nordstrom

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I’ve always been a fan of Stella McCartney‘s iconic faux leather “Falabella” chain-trimmed tote and this new, updated version with its Chanel-esque quilted texture sort of softens the bag’s edginess and makes it both trendy and elegant at the same time. But as pretty as this bag is, it still costs a pretty hefty $1.575. Sadly, this beauty of a bag is out of my league budget-wise.

Stella McCartney Falabella Quilted Chain-Trim Tote in black

Stella McCartney Falabella Quilted Chain-Trim Totels
($1.575, Lane Crawford)

P.S.: Also available at Farfetchls & MyTheresa.

Steve Madden “Btotes” Quilted Chain Tote

Luckily, this quilted Falabella dupe by Steve Madden isn’t though! It may not necessarily be an identical match to the luxurious looking Stella McCartney bag, but it’s still lovely nonetheless. The non-quilted version can be found herels (various colors available). What do you think? Yay or nay?

Steve Madden "Btotes" Quilted Chain Tote in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Steve Madden “Btotes” Quilted Chain Toteamazon
($60.29, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Steve Maddenls & Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

Image source(s): Lane Crawford, Steve Madden

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I think we can all agree on Instagram being the no. 1 must-have app for fashion bloggers. It has become an extremely powerful tool for bloggers in the last few years and no personal style blog would be complete without a matching Instagram profile. Nowadays, you don’t even have to have a blog anymore to make it in the fashion world, a viral Instagram account is enough to make you rich and famous these days. And while I must admit, I was quite sceptical about all the Instagram hype at first, now I’m a total Insta fan. That’s why I’m absolutely loving this playful Instagram bag by Mua Mua. It’s so darn cute, but spending £225 on such a trendy item seems very unreasonable in my kind of budget situation.

Mua Mua Instagram Shoulder Bag in beige and brown

Mua Mua Instagram Shoulder Bagls
(£225, Browns Fashion)

Fashion Insiders Love Mua Mua

Fashion editor Georgia Tal from Vogue Italy has been spotted wearing her Mua Mua Instagram Shoulder Bag at Paris Fashion Week.

Georgia Tal (Vogue Italy) carrying a Mua Mua Instagram Shoulder Bag

Melie Bianco Selfie Camera Bag

Luckily, I came across this Instagram inspired “selfie” bag by Melie Bianco which will give you the same Instagram look, but for less than $40. Sure, Melie Bianco’s version is faux leather and not as detailed as the Mua Mua bag, but for $39 I’m not one to complain.

Melie Bianco Instagram Selfie Camera Bag in beige and brown (Mua Mua knockoff)

Melie Bianco Selfie Camera Bagpjx
($38.95, Lori’s)

P.S.: Also available at eBags.

Image source(s): Browns Fashion, Tommy Ton, TheUrbanSpotter, Lori’s

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Update: This post has been updated on September 9, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

It’s hard to define a signature style for Givenchy, but their shoes have been pretty masculine and tough-looking lately. Case in point: this chain-adorned chunky ankle boot. Statement chains have been on trend for quite a while now (it all started with Céline’s ID Choker Necklace, remember?) and this boot fabulously shows how to wear mentioned statement chain on your feet instead of your neck. If you love chains and chunky boots and have quite the powerful checkbook, here you go: $1.395 and these trendy designer boots are all yours!

Givenchy Laura Curb Chain Ankle Boots in black

Givenchy Laura Curb Chain Ankle Bootsls
($1.395, Barneys)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls, Net-A-Porterls & Forward by Elyse Walker, LuisaViaRoma, Browns Fashionls.

The Blonde Salad Loves Givenchy

Personal style blogger Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad has been spotted wearing Givenchy Curb Chain Ankle Boots multiple times in her outfit posts.

Chiara Ferragnis (The Blonde Salad) in Givenchy Curb Chain Ankle Boots

Pictures via The Blonde Salad.

Forever 21 Chained Faux Leather Booties

Update (09/09/2015): Spotted these lovely Givenchy inspired chain booties at Forever 21 today. And they’re so affordable, too. Better get them before they’re gone!

Forever 21 Chained Faux Leather Booties in black and silver (Givenchy Laura knockoffs)

Forever 21 Chained Faux Leather Booties
($27.93, Forever 21)

Bianco Ankle Boots with Front Chain

Update (09/28/2014): Found these Givenchy Laura boot dupes by Bianco which have a silver front chain detail.

Bianco Ankle Boots with Front Chain in black (Givenchy Laura knockoffs)

Bianco Ankle Boots with Front Chainaffilinet
(€103.96, Zalando)

Vivier Chain-Detail Side-Zip Ankle Boots

Update (09/28/2014): Discovered these awesomely similar looking Givenchy chain boot dupes by Vivier today.

Vivier Chain-Detail Side-Zip Ankle Boots in black (Givenchy Laura knockoffs)

Vivier Chain-Detail Side-Zip Ankle Boots
($99.90, YesStyle)

NLY Shoes Front Chain Booties

Update (09/28/2014): Here you go with yet another Givenchy inspired chain bootie. By NLY SHOES. Available with a gold or silver chain.

NLY Shoes Front Chain Booties in black (Givenchy Laura knockoffs)

NLY Shoes Front Chain Bootiesamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Office Clink Chunky Front Chain Chelsea Boots

Update (07/24/2014): These chained chelse boots by Office are yet another great alternative if you are coveting the Givenchy look above.

Office Clink Chunky Front Chain Chelsea Boots in black (Givenchy Laura knockoffs)

Office Clink Chunky Front Chain Chelsea Boots
(£47, Office)

Aldo “Tridien” Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots

Update (01/16/2014): Here’s yet another fab Givenchy inspired chain ankle boot I found! I really like this one by Aldo.

Aldo "Tridien" Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Aldo “Tridien” Chain-Embellished Ankle Bootsls
($109.98, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK).

Buffalo Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots

Update (01/16/2014): Also discovered these chain-embellished ankle boots by Buffalo which are available in black, white and croc-stamped leather.

Buffalo Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Buffalo Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots
(€89.90, Buffalo)

River Island “Percy” Chain Chelsea Boots

Update (01/16/2014): Came across these chain embellished ankle boots at River Island today and they instantly reminded me of the Givenchy booties above.

River Island Curb Chain Trim Chelsea Boots in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

River Island “Percy” Chain Chelsea Boots
($59.07, ASOS)

Jessica Buurman “Clore” Chain Embellished Flat Ankle Boots

Update (01/16/2014): Another possible Givenchy alternative are these fab chain-adorned short boots from Jessica Buurman.

Jessica Buurman "JUNITA" Chain Embellished Flat Ankle Boots in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Clore” Chain Embellished Flat Ankle Boots
($149, Jessica Buurman)

Steve Madden “MASH” Chain Ankle Boots

Update (12/10/2013): Just stumbled upon this Givenchy-inspired chain ankle boot by Steve Madden.

Steve Madden "MASH" Chain Ankle Boots in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Steve Madden “MASH” Chain Ankle Bootsls
($169.95, Steve Madden)

Chicwish Ankle Boots with Golden Chain Decor

Update (11/30/2013): Found another Givenchy chain boot dupe at Chicwish today! What do you think? Hot or not?

Chicwish Ankle Boots with Golden Chain Decor in dark red (Givenchy knockoffs)

Chicwish Ankle Boots with Golden Chain Decor
($63.67, Chicwish)

To Be Announced Robbery Ankle Boots

Not a millionaire? No problem. To Be Announced have come up with a pretty darn close Givenchy dupe of their own. At $190 I wouldn’t exactly call them a “steal”, but they will save you a whole bucket of cash ($1.360 to be exact!). Woot, woot!

To Be Announced "Robbery" Chain Ankle Boots in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

To Be Announced Robbery Ankle Boots
($190, Solestruck)

KG Kurt Geiger “Strike” Chain Booties

Broke and/or frugal Givenchy lovers across the pond are in luck, too. KG by Kurt Geiger are giving you the luxurious look of Givenchy with their chain-embellished “Strike” booties for a fraction of the original’s price. Available in black or wine burgundy leather.

KG Kurt Geiger "Strike" Chain Booties in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

KG Kurt Geiger “Strike” Chain Bootiesls
($114.97, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Barneys, The Blonde Salad, Forever 21, YesStyle, Office, Aldo, Buffalo, River Island, Jessica Buurman, Steve Madden, Chicwish, Solestruck, Kurt Geiger

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Update: This post has been updated on August 26, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

If there’s anything Jimmy Choo are exceptionally good at, then it’s designing delicate, almost fairy tale like evening shoes. Don’t believe me? Then have a look at these gorgeous rhinestone-adorned, leaf-shaped beauties below! Aren’t they perfection? Which woman wouldn’t dream of being the belle of the ball in these exquisite stunners? Unfortunately, you’d have to be a pretty *rich* belle because these high heels cost a whopping $1.595! Boohoo, there goes all dreamin’!

Jimmy Choo Kallai Crystal Suede Leaf Sandals in black green and red

Jimmy Choo Kallai Crystal Suede Leaf Sandalsls
($1.595, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Farfetchls.

Littleboutique Crystal Stud High Heel Sandals

Update (08/26/2015): Discovered these lovely Jimmy Choo Kallai dupes at Amazon today. They’re by Littleboutique and come in an array of colors: white, nude, pink, blue, orange and red. Price point: between $42.99 and $52.99.

Littleboutique Crystal Stud High Heel Sandals (Jimmy Choo Kallai knockoffs)

Littleboutique Crystal Stud High Heel Sandalsamazon
($42.99/$52.99, Amazon)

Heart Soul “Darcila” Rhinestone Leaf Evening Sandals

No need to wait for a prince to buy us expensive shoes (although we probably wouldn’t mind if he did, now would we, ladies? ;-)) because Heart Soul bring us Jimmy Choo fabulousness on a budget. Their “Darcila” heel is a pretty spot-on dupe of Jimmy Choo’s “Kallai” with the biggest difference being probably the price. $1.595 vs. $39.95 (sale price!)? I know which one I’d pick a winner in this scenario. Get these lovely Jimmy Choo doppelgängers for under $40 in either black, red or teal faux suede.

Heart Soul "Darcila" Rhinestone Leaf Evening Sandals in black and red faux suede (Jimmy Choo Kallai/Kaci knockoffs)

Heart Soul “Darcila” Rhinestone Leaf Evening Sandalsamazon
($39.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetrocj.

Image source(s): TookLookBook, DSW

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