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Update: This post has been updated on October 20, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you think of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, the first one to spring to mind is probably the iconic “Varacj” pump – a one-inch heeled patent ballet-style bow-adorned shoe. This shoe was first introduced in 1978 by Fiamma Ferragamo, the daughter of Salvatore, and has gained a lot of recognition among celebrities like Princess Diana for example. “Varina” is a spin-off of Vara, a more casual and modern designed ballerina flat with a lovely grosgrain bow on the vamp, which has been around since 2007. I’m usually not a fan of ballet flats, but these are so gorgeous and the quality looks absolutely superb, don’t you agree? I’d so love to own these ($550 isn’t that expensive for a pair of made in Italy designer shoes nowadays). If only I had that kind of shopping budget.

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats in red patent leather

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flatsls
($550, Shopbop)

Also available at Zapposcj, Nordstromls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Bloomingdale’s, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Breuninger, Monnier Frères, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Salvatore Ferragamo

Celebs and style bloggers such as Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, Susie Lau (Style Bubble) and AnnaSophia Robb have all been spotted wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats.

Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, AnnaSophia Robb and Susie Lau (Style Bubble) wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats

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Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow

Update (10/21/2016): Just discovered that Kaitlyn Pan are also offering an awesome set of Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ballet flat dupes for under $90.

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow in black, nude and red (Salvatore Ferragamo dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow
(84.99, Etsy)

Journee Collection “Kim” Glossy Ballet Flats

Update (04/16/2016): Spotted these super cute Salvatore Ferragamo Varina look-alikes by Journee Collection today. They’re available in red, black, nude and grey faux patent leather for $39.99.

Journee Collection "Kim" Glossy Ballet Flats in red, black and nude faux patent (Salvatore Ferragamo Varina knockoffs)

Journee Collection “Kim” Glossy Ballet Flats
(39.99, JCPenney)

Also available at Kohl’sls & Overstock.

Aldo “Juricek” Ballerina Bow Flats

If you can’t afford Italian luxury, but still want Italian style, here’s a fantastic alternative I found at Aldo which looks so similar to Ferragamo’s “Varina” flats. Price point: $70 and the “Juricek” flats come also in bone and black leather.

Aldo "Juricek" Ballerina Bow Flats in red (Salvatore Ferragamo Varina knockoffs)

Aldo “Juricek” Ballerina Bow Flatsamazon
($70, Amazon)

Also available at Aldo (US)ls & Aldo (Canada)ls.

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Real vs. Steal – Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

by Juliana on September 18, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch in black

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch
($1.395, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls & Farfetchls.

Celebrities Love Valentino

Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Jessica Biel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Clémence Poésy carrying a Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

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Express Studded Border Clutch

Update (09/18/2016): Found another great Valentino Rockstud inspired clutch bag today! It’s available at Express, comes in black and costs $39.90.

Express Studded Border Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Express Studded Border Clutch
($39.90, Express)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap

Update (09/09/2016): Just spotted this lovely Valentino Rockstud dupe clutch at Forever 21 in white which is on final sale for $10. Super steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap in white (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap
($10, Forever 21)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch

Update (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Sarita" Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch in black and turquoise (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
($29.97, Nordstrom Rack)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch

Update (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large "Selma" Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutchls
(108, Neiman Marcus)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch

Update (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20!

Stylistpick "Alessia" Multi Stud Clutch in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutchamazon
(£20, Amazon.co.uk)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch

Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
($11.95, GoJane)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag

Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag in black and taupe (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
(€49.90, Buffalo)

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Update: This post has been updated on June 21, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Gucci hasn’t been on my radar for a very long time, but lately I’m loving everything from the Italian fashion house, especially the shoe line. So sleek, minimalistic and sexy! “Ursula” happens to be extra gorgeous – it’s a patent-leather gladiator-style ankle strap stiletto sandal and I’m absolutely in love with the bright ocean blue version. Too bad they cost a whopping $850 which probably means they won’t grace my feet anytime soon! Bummer!

Gucci Ursula Gladiator Ankle-Strap High Heel Sandals in blue patent

Gucci Ursula Gladiator Ankle-Strap High Heel Sandalsls
($850, Nordstrom)

Also available at Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenuels.

Celebrities Love Gucci

Celebs such as Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Ellie Goulding and Christina Milian have all been spotted wearing Gucci Ursula Gladiator Ankle-Strap High Heel Sandals.

Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Ellie Goulding and Christina Milian wearing Gucci Ursula Gladiator Ankle-Strap High Heel Sandals

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Public Desire “Nika” Ankle Cuff High Heels

Update (06/21/2016): Spotted these lovely Gucci Ursula look-alike heels at Public Desire. Available in various colors and uppers for £14.99 (worldwide shipping available, btw).

Public Desire "Nika" Ankle Cuff High Heels in black, nude and white faux leather (Gucci Ursula knockoffs)

Public Desire “Nika” Ankle Cuff High Heels
(£14.99, Public Desire)

Jessica Buurman “Galloway” Ankle Cuff Strapy Sandals

Update (08/16/2013): Stumbled upon these fab Gucci dupes at Jessica Buurman today. Available in black or white patent for $129! Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off!

Jessica Buurman "Galloway" Ankle Cuff Strapy Sandals in black and white patent (Gucci Ursula knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Galloway” Ankle Cuff Strapy Sandals
($129, Jessica Buurman)

Anne Michelle Enzo-39 Strappy Ankle Cuff Stiletto Heels

Update (08/16/2013): If you don’t want to spend too much, these shiny faux patent leather stilettos by Anne Michelle are also a great alternative to the Gucci originals but cost only $11.98! Available in black, red, silver and nude.

Anne Michelle Enzo-39 Strappy Ankle Cuff Stiletto Heels in black and burgundy patent (Gucci Ursula knockoffs)

Anne Michelle Enzo-39 Strappy Ankle Cuff Stiletto Heelspjx
($11.98, Shiekh)

Heart Soul “Destiny” Ankle Strap Sandals

If you can’t afford the real Guccis, take a look at this wallet-friendly version by Heart Soul which is pretty much a spot-on dupe of the Ursula heels by Gucci – with a price tag of only $59.95! Yay! Also available in cream and black/white.

Heart Soul "Destiny" Ankle Strap Sandals in navy blue patent (Gucci Ursula knockoffs)

Heart Soul “Destiny” Ankle Strap Sandals
($59.95, Macy’s)

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Update: This post has been updated on May 12, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Now if this back-bow d’Orsay pump by everyone’s favorite French shoe designer, Monsieur Christian Louboutin, isn’t absolute shoe perfection, I don’t know what is! I mean, just look at it! Perfectly-shaped arch, a nice, subtle platform with a luscious red sole, an almost 5″ stiletto heel and the loveliest tied bow on the back. In a word, the perfect symbiosis of girly and grown-up.

Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps in black

Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumpsls
($1.045, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Zendaya Coleman, Rocsi Diaz, Caroline Sieber and Mariah Carey have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumps.

Zendaya Coleman, Rocsi Diaz, Caroline Sieber and Mariah Carey wearing Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps

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Kate Spade New York “Izzie” Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumps

Update (05/12/2016): Kate Spade New York came out with a second CL Dos Noeud inspired shoe style named “Izzie”. Available in various colors with an either leather or satin upper, these beauties will cost you a not so steal-worthy $328, but that’s still better than $1.045, right?

Kate Spade New York "Izzie" Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud inspired)

Kate Spade New York “Izzie” Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumps
($328, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Lord & Taylorls, Shopbop, Amazon, Neiman Marcusls & Bloomingdale’s.

Nina “Mileena” Bow Back Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): Stumbled upon these adorable bow back heels by Nina and they instantly reminded me of the Louboutins above. Available in various beautiful colors and uppers.

Nina "Mileena" Bow Back Sandals (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud dupes)

Nina “Mileena” Bow Back Sandalsamazon
($52.96, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Nordstromls, Nina Shoespjx & Zalando.

Milanoo Rivet Bow Spike Slingback Pumps

Update (05/09/2014): Also discovered these gorgeous Christian Louboutin dupes at Milanoo. Love the price, too!

Milanoo Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud knockoffs)

Milanoo Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumpsls
($56.99, Milanoo)

Kate Spade “Chrissie” Back-Bow Dress Sandals

And while I’d love to invest in the Louboutins above, I have to face reality and accept the fact that they’re way out of my price league. That’s why I made it my mission to find a similar shoe for less money. Et voilà, Kate Spade delivered! At $373.50 (sale price!), these cute bow heels are from being a “steal”, but they are about half the price of the Loubis while looking suspiciously similar to the CL Dos Noeud pumps. FYI: I wouldn’t mind having both versions in my closet. 😉 Available in deep red satin or black suede.

Kate Spade "Chrissie" Back-Bow Dress Sandals in red satin and black suede (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud knockoffs)

Kate Spade “Chrissie” Back-Bow Dress Sandalsamazon
($373.50, Amazon)

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

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Over the years I have fallen in love with so many Louboutins that I always thought: “Well, now he has outdone himself! I couldn’t love a shoe more!” – But then this shoe came along. The “Impera” – a truly imperial lasercut lace-up stiletto pump. So how divine could a shoe be? And even though it’s usually very hard for me to love a white heel, this one I absolutely ADORE! In both white and black leather. Just look how gorgeous these shoes look on the celebs! I’m especially in love with how Alessandra Ambrosio has worn her Loubies. Too bad they are a) sold out and b) totally out of my budget.

Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps in white and black

Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumpsls
($1.295, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls & Barneysls.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Nina Dobrev and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Nina Dobrev and Rihanna wearing Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps

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River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels

Update (05/07/2016): Discovered another great CL Impera look-alike at River Island. Available in either black or white faux leather for $110.

River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels in white and black faux leather (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels
($110, River Island)

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

LFL “Essence” Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/28/2015): Stumbled upon these beautiful Christian Louboutin Impera dupes by LFL. So gorgeous, right?

LFL "Essence" Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps in nude and black patent (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

LFL “Essence” Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps
($35.98, Nordstrom Rack)

Also available at Amazonamazon & 6pm.

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumps

Update (05/09/2015): Spotted these budget-friendly Christian Louboutin Impera look-alikes by Bolaro today. Available in either black, red and nude faux leather for a steal price of $33.99!

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumpsamazon
($33.99, Amazon)

Also available at Zulily & eBayeBay.

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels

Update (01/15/2015): Stumbled upon another fab Christian Louboutin Impera dupe at Choies. Available in black and cream faux leather for a steal price of $34.99.

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels in black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels
($34.99, Choies)

A similar version is also available at Rosegal.

Jessica Buurman “Lover” Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps

Deal: Free worldwide shipping! Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off!

These heels by Jessica Buurman don’t quite live up to the quality of the Louboutins above, but for 1/10 of the price they do come pretty close, don’t you agree? They come in various colors and I am now contemplating which one to get them in. Any advice from our fabulous readers?

Jessica Buurman "Lover" Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps in white and black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Lover” Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps
($105-$153, Jessica Buurman)

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