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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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Update: This post has been updated on May 7, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

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 & Zappos.

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 on all orders! 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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Update: This post has been updated on April 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

A simple summertime wedge is sometimes all a girl needs to be happy. Now what’s shocking is that this simple wedge is by Christian Louboutin – the Liberace of shoemakers! No crazy 7 inch wedge. No crazy accouterments. Just a nice pinkish/mauve patent leather shoe. If only one could “simply” find $595 to pay for this much simplicity. But oh well, how do the French say – c’est la vie!

Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedges in nude patent

Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedgesls
($595, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Minka Kelly, Elizabeth Hurley & Coleen Rooney wearing patent Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedges

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Jessica Simpson “Jeniri” Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals

Update (04/29/2016): Spotted this beautiful patent slingback wedge sandal by Jessica Simpson and thought it would be a great alternative if you’re looking for the pricey CL Une Plumes above. “Jeniri” is available in either nude, black or red patent and costs $79.

Jessica Simpson "Jeniri" Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals in nude patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Jeniri” Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals
($79, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Shoebuyls & Macy’s.

Chinese Laundry “Madlin” Slingback Cork Wedge Sandals

Update (04/01/2012): Also stumbled upon this budget-friendly nude patent slingback wedge by Chinese Laundry which reminded me of the Louboutins above as well.

Chinese Laundry "Madlin" Slingback Cork Wedge Sandals in nude patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Madlin” Slingback Cork Wedge Sandalsls
($58, Francesca’s)

Gianni Bini “Heather” Slingback Platform Wedges

Update (04/01/2012): And here’s another Une Plume look-a-like just in time for summer: “Heather” by Gianni Bini. Not only available in nude, black and neon pink but also turquoise and white patent.

Gianni Bini "Heather" Slingback Platform Wedges in black, nude and neon pink patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “Heather” Slingback Platform Wedgesls
($69.99, Dillard’s)

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges

Update (01/28/2012): Found yet another CL Une Plume alernative. This one’s coming from UK-based retailer New Look and it is available in either nude or black faux patent.

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges in nude and black (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges
(£24.99, New Look)

Nine West “Leggy” Slingback Cork Wedges

Update (12/16/2011): Just came across another great Louboutin alternative by Nine West. Available in an array of different colors, these here will give you the coveted Louboutin look 4 less!

Nine West "Leggy" Slingback Cork Wedges in nude (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Nine West “Leggy” Slingback Cork Wedges
($24.99, Nine West)

Aldo “Demarse” Slingback Wedge Sandals

Update (07/13/2011): Found another great Louboutin alternative for under $60 by Aldo. These cork wedges come in either black, red or nude patent.

Aldo "Demarse" Slingback Wedge Sandals in black, nude and red patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Aldo “Demarse” Slingback Wedge Sandalsls
($54.98, Aldo)

Steve Madden “WISSPER” Slingback Wedge Sandals

Now let me introduce you to the Robin Hood of the shoe world, Mr. Steve Madden. Bringing (and copying) designer heels for less and giving them to the poor (yet oh-so-fab) people! Once again, he doesn’t disappoint with his “WISSPER” slingback wedge. The only truly detectable difference is the thicker slingback strap and buckle. Other than that, for $68.07 (sale price!) this is a great steal. Available in black, teal, fuchsia and white patent as well as black suede, natural linen, navy fabric and leopard.

Steve Madden "WISSPER" Slingback Wedge Sandals in blush patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling knockoffs)

Steve Madden “WISSPER” Slingback Wedge Sandalsamazon
($68.07, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on March 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Got a little bit of a rocker-girl inside but don’t know how to express it? Try wearing these Balenciaga sandals and you’ll exude just enough edge while maintaining a polished look. Looking for the best way to pull them off? If you have long legs, try a black pencil skirt with a slightly longer hem in back and if you’re petite or curvy, wear some black leggings like Rihanna (below) with an off-the-shoulder knit dress. But the most important accessory is confidence, and to rock these – you gotta show it. While these shoes are amazing, if they don’t fit your budget, scroll down cause the steal we found is a ringer for the original.

Balenciaga Open Toe Slingback Sandals in black

Balenciaga Glove Sandalsls
($805, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at MyTheresa, The RealReal & Matches Fashionls.

Celebrities Love Balenciaga

Rihanna, Taylor Tomasi and LaLa Vasquez wearing black Balenciaga Open Toe Slingback Sandals

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Jaggar “Mania” Slingback Sandals

Update (03/29/2016) Discovered another Balenciaga inspired slingback heel today! By Jaggar and available in either black or grey leather for $229.95 AUD.

Jaggar "Mania" Slingback Sandals in black (Balenciaga Glove knockoffs)

Jaggar “Mania” Slingback Sandals
($229.95 AUD, The Iconic)

P.S.: Also available at BNKR.

Jessica Buurman “WELBURN” Slingback High Heel Sandals

Update (01/15/2014) Also stumbled upon these Balenciaga-inspired heels at Jessica Buurman today. So fab, right?

Jessica Buurman "WELBURN" Slingback High Heel Sandals in black (Balenciaga Glove knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “WELBURN” Slingback High Heel Sandals
($149, Jessica Buurman)

Kelsi Dagger “Cameo” Slingback Sandals

Update (08/15/2012): Just came across another Balenciaga look-a-like by Kelsi Dagger which is currently on sale for under $90. Available in various colors and textures, too (my favorites: leopard print and black/white spotted).

Kelsi Dagger "Cameo" Slingback Sandals in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Kelsi Dagger “Cameo” Slingback Sandals
($85.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Strategia “Alicia” Open Toe Slingbacks

Nope, you’re not seeing double. This pair by Strategia is actually quite a bit less than the Balenciagas above. What’s keeping you from making them yours? These architectural sandals will look artsy and modern with some red nail polish or go mysterious with a darker one. Either way, just let your shoes make the introduction and you can take over from there.

Strategia "Alicia" Open Toe Slingbacks in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Strategia “Alicia” Open Toe Slingbacks
($268, Yoox)

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