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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)

P.S.: 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)

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
($94.99, Heels.com)

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)

P.S.: Also available at 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)

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

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

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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’re currently on pre-order and I am now contemplating which color 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
($149, 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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Update: This post has been updated on March 28, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Christian Louboutin has done a lot of extreme and fetish-like shoes in the last couple years, but my favorites would have to be Louboutin’s “simpler”, more classic creations. Just like the “Alta Rita” pictured below. A paramount example for a perfect evening shoe: sparkly and glamorous yet not too distracting and with a feminine and elegant shape and a heel that is high but not impossibly so. I absolutely love how Kate Bosworth paired hers with a beautiful white Chanel frock. Such a classy look!

Christian Louboutin Alta Rita Crystal Embellished Slingback Pumps in pale gold

Christian Louboutin Alta Rita Crystal Embellished Slingback Pumpsls
($1.415, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Kate Bosworth and Taylor Swift have been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Alta Rita Crystal Embellished Slingback Pumps.

Kate Bosworth and Taylor Swift wearing Christian Louboutin Alta Rita Crystal Embellished Slingback Pumps

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Adrianna Papell “Fiji” Embellished Slingback Pumps

Update (03/28/2016): When I first saw these lovely rhinestone embellished slingback pumps by Adrianna Papell, they immediately reminded me of the Alta Rita Louboutins above. They’re not an identical dupe, but the overall look is still the same. Available on sale for $74.87 in various colors.

Adrianna Papell "Fiji" Embellished Slingback Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Alta Rita inspired)

Adrianna Papell “Fiji” Embellished Slingback Pumpsls
($74.87, Lord & Taylor)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Macy’s, Zappos, 6pm, Dillard’sls, Adrianna Papellpjx & Nordstrom Rack.

Ivanka Trump “Galantz” Slingback Sandals

Clearly, not everyone can afford to buy Louboutins, so here you go with an almost just as fabulous alternative by Ivanka Trump which will cost you roughly a fifth of the original Louboutin heels. Apart from a few minor details and minus the red luscious sole that Christian Louboutin is so famous for, the look of our budget-friendly Loubie version is pretty much identical. You like?

Ivanka Trump "Galantz" Slingback Sandals in champagne (Christian Louboutin Alta Rita knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Galantz” Slingback Sandalsls
($249.95, Nordstrom)

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Update: This post has been updated on March 26, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti is a well-known man on this blog because a) his shoes are absolutely loved by celebrities and b) because his shoes are often copied. And while it’s not cool to copy, I really can’t blame the copycats because shoes as fabulous as these scalloped suede lace-up sandals need to be brought at more affordable price points. At least that’s how I think. My obsession for these Zanotti heels started when I first saw Aimee Song from Song of Style rocking these high-heeled beauties in various of her outfits. I just love the delicate nature of these! They’re incredibly sexy yet still elude a sense of romance. But here’s the deal-breaker: they cost a whopping $1.095 and are pretty much sold out everywhere.

Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 Lace-Up Scalloped Sandals in black suede

Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 Lace-Up Scalloped Sandalsls
($1.195, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Celebs such as Elle MacPherson, Aimee Song from Song of Style, Khloe Kardashian and Naomie Harris have all been spotted wearing Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 Lace-Up Scalloped Sandals.

Elle MacPherson, Aimee Song (Song of Style), Khloe Kardashian and Naomie Harris wearing Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 Lace-Up Scalloped Sandals

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New Look Suedette Laser Cut Out Ghillie Heels

Update (03/26/2016): Came across these fab Giuseppe Zanotti inspired ghillie heels by New Look today. Available in black or blue faux suede for £29.99! I looooove the vibrant blue version here!

New Look Suedette Laser Cut Out Ghillie Heels in black and blue (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

New Look Suedette Laser Cut Out Ghillie Heels
(£29.99, New Look)

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

Public Desire “Anais” Cut Out Lace Up Heels

Update (10/13/2015): Spotted another Giuseppe Zanotti dupe today! Check out these lovely cut-out heels by Public Desire which are currently on sale for a budget-friendly £16.99 and come in either black, white or aqua blue faux suede.

Public Desire "Anais" Cut Out Lace Up Heels in black and aqua blue faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Public Desire “Anais” Cut Out Lace Up Heels
(£16.99, Public Desire)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Lace-Up Cutout Pumps

Update (07/22/2015): Aaaaaand here’s another budget-friendly Giuseppe Zanotti inspired lace-up high heel! Found at Forever 21 for $34.90 and available in either black or chestnut faux suede!

Forever 21 Faux Suede Lace-Up Cutout Pumps in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Lace-Up Cutout Pumps
($34.90, Forever 21)

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

Boohoo “Amber” Lazer Cut Out Suedette Lace Up Gladiator Heels

Update (06/26/2015): Stumbled upon these budget-friendly and spot-on Giuseppe Zanotti dupes at Boohoo today. Aren’t they just fabulous?

boohoo "Amber" Lazer Cut Out Suedette Lace Up Gladiator Heels in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Boohoo “Amber” Lazer Cut Out Suedette Lace Up Gladiator Heels
($60, Boohoo)

P.S.: Also available at Boohoo (UK).

BCBGeneration “Carnival” Scalloped Suede Lace-Up Sandals

Update (06/12/2015): Discovered this spot-on Giuseppe Zanotti dupe by BCBGeneration today. So close to the original, but with a much nicer price tag, right? Available in black, nude or dove grey suede leather.

BCBGeneration "Carnival" Scalloped Suede Lace-Up Sandals in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Carnival” Scalloped Suede Lace-Up Sandalsamazon
($106.40, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Dillard’sls, Nordstrom Rack & Revolve.

Fashionchick Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

Update (06/12/2015): Also spotted these Zanotti inspired suede lace up heels by German shoe brand Fashionchick. They’re available in black, blue and nude suede.

Fashionchick Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in black and blue (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Fashionchick Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandalsaffilinet
(€104.95, Mirapodo)

P.S.: Also available at Omoda.

Delicious Kaleen-S Cage Lace-Up Sandals

Update (01/24/2015): So how about these lace-up heels by Delicious? Quite a spot-on alternative to the Giuseppe Zanotti sandals above, no? Very budget-friendly, too.

Delicious Kaleen-S Cage Lace-Up Sandals in black faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Delicious Kaleen-S Cage Lace-Up Sandals
($30.90, GoJane)

P.S.: Also available at LuLu*s & Amazonamazon.

JustFab “Vernon” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

Update (05/16/2014): And here we go again with yet another Giuseppe Zanotti dupe. By JustFab. I’m really loving the red version!

JustFab "Vernon" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in red, black and nude faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

JustFab “Vernon” Lace-Up High Heel Sandalscj
($54.99, Heels.com)

Milanoo Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

Update (05/04/2014): Stumbled upon this beautiful Giuseppe Zanotti look-a-like at Milanoo today.

Milanoo Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Milanoo Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandals
($54.99, Milanoo)

Olsenboye “Rachel” High Heel Booties

Update (05/04/2014): Also discovered these lovely spot-on Giuseppe Zanotti dupes by Olsenboye at JCPenney.

Olsenboye "Rachel" High Heel Booties in faux black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Olsenboye “Rachel” High Heel Bootiesls
($39.99, JCPenney)

Choies Suede Peep Toe Tie Up Sandals

Update (04/17/2014): Came across another mighty fine Giuseppe Zanotti dupe at Choies. Available in either black or nude suede for under $80! Score!

Choies Suede Peep Toe Tie Up Sandals in black and nude (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Choies Suede Peep Toe Tie Up Sandals
($78.90, Choies)

P.S.: Also available at SheIn.

Steve Madden “TROME” Lace-Up Scalloped High Heel Sandals

Update (02/02/2014): I knew it was just a matter of time until Steve Madden would come up with their own Giuseppe Zanotti scalloped heel dupe! And here you go, a pretty identical Zanotti look-a-like which comes in either black or nude suede. This style is part of Chiara Ferragni‘s capsule collection for Steve Madden.

Steve Madden "TROME" Lace-Up Scalloped High Heel Sandals in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Steve Madden “TROME” Lace-Up Scalloped High Heel Sandalsamazon
($139.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nasty Gal & Steve Madden.

Therapy “Monroe” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

Update (02/02/2014): These lace-up heels from Therapy are yet another wonderful and very wallet-friendly dupe of the pricey Zanotti heels above. Totally in love with these here!

Therapy "Monroe" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in black faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Therapy “Monroe” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals
($59.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Aldo “Cezarine” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

Update (02/02/2014): Also discovered this super fab Zanotti-inspired “minimalistic” lace-up high heel at Aldo today.

Aldo "Cezarine" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Aldo “Cezarine” Lace-Up High Heel Sandalsls
($50, Aldo)

Anne Michelle Rapture-62 Lasercut Lace-Up Heels

Update (01/24/2014): Finally found a budget-friendly Zanotti alternative! Check out these fab heels from Anne Michelle. Only $34.80 and also available in nude faux suede!

Anne Michelle Rapture-62 Lasercut Lace-Up Heels in black faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Anne Michelle Rapture-62 Lasercut Lace-Up Heels
($34.80, CiCi Hot)

Sofia Z “Eliana” Lace-Up Open-Toe Sandals

Update (01/24/2014): And if you prefer a mid-heel version, check out these heels by Sofia Z. They are currently on sale for $131.25!

Sofia Z "Eliana" Lace-Up Open-Toe Sandals in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I12068 knockoffs)

Sofia Z “Eliana” Lace-Up Open-Toe Sandals
($131.25, Bluefly)

Jessica Buurman “AYOKA” Cut-Out Lace Up Sandals

Update (01/16/2014): Found another Giuseppe Zanotti look-a-like at Jessica Buurman today. So fab, right?

Jessica Buurman "AYOKA" Cut-Out Lace Up Sandals in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “AYOKA” Cut-Out Lace Up Sandals
($129, Jessica Buurman)

Modern Vice “Ghillie” Suede Laser-Cut Pumps

Thanks to Modern Vice we don’t have to spend a fortune to get the coveted Zanotti lace-up heel look. The “Ghillie” peep-toe sandal is a perfect substitute that sells for 10% compared to the designer original. Available in either black or red suede. But you better be fast and order quickly because these shoes are selling like hot cakes!

Modern Vice "Ghillie" Suede Laser-Cut Pumps in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Modern Vice “Ghillie” Suede Laser-Cut Pumps
($67.95, DailyLook)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetrocj & LuLu*s.

Windsor Smith “Gillie” Suede Lace-Up Heels

Our fellow Australian shoe lovers don’t have to be disappointed though because the “Gillie” lace-up heel by Windsor Smith is the perfect Zanotti dupe just like the one by Modern Vice (I think this might even be just a rebranded version of the Modern Vice or vice versa).

Windsor Smith "Gillie" Suede Lace-Up Heels in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Windsor Smith “Gillie” Suede Lace-Up Heels
($48, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available at StyleTread, The Iconic, Lane Crawfordls & Wanted Shoes.

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