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Real vs. Steal – Chanel Spring 2010 Clogs

by Celine on December 13, 2015

Update: This post has been updated on December 13, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Some shoes take time to grow on me; others I want immediately. The studded clogs from Chanel‘s S/S 2010 runway fell into the latter category. I don’t know if it’s the 60s-70s clothes kick I’ve been on recently or maybe just the fact that I love how nude shoes of all kinds elongate the leg (that 4 inch heel helps, too), but I prayed to the fashion gods above that someone would come out with a knock-off (the Chanel shoes being out of my budget and all). Usually, my prayers of that kind get answered – by the Steve Maddens and Jeffrey Campbells of the world – and I was not disappointed…

Chanel Spring 2010 Clogs in beige and black

Chanel Spring 2010 Clogs
(Price Unknown, Vestiaire Collective)

Alexa Chung Loves Chanel

Alexa Chung wearing brown Chanel Spring 2010 clogs

Report “Moet” Studded Clogs

Update (12/13/2015): Discovered these amazing Chanel look-alikes by Report today. They’re available in black pebbled leather, tan suede or floral print fabric and are currently on sale for under $50. Love these!

Report "Moet" Studded Clogs in black and tan (Chanel dupes)

Report “Moet” Studded Clogsamazon
($48.28, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, ZooShoopjx, Charlotte Russe & LuLu*s.

Tony Bianco “Clog” Studded Platform Clogs

Update (09/11/2015): Discovered these new Chanel inspired studded clogs at Tony Bianco today. They’re available in either black or tan leather amd are currently on sale for $20 AUD (down from $189.95 AUD).

Tony Bianco "Clog" Studded Platform Clogs in black and tan (Chanel knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Clog” Studded Platform Clogs
($20 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Topshop “SWINGING” Stud Mule Clogs

Update (06/02/2015): Stumbled upon yet another Chanel inspired studded clog by Topshop today. Available in black or taupe snakeskin-effect for $110.

Topshop "SWINGING" Stud Mule Clogs in black (Chanel knockoffs)

Topshop “SWINGING” Stud Mule Clogs
($110, Topshop)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Platform Clogs

Update (01/23/2015): Just discovered these retro-style Chanel inspired studded faux leather clogs at Forever 21. Only $34.90!

Forever 21 Faux Leather Platform Clogs in tan and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Platform Clogs
($34.90, Forever 21)

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

Chinese Laundry Studded Clogs

Update (08/09/2013): Et voilà, another 6 months later I have found another amazingly similar Chanel clog look-a-like at Chinese Laundry! On sale for $69.99 and available in both brown and black leather.

Chinese Laundry Studded Clogs in black (Chanel knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry Studded Clogscj
($69.99, Chinese Laundry)

bebe “Willow” Suede & Wood Sandals

Update (02/02/2013): Who would’ve thought? Almost 3 years after their first outing, I have found a new Chanel clog alternative. Check out these suede studded clogs by bebe. Available in black or natural for $129!

bebe "Willow" Suede & Wood Sandal Clogs in beige and black (Chanel look-a-width=

bebe “Willow” Suede & Wood Sandals
($129, bebe)

ASOS HOWDY Wooden Platform Clogs

Update (05/09/2010): ASOS is a bit late to join the clog party, but at least they came up with a decent looking Chanel knockoff.

ASOS HOWDY Wooden Platform Clogs in brown (Chanel knockoffs)

ASOS HOWDY Wooden Platform Clogs
($143.73, ASOS)

Steve Madden “CECEILA” Wooden Clogs

Update (03/26/2010): Woohoo! Another Chanel knock-off. This one’s by Steve Madden and it looks a lot like Jeffrey Campbell’s “Charlie” clog only that Madden’s version is a few bucks cheaper. Score!

Steve Madden "CECEILA" Wooden Clogs in black (Chanel knockoffs)

Steve Madden “CECEILA” Wooden Clogsls
($99.95, Steve Madden)

Topshop “SEANNA” Closed Toe Clogs

Update (03/26/2010): Just stumbled upon this great Chanel alternative by Topshop. Available in black or white. Hurry, these are selling fast!

Topshop "SEANNA" Closed Toe Clogs in black (Chanel knockoffs)

Topshop “SEANNA” Closed Toe Clogs
($135, Topshop)

Sam Edelman “Flair” Clogs

Update (03/26/2010): Sam Edelman‘s “Flair” clogs are quite reminiscent of the Chanels, don’t you agree?

Sam Edelman "Flair" Clogs in brown (Chanel knockoffs)

Sam Edelman “Flair” Clogsamazon
($104.30, Amazon)

Jeffrey Campbell “Karl” Clogs

Update (02/27/2010): Jeffrey Campbell has released a new version of the Charlie clog named “Karl” with a raffia fabric upper in either navy or beige. So pretty!

Jeffrey Campbell "Karl" Clogs in beige & navy raffia fabric (Chanel Spring 2010 knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Karl” Clogscj
($135, Footnotes)

Jeffrey Campbell “Charlie” Clogs

I just received these Jeffrey Campbell “Charlie” clogs (I ordered them immediately after seeing them) and I have to tell you – they’re just as fabulous as I imagine Chanel’s to be. That scary 4 inch + heel is surprisingly comfortable to walk in and I just love their retro spirit. From the chunky wooden heel to the gold studs, these are truly an excellent knock-off. And for $178 (see retailers listed below for more prices), they’re really a steal. The clogs are available in either beige, black or tan.

Jeffrey Campbell "Charlie" Clogs in natural and black (Chanel Spring 2010 knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Charli-C” Clogsls
($124.95, Nordstrom)

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Update: This post has been updated on December 2, 2015. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Seeing something as functional as a zipper being used for decorative purposes always makes me wonder what the inventor would say about this trend? Studding and zipping everything has become so omnipresent that I easily forget those elements were originally not intended to be used as decoration. Luckily those times are long gone because otherwise we wouldn’t be able to lust after these gorgeous zip sandals by Christian Louboutin. And wouldn’t this be a pity?

Christian Louboutin Rodita Zip Platform Sandals in black & white

Christian Louboutin Rodita Zip Platform Sandalsls
($835, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Nicky Hilton, Anna Kournikova & Anna Dello Russo wearing black Christian Louboutin Rodita Zip Platforms

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Chelsea + Zoe “Panama” Zipper Sandals

Update (12/02/2015): Spotted these super sexy zipper heels by Chelsea + Zoe today and thought they’d make a great look for less alternative for the Louboutins above. And did I mention they’re currently on sale for under $50? Score!

Chelsea + Zoe "Panama" Zipper Sandals in red, black and blue (Christian Louboutin Rodita dupes)

Chelsea + Zoe “Panama” Zipper Sandals
($46.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Pleaser Adore-767 Crisscross Strappy Zip Platform Sandals

Update (12/02/2015): I also found this fetish-inspired Rodita dupe by Pleaser, so if you want to unleash your inner stripper but still want some Louboutin class, this is your shoe!

Pleaser Adore-767 Crisscross Strappy Zip Platform Sandals in black patent (Christian Louboutin Rodita dupes)

Pleaser Adore-767 Crisscross Strappy Zip Platform Sandalsamazon
($79.95, Amazon)

Julianne Hough for Sole Society “Makenna” Sandals

Update (02/12/2013): Didn’t think I’d find any more look-a-likes for this Louboutin style, but Sole Society came up with the “Makenna” sandal which looks very similar to the CL Rodita heels. Available in black, turquoise and orange.

Julianne Hough for Sole Society "Makenna" Sandals in black (Christian Louboutin Rodita knockoffs)

Julianne Hough for Sole Society “Makenna” Sandalsls
($69.95, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Jessica Simpson “Tansas” Zip Sandals

Louboutin’s “Rodita” sandals are sold out and also pretty expensive, too, so we are proud to present you these zip platform heels by Jessica Simpson which are just as fabulous and way more accessible than the actual Louboutins. Like the Loubies these sandals here also come in either black or white. Happy shopping!

Jessica Simpson "Tansas" Zip Platform Sandals in black & white (Christian Louboutin Rodita knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Tansas” Zip Sandalsamazon
($97.95, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on December 2, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

What a shame that these Christian Louboutin heels went mostly unnoticed by the fashion world and have only been worn by a handful of celebs. Personally, I think these deserve a lot more attention because they’re absolutely fabulous. “Crosspiga” features the same silhouette as Louboutin’s most iconic style, the “Pigalle“, but “Crosspiga” has an extra two thin straps crossing on the arch. What a sexy shoe, right? If I had the money to buy myself a pair of Loubies without having to worry about how to pay next month’s rent, I’d so get these…

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps in black

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumpsls
($795, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Emma Watson, Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Decker, Diane Kruger, Rihanna and Alessandra Ambrosio have all been spotted wearing the Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps.

Emma Watson, Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Decker and Diane Kruger wearing Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps

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Aldo “Newbrook” Crisscross Point-Toe Pumps

Update (12/02/2015): Found a lower heel (3.5″) version by Aldo which kind of reminded me of Louboutin’s “Crosspiga” heels. They’re available in black, red or gold leather and cost $54.99 (sale price!).

Aldo "Newbrook" Crisscross Point-Toe Pumps in red and black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga dupes)

Aldo “Newbrook” Crisscross Point-Toe Pumps
($54.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Heels.com, Aldo (US)ls, Aldo (UK) & The Iconic.

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/04/2015): Discovered these fantastic and almost spot-on Louboutin dupes by Pleaser today. Love the colors and looooove the price!

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumps in red, black and nude patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga knockoffs)

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($50.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls, BananaShoes, Overstock, eBayeBay, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

ASOS “Partial” Pointed High Heels

Update (06/24/2013): Another great alternative for the Crosspiga Louboutins are these crisscross pumps from ASOS. Also available in blue faux suede.

ASOS Partial Pointed High Heels in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga knockoffs)

ASOS “Partial” Pointed High Heels
($57.17, ASOS)

Nine West “Gee” Pointed Pumps

Update (05/26/2013): Just stumbled upon a fantastic CL Crosspiga look-a-like by Nine West! Absolutely in love with this heel. Available in black, nude, pink and white leather.

Nine West "Gee" Pointed Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Nine West “Gee” Pointed Pumps
($41.99, 6pm)

Pour La Victoire “Cheyenne” Strappy Pumps

However, I am not Mrs. Rockefeller and hence have to look for more budget-friendly options instead. Pour La Victoire‘s “Cheyenne” Pumps are a wonderful alternative that will give you the same Louboutin look for less than $140 (sale price!). The black patent pump is lovely and classic, but my personal favorite would have to be the delicate gold snakeskin version. So glamorous!

Pour La Victoire "Cheyenne" Strappy Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Pour La Victoire “Cheyenne” Strappy Pumpsamazon
($139, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Last Call by Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls & Shopbopcj.

Pleaser Milan-42 d’Orsay Pumps

A big thank you to our reader Lisah who gave us a heads-up about these Louboutin-like heels by Pleaser. Available for under $50 in black or black patent!

Pleaser Milan-42 d'Orsay Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Pleaser Milan-42 d’Orsay Pumpsamazon
($41.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls & Shiekhcj.

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Update: This post has been updated on November 30, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Balmain is all the rage right now. The label gets worn a lot these days. Balmain’s Spring 2009 collection was such a great success! One of the most wanted items from that collection were the studded embellished high heel sandals. Amazing, right? After hitting the shelves of Net-A-Porter and priced at a whopping $2.300, these heels completely sold out within just a day or two. If you can afford the real thing, I recommend to invest in them. If they are way out of your budget, no need to panic! We have found a bunch of affordable Balmain alternatives for you.

Balmain Spring 2009 crystal embellished studded sandals with rhinestones

Balmain Crystal Embellished Studded Sandalsls
($2.300, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Balmain

Molly Sims, Jennifer Connelly, Rihanna and Audrina Patridge wearing Balmain Spring 2009 crystal embellished studded sandals

As you can see, Hollywood is crazy for Balmain as well. Various celebrities have been wearing the sandals including Molly Sims, Jennifer Connelly (my personal favorite!), Rihanna and Audrina Patridge.

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Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandals

Update (11/30/2015): Three years after our last steal find, I happened to come across this rhinestone embellished high heel sandal by Fabulicious and thought it would be a good alternative to the Balmain heels above.

Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain inspired)

Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandalsamazon
($64.18, Amazon)

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

Unze High Heel Sandals

Update (11/20/2012): I didn’t really expect to find any more Balmain shoe look-a-likes from the Spring 2009 collection, but here we go. A very Balmain-ish looking embellished high heel sandals by Unze. You like?

Unze High Heel Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Unze High Heel Sandalsls
(£37.95, Unze)

ZiGiny “Vivienne” Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): And yet another Balmain knockoff by ZiGiny. Available in black and taupe.

ZiGiny "Vivienne" Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Vivienne” Sandalsamazon
($129.95, Amazon)

Luichiny “Shock Me” Embellished Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): Take a look at these super cute embellished Balmain look-a-likes by Luichiny. They come in either black faux suede and pewter or bronzeamazon faux leather.

Luichiny "Shock Me" Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Luichiny “Shock Me” Embellished Sandalsamazon
($119.95, Amazon)

Rocawear “Imana” Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): Rocawear has also a pair of Balmain knockoffs.

Rocawear "Imana" Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Rocawear “Imana” Sandals
($75.99, Heels.com)

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Heels

Update (11/11/2009): Reader Crystal mailed us this super budget-friendly Wet Seal find. Don’t expect great quality for $15, but if you’re on the hunt for a cheap chic pair of shoes then why not go for these?

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 knockoffs)

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Heelspjx
($15, Wet Seal)

Hypnotic “Persian” Studded Sandals

Update (08/30/2009): Just found yet another Balmain knockoff by Shiekh. If you’re still on the hunt for a pair of rhinestoned Balmain look-a-likes, but don’t have too much money to spend, try these knockoffs by Shiekh. They look very similar to the Bebe knockoffs and are a great Balmain alternative for under $50.

Hypnotic "Persian" Studded Sandals (Balmain Crystal knockoffs)

Hypnotic “Persian” Studded Sandalscj
($49.97, Shiekh Shoes)

Steve Madden “BRIGGHT” Studded Sandals

Of course it couldn’t take Steve Madden too long to come up with his own version of the Balmain heels. The “BRIGGHT” studded sandal is available for $90.75. You better be fast to order if you want to snap up a good Balmain knockoff for a steal price.

Steve Madden Brigght Studded Sandal (Balmain knockoff)

Steve Madden “BRIGGHT” Studded Sandalsamazon
($90.75, Amazon)

Jeffrey Campbell “Mel” Studded Sandals

Jeffrey Campbell also didn’t want to miss out on the Balmain craze and jumped on the bandwagon with his own knockoff called “Mel”. Available in black or beige leather for $164.95 at Solestruck. But you better hurry, there are only limited sizes left.

Jeffrey Campbell Mel Studded Sandal (Balmain Spring 2009 studded sandal knockoff)

Jeffrey Campbell “Mel” Studded Sandals
($164.95, Solestruck)

Zigi “Majestic” Studded Sandal

Zigi joined the Balmain copycat bandwagon! The “Majestic” sandal, available in either black or white, is an ode to the highly coveted Balmain studded stilettos. Best thing: they’re on sale (45% down)! Big YAY! You better be quick before they sell out like all the other Balmain knockoffs..

Zigi Majestic Studded Sandals (Balmain Studded Stiletto Knockoffs)

Zigi “Majestic” Studded Sandal
($59.99, 6pm)

bebe “Marianna” Studded Platform Sandals

It certainly didn’t take too long until bebe knocked off the Balmain sandals. The “Marianna” sandal is bebe’s inspired version of the studded heels and it comes in either black or white. Shell out $169 and these Balmain look-a-likes are yours!

bebe Marianna Studded Platform Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 studded sandal knockoffs)

bebe “Marianna” Studded Platform Sandals
($169, bebe)

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals

More Balmain look-a-likes! Found yet another knockoff of the Balmain studded high heel sandal. These darlings here retail for $138 and are great look-a-likes, just as good as the sold out Bebe knockoffs, maybe even better. But you better be fast, there are only limited sizes left.

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals (Balmain knockoffs)

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals
($138, YesStyle)

Aldo “Smeal” Studded Sandals

Aldo was one of the early adopters of the Balmain shoe trend. Their knock-off version “Smeal” has been around for a few months now. It’s not my favorite among the Balmain knockoffs, but it’s certainly a good alternative to the real Balmains.

Aldo Smeal Studded Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 Crystal Studded Sandals Knockoffs)

Aldo “Smeal” Studded Sandalsls
($64.98, Aldo)

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So how HUGE was Balmain x H&M, huh? The highly anticipated designer collaboration went live online on November 5th at 8 am EST and it was only a matter of an hour until almost every item of the collection was sold out; all despite the hefty price tags (with prices set around $500-$700 for key pieces, the most expensive item peaking at $699), thus making Balmain x H&M’s collection the company’s most successful designer collaboration yet. The website continued to crash over the visitor overload all morning while eager shoppers in Seoul queued up in front of H&M stores over a week before the official collection launch. The hype surrounding this collaboration has certainly caught on to the masses and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the collection is now selling for vastly inflated prices on eBay where some pieces are priced at twice their retail value. No word from H&M yet whether they are going to restock the highly successful collection. One of my favorite pieces from the Balmain x H&M collaboration is this gold and white embroidered black velvet mini dress. I love that it doesn’t look watered down and could easily be mistaken for a design from Balmain’s mainline collection. Now would I spend $549 on such a statement dress? Maybe. But due to the hype, I don’t even have to ask myself this question because just like all the other pieces, this beautiful frock is sold out.

Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress in black, gold and white

Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress
($549, H&M)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective & eBayeBay.

Celebrities and Style Bloggers Love Balmain x H&M

Celeb sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and style blogger Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) have all been spotted wearing the black and gold Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress.

Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) wearing a black Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Velvet Dress

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bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress

If you don’t want to pay the ridiculously inflated eBay prices and can’t wait a few more months for other fast fashion companies to catch on to this hype to come up with their own inspired Balmain x H&M; look-alikes (c’mon, Forever 21!), I suggest you take a look at this beautiful beaded mini dress by bebe. I know this isn’t a spot-on dupe for the dress above and it certainly isn’t a steal at $299, but the Balmain x H&M inspiration is clearly visible on this frock in my opinion. Plus, unlike the real deal, this dress is readily available for you to buy with all sizes still in stock and all. So you can either keep on stalking eBay waiting for a miracle to happen or you can snap up this dress instead and get your own kind of Balmain party going.

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress in black and white (Balmain x H&M knockoff)

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress
($299, bebe)

Image source(s): H&M, 5 inch and up, bebe

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