For many years, I’ve been anti-flats, especially the closed ones. I can’t really recall why I disliked them so much, I guess they just never really spoke to me. However, now that I’ve been dipping my toes in the fashion world for a few years, I grew to like flats. As long as they look so cute like this one from Carven. Isn’t it adorable? I love the slingback bow, it’s such a cute detail. Would I spend $540 on a pair of cute flats though? Well, that’s a complete different story.

Carven Bow Suede Slingback Flats in navy blue

Carven Bow Suede Slingback Flatsls
($540, NET-A-PORTER)

Kate Bosworth Loves Carven

Actress Kate Bosworth has been spotted wearing Carven Bow Suede Slingback Flats.

Kate Bosworth wearing nude Carven Bow Suede Slingback Flats

Julianne Hough for Sole Society “Morganne” Suede Slingback Flats

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OK, so you’ve fallen in love with those darn cute Carven flats, what now? Well, if you haven’t the funds to go for the original, here’s a wonderful alternative which we’ve discovered at Sole Society that’ll get you the same look. Great, huh? And did we mention they’re on sale, too?

Julianne Hough for Sole Society "Morganne" Suede Slingback Flats in purple suede (Carven knockoffs)

Julianne Hough for Sole Society “Morganne” Suede Slingback Flatsls
($32.48, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls.

J. Reneé “Blanche” Bow Slingback Pointy Toe Flats

Another fabulous Carven inspired alternative is this bow slingback flat by J. Reneé which comes in various colors and uppers such as black and nude. Plus, they’re currently on sale for under $70!

J. Reneé "Blanche" Bow Slingback Pointy Toe Flats in black patent (Carven knockoffs)

J. Reneé “Blanche” Bow Slingback Pointy Toe Flatscj
($65.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls, Zapposcj, NORDSTROMls, Amazonamazon, Onlineshoes.comls & Shoes.comls.


Now doesn’t this outfit of Blake’s which she wore back in May for a photoshoot totally scream 70s to you? And sexy, it also screams sexy, don’t you think? I mean, just look at these over-the-knee boots combined with these long legs, that blonde wild mane of and that voluptuous pout. We liked Blake Lively‘s retro-meets-sexy look a lot, so here’s our budget-friendly take on her all-black outfit. Did we nail it or not?

Blake Lively’s All-Black Look 4 Less

Celebrity Look 4 Less - Blake Lively's Floppy Hat & Over-the-Knee Boots

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Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who?Blake Lively
Where?On set for a photoshoot, New York
When?May 7, 2013
What?Eugenia Kim Floppy Hat, Juicy Couture Jersey Dress, Manolo Blahnik for Kaufman Franco Peep-toe Suede Knee-High Boots


Gianvito Rossi is slowly but surely taking my heart by storm with his shoe collections! I can’t remember anyone of his shoe styles lately that I wasn’t fond of. This woven multi-strap sandal, for instance, I like it a lot. It’s a couple of seasons old already, so I couldn’t find many details on it, but I’m pretty sure it would’ve been out of my price range anyway.

Gianvito Rossi Woven Multi-Strap Sandals in bronze metallic

Gianvito Rossi Woven Multi-Strap Sandalsls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

Forever 21 Braided Faux Suede Sandals

Apparently Forever 21 liked Rossi’s woven sandal concept, so they came up with a neat dupe version of their own. F21 ditched the bronzey metallic color and instead opted for more wearable colors, as well as a much nicer price tag, of course.

Forever 21 Braided Faux Suede Sandals in black and taupe (Gianvito Rossi knockoffs)

Forever 21 Braided Faux Suede Sandalsls
($32.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls.

Image source(s): R-A-W Shoes Blog, Forever 21


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It’s finally summer and my feet are screaming for a summer vacation! These floral lace espadrilles by Valentino would be the perfect summer shoes because they’re flat (= comfortable) and the lace fabric makes them not only super stylish but also super airy which means no sweaty feet on hot summer days. Too bad they’re probably the most expensive pair of espadrilles I’ve ever seen (well, besides those from Chanel, of course).

Valentino Flat Lace Espadrilles in black

Valentino Flat Lace Espadrillescj
($486.99, Bluefly)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, NET-A-PORTERls & Saksls.

Choies Lace Espadrilles

UPDATE (07/25/2014): We found another great Valentino lace espadrille alternative for you! Check out these fab flats from Choies. Only $39.99!

Choies Lace Espadrilles in ivory and black (Valentino knockoffs)

Choies Lace Espadrilles
($39.99, Choies)

Stuart Weitzman “Meshuga” Lace Espadrille Sandals

UPDATE (03/07/2014): While these lace espadrilles by Stuart Weitzman are certainly far away from being a steal at $168.99, they are still much cheaper than the Valentinos and quite pretty, too, don’t you agree? Available in black, gold and ivory lace.

Stuart Weitzman "Meshuga" Lace Espadrille Sandals in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Stuart Weitzman “Meshuga” Lace Espadrille Sandalscj
($168.99, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, 6pmcj & Stuart Weitzmancj.

Jennifer Lopez Lace Espadrille Flats

UPDATE (12/27/2013): Et voilà, I just happened to find another lovely Valentino Lace Espadrille dupe! Check out these fab lace flats by Jennifer Lopez. Currently on sale for $29.97 and also available in white and pink lace.

Jennifer Lopez Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jennifer Lopez Lace Espadrille Flatsls
($29.97, Kohl’s)

XOXO “Kara” Lace Espadrille Flats

Et voilà, here you go with a super similar and super affordable Valentino look-a-like by XOXO. The lace fabric isn’t quite as delicate, but at $24.94 (sale price!) you can’t expect the quality of real chantilly lace. Also available in navy lace.

XOXO "Kara" Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

XOXO “Kara” Lace Espadrille Flatscj
($24.94, DSW)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, ShoeMallls & Shoes.comls.

Soludos Lace Flower Espadrilles

Another great alternative would be these espadrilles by Soludos. They’re a little more expensive than the XOXO version, but the lace on these also looks significantly better in return. Also available in off-white.

Soludos Lace Flower Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Soludos Lace Flower Espadrillesls
($50, CUSP)

VS Collection “Lacie” Espadrille Flats

If you like the look of the jute-capped toe and want good looking lace fabric, these VS Collection espadrille flats sell for $29.99 (sale price!) and – as you can see on the picture below – come in a bunch of beautiful colors. I really, really love these!

VS Collection "Lacie" Espadrille Flats (Valentino knockoffs)

VS Collection “Lacie” Espadrille Flats
($29.99, Victoria’s Secret)

Bettye Muller Flat Lace Slip-On Espadrilles

However, if you want a good quality pair of lace espadrilles and are willing to drop some serious cash without going the full distance, these Valentino-inspired flats by Bettye Muller would be a great budget-conscious alternative! Plus, you can get them for $67. Also available in nude lace.

Bettye Muller Flat Lace Slip-On Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Bettye Muller Flat Lace Slip-On Espadrillesls
($67, Neiman Marcus)

Jessica Buurman “PAULA” Lace Patent Leather Ballerina Espadrille Flats

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I also found these pretty lace espadrilles at Jessica Buurman which are probably the most identical to the Valentino originals but are also the most expensive ones at $89. Also available in white lace.

Jessica Buurman "PAULA" Lace Patent Leather Ballerina Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “PAULA” Lace Patent Leather Ballerina Espadrille Flats
($89, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, Kohl’s, Macy’s, CUSP, Victoria’s Secret, Jessica Buurman


So how great was your summer yet? Very, I hope. As for Selena Gomez, well, it seems like she’s having the time of her life right now travelling around Europe, splashing in the water with friends; all that while wearing the nicest of clothes. This outfit she donned a few days ago in Italy was my absolute favorite Selena lately. The young actress wore a gorgeous white lace romper from Zimmermann, paired it with Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses and finished off her ensemble with Brian Atwood‘s super hot “Abell” studded heels. I loved Selena’s sexy and stylish look so much that I tried to recreate it for you on a more accessible level. You like?

Selena Gomez’ White Lace Romper Look 4 Less

Selena Gomez' White Lace Romper Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who?Selena Gomez
Where?Ischia, Italy
When?July 20, 2014
What?Zimmermanncj lace romper, Brian Atwood Abell Studded Ankle-Cuff Leather Sandalsls ($538.20)


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