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I have already written in length how much I love everything “Rockstud” from Valentino, so I won’t even start elaborating how I lust over these pyramid studded ankle wrap espadrilles. But the whopping $895 price tag attached to these summer shoe beauties makes them absolutely inaccessible for me. So when I spotted the non-studded ShoeDazzle “Morena” espadrilles shown below, I thought these would be the perfect fit for a DIY Valentino Rockstud project. Personally, I’m not much of a DIYer, but since this DIY idea would only require ironing on a couple of pre-glued studs, the task sounds actually manageable even for absolute DIY beginners like me. What do you think? Are these shoes worth the effort?

DIY Idea - Valentino Rockstud Double Ankle-Wrap Flat Espadrilles

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JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flats

UPDATE (04/21/2015): If you can’t be bothered with DIY-ing, why not opt for these spot-on, ready-to-wear Valentino espadrille dupes by JustFab instead?

JustFab Kesnia Studded Double Ankle Wrap Flat Espadrilles (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flatscj
($31.96, JustFab)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, ShoeDazzle, Amazon, JustFab

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 24, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you are familiar with the fashion blogosphere I’m pretty sure you will all remember the studded Chloé Susan (also sometimes called “Susanna” or “Suzanna”) ankle boots below as they’ve created quite a buzz among fashion bloggers in 2009. Even though they cost more than a grand, people bought them like crazy and the boots soon were sold out everywhere.

Chloé Pre-Fall 2008 Red Studded Ankle Boots

Chloé Pre-Fall 2008 Black Studded Ankle Boots

Chloé “Suzanna” Studded Ankle Bootsls
($1.345, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Barneys, S|SENSE, Nordstromls, Neiman Marcus,Farfetch, Editorialist, Net-A-Porter & Bloomingdale’s.

Chloé Pre-Fall 2008

The studded ankle boots were part of Chloé’s Pre-Fall 2008 collection and came in an array of colors like red, white, black and green (my personal favorite!).

Chloé Pre-Fall 2008 Flat Studded Ankle Boots in red, white, black and green

Kate Bosworth & Sienna Miller Love Chloé

Famous fashionistas Kate Bosworth and Sienna Miller both sported the studded ankle boots in red. Kate was literally obsessed with those boots and wore them whenever possible last year. And can we blame her? They are so cute and both women looked absolutely fabulous wearing them, didn’t they?

Kate Bosworth and Sienna Miller wearing red Chloé Pre-Fall 2008 studded ankle boots

Who wore Chloé better?

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Moda In Pelle “Coraline” Studded Ankle Boots

UPDATE (04/24/2015): Stumbled upon these Chloé Suzanna inspired studded booties by Moda In Pelle. Available in black and burgundy leather.

Moda In Pelle "Coraline" Studded Ankle Boots in black (Chloé Suzanna knockoffs)

Moda In Pelle “Coraline” Studded Ankle Bootsamazon
($89.50, Amazon.co.uk)

P.S.: Also available at eBayeBay & Amazon.deamazon.

Ash “Joyce” Studded Suede Ankle Boots

UPDATE (11/01/2013): Stumbled upon these lovely Chloé inspired suede ankle boots by Ash. So pretty, right? Available in black or stone suede.

Ash "Joyce" Studded Suede Ankle Boots in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Ash “Joyce” Studded Suede Ankle Boots
($89.50, Last Call)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, ShoeMetro, Shopbopcj & Nordstrom.

Jessica Buurman “Carmen” Studded Ankle Boots

UPDATE (09/20/2013): And here’s another Chloé Susan spot-on dupe! Not at steal at $129 but so, so, so similar to the real deal, no? Plus, if you sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter, you’ll receive 10% off your first order!

Jessica Buurman Carmen Studded Ankle Boots in black and gold (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Carmen” Studded Ankle Boots
($129, Jessica Buurman)

P.S.: Also available at Choies & Persunmall.

Sugar “Clipper” Studded Ankle Boots

UPDATE (07/29/2013): Just found another lovely and super cheap Chloé Susan Boot dupe by Sugar. On sale for only $29.97!

Sugar "Clipper" Studded Ankle Boots in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Sugar “Clipper” Studded Ankle Boots
($29.97, Kohl’s)

Bumper Anka-01 Studded Buckle Ankle Booties

UPDATE (07/29/2013): Discovered yet another budget-friendly Chloé Susan dupe at GoJane. By Bumper and available in either black or burgundy red faux leather.

Bumper Anka-01 Studded Buckle Ankle Booties in black and burdguny red (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Bumper Anka-01 Studded Buckle Ankle Booties
($41.10, GoJane)

N.Y.L.A. “Klueless” Studded Ankle Boots

UPDATE (05/03/2013): Just stumbled upon these Chloé inspired studded booties by N.Y.L.A.. Available in black or tan for $45.99 (sale price)!

N.Y.L.A. "Klueless" Studded Ankle Boots in black

N.Y.L.A. “Klueless” Studded Ankle Bootsamazon
($45.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetro.

Forever 21 Buckled Ankle Boots

UPDATE (01/08/2013): One of our wonderful readers found these amazing and budget-friendly Chloé Susanna look-a-like booties at Forever 21. Better order them ASAP as I predict that these will sell out in no time!

Forever 21 Buckled Ankle Boots in black and red (Chloé Susanna knockoffs)

Forever 21 Buckled Ankle Boots
($39.80, Forever 21)

NLY Shoes “Lincoln” Stud Ankle Boots

UPDATE (01/04/2013): And here we go again with yet another Chloé Susanna look-a-like. Check out the “Lincoln” stud ankle boot by NLY Shoes.

NLY Shoes "Lincoln" Stud Ankle Boots in black (Chloé Susanna knockoffs)

NLY Shoes “Lincoln” Stud Ankle Boots
(£92.95, Nelly)

Vince Camuto “Tema” Studded Booties

UPDATE (10/08/2012): I think I might have a new Chloé Doppelgänger favorite! These studded booties by Vince Camuto are not a direct 1:1 knockoff, but I love the quality of these ankle boots and while they have a few differences in design these still ooze the same look as the Chloé Susan booties, don’t they? Price: $132.63 (sale price!) & available in black, wolf grey and black brown.

Vince Camuto "Tema" Studded Booties in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Tema” Studded Bootiesamazon
($110.65, Amazon)

Therapy “Piccadilly” Studded Booties

UPDATE (10/08/2012): For all the Australian Chloé fans, here’s a great and affordable Susan alternative by Therapy.

Therapy "Piccadilly" Studded Booties in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Therapy “Piccadilly” Studded Booties
(AUD $34.98, StyleTread)

Steve Madden “MADHOUSE” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (10/25/2012): Good news! Steve Madden‘s “MADHOUSE” booties are now also available at ASOS! Get them now before they sell out!

Steve Madden "MADHOUSE" Ankle Boots in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Steve Madden “MADHOUSE” Ankle Bootsamazon
($59.94, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ASOS & StyleTread.

AX Paris Buckle Stud Ankle Boots

UPDATE (10/25/2012): Found yet another Chloé Susan inspired boot. These AX Paris faux leather booties are not an exact match, but still similar enough to see the inspiration behind it.

AX Paris Buckle Stud Ankle Boots in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

AX Paris Buckle Stud Ankle Boots
(£45, AX Paris)

River Island “Saline” Suede Studded Booties

UPDATE (10/02/2012): Here we go again. A new Chloé Susan inspired bootie has popped up. I really like the playful design of these suede ankle boots by River Island. They are available in black, red and white.

River Island "Saline" Suede Studded Booties in black and red (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

River Island “Saline” Suede Studded Booties
($158.31, ASOS)

Shoe Republic LA “Arly” Studded Booties

UPDATE (09/06/2012): And here’s yet another Chloé Susan inspired bootie. These Shoe Republic LA ankle boots are available in black, brown and camel faux suede.

Shoe Republic LA "Arly" Studded Booties in black faux suede (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Shoe Republic LA “Arly” Studded Booties
($52, GoJane)

Topshop “ALVIN” Studded Western Boots

UPDATE (08/25/2012): And here’s Topshop‘s version of the Chloé studded bootie: “ALVIN”; available for $90 (sale price!) in black, tan and burgundy leather.

Topshop "ALVIN" Studded Western Boots in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Topshop “ALVIN” Studded Western Boots
($90, Topshop)

ASOS “Amazon” Leather Studded Biker Boots

UPDATE (08/25/2012): Finally, ASOS has joined the ranks of Office, Bronx, Schuh and the likes with their very own Chloé Susan boot look-a-like. It’s a bit bulkier than the original with a biker boot feel to it, but overall it still looks a lot like the highly popular Chloé bootie.

ASOS AMAZON Leather Studded Biker Boots in black (Chloé Susanna knockoffs)

ASOS “Amazon” Leather Studded Biker Boots
($72.12, ASOS)

Office “Nighthawk” Stud Booties

UPDATE (07/06/2012): Good news! Office’s “Nighthawk” boots are now also available in red and white leather! Yay! But you better hurry, these shoes are flying off the shelves!

ITC reader Mat gave us a heads-up on these Chloé Susan boot look-a-like by Office. It sure looks like the identical sister of Office’s “Manic” boot which sold out a year ago or so. Available in black or brown.

Office "Nighthawk" Stud Booties in black and red (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Office “Nighthawk” Stud Booties
(£80, Office)

Schuh “Bob” Studded Ankle Boots

UPDATE (07/06/2012): Chloè Susan look-a-likes are now rolling in like crazy. Schuh has a fab, almost identical version in black.

Schuh "Bob" Studded Ankle Boots in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Schuh “Bob” Studded Ankle Boots
(£49.99, Schuh)

Blink Black Leather Studded Buckle Ankle Boots

UPDATE (07/06/2012): And here we go again with yet another amazingly similar Chloé knockoff; this one’s by Blink and made of real leather.

Blink Black Leather Studded Buckle Ankle Boots (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Blink Black Leather Studded Buckle Ankle Boots
(£89.99, New Look)

Jeffrey Campbell “Starburst” Studded Ankle Boots

UPDATE (05/30/2012): Jeffrey Campbell‘s highly-coveted “Starburst” booties are now available for European fans for at British shoe e-tailer Office. Better get them quick before they sell out!

Free People always seems to get the best Jeffrey Campbell styles. First they got the awesome Ann Deumeulemeester lace-up boots and now they sell knockoffs of the iconic Chloé studded ankle boots (Free People call this style “Northern Lights” while JC and other retailers named it “Starburst”). Don’t they look almost identical? The heel is a bit off, but the studs and buckles are pretty close to the original. The only downsides are that the Jeffrey Campbell studded booties don’t come in red. But the boots are available in black, white and brown, so if you always wanted a budget-friendlier alternative, these Jeffrey Campbell knockoffs are probably your last and only chance as the Chloé booties are a couple of seasons old now.

Jeffrey Campbell "Starburst" Studded Booties in black (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Starburst” Studded Ankle Bootspjx
($169.95, Solestruck)

P.S.: Also available at Free People, eBayeBay, Sarenza & Nelly.

GoJane Microstud Buckle Booties

UPDATE (05/21/2012): For all the budget-conscious Chloé fans out there, here’s a fab and steal-worthy Susan boot look-a-like by GoJane which comes in 4 different colors. Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

GoJane Microstud Buckle Booties (Chloé Susan knockoffs)

GoJane Microstud Buckle Booties
($51.60, GoJane)

Office “Manic” Stud Strap Boots

UPDATE (05/19/2010): Office have just restocked their awesome, almost identical Chloé knockoffs for the 4th time and reduced the price by £15. If you missed out on these in the past, this is probably your last chance to get hold of these booties.

Office Manic Studded Strap Ankle Boots in black (Chloé Pre-Fall 2008 Studded Boots knockoffs)

Office “Manic” Stud Strap Boots
(£52, Office)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 24, 2015. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Even though I’m still missing the “Yves” in Saint Laurent, I must admit that Hedi Slimane is doing a remarkable job on revamping the (Y)SL brand. I’m a great fan of the new shoes and bags line in particular. There are so many elegant and timeless pieces to choose from! I first have seen these minimalistic ankle strap heels shown below on Karla’s blog and immediately fell in love with them as they match my vision of “the” perfect ankle strap high heel sandal! If only they’d match my shopping budget as well…

Saint Laurent Jane Ankle Strap Sandals in black

Saint Laurent Jane Ankle Strap Sandalsls
($795, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Net-A-Porter (International)ls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Nordstromls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls.

Style Bloggers Love Saint Laurent

Style bloggers such as Karla from Karla’s Closet or Ashley from Ring My Bell have all been spotted wearing the Saint Laurent Jane Ankle Strap Sandals.

Karla's Closet and Ring My Bell wearing Saint Laurent Jane Ankle Strap Sandals

Who wore Saint Laurent better?

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Steve Madden “Gea” Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (04/24/2015): Found these lovely patent Saint Laurent look-alike heels by Steve Madden. Available for $79.95 in various colors!

Steve Madden "Gea" Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals in nude and black patent (Saint Laurent Jane knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Gea” Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals
($79.95, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Steve Maddenls, Dillard’s & Macy’s.

Sole Society “Lindsay” Strappy High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (02/28/2015): And while we’re at it, these strappy heels by Sole Society also reminded me of the Saint Laurent Jane ankle strap sandals above. Currently on sale for a steal price of $39.98!

Sole Society "Lindsay" Strappy High Heel Sandals in nude and black (Saint Laurent Jane knockoffs)

Sole Society “Lindsay” Strappy High Heel Sandalsls
($39.98, Sole Society)

Jeffrey Campbell “Strides” Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (02/28/2015): Stumbled upon this great Saint Laurent Jane alternative by Jeffrey Campbell. JC’s version has a slightly higher platform, but otherwise the design is almost the same. Also available in nude/ivory leatherls.

Jeffrey Campbell "Strides" Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals in nude ivory and black (Saint Laurent Jane knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Strides” Ankle Strap High Heel Sandalsls
($160, Nasty Gal)

Topshop UNIQUE Hi Strappy Sandals

While browsing through Topshop‘s newest arrivals today, I spotted this little fella here and was instantly reminded of the Saint Laurent Jane heels. Although the ankle strap is significantly wider than on the SL original and the price tag at $230 not exactly steal-worthy, I still think these’d be a great buy if you’re looking for a budget-friendl(y)ier Saint Laurent alternative because the overall look of these Topshop heels is still very, very similar to the designer version. Also in available in whitels, by the way.

Topshop UNIQUE Hi Strappy Sandals in black (Saint Laurent Jane look-a-likes)

Topshop UNIQUE Hi Strappy Sandalsls
($230, Topshop)

Image source(s): YSL, Karla’s Closet, Ring My Bell, Nasty Gal, Topshop

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 18, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Espadrilles! These summer shoes have risen to fame in the last couple of seasons with Chanel and Valentino leading the pack of the fabulous espadrilles. We’ve already done a Real vs. Steal on Valentino’s highly popular lace espadrilles from a few seasons ago and now they’ve updated their shoe collection with a just as stylish crochet version. But as gorgeous as they are, do you actually see yourself spending $675 (!) on a pair of highly delicate espadrilles? Well, I can’t.

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles in black

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles
($675, Forward by Elyse Walker)

Dollhouse “Flirt” Crochet Espadrille Flats

UPDATE (04/21/2015): Check out these sweet lovely Valentino inspired Dollhouse crochet espadrilles. Available in white, orange, blush and yellow for around $20. Yay!

Dollhouse "Flirt" Crochet Espadrille Flats in off-white and orange (Valentino knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Flirt” Crochet Espadrille Flatspjx
($22, Dollhouse)

P.S.: Also available at GoJane, Amazonamazon & Ideel.

ALDO “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

UPDATE (07/18/2014): Came across these Valentino inspired and budget-friendly crochet lace espadrilles at ALDO today. What you think? Hot or not?

ALDO "Agrano" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black and ivory (Valentino knockoffs)

ALDO “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrillesls
($19.98, ALDO)

P.S.: Also available at ALDO (Canada)ls, ALDO (UK) & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

UPDATE (05/23/2014): Stumbled upon another lovely Valentino alternative! What do you think of these crochet lace espadrille sandals by Jeffrey Campbell? So cute, right? Available in black, white or beige.

Jeffrey Campbell "Nia" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrillescj
($105, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nasty Galls, REVOLVEClothing, Nordstrom.

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flats

Good thing is that I don’t have to spend nearly $700 when there are Valentino-inspired espadrilles like these by Rebecca Minkoff around. And while I admit these aren’t what I’d consider a steal at $67.99 (sale price!) they are still in fact $600 cheaper than the originals. Available in black, red coral, yellow and taupe.

Rebecca Minkoff "Genny" Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flatsamazon
($67.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetro & CUSPls.

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrilles

Another great Valentino alternative are these crochet espadrilles by Tory Burch. They aren’t terribly cheaper than the Rebecca Minkoffs but in comparison to the pricey Valentinos they’re quite the good deal. Available in black and white.

Tory Burch "Abbe" Crochet Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrillescj
($150, Shopbop)

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles

And here’s another Valentino alternative which is actually my personal favorite because of the price and all the lovely colors you can buy them in. $109 at Jessica Buurman. Available in black, blush, aqua and yellow.

Jessica Buurman "AGAR" Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles (Valentino knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, Neiman Marcus, NORDSTROM, Jessica Buurman

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Copycat Math - Giuseppe Zanotti + Tom Ford = Mossimo "Sabrina"

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Image source(s): Jildor, Bergdorf Goodman, Target

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