Shoes

Blair from Atlantic-Pacific is hands down one of my absolute favorite personal style bloggers and I think she has such an impeccable sense of style. Whenever I visit her blog, I always find an abundance of outfit inspiration and rarely see a look that I do not love. While browsing for some new outfit ideas yesterday, I happened to discover this beautiful summer outfit where Blair wore a striped off-the-shoulder top with white short overalls by Madewell, tan Chloé espadrille wedges, a cute straw boater and cool Ray-Ban Clubmaster shades. I was so in love with Blair’s French Chic summer ensemble that I decided to recreate her look on a more budget-friendly level. What do you think of my alternative picks? Close enough? Let me know.

Blair’s Striped Top & White Overalls Look 4 Less

Style Blogger Look 4 Less - City Stripes @ Atlantic-Pacific

Outfit Picture via @blaireadiebee

Go Shopping:

Image source(s): @blaireadiebee Instagram, Nordstrom, Sole Society, Target H&M, Lori’s

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Anyone remember these Zara flats? For a couple of weeks, these were the no. 1 shoes on Instagram and it seemed like everyone and their mom owned a pair. If they look somehow familiar to you, you’re absolutely right as they are a beautiful hybrid of Isabel Marant’s studded Leo flats and Aquazzura’s Christy lace-up flats (see another lovely Isabel Marant and Aquazzura hybrid example here). I’m not sure how much they retailed for, but I guess probably somewhere around $80. Now that isn’t expensive for a pair of chic flats and probably also the reason why these babies were sold out in no time at Zara. I tried my best to score them, but no such luck! Boohoo!

Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats in black

Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats
(Price Unknown, Vestiaire Collective)

Style Bloggers & IGers Love Zara

Various personal style bloggers and IGers have been spotted wearing Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats.

Style Bloggers and IGers wearing black Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats

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Athena Footwear “Danielle” Lace-Up Flats

Update (05/10/2016): Steal deal alert! Check out these fabulous lace-up flats by Athena Footwear which are available in either black, nude or denim and are currently on sale for under $20. Yay!

Athena Footwear "Danielle" Lace-Up Flats in black (Zara dupes)

Athena Footwear “Danielle” Lace-Up Flats
($19.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Billini “Adrienne” Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (04/15/2016): Found another great and budget-friendly Zara dupe today! This one’s by Billini and it’s available in black or nude faux leather for $79.95 AUD.

Billini "Adrienne" Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black (Zara knockoffs)

Billini “Adrienne” Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats
($79.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Verali “Stella” Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats

If you weren’t lucky back then as well, here’s your second chance, ladies: these chic eyelet-studded lace-up flats by Verali are a spot-on Zara dupe and they are available in either black or tan for just $79.95 AUD. Yay!

Verali "Stella" Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats in brown and black (Zara dupes)

Verali “Stella” Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats
($79.95 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic.

Pedder Red “Joey” Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flats

Another great alternative would be these suede lace-up flats by Pedder Red. They’re probably more expensive than the original Zara version, but the quality looks pretty good here, so they might be worth the splurge. Available for $165 in various colors and uppers.

Pedder Red "Joey" Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Pedder Red “Joey” Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flatsls
($165, Lane Crawford)

P.S.: Also available at Lane Crawford (UK)ls.

Image source(s): eBay, Fashion by MNP, Instagram (@raquelnunez8, @claraalonsonet, @yasmin_dxb, @gvp_loves, @zaratolouboutin), Nordstrom Rack, The Iconic, Styletread, Lane Crawford

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Update: This post has been updated on May 7, 2016. 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)

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes

Update (05/07/2016): Discovered these lovely Valentino inspired crochet espadrilles at River Island and they’re super budget-friendly as well ($36).

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes in red and black (Valentino inspired)

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes
($36, River Island)

Merona “Wendy” Crochet Espadrille Flats

Update (03/05/2016): Spotted another great and budget-friendly Valentino look for less alternative today. These crochet espadrilles by Merona come in 3 fab colors and are currently on clearance for super affordable $12.48.

Merona "Wendy" Crochet Espadrille Flats in coral, black and yellow (Valentino dupes)

Merona “Wendy” Crochet Espadrille Flats
($12.48, Target)

Aldo “Molinis” Crochet Espadrilles

Update (03/05/2016): Also found a second Valentino alternative by Aldo. How cute are these crochet espadrille flats?

Aldo "Molinis" Crochet Espadrilles in black, coral and white (Valentino dupes)

Aldo “Molinis” Crochet Espadrillesls
($24, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & Zalora.

Halogen “Serene” Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrilles

Update (05/26/2015): So in love with these beautiful Valentino inspired crochet slip-on espadrilles by Halogen! Perfect summer shoes!

Halogen "Serene" Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrilles in black, ivory and coral (Valentino knockoffs)

Halogen “Serene” Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrillesls
($79.95, Nordstrom)

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 Flatsamazon
($15.40, Amazon)

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)ls & 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 Espadrillesls
($105, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack & Revolve.

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)

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 Espadrilles
($150, Tory Burch)

Also available at Nordstromls & Shopbopls.

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

Lastly, here’s another Valentino dupe 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, River Island, Neiman Marcus, Dollhouse, Shopbop, Nordstrom, Target, Aldo, Jessica Buurman

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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 & 6pm.

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! 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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So it’s been a while since we last had Monsieur Christian Louboutin starring in one of our Real vs. Steal posts and we also haven’t covered flats in a while, so why not kill two birds with one stone by showing you a pretty neat dupe for these gorgeous spikey Louboutins? Now aren’t they beautiful? The pointy ballerina shape is all elegance and femininity while the silver spikes clearly say: “You better not be messin’ with me, b***!” Too bad their $995 price tag says: “Girl, you better have some money on ya ’cause we ain’t cheap!”

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spiked Ballerina Flats in black and silver

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spiked Ballerina Flatsls
($995, Net-A-Porter)

ASOS “Lightning” Studded Ballet Flats

Luckily, we managed to come across these wonderful Louboutin look-alikes at ASOS which are a spot-on Pigalle flat dupe when compared to the real deal, but cost a mere $48 (this is less than 5% of the Louboutin’s price!). A few sizes are already out of stock, so you better grab these quick if you find yourself lusting after some spikey Louboutin on a budget.

ASOS "Lightning" Studded Ballet Flats in black and silver (Christian Louboutin Pigalle dupes)

ASOS “Lightning” Studded Ballet Flats
($48, ASOS)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, ASOS

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