Shoes

Ahhhh, Valentino, my love! One can always count on the French design house to come up with some really beautiful shoes – season after season. This black peep-toe platform pump with a metallic stiletto heel is a total staple buy. You simply can’t go wrong with a classic black peep-toe pump and/or Valentino. So, if you have the funds, go ahead and just “buy the damn shoes“.

Valentino Metallic Heel Peep Toe Pumps in black

Valentino Metallic Heel Peep Toe Pumpsls
($775, farfetch)

Chinese Laundry “Columbus Circle” Metallic Heel Stiletto Peep Toe Pumps

I know we all love the beauty of Valentino creations, but we surely don’t love their price tags, right? So may I present to you one of the best designer dupes I’ve seen lately: the “Columbus Circle” pump by Chinese Laundry! So close to the original that even I (the year-long knockoff expert) have difficulties telling those two apart. $775 vs. $128? I think I we have a winner!

Chinese Laundry "Columbus Circle" Metallic Heel Stiletto Peep Toe Pumps in nude and black (Valentino knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Columbus Circle” Metallic Heel Stiletto Peep Toe Pumpscj
($128, Chinese Laundry)

Image source(s): farfetch, Chinese Laundry

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on November 23, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

OMG! I’m out of words. If I had to describe these gold strass stiletto pumps by Christian Louboutin with 3 words, mine would be SEX – DIVA & DANGER. No need for a foreplay if you’re wearing these heels. I probably could walk (or rather stand) in these a mere 5 minutes at most, but it’d be sooo worth it. Too bad they’re out of my budget. Even though I don’t know the exact retail price I’m pretty sure it’s somewhere around $2.000-$3.000. Bummer!

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Crystal Encrusted Stiletto Pumps in gold

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Crystal Encrusted Stiletto Pumpsls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

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Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumps

UPDATE (11/23/2013): Discovered these awesome-looking crystal pumps by Karen Millen which instantly reminded me of the Pigalle Strass heels. At $425 they surely aren’t a steal, but compared to the super pricey Louboutins these are definitely a budget-saver.

Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass knockoffs)

Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumpsls
($425, Karen Millen)

P.S.: Also available at Karen Millen (UK)ls, Karen Millen (DE), ASOS (DE)zx & ASOS (FR).

Steve Madden “LENONA” Strass Pumps

UPDATE (07/30/2013): If you’re still on the lookout for a budget-friendly alternative for the CL Pigalle Strass Pumps, check out “LENONA” by Steve Madden! Available in champagne and black. Use promo code “SMNOV1” to get 15% off orders of $100+ or “SMNOV8” for 20% off orders of $150+ at Steve Madden including free shipping! Offer valid through 11/30/2013. Some exclusions apply.

Steve Madden "LENONA" Strass Pumps in champagne (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass knockoffs)

Steve Madden “LENONA” Strass Pumpsls
($99.95, Steve Madden)

Lauren Jones “Zinger” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (12/08/2010): Just stumbled upon these Louboutin alternatives by Lauren Jones. Available in gold, black, blue and fuchsia glitter as well as black and white satin.

Lauren Jones "Zinger" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Lauren Jones “Zinger” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($109, Amazon)

Betsey Johnson “Ice” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (11/02/2010): Here’s another great Louboutin alternative courtesy of Betsey Johnson. Available in gold, silver & black glitter.

Betsey Johnson "Ice" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Betsey Johnson “Ice” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($38.99, Amazon)

Martinez Valero “Zeta” Pumps

UPDATE (07/05/2010): Just found this sequined Pigalle look-a-like by Martinez Valero. Available in gold, black and bronze.

Martinez Valero Zeta Pumps in gold sequin (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Martinez Valero “Zeta” Pumpsamazon
($149.95, Amazon)

Michael Antonio “Lloyd” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (05/29/2010): Here’s another Louboutin inspired glitter pump by Michael Antonio. Also available in black, red & silver glitter.

Michael Antonio "Lloyd" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Lloyd” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($64.95, Amazon)

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoes

UPDATE (05/13/2010): Still lusting after a pair of glitter pumps à la Christian Louboutin? Try these pointy pumps by ASOS.

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoes in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoesls
($59.18, ASOS)

Liliana “Gland” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (05/13/2010): And here’s another fabulous Louboutin alternative for under $25. They are either available in a luscious red or silver glitter. LOVE!

Liliana "Gland" Glitter Pumps in red & silver (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Liliana “Gland” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($20, Amazon)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on November 17, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

It’s always hit and miss for me when it comes to Jimmy Choo, but if I like one of their styles chances are I really like it a lot. The “Marble” Mesh Bootie is the Puritan sister of “Quinze” which is basically the same shoe only adorned with embellishments. And while I do have a soft spot for mesh booties, I don’t see myself shelling out almost $900 for a pair anytime soon.

Jimmy Choo Marble Booties in black

Jimmy Choo Marble Mesh Bootiesls
($875, NORDSTROM)

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Marion Cotillard & Brittany Snow wearing black mesh Jimmy Choo Marble Booties

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Signature “Rowna” Mesh Peep-toe Booties

UPDATE (11/17/2013): Just stumbled upon these fabulous Jimmy Choo Marble look-a-likes by Signature. Available in black or red faux leather.

Signature "Rowna" Mesh Peep-toe Booties in black (Jimmy Choo Marble knockoffs)

Signature “Rowna” Mesh Peep-toe Booties
($22.98, Shoedazzle)

Jessica Simpson “Belindas” Mesh Peep-toe Booties

UPDATE (10/09/2012): Found another fabulous Jimmy Choo Marble look-a-like in these mesh suede peep-toe booties by Jessica Simpson. Also available in silver.

Jessica Simpson "Belindas" Mesh Peep-toe Booties in black suede (Jimmy Choo Marble knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Belindas” Mesh Peep-toe Bootiesls
($81.95, Shoebuy)

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BCBGeneration “Justina B” Mesh Booties

UPDATE (12/31/2010): Stumbled upon these amazingly similar Choo look-a-likes by BCBGeneration for under $100. Yay! Available in black or nude.

BCBGeneration "Justina B" Mesh Booties in black & nude (Jimmy Choo Marble knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Justina B” Mesh Bootiesamazon
($98, Amazon)

Nymulgogi Faux-Suede Trim Mesh Sandals

I have no clue how to spell the brand, but Nymulgogi has come up with amazingly close Marble look-a-likes which are available in either black or nude. The price of $72 ain’t too bad either.

Nymulgogi Faux-Suede Trim Mesh Sandals in black and nude (Jimmy Choo Marble knockoffs)

Nymulgogi Faux-Suede Trim Mesh Sandals
($72, YesStyle)

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I’ve always liked Michael Kors watches and have been wanting one for years, but they became so overly popular in the last two years that I didn’t really feel like being one of the many trend sheep following this hype. However, Kors has recently created a fabulous new charity capsule collection called “Watch Hunger Stop” where every sold watch equals 100 meals delivered to children in need. Apart from being absolutely in love with the gold-turquoise color combo and the world map face, I love the idea that by gifting this watch (e.g. for the upcoming christmas), you are also doing good to the world. Perfect gift idea, don’t you agree?

Michael Kors has joined forces with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to fight global hunger. For every sale of the 100 Series watch, WFP will deliver 100 meals to children in need. The support so far has been overwhelming. Thanks to you, we have already delivered over 1 million meals around the world.

Michael Kors MK5815 Watch Hunger Stop Mid-Size 100 Series Watch in gold and turquoise

Michael Kors MK5815 Watch Hunger Stop Mid-Size 100 Series Watchls
($295, Michael Kors)

Image source(s): Michael Kors

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on November 13, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

I haven’t written about Barbara Bui shoes for a long time, but these shiny black python print platform high heels definitely deserve a mention. At first they looked Alexander Wang-ish to me due to their sexy yet sporty vibe which is a signature style of Wang. I was quite surprised to learn that these are actually one of Bui’s creations. What didn’t surprise me though? The steep price tag of $1.375! Because Barbara Bui + that kind of “Made in Italy“-craftmanship comes at a price.

Barbara Bui Python Biker Heels in black

Barbara Bui Python Biker Heelscj
($1.375, S|SENSE)

Kristen Stewart Loves Barbara Bui

Actress Kristen Stewart has been spotted wearing Barbara Bui Python Biker Heels with an all-black ensemble back in November 2012.

Kristen Stewart wearing black Barbara Bui Python Biker Heels

Shoe Republic “Movado” Stiletto Platform Heels

UPDATE (11/13/2013): Just discovered these designer-inspired platform sandals by Shoe Republic. Also available in pink and camel.

Shoe Republic "Movado" Stiletto Platform Heels in black (Barbara Bui knockoffs)

Shoe Republic “Movado” Stiletto Platform Heelspjx
($26, UrbanOG)

Qupid Pinch-05 Ankle Cuff Stiletto Platform Heels

UPDATE (10/05/2013): Just stumbled upon these Barbara Bui inspired platform heels by Qupid. Available in black, yellow and white faux leather.

Qupid Pinch-05 Ankle Cuff Stiletto Platform Heels in black (Barbara Bui knockoffs)

Qupid Pinch-05 Ankle Cuff Stiletto Platform Heelsamazon
($24.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ZooShoopjx.

Privileged “Drama” Extreme Platform Heels

UPDATE (07/13/2013): Here’s another Barbara Bui inspired heel by Privileged. Available in black or white faux leather.

Privileged "Drama" Extreme Platform Heels in black (Barbara Bui knockoffs)

Privileged “Drama” Extreme Platform Heelscj
($89.99, Heels.com)

Jennifer Chou “Carmelo” Mega Platform Heels

UPDATE (07/13/2013): Also discovered this mega platform heels by Jennifer Chou which are also quite inspired by Barbara Bui. Also available in neon yellow, pink, hologram silver and petrol patent.

Jennifer Chou "Carmelo" Mega Platform Heels in black (Barbara Bui knockoffs)

Jennifer Chou “Carmelo” Mega Platform Heelspjx
($134.95, Solestruck)

Steve Madden “DUBSTEP” Platform Sandals

UPDATE (05/22/2013): Just stumbled upon another Barbara Bui inspired platform by Steve Madden. Available in black, yellow and silver.

Steve Madden "DUBSTEP" Platform Sandals in black (Barbara Bui look-a-likes)

Steve Madden “DUBSTEP” Platform Sandalsls
($129.95, Steve Madden)

MIA Limited Edition “Rocco” Platform Sandals

Most of us won’t be able to afford the Barbara Bui heels, but with a little saving we might get the second best thing to the real deal which are these fabulous Bui look-a-likes by MIA Limited Edition. They’re not exactly what I’d consider a steal at $229 and I really wish they’d kept the pale pink insole, but the overall look is so staggeringly similar that I really don’t care too much. And since white heels are going to be huge this year, these are also available in white.

MIA Limited Edition "Rocco" Platform Sandals in black (Barbara Bui look-a-likes)

MIA Limited Edition “Rocco” Platform Sandalscj
($229.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, NORDSTROMls & Zapposcj.

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