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Update: This post has been updated on April 17, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Mary-Kate Olsen is quite the trendsetter. A few weeks after being spotted on MK’s feet, Stella McCartney‘s mesh sandals hit the digital shelves of Net-A-Porter, but sold out there super fast. If you are craving the real deal, you can still find them on Stella’s website or read on and let me show you some recession-proof alternatives.

Stella McCartney Mesh Basket Sandals in black

Stella McCartney Mesh Basket Sandalsls
($995, Net-A-Porter)

Mary-Kate Olsen Loves Stella McCartney

At the beginning of 2009, Mary-Kate Olsen was having an obsession with Stella McCartney’s mesh sandals from the Spring 2009 collection. She was wearing them to various events and when being out and about before finally moving on to another pair of lustworthy heels which she could wear to death.

Mary-Kate Olsen wearing Stella McCartney Mesh Basket Sandals in black

Aldo “Frirassi” Mesh Slingback Sandals

Update (04/17/2015): Four years after our last find I happened to stumble upon these mesh slingback heels at Aldo today and they instantly reminded me of the Stella McCartney mesh basket sandals above.

Aldo "Frirassi" Mesh Slingback Sandals in black (Stella McCartney knockoffs)

Aldo “Frirassi” Mesh Slingback Sandalsls
($45, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos & Amazonamazon.

Charles by Charles David “Netizen” Mesh Sandals

Update (05/16/2011): Here’s another great Stella McCartney alternative coming from Charles by Charles David. Available in black or camel.

Charles by Charles David "Netizen" Mesh Sandals in black (Stella McCartney knockoffs)

Charles by Charles David “Netizen” Mesh Sandalsamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

Martinez Valero “Cleo” Sandals

Update (05/12/2010): Yay! Finally another Stella McCartney knockoff and this one’s absolutely fabulous I think. Martinez Valero did a great job with his “Cleo” sandals. They come in either black, nude or silver.

Martinez Valero "Cleo" Sandals in black (Stella Mccartney knockoffs)

Martinez Valero “Cleo” Sandalsamazon
($25.99, Amazon)

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Lisa” Pumps

Update (03/10/2010): Here’s yet another fabulous but slightly pricey Stella McCartney knockoff by BCBGMAXAZRIA.

BCBGMAXAZRIA "Lisa" Mesh Slingback Pumps in black (Stella McCartney knockoffs)

BCBGMAXAZRIA “Lisa” Pumpsls
($142, Shoebuy)

Nine West “Hotrock” Mesh Sandals

Update (10/30/2009): Found another budget-friendly Stella McCartney alternative by Nine West.

Nine West "Hotrock" Mesh Sandals in black (Stella McCartney knockoffs)

Nine West “Hotrock” Mesh Sandalsamazon
($72.05, Amazon)

bebe “Lizzy” Mesh Sandals

I always thought Steve Madden is the king of knockoffs, but after seeing so many designer shoe look-a-likes coming from bebe latey, I have come to the conclusion that they deserve this title. Whenever I visit their website, new designer knockoffs have popped up just like these Stella McCartney knockoffs for example. bebe’s “Lizzy” sandals come in 3 different colors and retail for $139.

bebe Lizzy Mesh Sandals in black (Stella McCartney knockoffs)

bebe “Lizzy” Mesh Sandals
($139, bebe)

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Update: This post has been updated on February 5, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you had to pick one pair of shoes to give you that extra boost of confidence on any given day, these stunners by Christian Louboutin would be my choice. You can’t wear them and NOT have everyone looking at you. So, what will you wear with them? Will it include a pair of scene-stealing jeans or perhaps a figure-accentuating skirt? Either way, get ready to turn some heads. Wait, are you thinking: “How will I ever afford these?” – it’s OK, we’ve found hope. Take a look below!

Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass Crystal Encrusted Platform Pumps in silver

Christian Louboutin Daffodile Crystal Encrusted Platform Pumpsls
($6.395, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Jennifer Hudson, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles & Kate Moss wearing Christian Louboutin Daffodile Crystal Encrusted Platform Pumps

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Taylor Says “Til Death” Rhinestone-Encrusted Platform Pumps

UPDATE (04/15/2015): Stumbled upon these crystal-studded Louboutin Daffodile look-alikes by Taylor Says today and wanted to share them with you. Not the cheapest at $199.99, but still way better than spending more than 6k, right?

Taylor Says "Til Death" Rhinestone-Encrusted Platform Pumps in white silver (Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass knockoffs)

Taylor Says “Til Death” Rhinestone-Encrusted Platform Pumps
($199.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Liliana “Dazzling” Rhinestone-Embellished Platform Pumps

UPDATE (02/05/2015): Found these budget-friendly, Louboutin-inspired, sparkling stunners by Liliana today. Available in pewter or gold for $69.99.

Liliana "Dazzling" Rhinestone-Embellished Platform Pumps in silver (Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass knockoffs)

Liliana “Dazzling” Rhinestone-Embellished Platform Pumps
($69.99, Heels.com)

Steve Madden “DANDY” Sparkly Rhinestone Platform Pumps

UPDATE (08/02/2013): Discovered another great Louboutin alternative by Steve Madden. Also check out the “DEEVAAls” which is another great CL Daffodile Strass alternative from Madden.

Steve Madden "DANDY" Sparkly Rhinestone Platform Pumps (Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass knockoffs)

Steve Madden “DANDY” Sparkly Rhinestone Platform Pumpsls
($149.95, Steve Madden)

AX Paris Sparkle Diamonte Covered Platform Heels

UPDATE (07/10/2012): Just happened to stumble upon these fantastic Louboutin Daffodile Strass knockoffs by AX Paris. They’re available in both black and white and cost a mere £17.99! Red sole included.

AX Paris Sparkle Diamonte Covered Platform Heels in black and white (Christian Louboutin Daffodile knockoffs)

AX Paris Sparkle Diamonte Covered Platform Heels
(£17.99, AX Paris)

Chinese Laundry “Dazed and Confused” Sparkling Pumps

So maybe they don’t have a red sole, but this pair by Chinese Laundry will sure grab some attention. Plus, the dark crystals will go with mostly everything you wear in the evening; so you can be certain that they will be your go-to-accessory whenever you need to dress anything up. They can be the piece that transforms your look from day to night with just one quick switch. Sounds fabulous? Now check out the sale price of $73.98!

Chinese Laundry "Dazed and Confused" Sparkling Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Daffodile knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Dazed and Confused” Sparkling Pumps
($73.98, Chinese Laundry)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 14, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I wonder if – one fine day – I will be the happy owner of a pair of Alexander McQueen heels. I would LOVE to, but thinking that his shoes go for more than 1k per pair, I somehow doubt this is ever going to happen. Not with that kind of budget at least. Anyone out there bothering to tell me the secret of getting rich quick? My shoe addiction refuses to wait any longer to be satisfied.

Alexander McQueen "Faithful" Zipper Peep-toe Ankle Boots in black

Alexander McQueen Faithful Peep-toe Ankle Bootsls
($1.155, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Alexander McQueen

Emma Watson, Rihanna, LaLa Vasquez, Amerie and Lindsay Lohan wearing black Alexander McQueen "Faithful" zipper peep-toe ankle boots

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BCBGeneration “Lantern” Peep-Toe Ankle Booties

UPDATE (04/14/2015): Discovered these front collar peep-toe booties by BCBGeneration and they instantly reminded me of the Alexander McQueen ankle boots above. Currently on sale for a very budget-friendly $45.60!

BCBGeneration "Lantern" Peep-Toe Ankle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Lantern” Peep-Toe Ankle Bootiesamazon
($45.60, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm & Nordstrom Rack.

Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Booties

UPDATE (02/17/2014): After all these years, we’re still getting requests for the McQueen booties above, so here you go. Found another Faithful bootie dupe at Milanoo for $82.99!

Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Bootiesls
($82.99, Milanoo)

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Booties

UPDATE (02/10/2012): Just stumbled upon these McQueen bootie look-a-likes by Italina. And they’re currently on sale for $39.99!

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Bootiesamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

Madden Girl “Kernal” Zipper Booties

UPDATE (05/27/2010): If you’re wary of high heels, try these “Faithful” knockoffs by Madden Girl. They’re a bit bulky, but the low heel makes them that much more practical for day-to-day wear. The price ain’t too bad either.

Madden Girl "Kernal" Zipper Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Madden Girl “Kernal” Zipper Bootiesamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

Wet Seal Motorcycle Booties

UPDATE (12/10/2009): Stumbled upon yet another Faithful bootie knockoff version by Wet Seal. Available in either black or taupe.

Wet Seal Motorcycle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Wet Seal Motorcycle Booties
($19.50, Wet Seal)

ALDO “Haga” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (12/02/2009): Found yet another great alternative to the McQueen booties by Aldo. They are not a complete rip-off, but the inspiration behind these is more than obvious.

Aldo "Haga" Zipper Open-toe Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

ALDO “Haga” Zip Ankle Bootsls
($120, ALDO)

Michael Antonio “Monet” Zipper Booties

UPDATE (11/19/2009): Woohoo! I didn’t expect to find a knockoff just as good as the Steve Maddens, but then I stumbled upon these zipper booties by Michael Antonio. They look just as good AND are way cheaper, too. Yay! Also available in brown, berry, grey and red.

Michael Antonio "Monet" Zipper Ankle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Monet” Zipper Ankle Bootiescj
($34.97, Shiekh)

Pink Duchess “Vicky” Zipper Ankle Boots

UPDATE: These booties by Pink Duchess are also a good and super affordable alternative to the real McQueen booties.

Pink Duchess "Vicky" Zipper Ankle Boots in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Pink Duchess “Vicky” Zipper Ankle Bootsamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Steve Madden “SERYNA” Peep-toe Ankle Boots

I love and hate Steve Madden. Hate because his collection is mostly based on other people’s creativity and LOVE because it makes being fashionable on a budget SO much easier without having to compromise the designer look of a shoe. These Alexander McQueen knockoffs are almost identical, the only thing that’s different is that the zipper isn’t a skull shape, but everything else could pass as the original. The ankle boots are currently on pre-order and will be ready to ship in approx. 4 weeks. However I wouldn’t wait too long to order as this style is probably one of the first to sell out.

Steve Madden SERYNA Zipper Ankle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

Steve Madden “SERYNA” Peep-toe Ankle Bootsls
($129.95, Steve Madden)

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Copycat Math - Chanel Cap-Toe Espadrilles + Valentino Lace Espadrille Flats = Mossimo Rita Crochet Espadrilles

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Update: This post has been updated on March 21, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you’ve never worn flats to work because they seem too informal, these pointy confections by Christian Louboutin may just be the anecdote. They are certainly among the most luxurious I’ve ever seen, and yet oddly familiar… like a pair that Holly Golightly might have pulled out from underneath the bed looking for her crocodile shoes in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Of course, although these are fantastic, perhaps you may want to check out the other options below if your budget doesn’t allow for such a large investment.

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pointed Flats in black patent

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pointed Flatsls
($595, Bergdorf Goodman)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Kate Walsh and Anne Hathaway wearing black patent Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pointed Flats

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Butter Shoes “Pointer” Pointed-Toe Flats

UPDATE (03/31/2015): Came across this lovely navy-colored Louboutin alternative by Butter Shoes. Also available in various other colors and uppers.

Butter Shoes "Pointer" Pointed-Toe Flats in navy patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Butter Shoes “Pointer” Pointed-Toe Flatspjx
($218, Shop the Shoe Box)

P.S.: Also available at Bluefly, Butter Shoespjx, SimplySoles, Lori’spjx, Pink Mascara, Gilt & Designs by Stephenels.

Ivanka Trump “Tizzy” Pointed-Toe Slip-On Flats

UPDATE (01/15/2015): Another spot-on Louboutin Pigalle Flat dupe spotted! Check out these chic flats by Ivanka Trump. So lovely, aren’t they?

Ivanka Trump "Tizzy" Pointed-Toe Flats in black and red patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Tizzy” Pointed-Toe Flatscj
($120, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Lori’spjx, Heels.comcj, Designs by Stephenels & 6pm.

BP. “Moveover” Pointed Toe Flats

UPDATE (04/13/2013): Found yet another great Louboutin alternative! Look at these fab pointed-toe flats by BP.! Only $49.95 and available in black, coral, blue and yellow patent.

BP. Moveover Pointed Toe Flats in black patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat look-a-likes)

BP. “Moveover” Pointed Toe Flatsls
($49.95, NORDSTROM)

VS Collection Pointed-Toe Flats

UPDATE (04/07/2013): Just came across another great Pigalle Flat look-a-like. Check out these pointed-toe flats by VS Collection. They cost $49 (sale price!) and are also available in various other uppers and prints!

VS Collection Pointed-Toe Patent Flats (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat look-a-likes)

VS Collection Pointed-Toe Flats
($49, Victoria’s Secret)

Ivanka Trump “Annulio” Pointed Flats

This lovely option by Ivanka Trump, is both ladylike and modern at the same time. Perfectly polished for work, and yet they have a little added flirtatiousness to them as well. If there ever was a pair of flats that could look fabulous with a skirt, it’s got to be these. The pointy toe will elongate your legs, while the small heel elevates the foot just enough to give you support, and not completely betraying you at the end of the day with cramped toes. Plus, the patent leather is very easy to maintain. These are currently available in black, coral, lime, burgundy, grey and nude patent leather as well as matte black leather.

Ivanka Trump "Annulio" Pointed Flats in black patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Annulio” Pointed Flatsamazon
($76.99, Amazon)

J.Crew “Viv” Pointed Patent Flats

Leave it to J.Crew to offer some spring-infused alternatives made from great quality soft leather, and sure to provide a comfortable fit. At $188, they are a little bit more expensive than your average department store option, but you’ll instantly feel the difference in the way these will mold to your feet. If you love wearing stylish flats, consider investing in a quality pair that you’ll keep reaching for year after year! Plus, choosing a bright shade like Kelly Green is a great way to update your favorite weekend skinny jeans.

J.Crew "Viv" Pointed Patent Flats (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

J.Crew “Viv” Pointed Patent Flatsls
($188, J.Crew)

Report “Gonzalez” Pointed Flats

If you like to have a pair of shoes on standby for those days where you can’t even fathom wearing any kind of heel, the answer is this pair by Report. Perhaps you might try this more matte version with some sleek black leggings and a sweater dress? I definitely love my heels, but this is one very convincing alternative; especially for when I need to look polished, but my toes require a vacation. This pair is available in black, chestnut or nude patent leather.

Report "Gonzalez" Pointed Flats in black patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Report “Gonzalez” Pointed Flatsamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

Pour La Victoire “Bre” Pointed Flats

If you loved the color choices above, check out even more bright options with this beautifully constructed version by Pour La Victoire. While the shape of the shoe does provide a more polished look, you can really have fun and modernize with a some color by combining a fuchsia pair with your classic gray suit. Wear them also with tailored pants, or tapered capris! And why not invite your pretty a-line and full skirts to the party too? Just make sure to keep those skirt hems above the knee for the most flattering silhouette (shoes pictured are available in various colors and uppers).

Pour La Victoire "Bre" Pointed Patent Leather Flats (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Pour La Victoire “Bre” Pointed Flatsamazon
($39.95, Amazon)

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