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 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)

Celebrities Love Jimmy Choo

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)

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($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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Update: This post has been updated on November 3, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

So what could I write about these t-strap heels by Jimmy Choo? They are super pretty, of course, and I love the lasercut detailing and the cute little gold buckles on the side. I also love how actress Zoe Saldana paired the blush suede version of these with a grey crop top and full midi-skirt. Such a chic look, right? Too bad these are a) super expensive and b) pretty much sold out everywhere.

Jimmy Choo Taba Perforated T-Strap Ankle Wrap Sandals in black

Jimmy Choo Taba Perforated T-Strap Ankle Wrap Sandalscj
($777, MyTheresa)

Zoe Saldana Loves Jimmy Choo

Actress Zoe Saldana has been spotted wearing Jimmy Choo Taba Perforated T-Strap Ankle Wrap Sandals in blush suede during her recent Star Trek: Into Darkness promo tour.

Zoe Saldana wearing blush suede Jimmy Choo Taba Perforated T-Strap Ankle Wrap Sandals

Anne Michelle Perton-22 Perforated T-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (11/03/2013): Discovered these fab faux suede t-strap heels by Anne Michelle today which are spot-on dupes of the Jimmy Choo Taba heels above. Love the sale price of $18.99!

Anne Michelle Perton-22 Perforated T-Strap Sandals in faux suede (Jimmy Choo Taba knockoffs)

Anne Michelle Perton-22 Perforated T-Strap Sandalscj
($18.99, Shiekh)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & CiCi Hot.

Steve Madden “MADNESSS” Lasercut T-Strap High Heel Sandals

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “JANSM1” to get 15% off orders of $100+ or “JANSM8” for 20% off orders of $150+ at Steve Madden including free shipping! Offer valid through 01/31/2014. Some exclusions apply.

A few days ago I spotted this high heel at Steve Madden and was instantly reminded of the Jimmy Choos above. The overall design is almost identical with a few slight differences here and there. The heel and the t-strap of the Madden version are a little slimmer which makes the whole shoe in my opinion more elegant and sleek. Plus, the Steve Madden version costs $129.95 whereas you would have to pay more than $700 for the Choos and we’re talking sale price here.

Steve Madden "MADNESSS" Lasercut T-Strap High Heel Sandals in black (Jimmy Choo Taba knockoffs)

Steve Madden “MADNESSS” Lasercut T-Strap High Heel Sandalsls
($129.95, Steve Madden)

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