Shoes

Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Have you ever seen such a sweet shoe!? I’m all about taking it back to the 50s with the saddle shoe influence and making it into an elegant pump like this one by Miu Miu! I love how Nicola Roberts pairs the pump with a long flowy skirt to match the delicate style of the shoe. The pump also looks amazing with any other dress or skirt as its the perfect neutral! This Miu Miu Peep-toe Bow Platform pump is so gorgeous I don’t even know if there can be a steal that looks as good as this one! But nonetheless, I will try especially since it’s priced at $650 and to no one’s surprise, sold out!

Miu Miu Peep-toe Bow Platform Pumps in nude & camel

Miu Miu Peep-Toe Bow Spectator Pumpls
($650, Bergdorf Goodman)

Celebrities Love Miu Miu

Nicola Roberts, Myleene Klass, Hayley Williams and Sara Rue wearing Miu Miu Peep-toe Bow Platform Pumps

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Chinese Laundry “Party Crasher” Peep-toe Platform Pumps

UPDATE (09/18/2013): Just stumbled upon another Miu Miu look-a-like by Chinese Laundry. Available in black and nude for $130!

Chinese Laundry "Party Crasher" Peep-toe Platform Pumps in black and nude suede and patent (Miu Miu Spectator knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Party Crasher” Peep-toe Platform Pumpscj
($130, Chinese Laundry)

Chinese Laundry “Big Bubbles” Platform Pumps

So this Chinese Laundry shoe has the design down and I like the fact that it comes in black. I’m not the biggest fan of the red, but I am the biggest fan of the price! Priced at $109.95 is not too shabby on your wallet!

Chinese Laundry "Big Bubbles" Platform Pumps in black and red patent (Miu Miu knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Big Bubbles” Platform Pumpscj
($69.99, Chinese Laundry)

Madden Girl “LIMMERIC” Platform Pumps

This is the Madden Girl version and granted it doesn’t have that same platform that I absolutely love about the Miu Miu, but it does have the contrasting color if you decide to go with the “bone” color. I think the Steve Madden version is good for someone who doesn’t like a lot of height in their shoe. So, priced at $34.99 isn’t too bad of a deal at all!

Madden Girl "LIMMERIC" Platform Pumps in black and bone suede and patent (Miu Miu knockoffs)

Madden Girl “LIMMERIC” Platform Pumpsamazon
($28.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoes.comls & ShoeMetrocj.

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When I first laid my eyes on Zara‘s studded ankle boots pictured below, I instantly fell in love with them! Many fashionistas around the world saw these studded booties as Zara’s ode to Chloé’s highly popular Susan boots and so it didn’t take very long until the Zara booties were completely sold out in every Zara store. Personally, I cyberstalked these booties for a few weeks, constantly hoping they would go on sale before my size became out of stock since $199 seemed way too expensive for a Zara shoe to me. Unfortunately, I never got lucky and the Zara booties never became mine. However, today I discovered these almost spot-on Zara dupes at DSW which look practically identical to the pricey Zara version but cost only $69.95 (which is approx. $130 less than the retail price of the Zara booties). The stud-embellishments aren’t quite as detailed on the Coconuts by Matisse booties and the sole is also differently colored, but the overall design is still very close to the Zara original. I must say I’m tempted.

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Zara Ankle Boots with Studded Toe vs. Coconuts by Matisse Clymer Booties

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Image source(s): Zara, DSW

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Update: This post has been updated on September 16, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

There is something flirty yet grounded about wearing peep toe booties with a miniskirt. It somehow instantly makes anything short seem a little more sophisticated. And while you may have been told that ankle boots aren’t for everyone, they definitely can be if you wear them with opaque tights. Plus, the look is perfect for fall. Take this fabulous blue pair by Giuseppe Zanotti, they are such attention magnets and surprisingly a lot more versatile than you’d think. Wear them with blue skinny jeans and a sheer button down blouse for an artsy monochromatic look or with a little black dress and all your pearls for a spin on Audrey Hepburn’s iconic style. Either way, this pair can’t help but steal the show. And it gets better… we found a nearly identical version that costs way less and isn’t sold out.

Giuseppe Zanotti I17053 Ruffle Peep-toe Booties in blue suede

Giuseppe Zanotti I17053 Ruffle Peep-toe Bootiesls
($1.095, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available in a non-platform version at Yooxls.

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Eva Longoria and Noomi Rapace wearing black suede Giuseppe Zanotti I17053 Ruffle Peep-toe Booties

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Mix No. 6 “Brite” Ruffled Booties

Update (09/16/2013): Just came across these ruffled suede booties by Mix No. 6 which instantly reminded me of the Zanotti heels above. Also available in black.

Mix No. 6 "Brite" Ruffled Booties in blue faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I17053 knockoffs)

Mix No. 6 “Brite” Ruffled Booties
($34.94, Tradesy)

ZiGi Soho “Skip” Ruffle-Front Platform Booties

Not only is this version by ZiGi Soho only a fraction of the cost of the higher end design, but they also look just as phenomenal and work with a variety of outfits. Instantly transform office attire to a look ready for going out by just swapping your classic black pumps for these. For the perfect finishing touch, make sure you add some dark nail polish and modern accessories with a bit of metal hardware to really complete the look. Not ready to make a bold statement by getting them in blue? That’s OK because these are also available in black!

ZiGi Soho "Skip" Ruffle-Front Platform Booties in blue suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I17053 knockoffs)

ZiGi Soho “Skip” Ruffle-Front Platform Bootiesamazon
($86.26, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Heels.comcj.

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Update: This post has been updated on September 16, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Writing up a post about these buckled booties by Balenciaga is a toughie for me. Why? Well, mainly because I don’t find myself very attracted to this type of masculine biker boots. Nor am I tall or skinny enough to pull off such a bulky boot. However, since these boots have been making the rounds on a number of style blogs and celebs lately, here you go with a few budget-friendly alternatives.

Balenciaga Ceinture Cutout Buckled Booties in black

Balenciaga Ceinture Double-Buckle-Strap Bootsls
($1.275, Barneys)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcus, Matches Fashion & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities Love Balenciaga

Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie, Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones and Nina Dobrev wearing black Balenciaga Cutout Buckled Booties

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Wanted “Plaza” Buckled Cut-Out Booties

Update (09/16/2013): And I stumbled upon yet another budget-friendly Balenciaga dupe! Check out these faux leather buckle cut-out boots by Wanted. Only $19.94!

Wanted "Plaza" Buckled Cut-Out Booties in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Wanted “Plaza” Buckled Cut-Out Bootiescj
($19.94, Zappos)

Jessica Buurman “CRUSH” Buckled Cutout Boots

Update (08/16/2013): Whoa! Now look at these fabulous, almost identical Balenciaga dupes by Jessica Buurman. Looking pretty awesome, right? Psst, if you sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter, you’ll receive 10% off your first order!

Jessica Buurman "CRUSH" Buckled Cutout Boots in black and gold (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “CRUSH” Buckled Cutout Boots
($159, Jessica Buurman)

Chicnova Chunky Cut Out Buckled Boots

Update (08/16/2013): And here we go again with yet another Balenciaga Buckle Bootie alternative. This one comes from Chicnova and is made of PU leather.

Chicnova Retro PU Leather Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Chicnova Chunky Cut Out Buckled Boots
($32.93, Chicnova)

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Booties

Update (08/16/2013): If you need a more wallet-friendly Balenciaga fix, this cutout boot by Qupid is a great look-a-like for under $50! Yay!

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Booties in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Booties
($35.90, GoJane)

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepers

Update (08/03/2013): Wild Diva have made a creeper version out of the highly coveted Balenciaga booties and called it Credence-11! Available in black or burgundy.

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepers in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepersamazon
($32.90, Amazon)

Office Ultimate 2 Buckled Ankle Boots

Update (04/03/2013): Found yet another great Balenciaga inspired buckle boot! This one’s by Office, it costs £35 and there are only a few limited sizes left, so if you like these, you better hurry up to get these!

Office "Ultimate" Buckled Ankle Boots in black (Balenciaga look-a-likes)

Office Ultimate 2 Buckled Ankle Boots
(£35, Office)

Windsor Smith “Envy” Buckled Cutout Boots

Update (01/26/2013): Just came across another great Balenciaga boot look-a-like by Windsor Smith. If you prefer a patent version, check out the “Encore” boot, also by Windsor Smith.

Windsor Smith "Envy" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Windsor Smith “Envy” Buckled Cutout Boots
($179.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Soles “Magento” Buckled Cutout Boots

Update (01/26/2013): Also found a second Australian Balenciaga alternative by Soles.

Soles "Magento" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Soles “Magento” Buckled Cutout Boots
($159.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Steve Madden “AVE-A” Buckle Boots

As of now Steve Madden‘s “AVE-A” Buckle Boots are probably the closest and cheapest match to the Balenciaga boots.

Steve Madden "AVE-A" Buckle Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Steve Madden “AVE-A” Buckle Bootsamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

Topshop “ARABEL” Cut Out Boots

Topshop comes in second in terms of the Balenciaga look with their $170 “ARABEL” boot that is also available in white and a black studded version.

Topshop "ARABEL" Cut Out Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Topshop “ARABEL” Cut Out Boots
($170, Nordstrom)

Jeffrey Campbell “Roscoe” Cutout Boots

And of course, Jeffrey Campbell has come up with their own interpretation of Balenciaga’s bulky biker boot and named it “Roscoe”. It’s the most expensive of all look-4-less options ($248), but I like the shape of this boot the most and it’s the closest to the original.

Jeffrey Campbell "Roscoe" Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Roscoe” Cutout Boots
($248, Nasty Gal)

P.S.: Also available at Solestruck.

Jeffrey Campbell “Coltrane” Buckled Cutout Boots

Our reader Devon has found another Balenciaga boot look-a-like by Jeffrey Campbell which is even more similar than the “Roscoe” boot. Check out the “Coltrane” which comes in an array of uppers and colors and retails for $185!

Jeffrey Campbell "Coltrane" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Coltrane” Buckled Cutout Boots
($194.95, Solestruck)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom.

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Update: This post has been updated on July 9, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Over the last few years Valentino has built quite the extensive “Rockstud” collection. From bags to shoes, everything gets adorned with the famed pyramid studs these days. These cork wedge sandals are the 10th “Rockstud” item we’re covering on this blog. Unsurprisingly, I like these studded caged cork wedges just as much as the rest of the “Rockstud” collection. They’re casual yet sexy and summery but also glamorous and a little wild. If I had $975 to spare, I totally would get these for the upcoming spring and summer season.

Valentino Rockstud Cage Cork-Wedge Sandals in black

Valentino Rockstud Cage Cork-Wedge Sandalsls
($975, Neiman Marcus)

Coconuts by Matisse “Morrissey” Wedge Sandals

UPDATE (09/15/2013): Just came across these almost spot-on Valentino wedge dupes from Coconuts by Matisse. So pretty and not too expensive at $83.99! Use promo code “SHOES15” to get 15% off sitewide + free shipping! Expiry date unknown.

Coconuts by Matisse "Morrissey" Wedge Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Coconuts by Matisse “Morrissey” Wedge Sandalsls
($83.99, Shoes.com)

P.S.: Also available at Famous Footwearls & Amazonamazon.

Diavolina “Sabrina” Studded Caged Platform Wedges

UPDATE (07/09/2013): Stumbled upon an almost identical Valentino twin by Diavolina at StyleTread. Currently on sale for $65.90 AUD and also available in tan leather!

Diavolina "Sabrina" Studded Caged Platform Wedges in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Diavolina “Sabrina” Studded Caged Platform Wedges
($65.90 AUD, StyleTread)

JustFab “Antibes” Studded Cage Wedge Sandals

UPDATE (03/11/2013): Just found this budget-friendly Valentino look-a-like by JustFab. Lovely, isn’t it? Available in black or white.

JustFab "Antibes" Studded Cage Wedge Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

JustFab “Antibes” Studded Cage Wedge Sandalscj
($54.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at JustFabcj.

Fergie “Valencia” Studded Wedges

If you’re looking for a caged wedge à la Valentino, you might want to consider investing in these studded wedge sandals by Fergie. There’s clearly some heavy Valentino inspiration involved here even though these Fergie wedges have also a few differences that makes them stand out on their own.

Fergie "Valencia" Studded Wedges in black and camel (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Fergie “Valencia” Studded Wedgescj
($62.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, ShoeMallls, Shoes.comls, Famous Footwearls & Fergie Footwearls.

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, StyleTread, Heels.com, Zappos

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