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Finding steals after more than 4 years of experience isn’t too hard these days anymore, but I still get stuck here and there sometimes. Often times I’ll browse through the new arrivals section of an online store seeing new shoes and keep having a feeling that this or that shoe might be a designer look-a-like without really knowing where to start the search for the original designer. And sometimes I’ll see 2 (or more) almost identical shoe designs by brands which are known for notoriously copying designer shoes and not knowing where to look for the inspiration behind these. That’s a common scenario in my day-to-day fashion research and today I decided to let our readers help me solving some Real vs. Steal puzzles. Let’s start with these 2 embellished rocker boot contenders. One is by Steve Madden, the other one by ALDO, but both are almost identical twins in design which is a strong indicator that these boots are in fact knocked off by some high-end designer shoe. Help me find the original designer and post your ideas or hints in the comments section. Thanks!

Steve Madden "IMMORTAL" vs. ALDO "Cowher" Multi-Strap Booties in black

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Image source(s): Steve Madden, ALDO

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on October 15, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

Lately Giuseppe Zanotti has been creating footwear with an artistic flair, such as these Sculptural Wedge Booties. These booties are very reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s style and seem to be not very wearable on a daily basis. Though I would never be able to pull off Gaga’s wardrobe choices, I like the edginess that these booties add when paired with more simple dresses; hence, the two modern looks below. But no matter how much I may love these, I would never be able to splurge $895; especially on such a contemporary design. However, we have several affordable look-a-likes below!

Giuseppe Zanotti E27030 Sculptural Wedge Booties in black suede

Giuseppe Zanotti E27030 Sculptural Wedge Bootiescj
($895, Shopbop)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Shenae Grimes & Audrina Patridge wearing black suede Giuseppe Zanotti E27030 Sculptural Wedge Booties

Who wore Giuseppe Zanotti better?

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River Island “Even” No Heel Peep Toe Wedges

UPDATE (10/15/2012): Just came across another almost identical Giuseppe Zanotti look-a-like. These fabulous River Island peep-toe wedges are not only available in black suede as you can see but also a lustworthy gold speckled version. Love!

River Island Even No Heel Peep Toe Wedges in black suede and gold speckled (Giuseppe Zanotti E27030 knockoffs)

River Island “Even” No Heel Peep Toe Wedgesls
($149.52, ASOS)

ZiGi Soho “Leena” Peep-toe Wedge Booties

Exhibited here are the “Leena” Peep-toe Wedge Booties by ZiGi Soho. Priced much more moderately at $104.99, these for certain, already fit a more normal budget. Though I am not sure whether I would be able to pull of this style, it is becoming a lot more prevalent among celebrities, especially during red carpet events. And even though these sculpted booties are nicely paired with dresses above, I believe they will look very innovative and edgy with tailored trousers for a menswear-chic look. Overall, the versatility is not extensive; however, these booties are certainly a statement piece alone!

ZiGi Soho "Leena" Sculptural Wedge Booties in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E27030 knockoffs)

ZiGi Soho “Leena” Peep-toe Wedge Bootiescj
($104.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Dollhouse “Culprit” Wedge Platforms

Lastly, we have our most affordable find. The Dollhouse “Culprit” Wedge Platforms are equally striking as the Zanottis and the look-a-like above, simply without the price tag! Since these shoes are futuristic, they may eventually fall out of fashion, but when priced at $27.99 (sale price!), one is able to experiment with this style without having to stress out about the price. Best of all, they are available in the two colors pictured below for a beautiful and dramatic pop of color!

Dollhouse "Culprit" Wedge Platforms in blue and pink faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E27030 knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Culprit” Wedge Platformsamazon
($27.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ZooShoopj.

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on October 12, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

I can’t really decide whether I’m feeling this Isabel Marant pointy elfish-looking boot or not. Change the colors to red & green and it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas! It may just be me though. Because this edgy little boot has sold out at $925 – go figure! Nevertheless, if you desire a pair of these, just scroll down to see the steals we found. Yep, thank us now or later, it’s what we do.

Isabel Marant Amely Suede and Leather Wedge Ankle Boots in grey

Isabel Marant Amely Suede and Leather Wedge Ankle Bootsls
($925, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Isabel Marant

Brooklyn Decker and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing Isabel Marant Amely Suede and Leather Wedge Ankle Boots

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ShoeMint “Candy” Fold-Over Wedge Booties

UPDATE (10/12/2012): Just came across this amazingly similar Amely look-a-like by ShoeMint. These suede and leather booties are either available in dark grey or burgundy. First-time customers will get also 20% OFF their first purchase (discount applied automatically!).

ShoeMint "Candy" Fold-Over Wedge Booties in grey (Isabel Marant Amely knockoffs)

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($49.99, ShoeMint)

ALDO “Siptak” Wedge Ankle Boots

Well, we’d rather take a “sip of that”, Ms. Marant! Looks like ALDO has done a pretty good job of replicating your Amely boot with their Siptak boot. Available in black or taupe for only $65 (sale price)!

ALDO "Siptak" Wedge Ankle Boots in black (Isabel Marant Amely knockoffs)

ALDO “Siptak” Wedge Ankle Bootsls
($45.49, ALDO)

daniblack “Amos” Suede and Leather Wedge Ankle Boots

For those of you who like the ruched look, daniblack‘s “Amos” boot is the one for you. Again, they made their version in black and taupe. That ruching is gonna cost you a bit though. How much? $80.99 dollars much!

daniblack "Amos" Suede and Leather Wedge Ankle Boots in black (Isabel Marant Amely knockoffs)

daniblack “Amos” Suede and Leather Wedge Ankle Bootsamazon
($80.99, Amazon)

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HOT DEAL: Use promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET20” to get $20 OFF when you spend $100 at Warehouse, Oasis or Coast! Offer valid through October 18, 2012.

Deal of the Day - $20 OFF When You Spend $100 @ Warehouse, Oasis or Coast!

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  1. Warehouse Ovoid Biker Coatls, $169
  2. Oasis Snake Glovels, $45
  3. Coast Gimlet Satin Bow Pumpsls, $130
  4. Coast Kyra Coatls, $430
  5. Oasis Butterfly Shadow Placement Scarfls, $35
  6. Coast Idette Topls, $140
  7. Coast Sasha Pearl Braceletls, $45

Image source(s): Warehouse, Oasis, Coast

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