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Update: This post has been updated on May 16, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

After writing this blog for more than 9 years and scouring the internet for designer dupes even longer, I hardly raise an eyebrow anymore whenever I come across a budget brand or fast-fashion chain copying a high fashion designer. But when designers – with very similar price points – copy amongst each other? Baffling! Which is exactly how I felt when I recently stumbled upon a pair of frayed satin slides by Stuart Weitzman. I knew I had seen that same style somewhere before, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on where. So after a few days I have almost already forgotten about it when I accidentally saw the Gianvito Rossi‘s “Barth” Sandal which looks so much alike, they’re basically designer shoe twins. Both have the same design, the same details, the same fabric and the same color! The prices, however, are somewhat different, but still close enough together to be both considered luxury shoes with Rossi’s sandals costing $645 and Weitzman’s version being priced at $375. I can’t tell who is copying whom though since I don’t know who came out first with their shoe style. Anyway, both sandals are absolutely fabulous and right on trend with the soft pink tone and the silky satin upper, so you can either go with your personal preference or your bank account because style-wise it’s a close tie between these two.

Gianvito Rossi Barth & Stuart Weitzman Edgeout Frayed Satin Crisscross Slide Sandals in blush pink

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LFL by Lust for Life “Frill” Frayed Slide Sandals

Update (05/16/2017): Just stumbled upon these amazingly spot-on Gianvito Rossi Barth dupes by LFL by Lust for Life which come in either blush, black or silver and retail for $59.95. Love them!

LFL by Lust for Life "Frill" Frayed Slide Sandals in blush pink, silver and black satin (Gianvito Rossi Barth dupes)

LFL by Lust for Life “Frill” Frayed Slide Sandalsamazon
($59.95, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos.

Forever 21 Frayed Ribbed Satin Slides

If you find yourself drooling over the blush satin slides above, but none of the price tags finds your liking, how about these frayed crisscross sandals by Forever 21 then? They look basically just like the designer versions above, but cost a mere $19.90 instead! Love, love, love!

Forever 21 Frayed Ribbed Satin Slides in blush pink (Gianvito Rossi Barth & Stuart Weitzman Edgeout inspired dupes)

Forever 21 Frayed Ribbed Satin Slides
($19.90, Forever 21)

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Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Jildor, Amazon, Zappos, Forever 21

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Update: This post has been updated on May 2, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

To this date Manolo Blahnik‘s “Hangisi” Cobalt Blue Satin Pumps are still one of the most requested shoes for a Real vs. Steal post on this blog. Our inbox is filled with emails from women who asked us to find a budget-friendly alternative to Carrie Bradshaw’s beautifully blue Manolos in the 2008 Sex and the City movie. And while there are quite a few wonderful Hangisi look-alikes out there, many of them run either on the rather expensive side or are simply not available anymore, so I was super happy when I came across these vivid blue satin heels by ASOS because they’re the perfect blank canvas for a DIY Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoe project. All you need – besides the ASOS shoes, of course – is a pair of sparkly shoe clips and you’re good to go! I happened to find a really cute version by this brand called Absolutely Audrey for $21.99 which will give you a very similar look to the Manolo Blahniks. The total price for this super basic DIY amounts to a little over $90 which is less than 1/10 of the real deal’s price. Now that’s what I call a real steal deal!

DIY Idea - Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Pumps

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Office “On To” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Satin Pumps

Update (05/02/2017): Discovered these gorgeous satin stiletto heels by Office today and thought they’d be the perfect base shoe for the Manolo Blahnik Hangisi DIY project shown above. Available in fuchsia pink or cobalt blue satin for £68.

Office "On To" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Satin Pumps in fuchsia pink and cobalt blue (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi inspired)

Office “On To” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Satin Pumps
(£68, Office)

Also available at Office London (DE).

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, ASOS, Absolutely Audrey, Office

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Update: This post has been updated on May 2, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Colorful Pom Pom sandals are all the rage this summer, but if you can’t be bothered with complicated and tedious lace-up gladiator styles which take forever to get laced just right, these embellished leather slides by Schutz are a great and just as fabulous alternative – they’re super easy to put on and off which thus makes them the perfect beach or pool shoes for your summer vacation. But if you don’t see yourself spending $160 on a pair of trendy leather slides, well, we just happened to come across an absolute spot-on Schutz “Estelen” look-alike by Steve Madden. The design of Madden’s “Gypsy” is pretty much identical, even the arrangement of the embellishments is almost the exact same! The only noticeable difference here is the $79 price tag on the Steve Maddens which makes them half as expensive as the pricey Schutz sandals. Which slide-on sandals do you prefer, Madden or Schutz? And would you rather splurge or save on this shoe trend? Let us know!

Splurge or Save? - Embellished Sandal Slides: Schutz "Estelen" or Steve Madden "Gypsy"?

Embellished Sandal Slides: Splurge or Save?

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Dorothy Perkins “Fraya” Tassel Mule Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Browsed Dorothy Perkins today and stumbled upon this lovely slide sandal and was instantly reminded of the Schutz version above. So cute, right?

Dorothy Perkins "Fraya" Tassel Mule Sandals in tan (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Dorothy Perkins “Fraya” Tassel Mule Sandals
($45, Dorothy Perkins)

Also available at Zalando & Debenhams.

Olivia Miller “Kaara” Embellished Sandals

Update (03/21/2017): Discovered yet another embellished sandal slide today! These cute embellished summer sandals are by Olivia Miller and cost $24.99 at Kohl’s (sale price!).

Olivia Miller "Kaara" Embellished Sandals in tan (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Olivia Miller “Kaara” Embellished Sandals
($24.99, Kohl’s)

Chinese Laundry “Palma” Flat Sandals

Update (03/21/2017): These Chinese Laundry embellished sandals may be a bit more expensive at $80, but I love their look, especially the green/turquoise version which is my personal favorite.

Chinese Laundry "Palma" Flat Sandals in pink and green tan (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Chinese Laundry “Palma” Flat Sandals
($80, Zappos)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Chinese Laundry & ShoeMallls.

Forever 21 Fringed Pom Pom Sandals

Update (03/21/2017): Also came across these fun-colored sandal slides at Forever 21 which also reminded me of the Schutz sandal above. Available in various color combinations for a steal price of $22.90.

Forever 21 Fringed Pom Pom Sandals (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Forever 21 Fringed Pom Pom Sandals
($22.90, Forever 21)

BP. “Abby” Embellished Sandals

Update (03/21/2017): Another great Schutz Estelen inspired alternative are these cute sandal slides by BP. which cost $49.95.

BP. "Abby" Embellished Sandals (Schutz Estelen dupes)

BP. “Abby” Embellished Sandalsls
($49.95, Nordstrom)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Kay” Slide Sandals

Update (01/30/2017): Spotted another awesome budget-friendly “Save” contender at Target. These embellished slides are by Mossimo Supply Co. and cost only $27.99. Steal deal alert!

Mossimo Supply Co. "Kay" Slide Sandals (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Kay” Slide Sandals
($27.99, Target)

Madden Girl “Kreed” Embellished Slide Sandals

Update (01/30/2017): Also found these slides by Madden Girl which are a great alternative to the pricey Schutz sandals are also cheaper than the Steve Madden version ($49 at Macy’s).

Madden Girl "Kreed" Embellished Slide Sandals (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Madden Girl “Kreed” Embellished Slide Sandals
($49, Macy’s)

Also available at Steve Maddenls & Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

Image source(s): Revolve, Macy’s, Dorothy Perkins, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Forever 21, Target, Macy’s

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Update: This post has been updated on April 25, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I have already written in length how much I love everything “Rockstud” from Valentino, so I won’t even start elaborating how I lust over these pyramid studded ankle wrap espadrilles. But the whopping $895 price tag attached to these summer shoe beauties makes them absolutely inaccessible for me. So when I spotted the non-studded ShoeDazzle “Morena” espadrilles shown below, I thought these would be the perfect fit for a DIY Valentino Rockstud project. Personally, I’m not much of a DIYer, but since this DIY idea would only require ironing on a couple of pre-glued studs, the task sounds actually manageable even for absolute DIY beginners like me. What do you think? Are these shoes worth the effort?

DIY Idea - Valentino Rockstud Double Ankle-Wrap Flat Espadrilles

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Fashion Thirsty Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles

Update (04/25/2017): No need for DIYing if you can buy the same designer look for under $25! Check out these studded espadrille flats by Fashion Thirsty which come in various colors and cost only $22.99. Steal deal alert!

Fashion Thirsty Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Fashion Thirsty Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrillesamazon
($22.99, Amazon)

Ego “Belfast” Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles

Update (04/25/2017): Also found these super similar studded espadrille flats by Ego which look just like the designer real deal. They come in various colors and uppers (search “Nel” for the faux suede version) and cost only £19.99. Worldwide delivery available, by the way.

Ego "Belfast" Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Ego “Belfast” Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles
(£19.99, Ego)

Maiden Lane Studded Ankle-Wrap Platform Espadrilles

Update (04/25/2017): Another Valentino inspired alternative are these espadrilles by Maiden Lane. They have a taller platform, so this might be your way to go if you want to add height without compromising on the comfort. Available in nude or black for $109.

Maiden Lane Studded Ankle-Wrap Platform Espadrilles in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Maiden Lane Studded Ankle-Wrap Platform Espadrilles
($109, Gilt)

Ash “Zania” Studded Ankle Wrap d’Orsay Espadrille Flats

Update (05/08/2016): Spotted the perfect Valentino Rockstud espadrille look-alikes today! They’re by Ash, come in either black, white, snakeskin or ponyhair animal print and they’re currently on sale for under $80 at Amazon (sale price!). Yay!

Ash "Zania" Studded Ankle Wrap d'Orsay Espadrille Flats in white and black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Ash “Zania” Studded Ankle Wrap d’Orsay Espadrille Flatsamazon
($79.99, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Farfetchls.

Rebecca Minkoff “Gilles” Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats

Update (03/25/2016): Found a high-quality Rockstud dupe in these Rebecca Minkoff studded espadrille flats. $175, but so fab, right? Available in black, coral, white and denim.

Rebecca Minkoff "Gilles" Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Rebecca Minkoff “Gilles” Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flatsls
($175, Shopbop)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Revolve, Neiman Marcusls, Amazonamazon, Nordstromls & Rebecca Minkoff.

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles

Update (03/25/2016): And here’s another suitable and budget-friendly alternative for the Valentino Rockstud DIY project which I’ve found at Forever 21. Available in nude or black faux leather for $19.90.

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles
($19.90, Forever 21)

Halogen “Dylan” Espadrille Flats

Update (03/05/2016): Discovered these Halogen espadrilles which instantly reminded me of the Valentino Rockstuds above. Available in black or ivory leather for $89.95.

Halogen "Dylan" Espadrille Flats in ivory and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Halogen “Dylan” Espadrille Flatsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Cute to the Core “Mandy” Studded Espadrille Sandals

Update (10/16/2015): Spotted another ready-to-wear Valentino Rockstud dupe if you can’t be bordered to do it yourself. This one’s by Cute to the Core, costs $35 and comes in either black, leopard print or metallic pink.

Cute to the Core "Mandy" Studded Espadrille Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Cute to the Core “Mandy” Studded Espadrille Sandalspjx
($35, ZooShoo)

JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flats

Update (04/21/2015): If you can’t be bothered with DIY-ing, why not opt for these spot-on, ready-to-wear Valentino espadrille dupes by JustFab instead?

JustFab Kesnia Studded Double Ankle Wrap Flat Espadrilles (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flatscj
($31.96, JustFab)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, ShoeDazzle, Ego, Gilt, Jildor, Amazon, Rebecca Minkoff, Forever 21, Nordstrom, ZooShoo, JustFab

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Budget Look – Spring, Sporty Florals

by Irina on March 31, 2017

Finally! Spring has officially arrived and I’ve been loving all the sunshine, the blooming flora and the soothing mild temperatures lately! The new season not only lightened up my mood but also my wardrobe; I’m super into pastel colors these days and couldn’t care less for body-con clothes and uncomfortable high heels at the moment. That’s why for this month’s budget look edition, I’ve tried to combine all of my current Spring trend obsessions into one outfit: soft pastel colors, relaxed fits and feminine florals. Let me know if you like my delicate yet sporty Spring look.

Budget Look - Spring, Sporty Florals

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Image source(s): Shopbop, Nordstrom, Aldo, BaubleBar, Amazon

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