Real vs. Steal – Christian Louboutin Praia Platform Espadrilles

by Irina on March 25, 2011

Update: This post has been updated on March 25, 2011. Scroll down to the new add.

First off: Happy New Year to all our lovely readers! We hope you’ve come to spend a fabulous New Year’s Eve. Alright, but now let’s get back to business. Shoe business. Despite the rather simple design of the Christian Louboutin platform espadrilles pictured below I still find myself to be quite enamored with these summer beauties. Funnily enough, these also happen to be on the lower price spectrum of a Louboutin (most Loubies start to retail at $795+), but even the rather “modest” price of $535 I simply cannot justify with my current budget. Well, a girl can dream…

Christian Louboutin Praia Platform Espadrilles in brown

Christian Louboutin Praia Platform Espadrillels
($535, Saks)

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Steve Madden “CYNTHEA” Espadrille Wedges

UPDATE (03/25/2011): These espadrilles by Steve Madden might not come in brown, but the shape is practically 100% identical. Use promo code “SMOCT1” to get 15% off orders of $100+ or “SMOCT8” for 20% off orders of $150+ at Steve Madden including free shipping! Offer valid through 10/31/2013. Some exclusions apply.

Steve Madden "CYNTHEA" Espadrille Wedges (Christian Louboutin Praia knockoffs)

Steve Madden “CYNTHEA” Espadrille Wedgesls
($129.95, Steve Madden)

Promise “Island” Espadrille Wedges

UPDATE (02/11/2011): Here’s another great Louboutin alternative for under $50 coming from Promise. Available in orange, black, yellow and green.

Promise "Island" Espadrille Wedges in burnt orange (Christian Louboutin Praia knockoffs)

Promise “Island” Espadrille Wedgescj
($49.99, Heels.com)

Coconuts by Matisse “Asher” Espadrille Wedges

Clearly these Coconuts by Matisse espadrille wedges are not as high as the Louboutins, but if you can look past this and the fact that they lack the superior quality of high-priced designer shoes, you’ll find an almost identical Loubie look-a-like with these. Avaiable in brown or black.

Coconuts by Matisse "Asher" Espadrille Wedges in brown (Christian Louboutin Praia knockoffs)

Coconuts by Matisse “Asher” Espadrille Wedgesamazon
($76.95, Amazon)

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  • Angelica

    I saw the Christian Louboutin Panier 120 wedge sandal in a magazine and I fell in love!!!!! It’s similar to the Praia except they don’t have the platform in the front. They retail for about the same price. I saw them in net-a- porter. The shock factor is bigger when you see the Panier, but the Praia looks like they would be more comfortable.

  • Angelica, I agree. The CL “Panier” is also very lovely. And yes, Praia would be definitely more comfortable. I have a pair of 5″ non-platform wedges at home and they are horribly painful to walk in.

  • Alex

    Has anyone seen the wedges on the mannequins in the windows of Express? The wedges that they are wearing look identical to the CL Praia in brown. And no one at Express can tell me who the shoes are by or where to get them. Any detectives out there???

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