Real vs. Steal – Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Zip-Embellished Pumps

by Celine on February 9, 2011

Update: This post has been updated on February 09, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that zippers are in. We’ve written several posts here that have featured decorative zippers (mostly on shoes) and more pop up every day. Balmain seems to be leading this trend and we can see why. Giuseppe Zanotti, who designs the shoes for Balmain, is a master. He manages to make zippers and black leather look polished and even elegant. What I really love about these zip-embellished pumps is that the shape is wholly classic, but the zippers add an industrial/rock edge. That means these shoes will dress up your jeans, but dress down your sweet skirt. Unfortunately they’re astronomically expensive.

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Zip-Embellished Pumps in black

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Zip-Embellished Pumpsls
($995, YOOX)

JustFab “Kara” Zip Pumps

UPDATE (02/09/2011): Found another great Balmain dupe by JustFab.

JustFab "Kara" Zip Pumps in black (Balmain knockoffs)

JustFab “Kara” Zip Pumpscj

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumps

These Liliana pumps are a great alternative to the Balmains. They’re not real leather, of course, but the beautiful zipper-trim is there, as is that sexy 4-inch heel. Falling somewhere between a pump and a bootie, I picture these with a multitude of outfits. Oh, and did we mention they’re only $30.91? If you’ve had your fill of black pumps, these are also available in chestnut and grey.

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumps in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumpsamazon
($30.91, Amazon)

New Look Zip Strap Courts

Now there’s less zipper action going on with this version, but I think there’s something so pretty and clean about the one cross over on the bridge of the foot. The toe is very reminiscent of the Balmain heels (looks like you’ll be getting some toe-cleavage!) and the faux suede looks very rich. Very Rock and Roll at a non-rock price. These also come in a very pretty, soft grey color. At £25 (that’s about $33), you might as well get both! New Look is a UK retailer, but I checked out their US shipping policy and it’s pretty reasonable (around $10).

New Look Zip Strap Courts in black suedette (Balmain knockoffs)

New Look Zip Strap Courts
(£25, New Look)

Image source(s): YOOX,, Amazon, New Look

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