When scouring the big interwebs for designer dupes I automatically stumble upon many great budget finds that aren’t designer-inspired (or at least not that I would notice) and hence don’t get the same attention and love on this blog as the steal finds which, of course, is a shame. That’s why I like to occasionally highlight my favorite budget finds from time to time. ‘Nuff said, enjoy my list and let me know if you have any must-have adds of your own.

Shopping Tips - Favorite Budget Finds May 2015

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Image source(s): Aldo, Express, Forever 21, BaubleBar, GoJane, Accessorize, Nordstrom

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on May 28, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I always say that the awesomeness of an article of clothing can be judged by how many talented stylists pull it for their clients to wear. If we go by my thought then the Dolce & Gabbana corset dress is something everyone should run out and buy. Was. Was something we should’ve bought. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag one last spring, it is unfortunately sold out, but read on…

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dress in eggshell

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dressls
(~$1.500, N/A)

Celebrities Love Dolce & Gabbana

Victoria Beckham, Susan Sarandon, Mischa Barton, Petra Nemcova, Taraji P. Henson and Penélope Cruz wearing a Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dress

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bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress

UPDATE (05/26/2015): When I spotted this beautiful strapless pencil dress by bebe I instantly thought of the Dolce & Gabbana corset dress above and thought it would serve as a nice look 4 less alternative. Also available in petite sizes.

bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress in white (Dolce & Gabbana knockoff)

bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress
($169, bebe)

GUESS by Marciano Carmella Corset Dress

For those of you that are subscribing to my above style tip, or perhaps you just love the dress, GUESS by Marciano has created their own version of it. The Carmella dress is slightly more form-fitting, but still features the decorative vertical seams. This detailing is supposed to mimic boning and is extremely figure flattering. Carmella is a ton more affordable and conveniently available now in either white or gold.

GUESS by Marciano Carmella Corset Dress in white (Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 knockoff)

GUESS by Marciano Carmella Corset Dresscj
($188, Marciano)

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Copycat Math - Christian Louboutin Pivichic + Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato = Siren Jett PVC Striped Platform Pumps

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Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Christian Louboutin, StyleTread

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on May 26, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I wouldn’t resist a bright blue heel even if I could (which I couldn’t, by the way, because I’m too much of a fangirl for anything cobalt blue). And especially not if this bright blue heel is one by Jimmy Choo. So naturally, I was instantly obsessed with Choo’s “Gladys” heel – a beautiful suede lace-up high heel sandal in a striking electric blue hue! The only thing I couldn’t get myself to like though? Yup, you guessed it – the price of $995!

Jimmy Choo Gladys Lace-Up Suede Sandals in electric blue

Jimmy Choo Gladys Lace-Up Suede Sandalsls
($995, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Jimmy Choo

Celebs such as Olivia Palermo and Kim Kardashian have been spotted wearing Jimmy Choo Gladys Lace-Up Suede Sandals.

Olivia Palermo and Kim Kardashian wearing  electric blue Jimmy Choo Gladys Lace-Up Suede Sandals

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Steve Madden “Sandalia” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (05/26/2015): Discovered these lovely Jimmy Choo Gladys alternatives by Steve Madden today. Love the open back and how gorgeous is the nude version?

Steve Madden "Sandalia" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in nude and blue suede (Jimmy Choo Gladys knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Sandalia” Lace-Up High Heel Sandalsls
($129.95, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Steve Maddenls.

Michael Antonio “Jacqueline” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

Luckily, there’s no need to spend anywhere near like that because you can have a very similar shoe for as low as $34! Check out this lovely lace-up heel by Michael Antonio. Available in cobalt blue, black, grey, blush and red faux suede.

Michael Antonio "Jacqueline" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in cobalt blue faux suede (Jimmy Choo Gladys knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Jacqueline” Lace-Up High Heel Sandalsamazon
($33.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pmcj, Shoebuyls, Heels.comcj & Overstockcj.

Madden Girl “Raceyyy” Lace-Up Sandals

My personal Jimmy Choo Gladys dupe favorite would have to be these lace-up heels by Madden Girl. The blue is almost as vibrant as on the real deal and the (sale) price of $29.98 ain’t too bad either! Available in various colors such as blue, black, blush, coral and others.

Madden Girl "Raceyyy" Lace-Up Sandals in cobalt blue faux suede (Jimmy Choo Gladys knockoffs)

Madden Girl “Raceyyy” Lace-Up Sandalsamazon
($29.98, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm, ShoeMallls, ZooShoopjx, Century 21, Necessary Clothing, Bon-Tonls & Searscj.

VS Collection Suede Lace-Up Sandals

Another alternative would have to be these VS Collection lace-up high heels which may not be quite as popping in color, but which are just as lovely in design. Available in navy, black and grey suede.

VS Collection Suede Lace-Up Sandals in black and navy (Jimmy Choo Gladys knockoffs)

VS Collection Suede Lace-Up Sandals
($64, Victoria’s Secret)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on May 24, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

OMG! I’m out of words. If I had to describe these gold strass stiletto pumps by Christian Louboutin with 3 words, mine would be SEX – DIVA & DANGER. No need for a foreplay if you’re wearing these heels. I probably could walk (or rather stand) in these a mere 5 minutes at most, but it’d be sooo worth it. Too bad they’re out of my budget. Even though I don’t know the exact retail price I’m pretty sure it’s somewhere around $2.000-$3.000. Bummer!

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Crystal Encrusted Stiletto Pumps in gold

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Crystal Encrusted Stiletto Pumpsls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Sarah Jessica Parker and Fergie wearing Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass Stiletto Pumps

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Wanted “Heaven” Crystal-Studded Pointed-Toe Pumps

UPDATE (05/24/2015): Found these gorgeous sparkling stiletto pumps by Wanted which look so much like the crystal-studded Pigalle Louboutins above. LOVE!

Wanted "Heaven" Crystal-Studded Pointed-Toe Pumps in champagne (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass knockoffs)

Wanted “Heaven” Crystal-Studded Pointed-Toe Pumps
($199.95 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumps

UPDATE (11/23/2013): Discovered these awesome-looking crystal pumps by Karen Millen which instantly reminded me of the Pigalle Strass heels. At $425 they surely aren’t a steal, but compared to the super pricey Louboutins these are definitely a budget-saver.

Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass knockoffs)

Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumpsls
($425, Karen Millen)

Steve Madden “LENONA” Strass Pumps

UPDATE (07/30/2013): If you’re still on the lookout for a budget-friendly alternative for the CL Pigalle Strass Pumps, check out “LENONA” by Steve Madden! Available in champagne and black.

Steve Madden "LENONA" Strass Pumps in champagne (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass knockoffs)

Steve Madden “LENONA” Strass Pumpsls
($99.95, Steve Madden)

Lauren Jones “Zinger” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (12/08/2010): Just stumbled upon these Louboutin alternatives by Lauren Jones. Available in gold, black, blue and fuchsia glitter as well as black and white satin.

Lauren Jones "Zinger" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Lauren Jones “Zinger” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

Betsey Johnson “Ice” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (11/02/2010): Here’s another great Louboutin alternative courtesy of Betsey Johnson. Available in gold, silver & black glitter.

Betsey Johnson "Ice" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Betsey Johnson “Ice” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($38.99, Amazon)

Martinez Valero “Zeta” Pumps

UPDATE (07/05/2010): Just found this sequined Pigalle look-a-like by Martinez Valero. Available in gold, black and bronze.

Martinez Valero Zeta Pumps in gold sequin (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Martinez Valero “Zeta” Pumpsamazon
($149.95, Amazon)

Michael Antonio “Lloyd” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (05/29/2010): Here’s another Louboutin inspired glitter pump by Michael Antonio. Also available in black, red & silver glitter.

Michael Antonio "Lloyd" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Lloyd” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($64.95, Amazon)

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoes

UPDATE (05/13/2010): Still lusting after a pair of glitter pumps à la Christian Louboutin? Try these pointy pumps by ASOS.

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoes in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoes
($59.18, ASOS)

Liliana “Gland” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (05/13/2010): And here’s another fabulous Louboutin alternative for under $25. They are either available in a luscious red or silver glitter. LOVE!

Liliana "Gland" Glitter Pumps in red & silver (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Liliana “Gland” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($20, Amazon)

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