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Does this sound familiar? You see something and are really turned off by it first, but then, the more you look at it, the more it grows on you until you become obsessed with it? That happens to me quite often I must admit. In almost every case it’s a shoe which I first hate, then like and finally LOVE! The last time this happened to me was with these lace-up ankle boots by Ann Demeulemeester.

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009 black lace up ankle boots

Ann Demeulemeester Leather Open-Front Lace-Up Ankle Bootsls
($985, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeScribe.comls, The Corner & Lane Crawfordls.

When I first saw them, I thought they were way too clunky for a woman’s feet. But I couldn’t help but be fascinated by them, so I decided to give them another chance and googled them. Sometimes, in order to be able to see a shoe’s full potential, you have to see it on a person’s feet. That was definitely the case with the Ann Demeulemeester lace-up boots. The moment I saw the models flaunting them in a mini dress, I was irrevocably in LOVE!

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009 black lace up ankle boots

I couldn’t find any celebrities rocking these beauties, but fashion editors and style bloggers like Jane of Sea of Shoes happen to love them as much as me.

Pink Inc “Tide” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties

UPDATE (05/22/2015): Now look at these fabulous Ann D. inspired Pink Inc lace-up booties! Love, love, love! I’m usually not a big fan of white shoes, but these white booties here are kinda hot! Available in white and black leather and black suede for $199.95 AUD.

Pink Inc "Tide" Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties in white and black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Pink Inc “Tide” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties
($199.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Mollini “Jimmy” Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties

UPDATE (05/22/2015): Also spotted these perforated Ann Demeulemeester alternatives by Mollini today. Available in tan, black and white leather.

Mollini "Jimmy" Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties in tan and black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Mollini “Jimmy” Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties
($199.95 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at Mollini.

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Booties

UPDATE (05/22/2015): Speaking of perforated lace-up booties: here’s another version by Forever 21. Available in black, brown and khaki for a steal price of $34.90!

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Booties in black and brown (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Bootiesls
($34.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls.

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties

UPDATE (01/06/2015): Now look at these lovely lace-up booties booties which I’ve discovered at Forever 21 today. So cool, right? They totally reminded me of the Ann Demeulemeester bootis above. I’m especially in love with the olive color.

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties in black and olive (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Bootiesls
($32.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Jeffrey Campbell “Cors” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties

UPDATE (07/17/2014): Jeffrey Campbell just won’t let this Ann Demeulemeester boot go. And here we go again with yet another dupe! Available in black, brown and wine red suede.

Jeffrey Campbell "Cors" Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties in wine red and black suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cors” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties
($165, Jildor)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Amazonamazon, Shopbopcj & Bloomingdale’s.

Jeffrey Campbell “Meriwidow” Lace-Up Boots

UPDATE (01/30/2014): Here’s yet another Ann Demeulemeester bootie dupe coming from Jeffrey Campbell. This one’s a little bulkier than the others and comes in either black or ivory leather.

Jeffrey Campbell "Meriwidow" Lace-Up Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Meriwidow” Lace-Up Boots
($106.22, EnviShoes)

P.S.: Also available at Solestruckpjx, Ashbury Skiespjx & eBayeBay.

Jeffrey Campbell “Contessa” Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots

UPDATE (01/30/2014): And one more dupe by Jeffrey Campbell to add to the list. How do you like this one?

Jeffrey Campbell "Contessa" Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots in black suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Contessa” Lace-Up Open-Toe Bootsls
($208, Nasty Gal)

P.S.: Also available at REVOLVEClothing.

Steven by Steve Madden “SCANDLUS” Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties

UPDATE (09/18/2013): Et voilà, I also discovered these open-toe booties by Steven by Steve Madden which would be great alternatives to the Ann D. boots. Available in black and tan leather.

Steven by Steve Madden "Scandalous" Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “SCANDLUS” Lace-Up Open-Toe Bootiesamazon
($60.75, Amazon)

Elizabeth and James “Terri” Lace-Up Ankle Boots

UPDATE (09/18/2013): I know these Elizabeth and James boots aren’t a perfect dupe match and at $475 not exactly budget-friendly, but if you’re looking for an Ann D. inspired closed-toe version these here are probably your best bet at the moment.

Elizabeth and James "Terri" Lace-Up Ankle Boots in black patent and brown suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Elizabeth and James “Terri” Lace-Up Ankle Bootsamazon
($475, Amazon)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cardiac” Lace-Up Booties

UPDATE (09/18/2013): And here’s yet another Ann Demeulemeester inspired lace up boot by Jeffrey Campbell! What do you think of it?

Jeffrey Campbell "Cardiac" Lace-Up Booties in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cardiac” Lace-Up Bootiespjx
($168, Solestruck)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Heels

UPDATE (09/11/2013): Came across a tall boot version of the Jeffrey Campbell + Free People lace-up heels. Available in black or brown leather for $278! Absolutely love these boots, they’re so sexy!

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Tall Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Heels
($278, Free People)

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots

UPDATE (08/11/2013): Seems like Ann Demeulemeester is “en vogue” again! Found another set of Ann D. Lace-Up Heel look-a-likes; this time at Choies. Also available in brown leather.

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots
($79.99, Choies)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels

UPDATE (07/16/2013): After almost 4 years Jeffrey Campbell re-released their highly coveted Ann Demeulemeester lace-up heels again exclusively for Free People. Availale in black, white, black and white, tan and grey.

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels
($178, Free People)

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels

UPDATE (10/05/2009): More good news! Free People have finally restocked Jeffrey Campbell’s Ann Deumeulemeester knockoffs. Missed out on these the first time? Now is your chance to get hold of these cuties!

Sometimes I think everything Jeffrey Campbell does these days is copying other people’s work. Well, it may be unethical, but at least it allows us budget fashionistas to be fashionable without the hefty price tag. Look at these beautiful, almost identical knockoffs. Pretty amazing, huh? They sure are shamelessly expensive for knockoffs, but even priced at $198 they are about $700 les than the originals, so they can’t be TOO bad, right? All sizes are still available, but you better be fast as these knockoffs won’t stay for too long (they’re also exclusively sold at Free People, so if they are gone there, you won’t find them anywhere else).

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels black lace-up ankle boots (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels
($198, Free People)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on May 2, 2015. Scroll down to see the new adds.

We’ve discussed the fabulousness of Céline bags various times on this blog already, but did you know that the French design house makes some pretty great eyewear, too? Take their “Audrey” sunglasses for example. I love the simple yet chic design of these super black oversized sunnies, but the price tag of more than $190 (and we’re talking sale price here) is unfortunately a little to steep for my budget. Boohoo!

Céline Audrey Oversized Sunglasses in black

Céline Audrey Sunglassesamazon
($197.20, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Sunglasses Shop.

Style Bloggers Love Céline

Style bloggers such as Carolina Engman from Fashion Squad and Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad have all been spotted wearing Céline Audrey Sunglasses.

Fashion Squad and The Blonde Salad wearing black Céline Audrey Oversized Sunglasses

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Forever 21 Oversized D-Frame Sunglasses

UPDATE (05/22/2015): How cool are these oversized Forever 21 shades à la Céline Audrey? Love ‘em! Plus, they’re only $5.90!

Forever 21 Oversized D-Frame Sunglasses in black and tortoise (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Forever 21 Oversized D-Frame Sunglassesls
($5.90, Forever 21)

Vince Camuto VC598 Oversized Oval Sunglasses

UPDATE (05/02/2015): Discovered these fabulous Céline Audrey inspired sunnies by Vince Camuto which are currently on sale for under $15 (down from $75!) at Nordstrom Rack and come in either black, tortoise, nude or grey.

Vince Camuto VC598 Oversized Oval Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Vince Camuto VC598 Oversized Oval Sunglasses
($14.23, Nordstrom Rack)

P.S.: Also available at Vince Camutols, Amazonamazon & 6pm.

Spektre “She Loves You” Sunglasses

UPDATE (05/02/2015): I also stumbled upon these sunglasses by Spektre which are obviously an hommage to Céline’s Audrey. They’re not a steal at $255, but they might be a good alternative should the real deal ever become unavailable. Available in an array of colors and lenses.

Spektre "She Loves You" Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Spektre “She Loves You” Sunglassesls
($255, Lane Crawford)

P.S.: Also available at Singer22.

Mango “Maria” Oversized Sunglasses

UPDATE (04/20/2015): Discovered these fabulous and budget-friendly Céline “Audrey” look-alike sunglasses at Mango. Also available in tortoise.

Mango "Maria" Oversized Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Mango “Maria” Oversized Sunglasses
($29.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (DE) & Mango (FR).

Express Squared Cat Eye Sunglasses

UPDATE (01/22/2015): Stumbled upon these fabulous cat eye sunnies at Express today and thought they’d make a great Céline Audrey alternative. Also available in an ombré tortoise version.

Express Squared Cat Eye Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Express Squared Cat Eye Sunglasses
($17.94, Express)

BP. “Langham” 49mm Sunglasses

UPDATE (08/15/2014): BP.‘s “Langham” sunglasses certainly remind me of the Céline sunnies above. Only $12 and available in either black or tortoise.

BP. "Langham" 49mm Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

BP. “Langham” 49mm Sunglassesls
($12, Nordstrom)

Minkpink “Ott” Oversized Sunglasses

UPDATE (02/17/2014): Stumbled upon another almost identical Céline Audrey look-a-like! Check out these oversized sunnies by Minkpink. A little more expensive, but still way cheaper than the real deal.

MINKPINK "Ott" Oversized Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

MINKPINK “Ott” Oversized Sunglassescj
($19.99, Urban Outfitters)

Triple Optic Oversized Fashion Sunglasses

If you can’t afford or aren’t willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for a pair of sunglasses, then feel free to take a look at these just as fabulous Céline look-a-like sunnies by Triple Optic which are an almost spot-on dupe for the pricey Audrey sunglasses that cost only $10 which is approx. 5% of the designer originals’ sale price. Yay! Also available in burgundy, cream and tortoise.

Triple Optic Oversized Fashion Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Triple Optic Oversized Fashion Sunglassesamazon
($9.99, Amazon)

FE NY Oversized Sunglasses

Another great alternative are these lovely oversized sunnies by FY NE. They are very similar to the Céline Audrey shades without being a blunt knock-off.

FE NY Oversized Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

FE NY Oversized Sunglassesls
($22, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Google Images, Fashion Squad, The Blonde Salad, Amazon, Nordstrom

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on May 22, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

We’re slowly approaching the month of May, so I think it’s time we start putting our thoughts to what we’re going to wear on our feet during summer. One of my personal summer shoe favorites: wedges, of course! They can be chic, comfortable and they add height without killing your feet. These studded wedge sandals by famed French shoemaster, Monsieur Christian Louboutin, is absolute wedge perfection! And the nude color will elongate your legs even further. Too bad there’s a $795 price tag between me and my new perfect summer shoe match though!

Christian Louboutin Cataclou Studded Espadrille Wedge Sandals in nude

Christian Louboutin Cataclou Studded Espadrille Wedge Sandalsls
($795, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls & Nordstrom.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Megan Fox, Jennifer Lopez and Lupita Nyong’o as well as style blogger Folake from StylePantry have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Cataclou Studded Espadrille Wedge Sandals.

Megan Fox, Jennifer Lopez, Folake (StylePantry) and Lupita Nyong'o wearing Christian Louboutin Cataclou Studded Espadrille Wedge Sandals

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Dabagirl Espadrille Wedge Studded Sandals

UPDATE (05/22/2015): Just stumbled upon this lovely Louboutin Cataclou look-alike by South Korean brand Dabagirl and wanted to share it with you.

Dabagirl Espadrille Wedge Studded Sandals in blue and white (Christian Louboutin Cataclou knockoffs)

Dabagirl Espadrille Wedge Studded Sandals
($86.32, YesStyle)

GoJane Stud Status Faux Leather Wedges

However, there’s no need for summertime (shoe) sadness because GoJane‘s here to save the day! Their “Stud Status” faux leather wedges, which come in a variety of colors, have the same coveted Louboutin look which can be yours for a discount price of just $37.41! You’re welcome.

GoJane Stud Status Faux Leather Wedges (Christian Louboutin Cataclou knockoffs)

GoJane Stud Status Faux Leather Wedges
($37.41, GoJane)

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I’m such a fan of Saint Laurent‘s classic shoe line, but why does it have to be so darn expensive? Spending $685 on a pair of simple black pumps? Not in my budget, unfortunately.

Saint Laurent Thorn Pointed-Toe Pumps in black

Saint Laurent Thorn Pointed-Toe Pumpsls
($685, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Net-A-Porterls & Barneys Warehousels.

Celebrities Love Saint Laurent

Celebs such as Eva Mendes, Ciara and Kourtney Kardashian have all been spotted wearing Saint Laurent Thorn Pointed-Toe Pumps.

Eva Mendes, Ciara and Kourtney Kardashian wearing Saint Laurent Thorn Pointed-Toe Pumps

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RMK “Lover” Pointed-Toe Pumps

UPDATE (05/22/2015): Came across another lovely Australian Saint Laurent Thorn look-alike. This one’s by RMK and comes in various colors such as black, nude, red and yellow leather.

RMK "Lover" Pointed-Toe Pumps in nude and black (Saint Laurent Thorn knockoffs)

RMK “Lover” Pointed-Toe Pumps
($90.82 AUD, The Iconic)

P.S.: Also available at StyleTread, RMK & Wanted Shoes.

Tony Bianco “Flurry” Pointed Stiletto Pumps

UPDATE (05/01/2014): Stumbled upon this fabulous and spot-on Saint Laurent dupe by Tony Bianco today. Absolutely in love with these stilettos! Available in various colors.

Tony Bianco "Flurry" Pointed Stiletto Pumps in black (Saint Laurent Thorn knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Flurry” Pointed Stiletto Pumps
($169.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

P.S.: Also available at StyleTread & The Iconic.

Steven by Steve Madden “BLADEE” Pointed-Toe Pumps

Luckily, we have Steve Madden keeping an eye out for the hottest designer shoe trends. These Steven by Steve Madden pointed-toe pumps are a fab alternative if you’re looking for a budget-friendly version of the Saint Laurent Thorn heels above. The only noticeable difference? Madden’s heels have a zipper in the back.

Steven by Steve Madden "BLADEE" Pointed-Toe Pumps in black (Saint Laurent Thorn knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “BLADEE” Pointed-Toe Pumpsls
($149.95, Steve Madden)

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Valentino‘s shoe line from the “Rockstud” collection is probably the most popular here on this blog. And even though the Rockstud shoes have been going strong in the fashion community for a couple of years, there seems no sign of declining popularity with these pyramid studded, strappy Valentino shoes. We’ve written about quite a few shoe styles from the “Rockstud” family already and today we’re finally featuring the caged t-strap ballet flats. For a flat, this shoe is about as dressy as it gets; the luxe patent leather juxtaposed the shiny studded straps = perfection! But before you fall hopelessly in love, take a deep breath and look at the price tag: $975! And that’s the lower price limit for this type of Rockstud style. Other variations of the caged flat go as far up as $1.095! Now that’s a lot of money.

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats
($975, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusicon, Barneysls, Nordstromls, S|SENSE, Intermix, Lane Crawfordls, Saks Fifh Avenuels, Selfridges, MyTheresa & Stylebop.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Valentino

Celebs such as Ashley Tisdale and Alexa Chung as well as personal style bloggers like Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Arielle Nachmani (Something Navy), Rachel Parcell (Pink Peonies) and Jessica Stein (Tuula Vintage) have all been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats.

Ashley Tisdale, Alexa Chung, Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Arielle Nachmani (Something Navy), Rach Parcell (Pink Peonies) and Jessica Stein (Tuula Vintage) wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats

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Billini “Azalea” Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats

UPDATE (05/22/2015): OMG! Look at these perfect, spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Billini! Aren’t they just gorgeous? So close to the original and not too expensive at $79.95 AUD. Just wish these were widely available.

Billini "Azalea" Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Billini “Azalea” Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats
($79.95 AUD, The Iconic)

P.S.: Also available at Wanted Shoes.

Diavolina “Delight” Studded T-Strap Flats

Luckily, there are some fantastic and affordable alternatives out there for all of us Valentino-loving fashionistas on a budget. Let’s start with my current favorite Valentino steal find which is the “Delight” by Diavolina, a spot-on Rockstud flat dupe which comes in either black or nude patent. Unfortunately, at $189.95 AUD, it’s a pricey Valentino look-alike and also rather hard to get hold of outside of Australia, but nonetheless, it’s about 80% cheaper than the real deal, so I’d still consider this to be a great steal find if you’re willing to invest in a high-quality Valentino alternative.

Diavolina "Delight" Studded T-Strap Flats in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Diavolina “Delight” Studded T-Strap Flats
($189.95 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic & Wanted Shoes.

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flats

If you’re looking for a quick and budget-friendly Valentino look for less fix however, then you’re probably best off with these pretty Rockstud flat dupes by Wild Diva. They’re spot-on with the design, come in various lovely colors and cost under $30! Total steal deal alert here!

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flatsamazon
($23.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Meritline, CiCi Hot, Charlotte Russe & eBayeBay.

Betseyville “Epic” Studded Ballet Flats

Another cute Valentino alternative are these studded ballet flats by Betseyville. They’re very similar to the Valentinos, come in either black, blush or leopard print and cost only 34.99!

Betseyville "Epic" Studded Ballet Flats in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Betseyville “Epic” Studded Ballet Flats
($34.99, Target)

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flats

And lastly, may I present you these budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud dupes I found at Milanoo. Same design but a veeery different price tag (only $19.99!). Available in black, warm and cool pink as well as white faux patent leather. Happy shopping!

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flats in black and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flatsls
($19.99, Milanoo)

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