UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 18, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Espadrilles! These summer shoes have risen to fame in the last couple of seasons with Chanel and Valentino leading the pack of the fabulous espadrilles. We’ve already done a Real vs. Steal on Valentino’s highly popular lace espadrilles from a few seasons ago and now they’ve updated their shoe collection with a just as stylish crochet version. But as gorgeous as they are, do you actually see yourself spending $675 (!) on a pair of highly delicate espadrilles? Well, I can’t.

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles in black

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrillescj
($675, Forward)

ALDO “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

UPDATE (07/18/2014): Came across these Valentino inspired and budget-friendly crochet lace espadrilles at ALDO today. What you think? Hot or not?

ALDO "Agrano" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black and ivory (Valentino knockoffs)

ALDO “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrillesls
($40, ALDO)

P.S.: Also available at ALDO (Canada)ls, ALDO (UK) & House of Fraser.

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

UPDATE (05/23/2014): Stumbled upon another lovely Valentino alternative! What do you think of these crochet lace espadrille sandals by Jeffrey Campbell? So cute, right? Available in black, white or beige.

Jeffrey Campbell "Nia" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrillescj
($105, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at REVOLVEClothingcj, Lori’spjx, NORDSTROMls & Nasty Galcj.

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flats

Good thing is that I don’t have to spend nearly $700 when there are Valentino-inspired espadrilles like these by Rebecca Minkoff around. And while I admit these aren’t what I’d consider a steal at $175 they are still in fact $500 cheaper than the originals. Available in black, red coral, yellow and taupe.

Rebecca Minkoff "Genny" Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flatsls
($175, CUSP)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Shopbopcj, Zapposcj, Amazonamazon & Bloomingdale’sls.

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrilles

Another great Valentino alternative are these crochet espadrilles by Tory Burch. They aren’t terribly cheaper than the Rebecca Minkoffs but in comparison to the pricey Valentinos they’re quite the good deal. Available in black and white.

Tory Burch "Abbe" Crochet Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrillescj
($150, Jildor)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls, Shopbopcj & Footnotes Onlinecj.

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles

And here’s another Valentino alternative which is actually my personal favorite because of the price and all the lovely colors you can buy them in. $109 at Jessica Buurman. Available in black, blush, aqua and yellow.

Jessica Buurman "AGAR" Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles (Valentino knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, Neiman Marcus, NORDSTROM, Jessica Buurman

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Oh my, it’s been a while, huh? So sorry we’ve been MIA for the last couple of weeks, but offline life has kept us very busy. However, we’re almost fully back now and should return to our regular posting schedule next week at the latest. In the meantime, have some fun with these stunners from Monsieur Christian Louboutin. I know I’ve said it like a hundred times before already, but I think I have found THE shoe. As soon as I laid my eyes on Louboutin’s “So Kate” stiletto heels I was captivated, it has the most perfect arch ever, doesn’t it? And while I would probably opt for the classic black patent, this snakeskin stripe print version is so much more fun, don’t you agree? Only problem? The price tag, obviously. $1.095 – that would pay quite a few bills for this girl here!

Christian Louboutin So Kate Striped Snakeskin Print Stiletto Pumps in orange, black and white

Christian Louboutin So Kate Striped Snakeskin Print Stiletto Pumpsls
($1.095, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Kerry Washington, Beyoncé Knowles, Naomie Harris and Cheryl Cole have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin So Kate Striped Snakeskin Print Stiletto Pumps.

Kerry Washington, Beyoncé Knowles, Naomie Harris and Cheryl Cole wearing Christian Louboutin So Kate Striped Snakeskin Print Stiletto Pumps

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Lust for Life “Krush” Striped Stiletto Pumps

While we couldn’t find an exact match for the orange version, we managed to dig out these fabulous stiletto pumps by Lust for Life which you might remember have also come up with a stunning pair of Tom Ford OTK boot dupes. As much as I love the real Loubis, the cobalt blue color (one of my absolute faves!) and the much nicer price tag of $129.99 makes this an easy choice for me. What about you? Real or steal, which one do you prefer?

Lust for Life "Krush" Striped Stiletto Pumps in blue, black and white (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Lust for Life “Krush” Striped Stiletto Pumpscj
($129.99, Heels.com)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 17, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

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
($910, Saks)

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.

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 Bootiesls
($179.95, NORDSTROM)

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 Bootscj
($175, Nasty Gal)

P.S.: Also available at Solestruckpjx & 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 brown (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Contessa” Lace-Up Open-Toe Bootscj
($215, 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 Bootiespjx
($109.90, Lori’s Shoes)

P.S.: Also available at Jildorcj & Steve Maddenls.

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 Booties
($168, Wasteland)

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 Heelscj
($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. Available in black or brown leather.

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

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots
($94.99, 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 Heelscj
($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 Heelscj
($198, Free People)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 17, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

So I’ve been majorly obsessed with these Azzedine Alaïa booties ever since I saw them on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley earlier this year. Now I sure love most of Alaïa’s shoes, but these were especially fabulous to me. Suede ankle boots are a staple for fall and the studded banana heel with the added decorative zippers is a total head-turner. If only I could afford these gems…

Alaïa Studded Suede Ankle Boots in black

Azzedine Alaïa Stud and Zip Suede Ankle Bootsls
($2.650, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Alaïa

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jennifer Hudson, Nicky Hilton and Kim Kardashian wearing Azzedine Alaïa Stud and Zip Suede Ankle Boots

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Jessica Simpson “Midara” Studded Peep Toe Booties

UPDATE (07/17/2014): Stumbled upon these Alaïa inspired booties by Jessica Simpson today and had to share them with you. Available in black or taupe suede.

Jessica Simpson "Midara" Studded Peep Toe Booties in black suede (Azzedine Alaia knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Midara” Studded Peep Toe Bootiescj
($119.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls, Dillard’sls & Macy’sls.

Pelle Moda “Palm” Studded Platform Booties

Pelle Moda has a pretty great Alaïa alternative. It’s not an identical 1:1-match, but the overall look is still very Alaïa. Now I just wished the platform wasn’t quite as dominant and the price tag a tad lower. Thanks to our reader Devon for reminding me about these fabulous Alaïa look-a-likes!

Pelle Moda "Palm" Studded Platform Booties in black suede (Azzedine Alaïa knockoffs)

Pelle Moda “Palm” Studded Platform Bootiesls
($162.50, NORDSTROM)

VANELi “Candice” Studded Suede Ankle Boots

I found another Alaïa inspired optionon Amazon, but you have to be a bit careful with that one as I’m not completely sure if this is actually a bootie by VANELi. On the Amazon website you see this particular style pictured along with plain ankle boots. Someone’s mixed up two completely different shoe styles I guess, so be careful that you get the right shoe in case you plan to oder it.

VANELi "Candice" Studded Suede Ankle Boots in black (Azzedine Alaïa knockoffs)

VANELi “Candice” Studded Suede Ankle Bootsamazon
($173, Amazon)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 5, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’ve just taken a look at the last few dozen blog posts and realized it’s been months too long since we last had a good ol’ Christian Louboutin Real vs. Steal here on this blog. So here you go: I’m quite in love with this beauty of a cutout high heel ankle bootie! So chic and classic yet the cutouts add a bit of an edge! I much prefer Monsieur Louboutin doing “classic with a twist” than those flashy uber-modern designs that he’s been doing the last couple seasons. Too bad I can’t afford to splurge on these high heeled beauties. Le sigh!

Christian Louboutin Cachottiere Cutout Red Sole Booties in black

Christian Louboutin Cachottiere Cutout Red Sole Bootiesls
($995, Bergdorf Goodman)

Kim Kardashian Loves Christian Louboutin

Reality TV star and new mom Kim Kardashian has been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Cachottiere Cutout Booties.

Kim Kardashian wearing black Christian Louboutin Cachottiere Cutout Red Sole Booties

Jessica Simpson “Elsbeth” Cut-Out Dress Sandals

UPDATE (07/05/2014): Found another great Christian Louboutin Cachottiere dupe today! What do you think about these high heel sandals by Jessica Simpson? Also available in other colors and uppers.

Jessica Simpson "Elsbeth" Cut-Out Dress Sandals in black and nude (Christian Louboutin Cachottiere knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Elsbeth” Cut-Out Dress Sandalscj
($109.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Dillard’sls, Macy’sls, Amazonamazon, NORDSTROMls & LuLu*s.

Vince Camuto “Karmi” Slash-Cut Bootie Pumps

UPDATE (01/16/2014): Spotted this lovely Louboutin look-a-like by Vince Camuto today. Also available in tan and bronze metallic.

Vince Camuto "Karmi" Slash-Cut Bootie Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Cachottiere knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Karmi” Slash-Cut Bootie Pumpsls
($54.96, NORDSTROM)

P.S.: Also available at Dillard’sls, Vince Camutols, Zapposcj, Amazonamazon, Kurt Geigerls, Vince Camuto (UK)ls & House of Fraser.

Julianne Hough for Sole Society “Kristen” Asymmetric Sandals

UPDATE (07/02/2013): Found another Louboutin alternative in these black patent asymmetric heels by Sole Society. Also available in faux blush patent and platinum gold.

Julianne Hough for Sole Society "Kristen" Asymmetric Sandals in black patent (Christian Louboutin Cachottiere knockoffs)

Julianne Hough for Sole Society “Kristen” Asymmetric Sandalsls
($54.95, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls.

Anne Michelle Rapture-25 Cutout Ankle Booties

Well, hello there Rapture-25 by Anne Michelle! Nice to meet you. Has anyone ever told you you look a lot like Christian Louboutin’s “Cachottiere”? No? But it’s true. OK, you’re not French and might not be quite as delicate as your luxurious twin sister, but your price tag of $29.90 is way easier to handle than the designer’s steep price of $995 (ouch!). Also available in nude beige.

Anne Michelle Rapture-25 Cutout Ankle Booties in black (Christian Louboutin Cachottiere knockoffs)

Anne Michelle Rapture-25 Cutout Ankle Bootiesamazon
($29.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ebayeBay, UrbanOGpjx, ZooShoopjx & LuLu*s.

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