UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 16, 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)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls & Barneysls.

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

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
($109.95, NORDSTROM)

P.S.: Also available at Vince Camutols, Dillard’sls, 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 UrbanOGpjx, ZooShoopjx, LuLu*s & ebayeBay.

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 16, 2014. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Ever have those days when you’re feeling blue and need a serious lift? Well, metaphorically speaking these Platform Bow Sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti may just be your go-to shoe. First off, a) they are a vibrant blue color, b) they have a soaring heel and c) they’re gorgeous! Though one might possibly break an ankle trying to walk in them, the mega-boost of height is insured. The bow and ankle strap add femininity and vintage-like appearance which is a contributing factor to the bold exterior. As usual, the price is severely expensive, but that indicates the steal is awaiting you below!

Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 High Platform Bow Sandals in teal suede

Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 High Platform Bow Sandalsamazon
($895, Amazon)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Demi Lovato, Katy Perry & Jennifer Hudson wearing blue suede Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 High Platform Bow Sandals

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Beau+Ashe “Maresa” Ankle Strap Platform Sandals

UPDATE (01/16/2014): Stumbled upon these lovely Zanotti inspired bow heels by Beau+Ashe for under $25 at eBay today! Steal deal alert!

Beau+Ashe "Maresa" Ankle Strap Platform Sandals in black and pink (Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 knockoffs)

Beau+Ashe “Maresa” Ankle Strap Platform SandalseBay
($24.99, eBay)

Jessica Buurman “DAISY” Bow Suede Platform Sandals

UPDATE (01/16/2014): I also came across these Zanotti dupes at Jessica Buurman and wanted to share them with you. Not exactly budget-friendly but really close to the designer version. Plus, these come in various other colors, too.

Jessica Buurman "DAISY" Bow Suede Platform Sandals in blue, turquoise and fuchsia (Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “DAISY” Bow Suede Platform Sandals
($169, Jessica Buurman)

Luichiny “Ready Or Not” Ankle Strap Platform Sandals

UPDATE (08/11/2012): Thanks to one of our attentive readers, we could add yet another fabulous Giuseppe Zanotti alternative. These Luichiny heels look exactly like the “Rest Up” further below but come in more colors.

Luichiny "Ready Or Not" Ankle Strap Platform Sandals (Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 knockoffs)

Luichiny “Ready Or Not” Ankle Strap Platform Sandalscj
($89.99, Heels.com)

N.Y.L.A. “Jollie” Ankle-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (08/11/2012): Stumbled upon an amazing Giuseppe Zanotti look-a-like by N.Y.L.A.. This is my current favorite of all knockoffs yet. Available in black, fuchsia, grey and natural.

N.Y.L.A. "Jollie" Ankle-Strap Sandals in black and fuchsia (Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Jollie” Ankle-Strap Sandalsamazon
($99.95, Amazon)

Dollhouse “Flaunt” Platform Sandals

UPDATE (07/14/2012): Dollhouse also has a great Giuseppe Zanotti alternative. $38.75 only and available in multiple colors!

Dollhouse "Flaunt" Platform Sandals in black, fuchsia and orange faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Flaunt” Platform Sandalsamazon
($38.75, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at eBayebay.

Liliana Paulette-3 Ankle Strap Sandals

UPDATE (06/15/2012): Found a second Zanotti look-a-like. These high heel sandals by Liliana have a satin-like upper instead of suede like the originals, but otherwise they’re almost spot-on and come with a very budget-friendly price tag of less than $40!

Liliana Paulette-3 Ankle Strap Sandals in blue, black and fuchsia satin (Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 knockoffs)

Liliana Paulette-3 Ankle Strap Sandalsamazon
($39, Amazon)

Luichiny “Rest Up” Bow Platform Sandals

Luichiny seals the deal for me. Just look, the difference is barely discernible unless you are a guru at spotting the “imitation” shoe. The color is just as vibrant, the bow is slightly smaller, and the ankle strap seems to be in place. The most important factor is that the grand heel is still a focal point, which I absolutely adore. Available in red, pink, black, and cream faux suede, there is a variety of colors to choose from.

Luichiny "Rest Up" Bow Platform Sandals in blue faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E20343 knockoffs)

Luichiny “Rest Up” Bow Platform Sandalsamazon
($66.88, Amazon)

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Alexander McQueen x leopard print = I am obsessed²! You might have already read that I’m a huge fan of McQueen and leopard print scarves are one of my few personal soft spots. I don’t really know how many I have accumulated over the last couple of years, but judging by my credit card bill: still not enough. But how could it be my fault when I keep accidentally finding the most beautiful pieces while doing research for this blog? Take this beautiful berry red silk chiffon scarf for example! It would go perfectly with all my winter coats. But my frugalista heart breaks each time I look at the hefty $555 price tag. Somewhen, somewhen…

Alexander McQueen Leopard Skull Chiffon Scarf in pink fuxia

Alexander McQueen Leopard Skull Chiffon Scarfls
($555, NORDSTROM)

P.S.: Also available at Saksls.

Beyoncé Knowles Loves Alexander McQueen

Beyoncé Knowles has been spotted wearing Alexander McQueen Leopard Skull Chiffon Scarf.

Beyoncé Knowles wearing an Alexander McQueen Leopard Skull Chiffon Scarf

Warehouse Two Coloured Animal Print Scarf

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “FREESHIPNOW” for free shipping & free returns!

While browsing the sale section at Warehouse today, I absentmindedly scrolled through the items when suddenly I spotted this super fabulous animal print scarf which totally reminded me of the McQueen one above. It was love at first sight! Especially since the red scarf is currently on sale for a very wallet-friendly $19! Hello, sold! And don’t forget the just as gorgeous moss greenls version! I had to have both. Yes, I’m weak. Let’s just not talk about this.

Warehouse Two Coloured Animal Print Scarf in red and moss green (Alexander McQueen knockoff)

Warehouse Two Coloured Animal Print Scarfls
($19/$32, Warehouse)

P.S.: Also available at Warehouse (UK)ls & Warehouse (DE)zx.

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 15, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Got a little bit of a rocker-girl inside but don’t know how to express it? Try wearing these Balenciaga sandals and you’ll exude just enough edge while maintaining a polished look. Looking for the best way to pull them off? If you have long legs, try a black pencil skirt with a slightly longer hem in back and if you’re petite or curvy, wear some black leggings like Rihanna (below) with an off-the-shoulder knit dress. But the most important accessory is confidence, and to rock these – you gotta show it. While these shoes are amazing, if they don’t fit your budget, scroll down cause the steal we found is a ringer for the original.

Balenciaga Open Toe Slingback Sandals in black

Balenciaga Glove Sandalsls
($805, farfetch)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls & Matches Fashionls.

Celebrities Love Balenciaga

Rihanna, Taylor Tomasi and LaLa Vasquez wearing black Balenciaga Open Toe Slingback Sandals

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Jessica Buurman “WELBURN” Slingback High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (01/15/2014): Also stumbled upon these Balenciaga-inspired heels at Jessica Buurman today. So fab, right?

Jessica Buurman "WELBURN" Slingback High Heel Sandals in black (Balenciaga Glove knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “WELBURN” Slingback High Heel Sandals
($149, Jessica Buurman)

Kelsi Dagger “Cameo” Slingback Sandals

UPDATE (08/15/2012): Just came across another Balenciaga look-a-like by Kelsi Dagger which is currently on sale for under $90. Available in various colors and textures, too (my favorites: leopard print and black/white spotted).

Kelsi Dagger "Cameo" Slingback Sandals in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Kelsi Dagger “Cameo” Slingback Sandalscj
($85.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Strategia “Alicia” Open Toe Slingbacks

Nope, you’re not seeing double. This pair by Strategia is actually quite a bit less than the Balenciagas above. What’s keeping you from making them yours? These architectural sandals will look artsy and modern with some red nail polish or go mysterious with a darker one. Either way, just let your shoes make the introduction and you can take over from there.

Strategia "Alicia" Open Toe Slingbacks in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Strategia “Alicia” Open Toe Slingbacksls
($268, YOOX)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 15, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

The combination of black and gold is becoming a staple for fall and winter trends, as the contrast perfectly complements one another. Indeed, these Giuseppe Zanotti I27115 Fold-Over Ankle Zip Boots are one of the many examples of this booming trend. Though the price is quite steep at $995, Zanotti always incorporates his beautiful craftsmanship and trendy outlook in his designs, as you can see pictured below. Although the budget on these impeccable ankle boots is far out of my reach, we have a very similar budget-conscious version below!

Giuseppe Zanotti I27115 Fold-Over Zip Ankle Boots in black

Giuseppe Zanotti I27115 Fold-Over Zip Ankle Bootsls
($995, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, NORDSTROMls & Bloomingdale’sls.

Jessica Buurman “XELAR” Side Zip Stiletto Heel Booties

UPDATE (01/15/2014): Stumbled upon this amazing and super identical Giuseppe Zanotti bootie dupe at Jessica Buurman today. Absolutely love these!

Jessica Buurman "XELAR" Side Zip Stiletto Heel Booties in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I27115 knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “XELAR” Side Zip Stiletto Heel Booties
($155, Jessica Buurman)

DMSX by Donald J Pliner “Tenn” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (11/05/2012): Came across another fabulous though slightly steep Giuseppe Zanotti alternative. Aren’t these zip booties from DMSX by Donald J Pliner absolutely fabulous? Also available in a tan/black two-tone version.

DMSX by Donald J Pliner "Tenn" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I27115 knockoffs)

DMSX by Donald J Pliner “Tenn” Zip Ankle Bootsls
($198, Macy’s)

Steve Madden “TONIGHTT” Zipper Booties

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “JANSM1” to get 15% off orders of $100+ or “JANSM8” for 20% off orders of $150+ at Steve Madden including free shipping! Offer valid through 01/31/2014. Some exclusions apply.

Steve Madden‘s “TONIGHTT” Zipper Booties are almost six times cheaper than the Zanottis pictured above. An incredible look-a-like priced at $149.95, this highly coveted ankle boot prevails and ultimately should be an essential in everyone’s fall wardrobe. The gold detailing harmonizes very well with the black suede and the metallic capped pointy-toe radiates an edgy feel. The best part is that these booties can be paired with basically anything in your closet!

Steve Madden "TONIGHTT" Zipper Booties in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I27115 knockoffs)

Steve Madden “TONIGHTT” Zipper Bootiesls
($149.95, Steve Madden)

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