Update: This post has been updated on January 05, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

I discovered Ash only last December when I was looking for the perfect knockoff of a pair of Martin Margiela sandals that I had been in love with for the better part of a year. Aptly enough, it was InTheirCloset that eventually led me to the Holy Land, so to speak. Ash shoes are really well made and definitely have a strong point of view. I love these “Lovely” Studded Wedge Sandals, for instance. I will say that they look more fall than summer to me, but there are already so many little outfits dancing in my head at the mere thought of owning these. The rich black is hot, as is the harness and studding. Here’s the thing, though: while Ash shoes are priced rather “reasonably”, they are still out of my sad little budget.

Ash Lovely Studded Wedge Sandals in black suede

Ash Lovely Studded Wedge Sandalscj
($230, Shopbop)

Moda In Pelle “Prune” Wedge Sandals

UPDATE (05/26/2011): Came across another Ash Lovely look-a-like by Moda In Pelle.

Moda In Pelle "Prune" Wedge Sandals in black suede (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Moda In Pelle “Prune” Wedge Sandalsjavari
(£79.95, Javari.co.uk)

Steve Madden “Tarin” Wedges

UPDATE (01/05/2011): Reader Jennifer informed us about these Ash look-a-likes by Steve Madden. Available in black or ivory. Thanks, Jennifer!

Steve Madden "Tarin" Wedges in black (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Tarin” Wedgescj
($52, 6pm)

Gianni Bini “Cassie” Sandals

UPDATE (01/05/2011): Found another Ash knockoff by Gianni Bini. This one is either available in grey or nude.

Gianni Bini "Cassie" Sandals in grey (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “Cassie” Sandalsls
($99.99, Dillard’s)

Gabriella Rocha “Akella” Wedges

UPDATE (11/08/2010): Just came across another Ash knockoff by Gabriella Rocha. Available in black or tan.

Gabriella Rocha "Akella" Wedges in black (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Gabriella Rocha “Akella” Wedgescj
($68, Zappos)

N.Y.L.A. “Placido” Stud Wedges

If you, too, have a mopey little budget, but love the look of the Ash wedge sandals, we may have found just the shoe. These “Placido” wedges by N.Y.L.A. look basically identical to the originals with a slightly less exaggerated heel. I’m fairly certain that once on no one would be able to tell the difference. I know there’s not a drastic difference in price, but just consider all the things you could buy with that extra hundo! Available in black and tan.

N.Y.L.A. "Placido" Stud Wedges in black (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Placido” Stud Wedgesamazon
($60, Amazon)

Luichiny “Pass Ive” Studded Wedges

Now here’s a slightly different take on the studded wedge, albeit an equally as ferocious one. These “Pass Ive” wedges by Luichiny boast a super high wedge and a cord bottom and we still have the awesome harness and the studs. Even more affordable than then the N.Y.L.A’s, these are also available in a ton of colors (and by ton I mean 4: black, grey, camel & cognac suede).

Luichiny "Pass Ive" Studded Cork Wedges in black (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Luichiny “Pass Ive” Studded Wedgesls
($54, Shoebuy)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Not Rated “Hot Spot” Stud Wedge Sandals

If you’re a blingy kind of girl (aka the more embellishment, the better!) then these “Hot Spot” wedge sandals by Not Rated might just be for you. The general feel and shape of the sandal is the same as our Ash pick but there’s a lot more gold studding and detailing. These are also a true steal at only $33. Available in black, tan, grey & red suede.

Not Rated "Hot Spot" Stud Wedge Sandals in black suede (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Not Rated “Hot Spot” Stud Wedge Sandalsamazon
($50.81, Amazon)

Liliana “Misana” Gladiator Studded Wedges

If you’re like me you sometimes look at your closet and wonder how in the world you managed to amass so many pairs of black shoes. Well then who are we to suggest you buy yet another pair? If you’re loving the look of the Ash wedges but were wishing for a different/more summer friendly color, then wish granted! I love the cognac color of these Liliana “Misana” Gladiator Studded wedges. It feels light for summer but rich for fall. And guess what? This is our cheapest pick of the bunch! These retail for only $21.97!

Liliana "Misana" Gladiator Studded Wedges in tan (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Liliana “Misana” Gladiator Studded Wedgesamazon
($21.97, Amazon)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Javari, Zappos, Dillard’s, REVOLVEClothing, Amazon, Shoes.com, AmiClubWear


Update: This post has been updated on January 05, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Hmmm. This Lam looks a little like a very popular Lou I have been coveting for several seasons now. Love the corset-like lacing and summery cork heel. And we all know there is nothing sexier than a sandal that ties around the ankle. But what I don’t love: $790 for this pair? Um, no, thank you, Derek Lam.

Derek Lam Odesa Lace Up Sandals in black

Derek Lam Odesa Lace Up Sandalscj
($790, Shopbop)

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Gianni Bini “Victoria” Sandals

UPDATE (01/05/2011): Stumbled upon another Dere Lam look-a-like by Gianni Bini. Available in black, bone and brown.

Gianni Bini "Victoria" Sandals in black (Derek Lam Odesa knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “Victoria” Sandalsls
($99.99, Dillard’s)

Charles by Charles David “Canto” Lace-Up Sandals

UPDATE (08/03/2010): Another fabulous though somewhat pricey Lam alternative coming from Charles by Charles David. Available in brown and black.

Charles by Charles David "Canto" Lace-Up Sandals in brown and black (Derek Lam Odesa knockoffs)

Charles by Charles David “Canto” Lace-Up Sandalsamazon
($175, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pmcj.

ASOS ROPE Cage Sandals

UPDATE (08/03/2010): Reader Alex kindly informed us about yet another Lam look-a-like by ASOS. Available in black or red. Thank you, Alex!

ASOS ROPE Cage Sandals in black (Derek Lam Odesa knockoffs)

ASOS ROPE Cage Sandalsls
($18.96, ASOS)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Tamingo” Lace-Up Sandals

That Carlos, he knows just what a Black Magic Woman wants, doesn’t he? Or maybe it’s not that he knows what women want, but what men want to see on them. The “Tamingo” Lace-Up Sandal by Carlos by Carlos Santana is uh, how do you say…caliente, papi! Gorge. And only $59.96? Got your spell on me, baby.

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Tamingo" Lace-Up Sandals in black (Derek Lam Odesa knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Tamingo” Lace-Up Sandalsamazon
($59.96, Amazon)


Today I realized I really shouldn’t be drinking coffee (or any beverage for that matter) when I’m in shoe stalking mode. Because, as I learned first-hand, this can end in a pretty ugly scenario. For my clothes, my hardware and everyone standing around me. But let me explain. Like every morning I got myself a cup of coffee and sat down to read my emails and check out the newest arrivals at Shoes.com. It was going as usual, nothing overly exciting that caught my eye right until I spied these amazing nude snakeskin-print Carlos by Carlos Santana ankle strap wedges. I was so stunned by them, I took a deep inhale, but failed to realize I still had a large sip of coffee in my mouth. So I swallowed up on my coffee, freaked out, started panicking and spilled the coffee all over me, my table and my monitor. Like big time! As you can probably imagine it wasn’t one of my best moments. So listen up, ladies, falling in love with a shoe can end pretty messy these days. Not to mention be life-threating. Oh well, the lessons you learn in life. Available in nude or black.

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Whirl" Wedge Booties in nude

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Whirl” Wedge Bootiescj
($119.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls & Shoes.comls.

Image source(s): Shoes.com


Update: This post has been updated on January 04, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

After the massive display of PGH (= pretty, girly heels) lately here, today’s Real vs. Steal is focussing on practical yet stylish footwear. These wedge booties by Chloé are not neccesarily my style, but I know some of our readers are die-hard Chloé fans who will love what I have found, just keep on reading…

Chloé Suede Knit-Trim Wedge Boots in taupe

Chloé Suede Knit-Trim Wedge Bootsls
($850, Net-A-Porter)

Gianni Bini “McKinely” Wedge Boots

UPDATE (01/04/2011): I’m not quite sure I’ve ever seen a knockoff as spot-on as these wedge booties by Gianni Bini. Stunningly identical! If you see a noticeable difference between both, let us know!

Gianni Bini "McKinely" Wedge Boots in olive suede (Chloé knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “McKinely” Wedge Bootsls
($99.99, Dillard’s)

Wild Diva Motiz-01 Sweater Cuff Bootie Wedges

UPDATE (01/03/2011): Found another great yet budget-friendly Chloé knockoff by Wild Diva. Available in black, brown and tan. Be fast, these will sell out fast.

Wild Diva Motiz-01 Sweater Cuff Bootie Wedges in brown (Chloé knockoffs)

Wild Diva Motiz-01 Sweater Cuff Bootie Wedgescj
($33.80, GoJane)

Steve Madden “DELANOW” Wedge Booties

If you’re craving yourself some Chloé style, but lack the funds to support the real deal, how about going for this great Chloé look-a-like by Steve Madden instead? Available in grey or brown suede.

Steve Madden "DELANOW" Wedge Booties in grey suede (Chloé knockoffs)

Steve Madden “DELANOW” Wedge Bootiesamazon
($150, Amazon)


I always hoped that part of Olivia Palermo‘s impeccable style would be the fact that she has access to the finest designer clothes and that these account for half the magic of her outfits. But now that I’ve seen her looking just as fabulous in head-to-toe Mango as if she was wearing some premium designer I think we all have to accept that this girl has style in spades; no matter the brand of her clothes. Sigh! Check out our take on Olivia’s bow blouse and camel pants look below and let us know what you think of it.

Olivia Palermo’s Mango Look 4 Less

Olivia Palermo's Mango Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who?Olivia Palermo
Where?Mango Spring/Summer 2011 Collection Presentation in Madrid, Spain
When?November 16, 2010
What?Head-to-toe Mango


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