UPDATE: This post has been updated on September 09, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

I just adore a studded shoe. Well, truth be told, I’m loving a studded anything right about now. Thankfully there are more options this century than there were in the last one—we’ve moved beyond Bedazzler hideousness and full-on rocker paraphernalia. This lovely Prada sandal is a fab example of studs done right. There’s a hint of rebellion, but also a sort of 40s sensibility in the shape and structure of this shoe.

Prada Studded Suede Cross Strap Platform Sandals in black

Prada Studded Suede Cross Strap Platform Sandalscj
($636, Bluefly)

Celebrities Love Prada

Carey Mulligan & Anna Dello Russo wearing black suede Prada Studded Cross Strap Platform Sandals

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XOXO “Hollywood” Platform Sandals

UPDATE (09/09/2010): And here’s the first suede Prada look-a-like by XOXO. It comes in either black or blue faux suede.

XOXO "Hollywood" Platform Sandals in black suede (Prada knockoffs)

XOXO “Hollywood” Platform Sandalsamazon
($79.99, Amazon)

Type Z “Neva” Studded Sandals

UPDATE (07/21/2010): Found another absolutely fabulous Prada look-a-like by Type Z. Available in black or silver.

Type Z "Neva" Studded Sandals in black (Prada knockoffs)

Type Z “Neva” Studded Sandalscj
($100, Zappos)

N.Y.L.A. “Naigel” Studded Platform Sandals

Yes, it’s true: celebrities (and even us mere mortals) love Prada. But the thought of stepping in a puddle or a crack while wearing a $636 suede-covered heel? Uh, I know that’s an idea I don’t love. If you’re of the same ilk, allow me to introduce “Naigel” by N.Y.L.A.. Now you can have all the studded, criss-crossed moxie of the Prada version, in a more resilient and less-expensive leather pair.

N.Y.L.A. "Naigel" Studded Platform Sandals in black (Prada knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Naigel” Studded Platform Sandalsamazon
($64.88, Amazon)

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Rachel Bilson is a fan favorite (or at least one of my favorites) because she always manages to look effortlessly cool in whatever outfit she steps out in. Normally, nothing screams prim and proper like a crisp white button down shirt. Well, Rachel pairs it with denim cutoffs and it just nullifies everything we thought we knew about mixing the two. Well, done Ms. B, well done.

Rachel Bilson’s Look 4 Less

Rachel Bilson's Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★½☆

Who?Rachel Bilson
Where?Out in Beverly Hills, California
When?August 23, 2010
What?Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer Sunglasses, Paige Premium Denim Silver Lake Short w/ Repair, Chloé Darla Leather Tote & Rag & Bone Victoria Wedge Sandals

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on September 08, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

I know Balmain is supposed to be a super exclusive, high-end, ultra-luxe fashion label and even though I am used to see outraging prices for the most basic clothing I’m still apalled whenever I see the price tag of anything Balmain. I mean, come on, $13.000 for a sequin mini dress? Are you serious? As much as I adore Balmain and all of Christophe’s wonderful work for the French fashion house, there’s no way I would EVER buy it even if I had a few thousands to spare.

Balmain Fall 2009 Sequin Paillette Mini Dress in black

Balmain Paillette Mini Dress
($13.395, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Balmain

Blake Lively and Daria Werbowy wearing a black sequin Balmain Paillette Mini Dress

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French Connection “Samantha” Sequin Wrap Front Dress

UPDATE (09/08/2010): This Balmain knockoff by French Connection is certainly not a steal, but considering the original retails for 13k, $269.60 doesn’t seem that expensive in comparison, right? Available in black or navy.

French Connection Sequin Wrap Front Dress in navy (Balmain knockoff)

French Connection Sequin Wrap Front Dressls
($298, French Connection USA)

P.S.: Also available in black or navy at French Connection UKls or French Connection USAls.

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress

Luckily, you don’t need to sell your soul in order to achieve the same glam sexy vixen look à la Balmain. Lipsy has come up with a great and 100x more affordable alternative. I wish they wouldn’t have dampened all the outstanding features that made this sequin LBD stand out (e.g. shoulder pads, plunge neck and length of the dress), but all in all it’s still a super sexy dress which goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million dollars.

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress in black (Balmain knockoff)

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dressls
($118.98, ASOS)

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I just got this great deal in my inbox and just had to share it with you all. Save $25 OFF your purchase of $100+ at Heels.com by using promo code “FALLSAVE” at checkout. But you better hurry because this deal only lasts 72 hours. What better time to start shopping for fall footwear than now? Think over-the-knee boots, suede booties, anything leopard print or military-inspired. Now get your credit cards out, ladies, and start shopping!

Deal of the Day - Save $25 OFF $100+ at Heels.com! 72 Hours Only!

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P.S.: Oh, and did I mention they have a free shipping policy?

Image source(s): Heels.com

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on September 08, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

True confession: I have been sweatin’ these insanely hot L.A.M.B. platforms for a while. They meet all the V-requisites: part gladiatress, part S&M mistress; kind of sexy but kind of scary; superhigh and superfly—I don’t think superkawaii can apply because these babies have bad girl written all over them. That Gwen, she can make music, babies, and a killer pair of shoes—this pair is Zantastic!

L.A.M.B. Zan Open Toe Platform Booties in black

L.A.M.B. Zan Open Toe Platform Bootiescj
($379.99, Heels.com)

Gwen Stefani Loves L.A.M.B.

Gwen Stefani in L.A.M.B. Zan Open Toe Platform Booties

Type Z “Cyke” Platform Sandals

UPDATE (09/08/2010): Although these platform sandals have a few differences (cork platform, red stitching), it’s still more than clear where Type Z got their inspiration from for these. Available in black or brown.

Type Z "Cyke" Platform Sandals in black  (L.A.M.B. Zan knockoffs)

Type Z “Cyke” Platform Sandalscj
($125, Zappos)

Michael Antonio “Teeter” Platform Sandals

As much as I worship the L.A.M.B. Zan, three bills is a bit steep for an Imelda-in-the-making like me. At the rate I buy shoes, that would quickly add up to $1,500 or so every couple months. And that’s a reality I’m not prepared to deal with at this point. A better reality is the “Teeter” by Michael Antonio. All the style of the Zan, for a whopping $39.76. You know what that means, don’t you? That’s $340 left for…you guessed it, honey…more shoes.

Michael Antonio "Teeter" Platform Sandals in black (L.A.M.B. Zan knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Teeter” Platform Sandalsamazon
($39.76, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj & Piperlimecj.

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