Update: This post has been updated on February 24, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably gimpsed one of this season’s hottest trends: the cage bootie. I’m not entirely sure where this fad originated but I’m going to guess that it might have been Yves Saint Laurent’s Cage Leather Sandal. A delicate, architectural beauty of a shoe, the YSL heels spurred quite a few copies. Christian Louboutin‘s Coussin Caged Ankle Boots are like the big, badass sister to the YSL sandals. To me, the CL booties look both industrial and hard; girly and sweet. They’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, to be sure, but they are certainly works of art; and pricey ones at that.

Christian Louboutin Coussin Caged Booties in black

Christian Louboutin Coussin Caged Ankle Bootsls
($1.595, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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Blake Lively, Elle MacPherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lake Bell, LeToya Luckett and Kim Kardashian wearing Christian Louboutin Coussin Caged Ankle Boots

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Penny Loves Kenny “Relish” Caged Booties

Update (02/24/2011): Stumbled upon another fabulous Louboutin look-a-like by Penny Loves Kenny. Available in black, nude and white.

Penny Loves Kenny "Relish" Caged Booties in black (Christian Louboutin Coussin knockoffs)

Penny Loves Kenny “Relish” Caged Bootiesamazon
($89.99, Amazon)

Boutique 9 “Valanda” Caged Platform Sandals

Update (04/15/2010): Boutique 9 has a second Louboutin steal version which is basically exactly like the “Val” style but without the bow. Available in black and medium natural.

Boutique 9 "Valanda" Caged Platform Sandals in black (Christian Louboutin Coussin knockoffs)

Boutique 9 “Valanda” Caged Platform Sandalsls
($190, Shopbop)

Boutique 9 “Val” Peep-toe Caged Booties

So if the YSL cage sandals and the Louboutin cage boots had a baby, it might look something like these “Val” Peep-Toe Caged Booties by Boutique 9 – and I gotta tell ya, I’m ready to adopt. I kinda love that they turned these into peep-toes and I’m a little obsessed with that silk bow. Wear with a simple black dress and let the shoes do all the talking. They’re not crazy cheap at $199, but they are considerably more affordable than the Louboutins, and just as drool-worthy. Yum! Available in black or natural.

Boutique 9 "Val" Peep-toe Caged Booties in black (Christian Louboutin Coussin knockoffs)

Boutique 9 “Val” Peep-toe Caged Bootiesls
($199.95, Nordstrom)

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New Solemates – Messeca Shoes

by Irina on February 23, 2011

While I do love the standard go-to brands like Steve Madden, Aldo or Nine West when it comes to finding designer shoe dupes, I also love discovering new up- and coming footwear brands that stray away from the mainstream. My favorite store for finding about new underdog shoe brands? Solestruck. That’s where I found out about the hotness that is Senso. And yesterday I discovered a new solemate: Messeca. J’Adore!

Messeca Shoes

Messeca Shoes @ Solestruck

P.S.: Messeca shoes are also available at Amazonamazon.

Image source(s): Solestruck

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OK, so I’m having this thing with nude shoes lately. And this Giuseppe Zanotti pump is so sophisticated with the low heel and the contrast of suede and leather. This shoe would look so elegant with a business suit. And to me, I feel the price is not bad at all! On sale for $384.09. But, if you still don’t want to foot the bill, see below for a second choice.

Giuseppe Zanotti I06055 Pleated Pumps in nude suede

Giuseppe Zanotti I06055 Pleated Pumpsamazon
($384.09, Amazon)

Nine West “Quirky” Gathered Pumps

The Nine West version gives you the same look and it’s only $85 instead of $300+! Plus the shoe comes also in grey, off-white and black leather. I’m still loving the Giuseppe Zanotti Pleated Pump because I love the contrast of the suede and leather, but this is also a very nice choice for your wallet.

Nine West "Quirky" Gathered Pumps in blush (Giuseppe Zanotti I06055 knockoffs)

Nine West “Quirky” Gathered Pumpsamazon
($85, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos & Nine West.

Image source(s): Amazon

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My last HotD pick was bold and flashy whereas today’s Heel of the Day is a subdued yet totally fab shoe by Boutique 9. Seriously, how delicious do these peep-toes look? I love the neutral color, the shape and the painted on snakeskin texture which gives these heels an exotic finish. They’re not the cheapest in the hood, but if you have some extra funds to splurge on shoes, I’d say “Go and get ’em, girl!“.

Boutique 9 "Excite" Peep-toe Pumps in natural

Boutique 9 “Excite” Peep-toe Pumpsamazon
($160, Amazon)

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

Image source(s): Zappos

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Leopard Print 2.0 – Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

by Irina on February 18, 2011

2010 marked the year where leopard print was taking over the fashion world. Suddenly it was all about animal print shoes, bags, accessories, clothes. Now it’s 2011 and the trend is still going strong. And what’s better is that by now mainstream fashion brands have caught on to this trend, so nowadays we not only have out-of-the-world priced designer options but actually affordable styles we can slurge on without feeling guilty. See our top 12 shoe picks below and let us know what you think.

Leopard Print 2.0 - Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

Go Shopping:

  1. Bandolino “Thanku” Wedge Sandalscj, $85.95
  2. Maxstudio “Changzou” Bootiesamazon, $154.95
  3. Ivanka Trump “Magnolis” Ballet Flatscj, $130
  4. Chinese Laundry “Duster” Flatscj, $69
  5. Calvin Klein “Fanya” Wedge Sandalsamazon, $55.99
  6. Betsey Johnson “Eloise” Ankle Strap Sandalsamazon, $175
  7. Jessica Simpson “Fannie” Flatsls, $69
  8. Steve Madden “WIICKED” Peep-toe Wedgescj, $149.95
  9. ALDO “Nolton” Platform Pumpsls, $90
  10. Pelle Moda Issa 2 Sandalscj, $80
  11. Ivanka Trump “Pinkette” Pumpscj, $132.99
  12. Maxstudio “Zomba” Bootiesamazon, $109.42

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