Update: This post has been updated on February 10, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’ve been in love with these studded Balmain gladiator sandals ever since I first spotted them on NET-A-PORTER 6 months ago and dreamed of owning them, happily strutting the streets in them with leggings or skinny jeans. But as always the whopping price tag of $1.195 kept that dream fom ever coming true.

Balmain Elastic Studded Gladiator Sandals in black

Balmain Studded Strappy Gladiator Sandalsls
($1.195, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Balmain

Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna wearing black Balmain Studded Strappy Sandals

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Liliana Pray-1 Sandals

UPDATE (02/10/2011): Here’s another great Balmain alternative coming from Liliana. Available in black, red and silver fabric upper.

Liliana Pray-1 Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Liliana Pray-1 Sandalsamazon
(47.15, Amazon)

Type Z “Lorry” Sandals

UPDATE (09/17/2010): These Balmain knockoffs by Type Z come a little late, but isn’t it amazing how they are almost identical compared to the Balmain originals? Only these are soooo much cheaper.

Type Z "Lorry" Sandals in black (Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain knockoffs)

Type Z “Lorry” Sandalscj
($63, Zappos)

Wet Seal Stud Cage Booties

UPDATE (12/10/2009): Found another budget-friendly alternative by Wet Seal.

Wet Seal Stud Cage Booties in black (Balmain Studded Strappy Gladiator knockoffs)

Wet Seal Stud Cage Bootiesls
($32.50, Wet Seal)

ZiGiny “Palace” Studded Sandals

UPDATE (10/31/2009): I just stumbled upon another Balmain knockoff by ZiGiny. Good thing: They look more like the original Balmain heels (except for the platform).

ZiGiny "Palace" Studded Gladiator Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Palace” Studded Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($99.95, Amazon)

GUESS by Marciano “Natalia” Gladiator Sandals

I’ve been waiting so long for knockoffs like these to come out and finally GUESS by Marciano answered my prayers by giving us frugal fashionistas a budget-friendly Balmain alternative. The studs on these are slightly bigger, but the shape and the elastic straps look almost identical.

Guess by Marciano "Natalia" Elastic Gladiator Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

GUESS by Marciano “Natalia” Stappy Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($55.63, Amazon)


Update: This post has been updated on February 09, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that zippers are in. We’ve written several posts here that have featured decorative zippers (mostly on shoes) and more pop up every day. Balmain seems to be leading this trend and we can see why. Giuseppe Zanotti, who designs the shoes for Balmain, is a master. He manages to make zippers and black leather look polished and even elegant. What I really love about these zip-embellished pumps is that the shape is wholly classic, but the zippers add an industrial/rock edge. That means these shoes will dress up your jeans, but dress down your sweet skirt. Unfortunately they’re astronomically expensive.

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Zip-Embellished Pumps in black

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Zip-Embellished Pumpsls
($995, YOOX)

JustFab “Kara” Zip Pumps

UPDATE (02/09/2011): Found another great Balmain dupe by JustFab.

JustFab "Kara" Zip Pumps in black (Balmain knockoffs)

JustFab “Kara” Zip Pumpscj
($54.99, Heels.com)

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumps

These Liliana pumps are a great alternative to the Balmains. They’re not real leather, of course, but the beautiful zipper-trim is there, as is that sexy 4-inch heel. Falling somewhere between a pump and a bootie, I picture these with a multitude of outfits. Oh, and did we mention they’re only $30.91? If you’ve had your fill of black pumps, these are also available in chestnut and grey.

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumps in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Liliana Frog-1 Zip Platform Pumpsamazon
($30.91, Amazon)

New Look Zip Strap Courts

Now there’s less zipper action going on with this version, but I think there’s something so pretty and clean about the one cross over on the bridge of the foot. The toe is very reminiscent of the Balmain heels (looks like you’ll be getting some toe-cleavage!) and the faux suede looks very rich. Very Rock and Roll at a non-rock price. These also come in a very pretty, soft grey color. At £25 (that’s about $33), you might as well get both! New Look is a UK retailer, but I checked out their US shipping policy and it’s pretty reasonable (around $10).

New Look Zip Strap Courts in black suedette (Balmain knockoffs)

New Look Zip Strap Courts
(£25, New Look)

Image source(s): YOOX, Heels.com, Amazon, New Look


Update: This post has been updated on February 08, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

I am desperately looking for the perfect hybrid between a sandal and a bootie to wear on chilly summer nights. The “Rasta” cutout bootie/sandal by L.A.M.B. looks promising, but the $355 price is a big turn-off.

L.A.M.B. Rasta Open Toe Cutout Bootiesin black leather

L.A.M.B. Rasta Open Toe Cutout Sandal Bootiescj
($355, REVOLVEClothing)

Celebrities Love L.A.M.B.

Mena Suvari and Amber Stevens wearing black L.A.M.B. Rasta Sandal Booties

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JustFab “Marcelle” T-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (02/08/2011): Newly established footwear brand JustFab decided to start their collection by knocking off the L.A.M.B. heels.

JustFab "Marcelle" T-Strap Sandals in black (L.A.M.B. Rasta knockoffs)

JustFab “Marcelle” T-Strap Sandalskcj
($54.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & JustFabcj.

BCBGeneration “Jules” T-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (06/23/2010): I didn’t expect to find any more knockoffs of the L.A.M.B. heels above, but BCBGeneration just came out with a very inspired-by version. These are available in black, tan & pewter.

BCBGeneration "Jules" T-Strap Sandals in black (L.A.M.B. Rasta knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Jules” T-Strap Sandalsamazon
($44.99, Amazon)

bebe “Adele” Snake Trimmed Booties

UPDATE (07/31/2009): Just found another great and affordable L.A.M.B. look-a-like by bebe called “Adele”. This sandal bootie is not as spot-on as the Steve Madden version, but you can still see where they draw their inspiration from. I much prefer the heel of this knockoff version though, so grab them while you can.

bebe Adele Snake Trimmed Bootie in black (L.A.M.B. Rasta knockoffs)

bebe “Adele” Snake Trimmed Booties
($159, bebe)

Steve Madden “PERSIS” Open Toe Booties

You can always count on Steve Madden to deliver some great L.A.M.B. knockoffs just like this one. The heels is slightly different, but everything else looks pretty much the same.

Steve Madden PERSIS Cutout Booties in black leather (L.A.M.B. Rasta knockoffs)

Steve Madden “PERSIS” Open Toe Bootiesls
(84.98, Steve Madden)

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Whoa, I’m back from my 3-week vacation in Thailand. It was beautiful there, but I’m glad to be home again because I missed writing for InTheirCloset soooo much! Now let me tell you what I’ve been coveting since my return: this little cobalt blue thing of a purse by Nila Anthony for example. Isn’t it the cutest little bag you’ve ever seen? Love it! And it’s so cheap, too. ♥ ♥ ♥

Nila Anthony Live It Up Blue Purse

Nila Anthony Live It Up Blue Purse
($33, LuLu*s)


Update: This post has been updated on February 07, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

A trend refusing to die down is the ever-so-popular “rock chic“. Anything black, studded, buckled or wired fits perfectly into this category. Like these studded caged heels by Emilio Pucci for example. They might seem a little plain on their own, but look how amazing they look on Diane Kruger who paired them with a sexy white Hervé Léger number. Yummy!

Emilio Pucci Cutout Studded Leather Sandals in black

Emilio Pucci Cutout Studded Leather Sandalsls
($1.150, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Emilio Pucci

Diane Kruger, Jessica Simpson & Kylie Minogue wearing black Emilio Pucci Cutout Studded Sandals

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Miss Me Avery-8 Platform Sandals

UPDATE (02/07/2011): Found another great and budget-friendly Pucci alternative coming from Miss Me. Available in black, brown, grey and red faux suede.

Miss Me Avery-8 Platform Sandals in black faux suede

Miss Me Avery-8 Platform Sandalsamazon
($46.95, Amazon)

Promise “Rockstar” Rhinestone Heels

If you’re not in a rockband and plan to wear these statement heels out every day, but still crave some Rock ‘n Roll on your feet, why not consider these budget-friendly heels by Promise? Apart from the price tag they’re practically twins. One major difference is that these are rhinestoned and not studded, but who doesn’t love a bit of bling? Available in a plethora of colors including black, gold, silver, white, yellow and fuchsia.

Promise "Rockstar" Rhinestone Heels in black (Emilio Pucci knockoffs)

Promise “Rockstar” Rhinestone Heels
($40.99, AmiClubWear)

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