UPDATE: This post has been updated on October 20, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Even though I love high heels and complex designs, sometimes shoes have to be simple, flat and wearable in order to fit one’s needs of everyday life. Over the years, I have come to love and appreciate neutral-colored ankle boots. They are easy to combine, comfortable and look good with virtually anything in your closet. You might also already know about my passion for anything Alexander McQueen and these chain-embellished booties from the lower-priced McQ Alexander McQueen line unite everything I love in a good ankle boot. They are flat (= comfortable) yet have a small heel (= added height) and the gold chain is a nice little detail which gives these booties a more individualistic, unique look. If only I could afford these…

McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots in black

McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock Chain-Embellished Ankle Bootsls
($625, Farfetch)

P.S.: Also available in bordeaux patent leather at YOOXls.

Ivanka Trump “Danny” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (10/20/2013): And here we have yet another McQ designer inspired chaint bootie. Check out these ankle boots by Ivanka Trump. Available in black and dark brown leather.

Ivanka Trump "Danny" Ankle Boots in black (McQ Paddock knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Danny” Ankle Bootsls
($188.95, NORDSTROM)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj, Amazonamazon, Bloomingdale’sls & Macy’sls.

Forever 21 Standout Chained Booties

UPDATE (10/08/2013): Just happened to stumble upon these fab and cheap chained ankle boots (aka McQ Paddock boot look-a-likes) at Forever 21.

Forever 21 Standout Chained Booties in black (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Forever 21 Standout Chained Bootiesls
($39.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls.

Steve Madden “GRUDGES” Chain-Embellished Booties

UPDATE (05/22/2013): Found these McQ inspired booties by Steve Madden today. Available in black, yellow and silver. Use promo code “SMNOV1” to get 15% off orders of $80+ or “SMNOV8” for 20% off orders of $125+ at Steve Madden including free shipping! Offer valid through 11/30/2013. Some exclusions apply.

Well, hello again Mr. Steve Madden! Here we go with yet another designer-inspired shoe. The “GRUDGES” ankle boot is a great alternative if you want the look of the McQ chain booties for a fraction of the price.

Steve Madden "GRUDGES" Chain-Embellished Booties in black (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Steve Madden “GRUDGES” Chain-Embellished Bootiesls
($169.95, Steve Madden)

Jeffrey Campbell “Sammy” Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots

If you prefer a shinier look and are willing to spend a bit more, check out this black patent bootie by Jeffrey Campbell. So close to the real deal!

Jeffrey Campbell "Sammy" Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots in black patent (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Sammy” Chain-Embellished Ankle Bootspjx
($204.95, Lori’s)

P.S.: Also available at Urban Outfitterscj, Need Supply Co.pjx & Nasty Galcj.

Image source(s): The Outnet, Zappos, Forever 21, Steve Madden, Lori’s

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If you think of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, the first one to spring to mind is probably the iconic “Varacj” pump – a one-inch heeled patent ballet-style bow-adorned shoe. This shoe was first introduced in 1978 by Fiamma Ferragamo, the daughter of Salvatore, and has gained a lot of recognition among celebrities like Princess Diana for example. “Varina” is a spin-off of Vara, a more casual and modern designed ballerina flat with a lovely grosgrain bow on the vamp, which has been around since 2007. I’m usually not a fan of ballet flats, but these are so gorgeous and the quality looks absolutely superb, don’t you agree? I’d so love to own these ($450 isn’t that expensive for a pair of made in Italy designer shoes nowadays). If only I had that kind of shopping budget.

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats in red patent leather

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flatscj
($450, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj, Neiman Marcusls, NORDSTROMls, Bloomingdale’sls, Saksls, farfetchls & MyTheresals.

Celebrities Love Salvatore Ferragamo

Celebs and style bloggers such as Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, Susie Lau (Style Bubble) and AnnaSophia Robb have all been spotted wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats.

Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, AnnaSophia Robb and Susie Lau (Style Bubble) wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats

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ALDO “Juricek” Ballerina Bow Flats

If you can’t afford Italian luxury, but still want Italian style, here’s a fantastic alternative I found at ALDO which looks so similar to Ferragamo’s “Varina” flats. Price point: $70 and the “Juricek” flats come also in bone and black leather.

ALDO "Juricek" Ballerina Bow Flats in red (Salvatore Ferragamo Varina knockoffs)

ALDO “Juricek” Ballerina Bow Flatsls
($70, ALDO)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, ALDO (Canada)ls, ALDO (UK) & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on October 17, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

The shoe which can be worn all year long, weather-permitting in some cases, is this “Lisse” Side Cutout Ankle Boot by Christian Louboutin. It features a rounded toe, super sleek high heel, and a slight cutout on the side hence its name. Though it is so minimalistic, it is similarly just as flattering yet it merely exudes a luxurious look. Although the one featured below is leather, it is also available in blue suede which lends itself well to warmer climate. And since it is an ankle boot, one can really wear anything with it. The major downside is the colossal price tag of $895; therefore, we have a great steal below!

Christian Louboutin Lisse Side Cutout Ankle Boots in black

Christian Louboutin Lisse Side Cutout Ankle Bootsls
($895, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Mandy Moore, Eva Herzigova & Jessica White in Christian Louboutin Lisse Side Cutout Ankle Boots

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BCBGeneration “Hellen” Suede Ankle Booties

UPDATE (10/17/2013): Came across these Louboutin inspired suede booties by BCBGeneration. My gut feeling tells me it’s a rebranded version of the Sole Society booties below. “Hellen” vs. “Helena”. $99.95 vs. $79.95!

BCBGeneration "Hellen" Suede Ankle Booties in indigo, black and burgundy (Christian Louboutin Lisse knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Hellen” Suede Ankle Bootiescj
($99.95, DSW)

Sole Society “Helena” Low Cut Booties

UPDATE (03/19/2013): Just stumbled upon these amazingly similar low cut booties by Sole Society which are made of real leather and cost only $69.95! Available in black leather or dark red suede. Absolutely love these!

Sole Society "Helena" Low Cut Booties in black (Christian Louboutin Lisse look-a-likes)

Sole Society “Helena” Low Cut Bootiesls
($69.95-$79.95, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls.

Paris Hilton “Abigail” Ankle Booties

These “Abigail” Ankle Booties are practically identical to the Louboutins, but come at a much more affordable price of $114.99. It’s amazing how similar-looking the two shoes are, considering that these booties are by Paris Hilton while the ones above are by Louboutin. They feature a slight cutout on the side, a semi-rounded toe, and, of course, have a stellar heel just like the designer beauties. Aside from the black leather featured below, these are also available in grey and brown leather. Also, what is particularly interesting is that these heels have pink soles which mimic the classic red-sole Louboutin look even more.

Paris Hilton "Abigail" Ankle Booties in black (Christian Louboutin Lisse knockoffs)

Paris Hilton “Abigail” Ankle Bootiescj
($114.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

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HOT DEAL: Use promo code “INTHEFAMILY25” to get 25% off your order at Shopbop! Offer valid through 10/17/2013 11:59 PM PST. Some exclusions apply.

Deal of the Day - 25% Off! Friends & Family Event @ Shopbop!

Take 25% Off Your Order for Shopbop’s Friends & Family Event! Enter promo code INTHEFAMILY25 at checkout!cj

Image source(s): Shopbop

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I’ve been a longtime fan of floral print, but most of my florals can be found on my apparel rather on my accessories. Then I spotted the “Pashli” floral mini bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim and found me totally obsessed with it! It’s such a great way to add a feminine touch without going overboard on florals. But spending over $600 on such a small baggie seems a little out of proportion, don’t you think? Unless you have an inexhaustible budget, of course. In that case, definitely go for the real deal!

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Floral Mini Satchel Bag in black

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Floral Mini Satchel Bagls
($625, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Shopbopcj & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Style Bloggers Love 3.1 Phillip Lim

Style bloggers such as Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad and Lucy from Lovely by Lucy have been spotted wearing 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Floral Mini Satchel Bag.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Lucy (Lovely by Lucy) carrying a black 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Floral Mini Satchel Bag

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Nasty Gal Midnight Garden Bag

If you’re looking for a floral printed black mini bag in the style of Lim’s “Pashli” mini satchel, then check out this lovely budget alternative by Nasty Gal. It’s not an identical dupe, but the inspiration is definitely there and the overall design is quite similar. But the best part? It only costs $50 instead of $625! So good!

Nasty Gal Midnight Garden Bag in black (3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Floral knockoff)

Nasty Gal Midnight Garden Bagcj
($50, Nasty Gal)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, The Blonde Salad, Lovely by Lucy, Nasty Gal

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