I absolutely adore Balmain. Christophe Decarnin’s Fall 2008 collection was simply AMAZING! A masterpiece so to say. It was so edgy and punk and quintessential rock-chick style. But I didn’t just loved all the dresses, skirts, trousers and shirts, but also the adorable fringed ankle boots that have been flaunted by the models throughout on the runway. I’ve been wanting a pair of my own fringed booties for months, but now that they’ve hit the shelves at NET-A-PORTER, I was shocked to learn that the original Balmain boots are way out of my price range with $1.025. So I searched high and low for budget-friendly look-a-likes and found a bunch of great alternatives. Some of them which are very pretty and very similar to the original Balmain booties.

Balmain Fringed Leather Ankle Booties in Black

Balmain Fringed Leather Bootsls
($1.025, NET-A-PORTER)

Betsey Johnson “Tisha” Fringed Ankle Boots

Maybe these aren’t quite what you’d call a knockoff, but Betsey Johnson‘s “Tisha” fringed ankle boots are certainly a good alternative that will cost you $288 ($320). And by the way, aren’t these tassels and pink accents absolutely to die for? So cute!

Betsey Johnson "Tisha" Black and Pink Fringed Ankle Boots

Betsey Johnson “Tisha” Fringed Ankle Bootsamazon
($288, Amazon)

Topshop “AMORE” Fringe Lace Boots

These fringed lace up boots from Topshop are probably the most identical Balmain look-a-likes. Unfortunately, they come only in brown and not black. The heel is also chunkier and not as high as the original one, but the overall style is very similar. From the type of fringes to the laces, they are quite the same except for the price which happens to be about 85% less than the original.

Amore Fringed Lace Up Ankle Booties

Topshop “AMORE” Fringe Lace Bootsls
($160, Topshop)

Bakers “FLARE BK” Fringed Ankle Boots

So we all know Bakers loves to copy designer shoes. And of course they had their own version of the Balmain boots called “FLARE BK” which is on sale right now for affordable $49.90 ($129.95).

Bakers Flare BK Fringed Ankle Booties in Black

Bakers “FLARE BK” Fringed Ankle Bootsamazon
($49.90, Amazon)

59 Seconds High Heel Fringed Ankle Boots

If you’re not the type for high heeled ankle boots but like the idea of fringed suede booties, these knockoffs from 59 Seconds are your choice. I know the boots seem to be badly manufactured from what you see on the picture, but this might be because of the harsh lighting. They have more photos of the shoes on their website and they look quite good on the model there. So if they tickle your fancy, grab them for discounted $46.80 ($75).

59 Seconds Black High Heel Fringed Ankle Booties

59 Seconds High Heel Fringed Ankle Boots
($46.80, YesStyle)

GoJane Black Suede Lace Up Fringe Booties

GoJane, like Bakers, love to make their own “interpretations” of popular designer shoes. This black suede fringe bootie isn’t necessarily a Balmain knockoff (more Betsey Johnson), but it’s certainly similar enough to be on this list. Shell out $30.99 and call them yours!

GoJane Black Suede Lace Up Fringed Ankle Boots

GoJane Black Suede Lace Up Fringe Booties
($30.99, GoJane)

Black Suede Fringe Lace Up Ankle Boots

These fringed ankle boots here are, like the GoJanes above, more a knockoff of Betsey Johnson’s “Tisha” booties (I guess they originally are knockoffs of some other designer shoe), but they certainly deserve to be featured on this list because of their similiarities to the Balmain version. They also happen to be my favorite knockoffs. I love the fringes, the tassels, the heel, the form of the shoe, everything. And you can’t argue with the price. I mean $9.99 ($62.99) for a shoe? A no-brainer.

Amiclubwear Black Suede Fringe Lace Up Ankle Boots

Black Suede Fringe Lace Up Ankle Booties
($9.99, AmiClubWear)

Black Suede Fringe Lace Up Moccasin Ankle Boots

And just when I thought you can’t beat $9.99 for a Balmain knockoff I came across these darlings. $3.99 – are you serious? I kind of feel this must be a joke. Like “What’s the catch?”. Are these shoes going to fall apart after 2 days of wearing? Is the material causing cancer or something? I’ve never seen shoes being so cheap and I don’t know if these are just China imported rubbish or a real secret bargain buy. If you own them, please feel free to comment on how good (or not) they are (quality, comfort, etc).

Amiclubwear Black Suede Fringe Lace Up Moccasin Ankle Booties

Black Suede Fringe Lace Up Moccasin Ankle Boots
($3.99, AmiClubWear)

ASOS Leather Suede Fringe Shoe Boots

Found another Balmain look-a-like! The heel on these ASOS booties is a bit thinner, but otherwise these fringe shoe boots look just like the Balmains. Also available in berry.

ASOS Black Leather Suede Fringe Shoe Boots

ASOS Leather Suede Fringe Shoe Bootsls
($73.47, ASOS)


Actress Debra Messing looked very elegant in a royal blue Black Halo keyhole dress with ruffled sleeves when she attended the Avakian Beverly Hills Boutique Celebration on December 4th, 2008. The redhead accessorized with a beautiful orange/gold necklace, a gold clutch and multi-colored Brian Atwood “Marielle” heels.

Debra Messing in a royal blue keyhole ruffle sheath dress by Black Halo - December 2008

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Debra Messing
Where? Avakian Beverly Hills Boutique Celebration, Beverly Hills
When? December 4th, 2008
What? Black Halo Keyhole Ruffle Sleeve Sheath Dress ($349) & Brian Atwood “Marielle” Peep-toe Pumpsls ($810)

Black Halo Keyhole Ruffle Sleeve Sheath Dress

Royal Blue Black Halo Keyhole Ruffle Sleeve Sheath Dress

Black Halo Keyhole Ruffle Sleeve Sheath Dresspjx
($349, The Trend Boutique)

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Remember when Sarah Jessica Parker (aka Carrie Bradshaw) was flauntin a stunning white flower dress with a pair of black to-die-for Dior Extreme Cutout Sandals on the set of the Sex and the City movie?

Sarah Jessica Parker alias Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City Movie) - White Dress with Huge Flower

Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who? Sarah Jessica Parker (aka Carrie Bradshaw)
Where? Manhattan, New York
When? September 2007
What? Vintage dress & Dior Extreme Cutout Sandalsls ($780)

Celebrity Look 4 Less – Carrie Bradshaw’s White Flower Dress

Of course, Carrie’s dress was vintage and isn’t available for purchase, but we found a great budget version of SJP’s white dress available at eDressMe.

Sarah Jessica Parker aka Carrie Bradshaw's SATC White Flower Dress - Celebrity Style Dress

eDressMe Sexy White Flower Dresspjx
($258, eDressMe)


Want to look like a million dollars at your prom, but don’t have a fortune to splurge? No problem. Our “Celebrity Looks 4 Less” will show you how to dress like your favorite celebrity without having to spend thousands of dollars on clothes. “Ugly Betty“-star America Ferrera was red carpet perfection when she attended the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 in a royal blue strapless Monique Lhuillier column dress.

America Ferrera wearing a royal blue strapless Monique Lhuillier dress at the Emmys 2007

Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who? America Ferrera
Where? 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007, LA
When? September 16th, 2007
What? Monique Lhuillier Column Dress in cobalt bluels

Celebrity Look 4 Less – America Ferrera in Monique Lhuillier

As you can see below the copycat dress is almost identical with America’s frock. It has the same sweetheart neckline as well as an embellished waistbelt and the dress is draped at the sides.

eDressMe Faviana - America Ferrera Royal Blue Celebrity Style Dress

Royal Blue Strapless Gown in style of America Ferrerapjx
($328, eDressMe)


At the 68th Annual Motion Picture Club’s Awards Luncheon on November 6th, actress Amy Adams, one of our red carpet favorites, looked nothing short of perfect wearing a scarlet red Lela Rose dress which had a ruffled neckline and a pair of adorable black patent Louboutins. Amy accessorized her outfit with stunning diamond drop earrings, a diamond bracelet and a dramatic black flower ring.

Amy Adams in a red Lela Rose dress & black patent Christian Louboutin pumps - 68th Motion Picture Club Luncheon in November 2008

Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who? Amy Adams
Where? 68th Annual Motion Picture Club’s Awards Luncheon, New York City
When? November 6th, 2008
What? Lela Rose Ruffle Neck Dress ($805), Christian Louboutin Decolette Pumps ($625)

Lela Rose & Christian Louboutin

Red Lela Rose Dress & Christian Louboutin "Decollette" Black Patent Pumps

Lela Rose Ruffle Neck Dressls
Christian Louboutin Decolette Pumpsls
($805 & $625, NET-A-PORTER & Neiman Marcus)


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