UPDATE: This post has been updated on February 5, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you had to pick one pair of shoes to give you that extra boost of confidence on any given day, these stunners by Christian Louboutin would be my choice. You can’t wear them and NOT have everyone looking at you. So, what will you wear with them? Will it include a pair of scene-stealing jeans or perhaps a figure-accentuating skirt? Either way, get ready to turn some heads. Wait, are you thinking: “How will I ever afford these?” – it’s OK, we’ve found hope. Take a look below!

Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass Crystal Encrusted Platform Pumps in silver

Christian Louboutin Daffodile Crystal Encrusted Platform Pumpsls
($6.395, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Jennifer Hudson, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles & Kate Moss wearing Christian Louboutin Daffodile Crystal Encrusted Platform Pumps

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Taylor Says “Til Death” Rhinestone-Encrusted Platform Pumps

UPDATE (04/15/2015): Stumbled upon these crystal-studded Louboutin Daffodile look-alikes by Taylor Says today and wanted to share them with you. Not the cheapest at $199.99, but still way better than spending more than 6k, right?

Taylor Says "Til Death" Rhinestone-Encrusted Platform Pumps in white silver (Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass knockoffs)

Taylor Says “Til Death” Rhinestone-Encrusted Platform Pumps
($199.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Liliana “Dazzling” Rhinestone-Embellished Platform Pumps

UPDATE (02/05/2015): Found these budget-friendly, Louboutin-inspired, sparkling stunners by Liliana today. Available in pewter or gold for $69.99.

Liliana "Dazzling" Rhinestone-Embellished Platform Pumps in silver (Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass knockoffs)

Liliana “Dazzling” Rhinestone-Embellished Platform Pumps
($69.99, Heels.com)

Steve Madden “DANDY” Sparkly Rhinestone Platform Pumps

UPDATE (08/02/2013): Discovered another great Louboutin alternative by Steve Madden. Also check out the “DEEVAAls” which is another great CL Daffodile Strass alternative from Madden.

Steve Madden "DANDY" Sparkly Rhinestone Platform Pumps (Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass knockoffs)

Steve Madden “DANDY” Sparkly Rhinestone Platform Pumpsls
($149.95, Steve Madden)

AX Paris Sparkle Diamonte Covered Platform Heels

UPDATE (07/10/2012): Just happened to stumble upon these fantastic Louboutin Daffodile Strass knockoffs by AX Paris. They’re available in both black and white and cost a mere £17.99! Red sole included.

AX Paris Sparkle Diamonte Covered Platform Heels in black and white (Christian Louboutin Daffodile knockoffs)

AX Paris Sparkle Diamonte Covered Platform Heels
(£17.99, AX Paris)

Chinese Laundry “Dazed and Confused” Sparkling Pumps

So maybe they don’t have a red sole, but this pair by Chinese Laundry will sure grab some attention. Plus, the dark crystals will go with mostly everything you wear in the evening; so you can be certain that they will be your go-to-accessory whenever you need to dress anything up. They can be the piece that transforms your look from day to night with just one quick switch. Sounds fabulous? Now check out the sale price of $73.98!

Chinese Laundry "Dazed and Confused" Sparkling Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Daffodile knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Dazed and Confused” Sparkling Pumps
($73.98, Chinese Laundry)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 14, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I wonder if – one fine day – I will be the happy owner of a pair of Alexander McQueen heels. I would LOVE to, but thinking that his shoes go for more than 1k per pair, I somehow doubt this is ever going to happen. Not with that kind of budget at least. Anyone out there bothering to tell me the secret of getting rich quick? My shoe addiction refuses to wait any longer to be satisfied.

Alexander McQueen "Faithful" Zipper Peep-toe Ankle Boots in black

Alexander McQueen Faithful Peep-toe Ankle Bootsls
($1.155, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Alexander McQueen

Emma Watson, Rihanna, LaLa Vasquez, Amerie and Lindsay Lohan wearing black Alexander McQueen "Faithful" zipper peep-toe ankle boots

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BCBGeneration “Lantern” Peep-Toe Ankle Booties

UPDATE (04/14/2015): Discovered these front collar peep-toe booties by BCBGeneration and they instantly reminded me of the Alexander McQueen ankle boots above. Currently on sale for a very budget-friendly $45.60!

BCBGeneration "Lantern" Peep-Toe Ankle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Lantern” Peep-Toe Ankle Bootiesamazon
($45.60, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm & Nordstrom Rack.

Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Booties

UPDATE (02/17/2014): After all these years, we’re still getting requests for the McQueen booties above, so here you go. Found another Faithful bootie dupe at Milanoo for $82.99!

Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Bootiesls
($82.99, Milanoo)

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Booties

UPDATE (02/10/2012): Just stumbled upon these McQueen bootie look-a-likes by Italina. And they’re currently on sale for $39.99!

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Bootiesamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

Madden Girl “Kernal” Zipper Booties

UPDATE (05/27/2010): If you’re wary of high heels, try these “Faithful” knockoffs by Madden Girl. They’re a bit bulky, but the low heel makes them that much more practical for day-to-day wear. The price ain’t too bad either.

Madden Girl "Kernal" Zipper Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Madden Girl “Kernal” Zipper Bootiesamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

Wet Seal Motorcycle Booties

UPDATE (12/10/2009): Stumbled upon yet another Faithful bootie knockoff version by Wet Seal. Available in either black or taupe.

Wet Seal Motorcycle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Wet Seal Motorcycle Booties
($19.50, Wet Seal)

ALDO “Haga” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (12/02/2009): Found yet another great alternative to the McQueen booties by Aldo. They are not a complete rip-off, but the inspiration behind these is more than obvious.

Aldo "Haga" Zipper Open-toe Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

ALDO “Haga” Zip Ankle Bootsls
($120, ALDO)

Michael Antonio “Monet” Zipper Booties

UPDATE (11/19/2009): Woohoo! I didn’t expect to find a knockoff just as good as the Steve Maddens, but then I stumbled upon these zipper booties by Michael Antonio. They look just as good AND are way cheaper, too. Yay! Also available in brown, berry, grey and red.

Michael Antonio "Monet" Zipper Ankle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Monet” Zipper Ankle Bootiescj
($34.97, Shiekh)

Pink Duchess “Vicky” Zipper Ankle Boots

UPDATE: These booties by Pink Duchess are also a good and super affordable alternative to the real McQueen booties.

Pink Duchess "Vicky" Zipper Ankle Boots in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Pink Duchess “Vicky” Zipper Ankle Bootsamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Steve Madden “SERYNA” Peep-toe Ankle Boots

I love and hate Steve Madden. Hate because his collection is mostly based on other people’s creativity and LOVE because it makes being fashionable on a budget SO much easier without having to compromise the designer look of a shoe. These Alexander McQueen knockoffs are almost identical, the only thing that’s different is that the zipper isn’t a skull shape, but everything else could pass as the original. The ankle boots are currently on pre-order and will be ready to ship in approx. 4 weeks. However I wouldn’t wait too long to order as this style is probably one of the first to sell out.

Steve Madden SERYNA Zipper Ankle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

Steve Madden “SERYNA” Peep-toe Ankle Bootsls
($129.95, Steve Madden)

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Copycat Math - Chanel Cap-Toe Espadrilles + Valentino Lace Espadrille Flats = Mossimo Rita Crochet Espadrilles

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Image source(s): Bragmybag, MyTheresa, Target

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 12, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Great flats are hard to find. Especially ones that will look chic even with work attire. These ballerinas by Valentino are perfect to wear with chic cigarette pants to the office and look just as fantastic with leggings and a tunic on the weekend. The studs give them a little bit of a vampy edge while the color makes fair-skinned legs look longer. There is even a tiny hint of a heel to balance them out and provide an extra bit of polish. But even though they are quite gorgeous, they are also a little too expensive for everyday flats. The concept is not completely lost though; there are at least a couple inspired-by versions out there for way less. Keep scrolling down for more tips and info on where to find them!

Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats in nude patent

Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flatsls
($745, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls, Barneys, MyTheresa & Net-A-Porterls.

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Whitney Port wearing black Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats

UPDATE (04/12/2015): Discovered these fab and spot-on Valentino Rockstud flat look-alikes by Wild Diva Lounge today and instantly had to share them with you.

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats in nude, black and yellow faux patent leather (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flatsamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at GoJane, Amazon #2amazon & eBayeBay.

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats

UPDATE (01/06/2015): Here’s another set of lovely pastel-colored Valentino Rockstud dupes by Fanyo for under $20.

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats in pink, mint, black and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats
($19.71, YesStyle)

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

UPDATE (01/06/2015): Discovered these fun-colored and super cheap Valentino Rockstud look-a-like flats at Charlotte Russe.

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Ballet Flats in baby blue and pink (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Ballet Flats
($15-$20, Charlotte Russe)

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats

UPDATE (09/21/2014): Stumbled upon these cute and super budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud ballet flat dupes at GoJane today. Available in various colors for under $20! Yay!

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats in nude and black (Valetino Rockstud knockoffs)

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats
($14.91, GoJane)

G-Small Studded Pointed-Toe Flats

UPDATE (09/21/2014): Also discovered these G-Small studded flats at Amazon which are available in an array of different colors.

G-Small Studded Pointed-Toe Flats in red and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

G-Small Studded Pointed-Toe Flatsamazon
($55.99, Amazon)

Jessica Buurman “CARRIE” Studded Ballet Flat Sandals

UPDATE (01/25/2014): Found another great Valentino ballet flat dupe at Jessica Buurman! They’re currently on sale for $109 and come in a variety of colors including lavender (my personal fave!), white, pink, green, yellow and more.

Jessica Buurman "CARRIE" Studded Ballet Flat Sandals in black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “CARRIE” Studded Ballet Flat Sandals
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats

UPDATE (08/15/2013): Check out these Valentino Rockstud dupes by Ken up which are currently on sale for $38.17 and come in either nude or light blue PU leather.

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats in nude and baby blue patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats
($38.17, Chicwish)

Sole Society “Martine” Stud Detail Flats

UPDATE (04/13/2013): Just stumbled upon these cute and budget-friendly Valentino look-a-likes by Sole Society! Aren’t they lovely? Also available in snakeskin.

Sole Society "Martine" Stud Detail Flats in black and burgundy patent (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Sole Society “Martine” Stud Detail Flatsls
($49.95, Sole Society)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats

UPDATE (03/27/2013): Forever 21 have also great Valentino Rockstud flat alternatives which come in 3 different colors. Only $24.80!

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flatsls
($24.80, Forever 21)

Nine West “Surrender” Studded Flats

UPDATE (12/27/2012): Just came across these fab Valentino inspired flats by Nine West.

Nine West "Surrender" Studded Flats in red and black (Valentino knockoffs)

Nine West “Surrender” Studded Flats
($39.99, Nine West)

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flats

This first version by C Label has the same studs as the original as well as the beautiful overall shape and construction. The small difference is their slightly higher heel which I love because even though flats are phenomenal for long days on your feet, that extra half inch goes a long way. But that definitely wouldn’t change how you’d wear them; they would still be perfect with skinny or tailored boot cut trousers and a feminine blouse for work. Just throw on a colorful cardigan and instantly feel inspired by a fresh new take on a little 1950′s glamour.

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flatsamazon
($11.99, Amazon)

GoJane Studded Flats

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The second option we found is from GoJane, and at under $25 for the pair, you can be sure you’re getting a steal. This style works especially well when worn with jeans and a tee for running errands or grabbing brunch or coffee over the weekend with friends. The cut of the shoe is the exactly same as the designer version, the only difference is the hardware and studs, which are more modest in design. But while the other styles might be dressier, these still look sharp and classic; plus your feet will thank you for giving them a day of rest once in a while.

GoJane Studded Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

GoJane Studded Flats
($23.40, GoJane)

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I’m quite excited about today’s Real vs. Steal feature. Maybe it’s because it’s not yet another shoe this time or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for all things nautical and sparkling and Oscar de la Renta (who isn’t, right?). Maybe it’s a combination of all these things. Fact is: I’ve been hugely obsessed with this adorable striped sequin sweater by Oscar de la Renta from the very first moment I spotted it on Net-A-Porter. It was love at first sight! I mean, stripes and sequins, does it ever get better than these two? I highly doubt so. But even though I really, really loooove Oscar de la Renta, dropping almost 2k on a sweater is simply beyond my imagination.

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweater in white and navy

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweaterls
($1.990, Net-A-Porter)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater

HOT DEAL: Limited time offer! Extra 40% off sale styles at Ann Taylor! No promotional code needed, discount will be applied automatically at checkout. Exclusions may apply.

I’ve almost buried my dream of ever coming across another such gorgeous sequin stripe sweater as the Oscar de la Renta one, but today I accidentally stumbled upon this lovely striped sweater style by Ann Taylor and I knew this was the perfect steal for the OdlR real deal above. The colors vary slightly, but the rest of the design is pretty much spot-on. And did I mention this sweater (which is also available in petite sizes by the way) is currently on sale for $39.88 (down from $89.50)? But the best part yet? Ann Taylor is currently having a promotion where customers get an extra 40% off sale items which means this Oscar de la Renta sweater dupe can be yours for a steal deal worthy $23.93! Let that price sink in for a moment. Now can we get a round of applause here, please?

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater in winter white and navy (Oscar de la Renta knockoff)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater
($39.88, Ann Taylor)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Ann Taylor

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