Update: This post has been updated on July 4, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Does the name Rene Caovilla ring a bell with you? If not, it definitely should and if you ask why, then just take a look at the darling shoes below and I’m sure you will all come to agree with me on this. Rene Caovilla is a family-run shoemaking business from Italy with a strong focus on jeweled luxury shoes. And as you can see, you don’t even have to be a high heel lover to be a fan. Their pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandal called “Venus” has been around for more than two decades now and is considered to be one of Caovilla’s most famous signature styles. Too bad you’d have to be pretty rich though because these babies are everything but cheap!

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals in white and black

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandalsls
($1.150, Bergdorf Goodman)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Farfetchls & Lane Crawfordls.

Rihanna Loves Rene Caovilla

Rihanna has been spotted wearing her Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals various times.

Rihanna wearing black Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals

Update (07/04/2017): Stumbled upon these amazing Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Kailee P and just had to share this steal deal with you. So close to the real deal while being moderately priced at $49! Love!

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals in white and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus dupes)

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals
($49, Etsy)

Also available in various other colors here.

Head over Heels by Dune “Leonia” Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals

Update (07/04/2017): Also spotted these pearl-embellished thong sandals by Head over Heels by Dune which would be a great and affordable alternative to the pricey designer real deal above. Available in black or nude for $45.

Head over Heels by Dune "Leonia" Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals in black and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus inspired)

Head over Heels by Dune “Leonia” Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals
($45, Dune)

Also available at Dorothy Perkins.

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Came across this Venus dupe by Mobi today. So cute, right? Available for $25.99 in either white, black or turquoise faux leather.

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals in turquoise and ivory (René Caovilla Venus dupes)

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals
($25.99, Oasap)

Dorothy Perkins “Florence” Pearl Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Also stumbled upon this pearly thong sandal by Dorothy Perkins which is a great René Caovilla alternative minus the bow. Made of genuine leather. Price: $44.

Dorothy Perkins "Florence" Pearl Sandals in nude (René Caovilla Venus inspired)

Dorothy Perkins “Florence” Pearl Sandals
($44, Dorothy Perkins)

Also available at Debenhams, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandals

Update (03/20/2016): Spotted another beautiful Rene Caovilla alternative in these pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandals by Blue by Betsey Johnson.

Blue by Betsey Johnson "Pearl" T-Strap Sandals in silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandalsamazon
($99, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos, Lord & Taylorls, Dillard’s, Betsey Johnsonls, ShoeMallls, Belk, Amazon.co.ukamazon & Macy’s.

I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals

Update (01/12/2016): And here’s another fabulous alternative for the pricey Rene Caovilla designer originals for under $100! This dupe’s by I Love Billy and it comes in either black or nude leather.

I Love Billy "Crawf" Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals in black and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus dupes)

I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandalsls
($49.98 AUD, StyleTread)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals

Update (07/29/2015): Just stumbled upon these lovely and super budget-friendly Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Lara’s and wanted to share them with you. They’re available in either white, silver or gold faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $30! Steal deal alert!

Lara's Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals in white and platin gold (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandalsamazon
($26.99, Amazon)

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Luckily, there’s no need to break the bank because these pearly bow flat sandals by Marc Fisher are the next best thing to Rene Caovilla if you’re on a budget. Fisher’s “Fumi” is astonishingly similar to Caovilla’s “Venus” sandals; the only noticeable difference being the missing crystal rim on the sole. But since they’re about one thousand dollars cheaper than the real deal, I wouldn’t complain too much about missing details.

Marc Fisher "Fumi" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in ivory and rose pink (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandalsamazon
($47, Amazon)

Also available at Walmartls & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Another cute and slightly cheaper Rene Caovilla Venus alternative would have to be these faux-pearl bow thong sandals by ASOS. These are more of an “inspired by”-kind rather than an identical dupe, but I find them beautiful nonetheless. A similar version named “Florence” is available here.

ASOS "Funder" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in black and silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals
($45, ASOS)

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Update: This post has been updated on July 2, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

We’ve already written multiple times about the items of Valentino‘s famed “Rockstud“-family and as you might remember, up until now I loved every single bag or shoe that came out with the unmistakably studded silhouette. However, when Valentino brought out a “kitten heel” version of their iconic Rockstud high heels, I wasn’t too impressed at first. Sure, I did love them from the front, but the side view? Not so much. Kitten heels just aren’t my cup of tea and probably will never be, but seeing them on the gorgeous bloggers and celebs below, at least I realized that there are women who can get away with wearing kitten heels (skinny girls with beautiful long legs specifically). What still kept me cringing about these kitten heels though is the hefty price tag of $995!

Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heelsls
($995, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Selfridges, MyTheresa, Farfetchls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers, Celebrities Love Valentino

Style bloggers such as Julie from Sincerely Jules, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, Magdalena from Hoard of Trends and celebs such as AnnaSophia Robb and Giovanna Battaglia have all been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels.

Style Bloggers and Celebrities in Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels

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J. by J. Renee “Odanda” Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps

Update (07/02/2017): Stumbled upon these fab and budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud look-alike pumps by J. by J. Renee which come in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $50 at Nordstrom Rack. Steal deal alert!

J. by J. Renee "Odanda" Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps in red, black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

J. by J. Renee “Odanda” Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps
($49.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Pink Inc “Sphinx” Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Came across these lovely 3″ Valentino Rockstud dupes by Pink Inc today. The strap arrangement is a little different, but the Valentino influence is obviously undeniable! They’re not cheap at $199.95 AUD (approx. $150 USD), but they’re made of genuine leather and look like high-quality designer dupes, so might be worth the investment. Also available in nude or all-black patent leather and in a 4″ high heel versionls.

Pink Inc "Sphinx" Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Pink Inc “Sphinx” Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumpsls
($199.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Also discovered these Valentino inspired mid-heel pumps by Jessica Simpson which look like they could be a rebranded version of the BCBGeneration/Sole Society pumps. They also cost $69.95 and come in the cutest colors! Total steal deal alert!

Jessica Simpson "Dameera" Studded T-Strap Pumps in nude and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

J. Renee “OlyviaToo” Studded Heel Sandals

Update (01/13/2017): Just spotted these fab Valentino Rockstud kitten heel pump look-alikes by J. Renee and had to share them with you as they are currently on sale for a steal-worthy $64.99 (down from $129.95). Super steal deal alert!

J. Renee "OlyviaToo" Studded Heel Sandals in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

J. Renee “OlyviaToo” Studded Heel Sandalsamazon
($64.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm & Nordstrom Rack.

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps

Update (08/01/2016): Stumbled upon these gorgeous and spot-on Valentino Rockstud kitten heel dupes by Royou Yiuoer which are quite affordable at $59.99 and come in a variety of 14 different colors and uppers. Love, love, love!

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumpsamazon
($59.99, Amazon)

Billini “Jacinda” Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps

Update (01/29/2016): Spotted these lovely Valentino Rockstud dupes by Billini today. Available in black or nude for $99.95 AUD.

Billini "Jacinda" Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Billini “Jacinda” Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumpsls
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Update (12/17/2015): Now look at this pretty Valentino inspired kitten heel by Sole Society which has just been restocked and is now also available in nude patent! Isn’t it gorgeous? And at $69.95, it’s budget-friendly, too!

Sole Society "Tiia" Studded T-Strap Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels
($69.95, Sole Society)

Also available at Nordstromls & QVC.

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumps

Update (11/06/2015): If you’re willing to invest more in a more exact Valentino Rockstud dupe, then check out these virtually identical kitten heel pumps by Kaitlyn Pan. They’re made of genuine leather and are available in various colors for $113.99.

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumps (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumpsamazon
($113.99, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon.caamazon & Etsy.

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps

Update (11/06/2015): “Darron” by BCBGeneration is yet another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative which costs $69.95 and comes in various colors and uppers including a gorgeous leopard version. Get this one while it’s still available!

BCBGeneration "Darron" Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Also available at eBay.

BCBGeneration “Niro” Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps

Update (08/11/2015): Well, hello there, darlings! Just stumbled upon these lovely Valentino kitten heel dupes by BCBGeneration.

BCBGeneration "Niro" Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps in black and red (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Niro” Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumps

Update (07/19/2015): I also spotted these low-heel Valentino dupes by Loslandifen. They come in an amazing array of 14 (!) colors and are currently on sale for $29.90! A high heel version (4,5 inches) can be found hereamazon.

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumpsamazon
($29.90, Amazon)

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps

Update (07/19/2015): Also discovered these cute kitten heel Valentino look-alikes by JY Shoes which are available in either black, nude or blue faux patent leather for under $40.

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps in black, nude and blue patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps
($31.90, YesStyle)

Jessica Buurman “CARA” Studded High Heel Pumps

Update (01/04/2015): Just happened to stumble upon this set of lovely Valentino Rockstud kitten heel look-a-likes at Jessica Buurman. So similar to the real deal, aren’t they? Available for $129 in 15 (!) different colors and uppers. I loooove!

Jessica Buurman "CARA" Studded High Heel Pumps in red, black and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “CARA” Studded High Heel Pumps
($129, Jessica Buurman)

G-small Studded Kitten Heels

If you’re really into the kitten heels of the Valentinos above though and are explicitly looking for kitten heels, these here by G-small are pretty much identical but don’t have the designer shoe price tag. Steal deal alert!

G-small Studded Kitten Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten knockoffs)

G-small Studded Kitten Heelsamazon
($56.99, Amazon)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps

Another great Valentino Rockstud alternative are these super fabulous kitten heels from Oasap. Available in various color combinations with price points from $50 to $70.

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps (Valentin Rockstudd Kitten knockoffs)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps
($49.99-$72.99, Oasap)

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps

I also stumbled upon this super cute calf hair Valentino dupe by Gumzzi. Not a steal at almost $100, but the Valentino Rockstud look is spot-on.

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps in black calf hair (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps
($97.90, YesStyle)

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Update: This post has been updated on July 1, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Don’t get me wrong: I loooooove high heels with utmost passion, but when summer is blazing its heatwaves upon us, the last thing I would think of wearing are high heeled shoes. A good flat sandal that you can easily slide in and out of and walk in for hours is absolutely essential in the summer; especially if you’re planning to go on vacation. Flip flops would be an obvious choice here, but aren’t we so over them by now? That’s why I am absolutely smitten with these backless knotted sandal leather slides by Joie. I love their minimalistic yet chic design (made in Italy, btw) and the supple cowhide leather; these would go with almost anything in my wardrobe. And while they’re not terribly expensive at $125 (now on sale for $56.25), we understand that many of you are on a budget, so we made it our mission to find some great alternative options for much less. Just keep on reading.

Joie a la Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals in black and brown

Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandalsls
($56.25, Shopbop)

Also available at Zappos, Amazonamazon, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Joie, Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bloomingdale’s & 6pm.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Joie

Celebs such as Reese Witherspoon and various personal style bloggers have been spotted wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals.

Reese Witherspoon, Risa (Really Risa) and Jessie (Diary of Ambitions) wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals

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Seven7 “Nuvo” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (07/01/2017): Spotted another set of lovely Joie Nice look-alike sandals today! They’re by Seven7, come in various colors and are on sale for less than $30.

Seven7 "Nuvo" Knotted Thong Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Seven7 “Nuvo” Knotted Thong Sandals
($26.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Kohl’s.

Dorothy Perkins “Frazer” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Here’s another absolutely fabulous and spot-on Joie Nice dupe to add to the list. It’s by Dorothy Perkins, comes in either black or white faux leather and costs $25. Love these!

Dorothy Perkins "Frazer" Knotted Thong Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Dorothy Perkins “Frazer” Knotted Thong Sandals
($25, Dorothy Perkins)

Also available at Debenhams, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Also found these fabulous leather sandals by Pieces which are obviously inspired by Joie as well. Made of genuine leather, price: £32.

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals in black and nude (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals
(£32, Pieces)

Also available at Bestseller.

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals

Update (04/20/2017): Today I browsed the Charlotte Russe website and came across these steal-worthy Joie sandal look-alikes which come in either rosegold or faux snakeskin are just $9.09! Steal deal alert!

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals
($9.09, Charotte Russe)

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals

Update (03/28/2017): Spotted another Joie Nice inspired set of thong sandals! These here are by Massimo Matteo, they’re made of genuine leather and are on sale for $30.99! Also available in various other colors.

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandalsamazon
($30.99, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos.

Merona “Malia” Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2017): Check out these amazing Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Merona which are super budget-friendly ($19.99!) and come in either black, tan, silver or raspberry red. Absolutely love this designer dupe steal find!

Merona "Malia" Thong Sandals in black and tan (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Merona “Malia” Thong Sandals
($19.99, Target)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Discovered these spot-on Joie Nice dupe sandals by Rock & Candy today which are available in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $25! Major steal deal alert! This sandal is also available with a 1,25″ stacked heel here if you need some extra height.

Rock & Candy "Blaney" Thong Sandals in black and orange (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals
($24.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Also found these knotted summer sandals by Wanted which are a spot-on dupe of the Joie originals. They’re a little pricey at $129.95 AUD, but once they go on sale these might be a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal. Available in tan, white, silver and leopard.

Wanted "Munn" T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals in tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals
($129.95 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another very affordable Joie Nice alternative today! How cute are these knotted t-strap slides by Old Navy? Available in black, cognax or white faux leather for $24.94.

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals in cognac brown and black (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals
($24.94, Old Navy)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Here’s a fab Joie Nice look-alike by Lucky Brand which is available for less than 1/3 of the price of the real deal. Available in black, tan, blue and watermelon pink leather.

Lucky Brand "Ari" Thong Sandals in black, tan and blue (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandalsamazon
($35.99, Amazon)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Forever 21 now has a lovely non-suede Joice Nice dupe stocked! Available in black, tan, white and gold faux leather for a very budget-friendly price of $12.90! Steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals in black, tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Spotted these amazing and spot-on Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Steve Madden. Available for $19.80 in various colors. Made of genuine leather. Love these!

Steve Madden "Olivia" Knotted Thong Flat Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandalsamazon
($19.80, Amazon)

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Also discovered these Joie dupes by Rebels which are currently on sale for $20.95. There’s also a very cute cow-hair version available for a little over $30.

Rebels "Paitlyn" Knotted Thong Sandals in tan and gold metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandalsamazon
($20.95, Amazon)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2016): These Alex + Alex thong sandals have an extra back strap, but the overall design is obviously inspired by the Joie sandals above.

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals
($69, Gilt)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides

Update (03/09/2016): Also love the fun colors of these Joie inspired flat sandals by Maiden Lane. So many colorful options! Love it!

Maiden Lane "Gia" Thong Slides (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides
($19.99, Gilt)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals

Update (12/13/2015): Spotted these lovely faux suede Joie Nice dupes at Forever 21 for a steal price of $12.90. Love every one of the colors!

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals (Joie Nice Plage dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK) & Forever 21 (EU).

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals

If you’re on a really tight budget, then these cute thong sandals by Mossimo Supply Co. are probably your best option. The design is spot-on, they come in three different colors (black, brown and white) and they can be yours for less than $15! Only downside? These are made of PU leather, so no promises regarding durability and/or sweaty feet here.

Mossimo Supply Co. "Ainsley" Knot Thong Sandals in black and cognac brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals
($13.98, Target)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals

If you’re willing to invest a little more for a genuine leather option, check out these chic summer sandals by Sole Society. Again, these are pretty much a spot-on dupe compared to the Joies above (plus, I love that these are made of genuine leather). The price of $29.98 (sale!) ain’t too bad either (that’s less than half the price of the real deal).

Sole Society "Sarena" Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals in black and platinum metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandalsls
($29.98, Sole Society)

Also available at Nordstromls.

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals

Another look-for-less option would be these huarache sandals by Naya. They have a very similar design and come in various color combinations (and are genuine leather, too), plus they’re currently on sale for a budget-friendly $44.99.

Naya "Crescent" Huarache Sandals in black and brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals
($44.99, 6pm)

Also available at Amazonamazon.

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Trendy Summer Essentials

by Irina on June 29, 2017

July is right around the corner and summer is in full swing! Staying on top of your fashion game in sweltering heat can be pretty tough when all you want to do is wear as less as possible. But I did a little style research and found a couple of awesome summer essentials that are so on trend right now without being too complicated or overboard (OK, minus the flamingo maybe). We mostly focussed on accessories here, so you can take them off or put them down at any time and let them shine right next to you in your pool lounger. So if you want to make your summer absolutely #instagrammable, take a look at our list below and pick your favorite three for maximal ♥ ♥ ♥! From straw bags to lemon and banana leaf prints to eye-catching ball drop earrings, this is what fashionastas all around the world are loving and wearing right now.

Trendy Summer Essentials - Straw Bags, BonBon Earrings, Lemon Banana Leaf Print, Pom Pom Sandals, Inflatable Flamingo

Go Shopping:

  1. Moon River Lemon Print Midi Dressamazon, $92
  2. Unique Vintage Mrs. Parker Watermelon Ombre One Piece Swimsuitamazon, $85.80
  3. SojoS SJ1049 Mirrored Cat-Eye Sunglassesamazon, $13.99
  4. Intex Flamingo Inflatable Ride-Onamazon, $19.99
  5. Paula’s Choice EXTRA CARE Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50, $17
  6. Miuco Handmade Bamboo Tote Bagamazon, $66.99
  7. Zealmer Harness Body Chainamazon, $7.89
  8. Steve Madden “Carly” Pom Pom Embellished Slide-On Sandalsls, $79.95
  9. Mingchen “Bonjour” Handmade Tote Straw Bagamazon, $21
  10. AprilJuly Silk Bon Bon Ball Drop Earringsamazon, $25
  11. ZTY66 Off-Shoulder Flared Top w/ Banana Leaf Printamazon, $5.69
  12. Ellen ‘n James Round Rattan Basket Bag, $65

Image source(s): Amazon, Etsy, Paula’s Choice, Steve Madden

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Update: This post has been updated on June 28, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Just as recently promised today is the day we’re finally covering the incredibly popular Gucci “Princetown” loafer mules that have been constantly flooding our fashion feeds for roughly the past twelve months. If Stuart Weitzman’s “Highland” overknee boots have been the “It“-shoe for Fall/Winter, Gucci’s “Princetown” is the absolute must-have shoe for Spring/Summer. We’re admittedly pretty late to the party, but even though the loafer mule trend has been around for quite a while now, there seem to be no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And with Spring around the corner, Gucci’s “Princetown” is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. That is, if you can stomach the price tag of $595, of course. Luckily, there’s no need to shell out a fortune to be right on trend this season as we have compiled a list of more than *drumroll please* 20, yes, TWENTY Gucci “Princetown” alternatives for you to satisfy all your fashion needs! This is an absolute first in the history of this blog; to start out with so many designer dupes right from the get-go. It only goes to show just how insanely popular (and probably super comfy) this footwear trend is at the moment. I also love how ELLE referred to loafer mules as “…the mullet of office-friendly footwear” which is one of the funniest fashion metaphors I’ve read in a while.

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules in black

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules
($595, Gucci)

Also available at Nordstromicon, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Bloomingdale’s, Matches Fashionls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, MyTheresa, Breuninger, Farfetchls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

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Billini “Olivia” Loafer Mules

Update (06/28/2017): Check out these cute Gucci look-alike loafer slides by Billini which come in black or rosegold metallic and cost $69.95. What do you think of these Princetown dupes?

Billini "Olivia" Loafer Mules in black and rosegold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Billini “Olivia” Loafer Mulesls
($69.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Also available at Billini & Beginning Boutique.

Kensie “Petunia” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Update (05/21/2017): Spotted more Gucci Princetown look-alikes today including these budget-friendly loafer mules by Kensie which come in either black PU or taupe suede and are currently on sale for a little over $40.

Kensie "Petunia" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black PU and taupe suede (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Kensie “Petunia” Slip-On Loafer Mulesamazon
($41.40, Amazon)

Also available at Macy’s, Bluefly & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Windsor Smith “Dree” Loafer Mules

Update (05/21/2017): Also discovered these Princetown dupes by Windsor Smith for all of you Australian Gucci lovers out there. Price: $99.95 AUD.

Windsor Smith "Dree" Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Windsor Smith “Dree” Loafer Mulesls
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Jessica Buurman “Leana” / “Dinah” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Update (05/21/2017): And here’s a Gucci alternative found at Jessica Buurman which come in a variety of colors and uppers including a fur-lined version. Prices vary from $119 to $145. Make sure to use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman.

Jessica Buurman "Leana" / "Dinah" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Jessica Buurman “Leana” / “Dinah” Slip-On Loafer Mules
($119-$145, Jessica Buurman)

Also available in a (faux) fur-lined version here.

Silent D “Gigi” Slip-On Loafers

Update (04/26/2017): Stumbled upon a bunch of new Gucci Princetown dupes including these spot-on loafer mules by Silent D which come in multiple colors and retail for $128.

Silent D "Gigi" Slip-On Loafers in black and gold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Silent D “Gigi” Slip-On Loafers
($128, Free People)

André Assous “Priya” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Update (04/26/2017): Another great Gucci alternative – even though they’re on the more expensive side – is “Priya” by André Assous which costs $174.90 (sale price!, retail: $250) and comes in either nappa or black patent leather.

André Assous "Priya" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black patent (Gucci Princetown dupes)

André Assous “Priya” Slip-On Loafer Mulesamazon
($174.90, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm.

ASOS “Movie” Leather Mule Loafers

Update (04/26/2017): Of course, ASOS couldn’t dare to miss out on the Gucci mule trendwagon! Check out their “Movie” mule loafers which retail for $56, are made of genuine leather and come in either black, pastel pink or gold. So cute, right?

ASOS "Movie" Leather Mule Loafers in black and pastel pink (Gucci Princetown dupes)

ASOS “Movie” Leather Mule Loafers
($56, ASOS)

Nine West “Jacobini” Horsebit Slip-On Loafer Mules

Update (04/26/2017): Same goes for Nine West. They have a solid and budget-friendly Gucci Princetown look-alike which comes in black, brown or white and is on sale for $59.31.

Nine West "Jacobini" Horsebit Slip-On Loafer Mules in black and white (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Nine West “Jacobini” Horsebit Slip-On Loafer Mulesamazon
($59.31, Amazon)

Paprika “Garson” Mule Loafers

Update (04/26/2017): If your shopping budget is really tight, but you still crave the Gucci look, take a look at these fab Princetown inspired loafers mules by Paprika which come in an array of colors and variations and cost around $25.

Paprika "Garson" Mule Loafers (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Paprika “Garson” Mule Loafersamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Also available at Shiekh, ZooShoopjx, Tilly’s & Amazon #2amazon.

Breckelle’s Minky-01 Slipper Mules

Update (04/26/2017): These Breckelle’s loafer mules are also a chic way to get the coveted Gucci look for less. Available in various colors and finishes.

Breckelles Minky-01 Slipper Mules (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Breckelle’s Minky-01 Slipper Mulesamazon
($18.99, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon #2amazon, Amazon #3amazon, eBayeBay & Nordstrom Rack.

Steve Madden “Kandi” Slip-On Loafers

Let’s kick off the Gucci “Princetown” dupe game with a trusted ol’ copycat confidant: Steve Madden. “Kandi” is a pretty decent and almost spot-on “Princetown” look-alike which costs $79.95 and comes in either black, silver or floral embroidered. Definitely one of my fave steals! By the way, the (faux) fur lined Gucci loafer dupe by Steve Madden is called “Jill” and retails for $90.

Steve Madden "Kandi" Slip-On Loafers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Steve Madden “Kandi” Slip-On Loafersamazon
($79.95, Amazon)

Also available at Shoes.comls, Zappos, Dillard’s, Steve Maddenls, ShoeMallls, LuLu*s, Steve Madden (Canada)ls, Jildor, Hudson’s Bay & Nordstromls.

Merona “Kona” Backless Mule Loafers

Another one of my favorite dupes and super budget-friendly, too, are these lovely loafer slides by Merona which can be yours for the steal-worthy price of $22.99! Major steal deal alert!

Merona "Kona" Backless Mule Loafers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Merona “Kona” Backless Mule Loafers
($22.99, Target)

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mules

AnnaKastle is a brand I have recently discovered on Amazon and they have the biggest selection of Gucci “Princetown” dupes I’ve yet come across. Fur, no fur, embroidered, printed, you name it, they got it. I assume the merchant is operating somewhere from Asia to be able to produce such spot-on “Princetown” look-alikes and most of the dupes sell for ~$50. Customer reviews average around 4/5 stars, so I’d say they’re worth taking a closer look at. I wouldn’t say they’ll last you a lifetime, but if you want to try the trend without breaking the bank, this one might be a suitable option. By the way, my personal favorite of the Gucci dupe bunch is the rose embroidered one, it’s so pretty!

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

AnnaKastle Backless Slip-On Loafer Mulesamazon
($48.90, Amazon)

Louise et Cie “Finay” Loafer Mules

Another beautiful looking Gucci Princetown alternative are these loafer mule flats by Louise et Cie which are currently on sale for $61.99 (down from $110) and come in either black, red (looove!) or silver patent. What a sweet steal deal!

Louise et Cie "Finay" Loafer Mules in black and red (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Louise et Cie “Finay” Loafer Mules
($61.99, 6pm)

Also available at Dillard’s, Lord & Taylorls, Vince Camutols & Sole Society.

Boohoo “Harriet” / “Melissa” Loafer Mule Flats

At Boohoo you can find plenty of cute and budget-friendly Gucci “Princetown” dupes and most of them are currently on sale for $25. Steal deal alert!

Boohoo "Harriet" / "Melissa" Loafer Mule Flats in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Boohoo “Harriet” / “Melissa” Loafer Mule Flats
($25, Boohoo)

Also available at Boohoo (UK) & Boohoo + Global.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides

It didn’t really surprise me that Forever 21 also jumped on the loafer mule bandwagon and came up with their own take on Gucci’s “Princetown” mules which cost $16.99 (sale price!) and come in either black, silver or gold faux leather. I bought these in black and am really liking them so far! A cute and affordable way if you don’t want to spend $600 on the real deal.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Loafer Slides
($16.99, Forever 21)

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats

Want to save even more on the loafer mule trend? Then try these loafer slides by Qupid which come in black, rosegold or floral print and are on sale for a steal price of $17.99 at CiCi Hot. These are probably the cheapest Gucci “Princetown” dupes available at the moment!

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats in black and rose gold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Qupid Slip-On Loafer Flats
($17.99, CiCi Hot)

Also available Amazonamazon, GoJane & LuLu*s (faux fur version).

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers

Another now not-so-secret Gucci dupe favorites of mine are these loafer mules I discovered at Romwe. While they’re only pictured in the plain black version here, if you click over to the website, you’ll find an abundance of gorgeous Gucci “Princetown” look-alikes for just ~$30 and I want to have them ALL! Chic and budget-friendly is exactly how we like our designer dupes, right?

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Romwe Backless Loafer Slippers
($24.99, Romwe)

Also available at SheIn.

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mules

If you’re willing to invest in a durable high-quality Gucci dupe, check out these cool loafer slides by 275 Central which are almost spot-on to the real deal, but also cost $225. “Made in Italy” obviously comes at a price. You’re still saving $370 compared to the original though! Available in black, white and gold metallic.

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

275 Central 784 Backless Loafer Mulescj
($225, Footnotes)

Wanted “Cavallo” Loafer Mules

Not ready to commit to such a price tag? Then take a look at these super budget-friendly loafer mules by Wanted which are under $50 and come in either black, white, silver and rose gold. Steal deal alert!

Wanted "Coverlet" Cavallo Loafer Mules in black and white (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Wanted “Cavallo” Loafer Mulesamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

Also available at Belk & DSW.

Mollini “Googi” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Now we’re moving over to the Australian-based Gucci “Princetown” dupes. These pretty loafer mules are by Mollini and will cost you $149.95. Which one is your favorite? The plain black version or the studded floral embroidered one? I can’t decide!

Mollini "Googi" & "Grover" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Mollini “Googi” / “Grover” Slip-On Loafer Mulesls
($149.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Also available at The Iconicls, Wanted Shoes & eBayeBay.

I Love Billy “Gollam” Loafer Mules

Not ready to drop $150 on loafer mules? Well, how about $69.95 AUD for these just as fabulous loafer mules by I Love Billy then? They’re made of faux leather, but cost only half as much as the Mollini ones.

I Love Billy "Gollam" Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

I Love Billy “Gollam” Loafer Mulesls
($69.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Tony Bianco “Vienna” Slip-On Loafer Mules

Another Australian high-quality Gucci “Princetown” dupe comes from Tony Bianco which is currently on pre-order for $149.95 AUD and also comes in a faux fur version in black and nude. Really like these, they are so chic and spot-on to the real deal!

Tony Bianco "Vienna" Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Tony Bianco “Vienna” Slip-On Loafer Mulesls
($149.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Also available at The Iconicls, David Jonesls & Beginning Boutique.

Miss Selfridge “Elena” Snaffle Backless Mules

Let me show you another lovely and budget-friendly Gucci inspired loafer mule option which I have recently discovered at Miss Selfridge. Currently on sale for just £22.40!

Miss Selfridge "Elena" Snaffle Backless Mules in nude, black and silver (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Miss Selfridge “Elena” Snaffle Backless Mules
(£22.40, Miss Selfridge)

Also available at Miss Selfridge (US)ls, Miss Selfridge (EU + AU), Zalando & Zalora.

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules

A great Gucci Princetown inspired loafer mule version in faux leather can also be found at Pull & Bear and it’s quite easy on the wallet, too. Price: £25.99 or €29.99. Really like these!

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Pull & Bear Loafer Mules
(£25.99/€29.99, Pull & Bear)

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules

Not convinced? Well how about these Gucci “Princetown” look-alikes by Billi Bi which might be especially of interest for all of you European Gucci budget-conscious fashionistas. They’re rather on the expensive side at €179.95, but possibly worth the investment if you are not looking for a cheap fix.

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules in black (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Billi Bi 5220 Slip-On Loafer Mules
(€179.95, Zalando)

Also available at Mirapodo & Otto.

Marc O’Polo Backless Slipper Mules

Another fabulous look-for-less option inspired Gucci’s “Princetown” mules are these backless slipper flats by Marc O’Polo which I think would be perfect to wear at the office. Again, these are not exactly budget-friendly, but the quality looks so good, don’t you agree? Also available in half sizes.

Marc O'Polo Backless Slipper Mules in black (Gucci Princetown inspired)

Marc O’Polo Backless Slipper Mules
(€149.95, Zalando)

Also available at Marc O’Polo.

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafers

Fast fashion moguls like Mango couldn’t pass up on such a major trend and so they came up with a lovely silver metallic Gucci look-alike which costs $99.99 (£59.99/€59.99). So fab!

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafers in silver (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Mango Dear1 Slip-On Loafers
($99.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU)td & Zalando.

Dune London “Gole” Backless Loafer Shoes

Metallic silver and gold were also the choice of color for Dune London‘s take on the Gucci “Princetown” which can be yours for $99. Also available in various other colors.

Dune London "Gole" Backless Loafer Shoes in silver and gold (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Dune London “Gole” Backless Loafer Shoes
($99, Dune London)

Also available at Zalando, Selfridges, House of Fraser & John Lewis.

Topshop “Kylie” Loafer Mules

Of course, this dupes list wouldn’t be complete without Topshop! A lovely silver metallic loafer mule (“Kylie”) can be purchased for $85 at Nordstrom.

Topshop "Kylie" Loafer Mules in silver metallic (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Topshop “Kylie” Loafer Mulesls
($85, Nordstrom)

Topshop “Alexa” Slip On Mules

And then here’s yet another dupe by Topshop, “Alexa” is a fab Gucci inspired loafer in black faux suede which is also quite budget-friendly at just $52.

Topshop "Alexa" Slip On Mules in black suede (Gucci Princetown inspired)

Topshop “Alexa” Slip On Mules
($52, Topshop)

Also available at Nordstromls.

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers

I also discovered a set of great Gucci Princetown look-alikes by 5th Avenue which you can buy at Deichmann in either black or nude genuine leather for just £19.99. Love the look and love the price even more! By the way, a super cute floral print version for £17.99 is available here.

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers in black and nude (Gucci Princetown dupes)

5th Avenue by Deichmann Backless Loafers
(£19.99, Deichmann)

Also available at Deichmann (DE).

Public Desire “Louisa” Backless Loafers

Also check out these fab metallic Gucci inspired backless loafer mules I found at Public Desire which are quite budget-friendly at £29.99. Plus, students get an extra 10% off all non-sale items at Public Desire.

Public Desire "Louisa" Backless Loafers in gold and pewter metallic (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Public Desire “Louisa” Backless Loafers
(£29.99, Public Desire)

Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” Slipper Mules

Let’s make a full circle here and close as we began: with Steve Madden. Apparently one Gucci “Princetown” dupe was not enough for Steve Madden, so they came up with multiple more and we decided to show you the Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” which is available in a velvet version as pictured below, but also comes in other exotic variations like studs or python print. The price point for these designer dupe beauties ranges between $62.99 to $107.99. My favorite of the bunch: soft pink suede! A Barbie dream come true!

Steven by Steve Madden "Razzi" Velvet Slipper Mules (Gucci Princetown dupes)

Steven by Steve Madden “Razzi” Slipper Mules
($62.99, Zappos)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Lord & Taylorls, Steve Maddenls, Macy’s, Shopbopls, 6pm, DSW & HSN.

Image source(s): Nordstrom, Instagram/@songofstyle, We The People, Stylewich, Crystalin Marie, Billini, Windsor Smith, Jessica Buurman, Free People, ASOS, Tilly’s, Amazon, Zappos, Target, Boohoo, Forever 21, CiCi Hot, Footnotes, DSW, Romwe, StyleTread, Miss Selfridge, Pull & Bear, Tony Bianco, Mirapodo, Marc O’Polo, Mango, Dune London, Topshop, Deichmann, Public Desire, Steve Madden

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