Real vs. Steal – Tabitha Simmons Early Zip Buckle Suede Booties

by Irina on September 27, 2014

Update: This post has been updated on September 27, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Black ankle boots have been my life savers lately! And I feel weird saying that since up until last year I didn’t really pay much attention to them. But over time I learned that you can’t always don your highest heels in the middle of winter and that’s where stylish ankle boots come in. Take one with a mid heel and a few eye-catching details such as studs, buckles or zippers and you’re set to make some serious fashion game without having to sacrifice comfort for fashion or vice versa. This Tabitha Simmons suede bootie with the side buckles and the front zipper totally stole my heart. And then went on to break it with its crushing $1.195 price tag! Sorry, love, but this isn’t happening!

Tabitha Simmons Early Zip Buckle Suede Booties in black

Tabitha Simmons Early Zip Buckle Suede Bootiesls
($1.195, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Moda Operandils & MyTheresa.

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Chicwish Buckled Point Toe Ankle Boots

Update (09/27/2014): Discovered these great Tabitha Simmons Early alternatives at Chicwish today.

Chicwish Buckled Point Toe Ankle Boots in taupe and black (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Chicwish Buckled Point Toe Ankle Boots
($56.02, Chicwish)

Lucky Brand “Doreen” Zip & Buckle Booties

Update (12/28/2013): Stumbled upon these Tabitha Simmons Early look-a-likes by Lucky Brand today. Currently on sale for under $70 and available in either black or beige suede leather.

Lucky Brand "Doreen" Zip & Buckle Booties in black suede (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Doreen” Zip & Buckle Booties
($69.94, Lucky Brand)

Alias Mae “Bronti” Pointed-Toe Buckle Booties

Update (06/10/2013): Just came across another great Tabitha Simmons alternative! Check out these red “Early” boot look-a-likes by Alias Mae! Lovely, aren’t they? On sale, too!

Alias Mae "Bronti" Pointed-Toe Buckle Booties in red (Tabitha Simmons Early look-a-likes)

Alias Mae “Bronti” Pointed-Toe Buckle Booties
($37.99 AUD, The Iconic)

Underground “Blitz” Winklepicker Ankle Boots

Update (02/09/2013): And here’s yet another great Tabitha Simmons Early look-a-like in red and black by Underground.

Underground "Blitz" Winklepicker Ankle Boots in red and black (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Underground “Blitz” Winklepicker Ankle Boots
($160.32, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available at Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Office “Upper Street” Buckled Zip Ankle Boots

Update (02/09/2013): These suede booties by Office are also obviously inspired by Tabitha Simmons’ Early boot.

Office "Upper Street" Buckled Zip Ankle Boots in burgundy and black suede (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Office “Upper Street” Buckled Zip Ankle Boots
(£35, Office)

Zigi Soho “Lead” Buckle Zip Ankle Boots

Update (01/30/2013): Came across these fantastic and almost identical Tabitha Simmons look-a-likes by Zigi Soho. Also available in burgundy suede (my fave!).

Zigi Soho "Lead" Buckle Zip Ankle Boots in black suede (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Zigi Soho “Lead” Buckle Zip Ankle Boots
($69.94, Heels.com)

Limited Edition Buckle Zip Ankle Boots

Update (12/12/2012): Found another lovely alternative in wine and black leather by Limited Edition. I must say I really like the wine red version!

Limited Edition Buckle Zip Ankle Boots in wine red and black (Tabitha Simmon Early knockoffs)

Limited Edition Buckle Zip Ankle Boots
(£28, New Look)

Steve Madden “MANSFELD” Suede Ankle Boots

Luckily for me, Steve Madden is right there to heal my aching heart with their interpretation of Simmons “Early” boot. And I must admit I kind of prefer that little fella over the original designer shoe. Why? Well, first there’s the price factor. Madden’s “MANSFELD” is $129.95 (now $64.96) whereas the real deal costs almost 10x as much. And even though the lacking zipper is a minor bummer, I really like that they added a fourth buckle and made the heel one inch higher (’cause a girl like me gotta take all the height she can get! ;-)).

Steve Madden "MANSFELD" Suede Ankle Boots in black (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Steve Madden “MANSFELD” Suede Ankle Bootsls
($64.96, Nordstrom)

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