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Update: This post has been updated on November 16, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

What a shame that these Christian Louboutin heels went mostly unnoticed by the fashion world and have only been worn by a handful of celebs. Personally, I think these deserve a lot more attention because they’re absolutely fabulous. “Crosspiga” features the same silhouette as Louboutin’s most iconic style, the “Pigalle“, but “Crosspiga” has an extra two thin straps crossing on the arch. What a sexy shoe, right? If I had the money to buy myself a pair of Loubies without having to worry about how to pay next month’s rent, I’d so get these.

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps in black

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumpsls
($795, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Emma Watson, Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Decker, Diane Kruger, Rihanna and Alessandra Ambrosio have all been spotted wearing the Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps.

Emma Watson, Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Decker and Diane Kruger wearing Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps

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Athena Alexander Monett Strappy Pumps

Update (11/16/2017): Athena Alexander came up with a super fab and spot-on Crosspiga look-alike for under $90 that comes in either black patent or nude and blue faux suede. Really like this look for less steal find!

Athena Alexander Monett Strappy Pumps in black patent faux leather (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga dupes)

Athena Alexander Monett Strappy Pumpsls
($84.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Amazonamazon, DSW & Zappos.

ALDO Newbrook Crisscross Point-Toe Pumps

Update (12/02/2015): Found a lower heel (3.5″) version by ALDO which kind of reminded me of Louboutin’s Crosspiga heels. They’re available in black, red or gold leather and cost $54.99 (sale price!).

ALDO Newbrook Crisscross Point-Toe Pumps in red and black patent

ALDO Newbrook Crisscross Point-Toe Pumpsls
($54.99, ALDO)

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/04/2015): Discovered these fantastic and almost spot-on Louboutin dupes by Pleaser today. Love the colors and looooove the price!

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumps in red, black and nude patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga dupes)

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

Also available at Shoes.comls, BananaShoes, Amazon.co.ukamazon, eBayeBay, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

ASOS “Partial” Pointed High Heels

Update (06/24/2013): Another great alternative for the Crosspiga Louboutins are these crisscross pumps from ASOS. Also available in blue faux suede.

ASOS Partial Pointed High Heels in black patent

ASOS “Partial” Pointed High Heels
($57.17, ASOS)

Nine West “Gee” Pointed Pumps

Update (05/26/2013): Just stumbled upon a fantastic CL Crosspiga look-a-like by Nine West! Absolutely in love with this heel. Available in black, nude, pink and white leather.

Nine West "Gee" Pointed Pumps in black

Nine West “Gee” Pointed Pumps
($41.99, 6pm)

Pour La Victoire Cheyenne Strappy Pumps

However, I am not Mrs. Rockefeller and hence have to look for more budget-friendly options instead. Pour La Victoire’s Cheyenne Pumps are a wonderful alternative that will give you the same Louboutin look for less than $140 (sale price!). The black patent pump is lovely and classic, but my personal favorite would have to be the delicate gold snakeskin version. So glamorous!

Pour La Victoire Cheyenne Strappy Pumps in black patent

Pour La Victoire Cheyenne Strappy Pumpsls
($139, Nordstrom)

Pleaser Milan-42 d’Orsay Pumps

A big thank you to our reader Lisah who gave us a heads-up about these Louboutin-like heels by Pleaser. Available for under $50 in black or black patent!

Pleaser Milan-42 d'Orsay Pumps in black patent

Pleaser Milan-42 d’Orsay Pumpsamazon
($39.95, Amazon)

Also available at Shoes.comls.

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Update: This post has been updated on November 10, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Now that Christmas is only 2 days away I know you’re probably super busy shopping for last minute gifts (guilty as charged!), wrapping presents and finalizing your Christmas menu, but there’s always some time to appreciate a beautiful shoe, right? This red suede fringed block-heel beauty by Aquazzura might look familiar as we’ve featured its 4″ stiletto heel sibling in a previous Real vs. Steal post. But as much as we love a sky-high stiletto high-heel shoe, even the comfiest of them still isn’t comfy. Wearing high heels is painful, often exhausting, sometimes even downright dangerous (hello, cobblestone pavement!), so I’m super happy to see mid-heeled block-heels taking the wheel in the footwear trend scene right now. Because happy feet = happy me! And these Aquazzura sandals are a prime example that show that block-heeled shoes can look just as sexy and beautiful as their high-heeled counterparts. Too bad these beauties cost a whopping $785 though! Luckily, we’ve found a few budget-friendly alternatives that will give you the designer look for a fraction of the price.

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandals in red suede

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandalsls
($785, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Selfridges & Luisaviaroma.

Adrienne Vittadini Allen Lace-Up Sandals

Update (11/10/2017): Now look at these fantastic Aquazzura dupes by Adrienne Vittadini! Aren’t they just fabulous? And so spot-on, too! Available in various colors like pink, black and navy suede and currently on sale at Amazon. Love!

Adrienne Vittadini Allen Lace-Up Sandals in pink and black (Aquazzura Wild Thing 50 dupes)

Adrienne Vittadini Allen Lace-Up Sandalsamazon
($39.24, Amazon)

Also available at Macy’s & ShoeMetro.

Sole Society Sera Fringe Strap Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Spotted these amazingly similar fringe block heel sandals at Sole Society which look just like the real deal, but cost only a fraction of the price. Available for $89.95 in red, taupe or blue suede.

Sole Society Sera Fringe Strap Heeled Suede Sandals (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Sole Society Sera Fringe Strap Heeled Sandalsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Sole Society & QVCcjcj.

JustFab Jean Fringe Block Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Also discovered these budget-friendly Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes at JustFab. They come in 4 colors (taupe, red, black and yellow) and can be yours for as low as $9.99 (first item purchase for JustFab members). Stea deal alert!

JustFab Jean Fringe Block Heeled Sandals in red and yellow faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

JustFab Jean Fringe Block Heeled Sandals
($9.99, JustFab)

BP. Karla Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Another great Aquazzura alternative are these block heel sandals by BP. which are made of genuine leather and retail for $59.95. They miss the fringe detail on the front strap, but the overall design is still quite similar to the designer version above. Available in blush, blue and black suede.

BP. Karla Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals in blush and blue (Aquazzura Wild Thing City inspired)

BP. Karla Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandalsls
($59.95, Nordstrom)

Spurr Aisha Fringe Block Heels

Update (01/28/2017): Stumbled upon another lovely Aquazzura Wild Thing City alternative today! “Aisha” by Spurr looks a lot like the real deal, comes in 3 colors (coral, black and pink blush microsuede) and costs $41.97 AUD!

Spurr Aisha Fringe Block Heels in coral and blush pink micro suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Spurr Aisha Fringe Block Heelsls
($41.97 AUD, The Iconic)

Athena Alexander Saige Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals

May I introduce you to “Saige” by Athena Alexander? A gorgeous and spot-on Aquazurra Wild Thing City dupe available in either red, grey or black faux suede for $97.95. No need to spend $800 if you can have the exact same designer look for under $100, right?

Athena Alexander Saige Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals in red faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Athena Alexander Saige Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandalsamazon
($97.95, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstromls, Zappos, 6pm & DSW.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals

My favorite Aquazzura Wild Thing alternative however is this one by Kaitlyn Pan. Why? Well, first off: it’s just as spot-on as the Athena Alexander version, but it is made of genuine suede and also costs $13 less ($84.99). Plus, the available colors (red, blue = my fave, tan and black) are absolutely gorgeous, too.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals in red (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandalsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Sole Society, JustFab, Nordstrom, The Iconic, Amazon

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