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After writing this blog for more than 9 years and scouring the internet for designer dupes even longer, I hardly raise an eyebrow anymore whenever I come across a budget brand or fast-fashion chain copying a high fashion designer. But when designers – with very similar price points – copy amongst each other? Baffling! Which is exactly how I felt when I recently stumbled upon a pair of frayed satin slides by Stuart Weitzman. I knew I had seen that same style somewhere before, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on where. So after a few days I have almost already forgotten about it when I accidentally saw the Gianvito Rossi‘s “Barth” Sandal which looks so much alike, they’re basically designer shoe twins. Both have the same design, the same details, the same fabric and the same color! The prices, however, are somewhat different, but still close enough together to be both considered luxury shoes with Rossi’s sandals costing $645 and Weitzman’s version being priced at $375 (now on sale for $150). I can’t tell who is copying whom though since I don’t know who came out first with their shoe style. Anyway, both sandals are absolutely fabulous and right on trend with the soft pink tone and the silky satin upper, so you can either go with your personal preference or your bank account because style-wise it’s a close tie between these two.

Gianvito Rossi Barth & Stuart Weitzman Edgeout Frayed Satin Crisscross Slide Sandals in blush pink

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The Fix “Brystal” Frayed Cross Strap Slide Dress Sandals

Update (07/22/2017): I’ve just discovered Amazon’s newly launched in-house fashion brand called The Fix which offers a selection of affordable bags and shoesamazon including these super cute Gianvito Rossi Barth sandal dupes for $69. In order to be able to buy these though, you have to be an Amazon Prime member, but luckily you can start a free 30-day trial if you’re not signed up to this annual subscription service yet.

The Fix "Brystal" Frayed Cross Strap Slide Dress Sandals (Gianvito Rossi Barth dupes)

The Fix “Brystal” Frayed Cross Strap Slide Dress Sandalsamazon
($69, Amazon)

LFL by Lust for Life “Frill” Frayed Slide Sandals

Update (05/16/2017): Just stumbled upon these amazingly spot-on Gianvito Rossi Barth dupes by LFL by Lust for Life which come in either blush, black or silver and are on sale for $36.99. Love them!

LFL by Lust for Life "Frill" Frayed Slide Sandals in blush pink, silver and black satin (Gianvito Rossi Barth dupes)

LFL by Lust for Life “Frill” Frayed Slide Sandalsamazon
($36.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm.

Forever 21 Frayed Ribbed Satin Slides

If you find yourself drooling over the blush satin slides above, but none of the price tags finds your liking, how about these frayed crisscross sandals by Forever 21 then? They look basically just like the designer versions above, but cost a mere $19.90 instead! Love, love, love!

Forever 21 Frayed Ribbed Satin Slides in blush pink (Gianvito Rossi Barth & Stuart Weitzman Edgeout inspired dupes)

Forever 21 Frayed Ribbed Satin Slides
($19.90, Forever 21)

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Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Jildor, Amazon, Zappos, Forever 21

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If there’s a shoe trend I noticed over the last couple of months, it’s sporty footwear with a feminine twist. Whether it be floral embroideries à la Gucci, shiny pearls à la Miu Miu, girly bows à la Puma or in this case a delicate blush pink velvet upper combined with wide satin ribbon laces, “sporty meets elegance” is one of Spring’s biggest trends! Luckily, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a pair of designer sneakers to indulge in this trend as there are various sneaker alternatives at almost any price point. And while the Steve Madden velvet sneakers aren’t terribly expensive to begin with (retail price is $79.95), we managed to find a just as gorgeous and super spot-on sneaker for under $30! Total steal alert!

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Steve Madden Bertie-V vs. Mossimo Supply Co. Tara Lace-Up Velvet Sneakers

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P.S.: Steve Madden “Bertie-V” Lace-Up Velvet Sneakers are also available at Dillard’s, Amazonamazon, Footnotescj, 6pm, Zappos, Steve Madden (Canada)ls Nordstromls, South Moon Under, John Lewis, House of Fraser & Zalando.

Image source(s): Footnotes, Target

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Christmas is right around the corner and today I was in such a festive mood that I decided to create a wintery budget look to honor the coldest of seasons. But it wasn’t until I was finished and very proud of my creation that I noticed this black-white-blush winter outfit might not be exactly weatherproof for colder climates (hello, backless loafers and sheer mesh body!). So instead of ditching the whole look and starting all over again, I simply decided to rename the outfit theme from “Winter Wonderland” to “Californian Winter Wonderland”. Pure genius, I know. But anyways: Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you will be able to enjoy a relaxed and joyful Christmas with all your loved ones! And now step away from your computer and treat yourself to a Christmas cookie or two.

Budget Look - Californian Winter Wonderland in black, white and rose pink

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Image source(s): Mango, Topshop, Amazon, Minusey, Humble Chic, BagInc, BaubleBar

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Update: This post has been updated on April 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

A simple summertime wedge is sometimes all a girl needs to be happy. Now what’s shocking is that this simple wedge is by Christian Louboutin – the Liberace of shoemakers! No crazy 7 inch wedge. No crazy accouterments. Just a nice pinkish/mauve patent leather shoe. If only one could “simply” find $595 to pay for this much simplicity. But oh well, how do the French say – c’est la vie!

Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedges in nude patent

Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedgesls
($595, Neiman Marcus)

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Minka Kelly, Elizabeth Hurley & Coleen Rooney wearing patent Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedges

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Jessica Simpson “Jeniri” Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals

Update (04/29/2016): Spotted this beautiful patent slingback wedge sandal by Jessica Simpson and thought it would be a great alternative if you’re looking for the pricey CL Une Plumes above. “Jeniri” is available in either nude, black or red patent and costs $79.

Jessica Simpson "Jeniri" Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals in nude patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Jeniri” Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals
($79, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Shoebuyls & Macy’s.

Chinese Laundry “Madlin” Slingback Cork Wedge Sandals

Update (04/01/2012): Also stumbled upon this budget-friendly nude patent slingback wedge by Chinese Laundry which reminded me of the Louboutins above as well.

Chinese Laundry "Madlin" Slingback Cork Wedge Sandals in nude patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Madlin” Slingback Cork Wedge Sandalsls
($58, Francesca’s)

Gianni Bini “Heather” Slingback Platform Wedges

Update (04/01/2012): And here’s another Une Plume look-a-like just in time for summer: “Heather” by Gianni Bini. Not only available in nude, black and neon pink but also turquoise and white patent.

Gianni Bini "Heather" Slingback Platform Wedges in black, nude and neon pink patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “Heather” Slingback Platform Wedgesls
($69.99, Dillard’s)

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges

Update (01/28/2012): Found yet another CL Une Plume alernative. This one’s coming from UK-based retailer New Look and it is available in either nude or black faux patent.

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges in nude and black (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges
(£24.99, New Look)

Nine West “Leggy” Slingback Cork Wedges

Update (12/16/2011): Just came across another great Louboutin alternative by Nine West. Available in an array of different colors, these here will give you the coveted Louboutin look 4 less!

Nine West "Leggy" Slingback Cork Wedges in nude (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Nine West “Leggy” Slingback Cork Wedges
($24.99, Nine West)

Aldo “Demarse” Slingback Wedge Sandals

Update (07/13/2011): Found another great Louboutin alternative for under $60 by Aldo. These cork wedges come in either black, red or nude patent.

Aldo "Demarse" Slingback Wedge Sandals in black, nude and red patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Aldo “Demarse” Slingback Wedge Sandalsls
($54.98, Aldo)

Steve Madden “WISSPER” Slingback Wedge Sandals

Now let me introduce you to the Robin Hood of the shoe world, Mr. Steve Madden. Bringing (and copying) designer heels for less and giving them to the poor (yet oh-so-fab) people! Once again, he doesn’t disappoint with his “WISSPER” slingback wedge. The only truly detectable difference is the thicker slingback strap and buckle. Other than that, for $68.07 (sale price!) this is a great steal. Available in black, teal, fuchsia and white patent as well as black suede, natural linen, navy fabric and leopard.

Steve Madden "WISSPER" Slingback Wedge Sandals in blush patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling knockoffs)

Steve Madden “WISSPER” Slingback Wedge Sandalsamazon
($68.07, Amazon)

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I know many of you are already preparing for the fall season (fashion-wise and mentally), but I’m not quite done with summer yet. Especially not with summer’s soft and fun side: light, pastel color palettes, sleeveless tops, short shorts and naked toes. Oh how I’m gonna miss all that in the next 6-9 months! So before I can dive into fall fashion, I had to kiss summer goodbye with one last imaginary outfit. What do you think? Do you like it?

Budget Look - Pastel Pink Summer Outfit

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Image source(s): Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Ulta, BaubleBar, RevolveClothing, MyHabit

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