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UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 25, 2014. 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
($695, NORDSTROM)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls & farfetchls.

Whitney Port Loves Valentino

Whitney Port wearing black Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats

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)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

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 Flatscj
($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

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

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 Flatscj
($23.40, GoJane)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 12, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Well hello, what do we have here? A most magnifique yet meager mix of tones ever! Is this really Louboutin‘s handwork? It seems a little understated for him; dare I say, plain. Where’s the bling, the studs, the ornamentation, I ask? But what do I know. “Mago” has been snatched up and worn by some of the hottest celebrities – and sold out at $795! But, as usual, if a simple two-tone pump is your thing, we found a great steal below.

Christian Louboutin Mago Cap-Toe Two-Tone Pumps in black and beige

Christian Louboutin Mago Cap-Toe Two-Tone Pumpsls
($795, Saks)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Khloe Kardashian, Cheryl Cole, Kourtney Kardashian and Eva Marcille wearing Christian Louboutin Mago Cap-Toe Two-Tone Pumps

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C Label Vex-16 Cap-Toe Platform Pumps

UPDATE (08/12/2013): Still interested in Louboutin’s Mago Pump look fit for a tight budget? Voilà, here you go: these cap-toe pumps by C Label are a good and wallet-friendly alternative.

C Label Vex-16 Cap-Toe Platform Pumps in blue and black (Christian Louboutin Mago knockoffs)

C Label Vex-16 Cap-Toe Platform Pumpscj
($44.95, DSW)

Liliana Cruzita-14 Cap-Toe Platform Pumps

I’m a huge fan of Liliana and their shoes. And Cruzita-14 does not disappoint. If you want to emulate Louboutin’s Mago, then you can’t beat Cruzita-14 for $37 only!

Liliana Cruzita-14 Cap-Toe Platform Pumps in black and beige (Christian Louboutin Mago knockoffs)

Liliana Cruzita-14 Cap-Toe Platform Pumpsamazon
($37, Amazon)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 3, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Very much the modern update on a classic pointy-toe pump, this design by Christian Louboutin is perfect for the fashionista who wants to be the first to add another sexy pair of heels to her wardrobe. While most versatile in black, (the way Rihanna and Lea Michele wear theirs), if you’ve got the budget to also get them in neon yellow… you can count on your feet getting a considerable amount of attention all season and beyond. And considering the popularity of this pair among Hollywood’s most stylish stars, it’s no wonder you can’t find them in stores. But, the good news is other designers are definitely catching on and look-a-likes have begun to emerge… One of the first designs to echo this coveted futuristic design at an affordable price is shown below…

Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout PVC Ankle Strap Pumps in neon yellow

Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout PVC Ankle Strap Pumpsls
($795, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Kristen Stewart, Rihanna, Beyoncé Knowles, Brooklyn Decker, Lea Michele and Angie Harmon wearing Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout PVC Ankle Strap Pumps

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Liliana Olga-1 Transparent Pointy Toe Ankle Strap Clear Pumps

UPDATE (08/03/2013): Here’s another fab and super affordable Louboutin Bis Un Bout dupe by Liliana.

Liliana Olga-1 Transparent Pointy Toe Ankle Strap Clear Pumps (Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout knockoffs)

Liliana Olga-1 Transparent Pointy Toe Ankle Strap Clear Pumpsamazon
($28-$39.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at GoJanecj, UrbanOGpjx & eBayeBay.

Zehui Ankle Strap PVC Pointed Pumps

UPDATE (06/29/2013): Found a lovely mid-heel CL Bis Un Bout look-a-like by Zehui in neon yellow. Also available in black and pink faux patent leather.

Zehui Ankle Strap PVC Pointed Pumps in neon yellow (Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout knockoffs)

Zehui Ankle Strap PVC Pointed Pumpsamazon
($22.79, Amazon)

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

Shiekh 081 PVC Pointed Ankle Strap Pumps

UPDATE (06/29/2013): Shiekh has also a faux patent leather Louboutin look-a-like version available in pink, black and nude.

Shiekh 081 PVC Pointed Ankle Strap Pumps in pink faux patent leather (Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout knockoffs)

Shiekh 081 PVC Pointed Ankle Strap Pumpscj
($19.99-49.97, Shiekh)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

VS Collection Cap-toe Pumps

UPDATE (04/12/2013): If you’re still looking for a Louboutin alternative, check out these ankle strap pumps by VS Collection which are currently on sale for $39.99 at Victoria’s Secret!

VS Collection Cap-toe Pumps (Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout look-a-likes)

VS Collection Cap-toe Pumps
($39.99, Victoria’s Secret)

Qupid Potion-44 Pointy Cap Toe Ankle Strap Pumps

UPDATE (03/05/2013): Came across another great Louboutin alternative. Check out these fab and affordable ankle strap heels by Qupid. Available in black, white as well as neon pink and neon yellow.

Qupid Potion-44 Pointy Cap Toe Ankle Strap Pumps in hot pink (Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout look-a-like)

Qupid Potion-44 Pointy Cap Toe Ankle Strap Pumpscj
($39.95, DSW)

C Label Luxe-7A Ankle Strap Pumps

UPDATE (02/21/2013): Found another CL Bis Un Bout look-a-like. These ankle strap pumps by C Label cost $28.73 (sale price!) and come either in neon yellow, black or nude faux leather.

C Label Luxe-7A Ankle Strap Pumps in neon yellow (Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout look-a-likes)

C Label Luxe-7A Ankle Strap Pumpsamazon
($28.73, Amazon)

BCBGeneration “Cynthia” Ankle Strap Pumps

UPDATE (12/12/2012): I know many of you haven been waiting for a more high-quality Bis Un Bout knockoff to pop up and here it is: BCBGeneration‘s “Cynthia”. I really love this Louboutin look-a-like!

BCBGeneration "Cynthia" Ankle Strap Pumps in black suede

BCBGeneration “Cynthia” Ankle Strap Pumpscj
($89.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls, Lori’spjx, BCBGenerationls, Designs by Stephenels, Pink Mascaracj, Amazonamazon, Dillard’sls & Macy’sls.

Wild Rose Posy-01 PVC Ankle Strap Pumps

If you are a huge fan of the designer look above, then why not have a little fun with this version by Wild Rose? While it’s definitely not worth a huge investment, if you’re one to try many different styles, you can have a lot of fun wearing these. I do wish they had a little bit of a higher/skinnier heel and lower cut toe, but for ca. $30 you can play with this trend and show a little pop of neon under some trousers during cocktail hour. Pick one other accessory in a complimentary neon shade (like a cuff or a great belt) to really pull the outfit together and make it look effortless. Perhaps try the bright orange pair under some navy pinstripe trousers, a white blouse and a couple bright bangles in gold and magenta.

Wild Rose Posy-01 PVC Ankle Strap Pumps (Christian Louboutin Bis Un Bout knockoffs)

Wild Rose Posy-01 PVC Ankle Strap Pumpsamazon
($28-32, Amazon)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 18, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

Monsieur Christian Louboutin transports us back into the 70′s with his groovy “Super Dombasle” cork platforms. Well, describing these just as platforms might be a slight understatement. SUPER MEGA BADASS PLATFORMS would be more fitting, I guess. I don’t know whether I would be daring enough to rock these 6 inchers, but I sure love the bright turquoise suede on these and cork shoes are ideal spring/summer shoes.

Christian Louboutin Super Dombasle Cork Ankle Strap Platforms in turquoise suede

Christian Louboutin “Super Dombasle” Cork Ankle Strap Platforms
($595, Christian Louboutin)

C Label Denda-1A Platforms

UPDATE (04/18/2012): Yay, just came across another Louboutin look-a-like. These faux-cork/faux-leather platforms by C Label cost a very wallet-friendly $39.95 and come in 4 colors: turquoise, fuchsia, black and brown.

C Label Denda-1A Platforms in turquoise (Christian Louboutin Super Dombasle knockoffs)

C Label Denda-1A Platformsamazon
($16, Amazon)

Steve Madden “GURLLEE” Cork Platforms

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “SMFALL20” to receive 20% OFF all orders of $100 or more at Steve Madden including free shipping! Offer valid through 10/31/12, some exclusions apply.

To no one’s surprise Steve Madden has copied Louboutin’s mega platforms, but tamed them a little by reducing the platform by 1.25 inches which I actually prefer because it makes them so much more wearable. If you’re not into brights, these beauties also come in blue or black floral print.

Steve Madden "GURLLEE" Cork Platforms in turquoise suede (Christian Louboutin Super Dombasle knockoffs)

Steve Madden “GURLLEE” Cork Platformsls
($129.95, Steve Madden)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on November 23, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’ve been really loving Prada shoes as of late. Their footwear range for Spring and Fall 2009 was truly exceptional and just when I was starting to understand the appeal of Prada I was beyond disappointed to see lucite shoes return from fashion hell onto Prada’s Spring 2010 runway. Damn you, Miuccia Prada! I’m on a fashion rollercoaster with your fashion house. I do appreciate these studded t-strap sandals however also known as Ashley Olsen‘s studded obsession.

Prada Studded T-Strap Sandals in black

Prada Studded T-Strap Sandalsls
($729, Neiman Marcus)

Ashley Olsen Loves Prada

Ashley Olsen wearing black Prada Studded T-Strap Sandals

C Label Fabr-5 Platform Pumps

UPDATE (11/23/2011): And here’s another Prada alternative though more of an inspired one, coming from C Label. Available in taupe, black and tan faux leather.

C Label Fabr-5 Platform Pumps in taupe, black & tan (Prada knockoffs)

C Label Fabr-5 Platform Pumpsamazon
($48.95, Amazon)

Fergie “Jilted” Studded T-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (09/30/2011): Found another Prada alternative by Fergie though their version has a few noticeable differences to make the copycat job less obvious. Available in black or tan leather.

Fergie "Jilted" Studded T-Strap Sandals in black (Prada knockoffs)

Fergie “Jilted” Studded T-Strap Sandalsamazon
($89.95, Amazon)

Paris Hilton “Bling” T-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (07/05/2010): And here’s yet another designer knockoff shoe from Paris Hilton. These come in black, white & pewter.

Paris Hilton "Bling" T-Strap Sandals in black (Prada knockoffs)

Paris Hilton “Bling” T-Strap Sandalscj
($87.99, Heels.com)

XOXO “Lola” T-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (04/04/2010): Stumbled upon another Prada knockoff by XOXO. The hardware is silver instead of gold and it’s missing a few details, but overall it’s a great steal version. Available in black, black patent, grey and natural.

XOXO "Lola" T-Strap Sandals in black (Prada knockoffs)

XOXO “Lola” T-Strap Sandalsamazon
($59.99, Amazon)

ALDO “Hilado” T-Strap Sandals

UPDATE (04/04/2010): These ALDO heels might have a few extra straps, but the inspiration behind these is still very noticeable. Available in black or bone.

ALDO "Hilado" T-Strap Sandals in black (Prada knockoffs)

ALDO “Hilado” T-Strap Sandalsls
($44.98, ALDO)

Michael Antonio “Tiff” T-Strap Sandals

If you can’t afford the real deal, Michael Antonio has an amazingly identical alternative for a lot, lot less. His t-strap sandals look just like the studded Prada heels except these come without the steep designer price. Available in either black, red or purple.

Michael Antonio "Tiff" Studded T-Strap Sandals in black (Prada knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Tiff” T-Strap Sandalsamazon
($48.97, Amazon)

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