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I wonder if – one fine day – I will be the happy owner of a pair of Alexander McQueen heels. I would LOVE to, but thinking that his shoes go for more than 1k per pair, I somehow doubt this is ever going to happen. Not with that kind of budget at least. Anyone out there bothering to tell me the secret of getting rich quick? My shoe addiction refuses to wait any longer to be satisfied.

Alexander McQueen "Faithful" Zipper Peep-toe Ankle Boots in black

Alexander McQueen Faithful Peep-toe Ankle Bootsls
($901, farfetch)

Celebrities Love Alexander McQueen

Emma Watson, Rihanna, LaLa Vasquez, Amerie and Lindsay Lohan wearing black Alexander McQueen "Faithful" zipper peep-toe ankle boots

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Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Booties

UPDATE (02/17/2014): After all these years, we’re still getting requests for the McQueen booties above, so here you go. Found another Faithful bootie dupe at Milanoo for $70.99!

Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Milanoo Peep-Toe High Heel Bootiesls
($70.99, Milanoo)

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Booties

UPDATE (02/10/2012): Just stumbled upon these McQueen bootie look-a-likes by Italina. And they’re currently on sale for $39.99!

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

Italina SR-BD1116 Open Toe Bootiesamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

Madden Girl “Kernal” Zipper Booties

UPDATE (05/27/2010): If you’re wary of high heels, try these “Faithful” knockoffs by Madden Girl. They’re a bit bulky, but the low heel makes them that much more practical for day-to-day wear. The price ain’t too bad either.

Madden Girl "Kernal" Zipper Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Madden Girl “Kernal” Zipper Bootiesamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

Wet Seal Motorcycle Booties

UPDATE (12/10/2009): Stumbled upon yet another Faithful bootie knockoff version by Wet Seal. Available in either black or taupe.

Wet Seal Motorcycle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Wet Seal Motorcycle Bootiesls
($19.50, Wet Seal)

ALDO “Haga” Zip Ankle Boots

UPDATE (12/02/2009): Found yet another great alternative to the McQueen booties by Aldo. They are not a complete rip-off, but the inspiration behind these is more than obvious.

Aldo "Haga" Zipper Open-toe Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

ALDO “Haga” Zip Ankle Bootsls
($120, ALDO)

Michael Antonio “Monet” Zipper Booties

UPDATE (11/19/2009): Woohoo! I didn’t expect to find a knockoff just as good as the Steve Maddens, but then I stumbled upon these zipper booties by Michael Antonio. They look just as good AND are way cheaper, too. Yay! Also available in brown, berry, grey and red.

Michael Antonio "Monet" Zipper Ankle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Monet” Zipper Ankle Bootiescj
($34.97, Shiekh)

Pink Duchess “Vicky” Zipper Ankle Boots

UPDATE: These booties by Pink Duchess are also a good and super affordable alternative to the real McQueen booties.

Pink Duchess "Vicky" Zipper Ankle Boots in black (Alexander McQueen Faithful knockoffs)

Pink Duchess “Vicky” Zipper Ankle Bootsamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Steve Madden “SERYNA” Peep-toe Ankle Boots

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “FEBSM1” to get 15% off orders of $75+ or “FEBSM8” for 20% off orders of $100+ at Steve Madden including free shipping! Offer valid through 02/28/2014. Some exclusions apply. Take an extra 35% off clearance items with promo code “BONUS35“! Offer valid while supplies last!

I love and hate Steve Madden. Hate because his collection is mostly based on other people’s creativity and LOVE because it makes being fashionable on a budget SO much easier without having to compromise the designer look of a shoe. These Alexander McQueen knockoffs are almost identical, the only thing that’s different is that the zipper isn’t a skull shape, but everything else could pass as the original. The ankle boots are currently on pre-order and will be ready to ship in approx. 4 weeks. However I wouldn’t wait too long to order as this style is probably one of the first to sell out.

Steve Madden SERYNA Zipper Ankle Booties in black (Alexander McQueen "Faithful" knockoffs)

Steve Madden “SERYNA” Peep-toe Ankle Bootsls
($129.95, Steve Madden)

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OMG! I’m out of words. If I had to describe these gold strass stiletto pumps by Christian Louboutin with 3 words, mine would be SEX – DIVA & DANGER. No need for a foreplay if you’re wearing these heels. I probably could walk (or rather stand) in these a mere 5 minutes at most, but it’d be sooo worth it. Too bad they’re out of my budget. Even though I don’t know the exact retail price I’m pretty sure it’s somewhere around $2.000-$3.000. Bummer!

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Crystal Encrusted Stiletto Pumps in gold

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Crystal Encrusted Stiletto Pumpsls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Sarah Jessica Parker and Fergie wearing Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass Stiletto Pumps

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Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumps

UPDATE (11/23/2013): Discovered these awesome-looking crystal pumps by Karen Millen which instantly reminded me of the Pigalle Strass heels. At $425 they surely aren’t a steal, but compared to the super pricey Louboutins these are definitely a budget-saver.

Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass knockoffs)

Karen Millen Limited Edition Crystal Pumpsls
($425, Karen Millen)

P.S.: Also available at Karen Millen (UK)ls, Karen Millen (DE), ASOS (DE)zx & ASOS (FR).

Steve Madden “LENONA” Strass Pumps

UPDATE (07/30/2013): If you’re still on the lookout for a budget-friendly alternative for the CL Pigalle Strass Pumps, check out “LENONA” by Steve Madden! Available in champagne and black. Use promo code “SMNOV1” to get 15% off orders of $100+ or “SMNOV8” for 20% off orders of $150+ at Steve Madden including free shipping! Offer valid through 11/30/2013. Some exclusions apply.

Steve Madden "LENONA" Strass Pumps in champagne (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass knockoffs)

Steve Madden “LENONA” Strass Pumpsls
($99.95, Steve Madden)

Lauren Jones “Zinger” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (12/08/2010): Just stumbled upon these Louboutin alternatives by Lauren Jones. Available in gold, black, blue and fuchsia glitter as well as black and white satin.

Lauren Jones "Zinger" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Lauren Jones “Zinger” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($109, Amazon)

Betsey Johnson “Ice” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (11/02/2010): Here’s another great Louboutin alternative courtesy of Betsey Johnson. Available in gold, silver & black glitter.

Betsey Johnson "Ice" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Betsey Johnson “Ice” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($38.99, Amazon)

Martinez Valero “Zeta” Pumps

UPDATE (07/05/2010): Just found this sequined Pigalle look-a-like by Martinez Valero. Available in gold, black and bronze.

Martinez Valero Zeta Pumps in gold sequin (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Martinez Valero “Zeta” Pumpsamazon
($149.95, Amazon)

Michael Antonio “Lloyd” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (05/29/2010): Here’s another Louboutin inspired glitter pump by Michael Antonio. Also available in black, red & silver glitter.

Michael Antonio "Lloyd" Glitter Pumps in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Lloyd” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($64.95, Amazon)

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoes

UPDATE (05/13/2010): Still lusting after a pair of glitter pumps à la Christian Louboutin? Try these pointy pumps by ASOS.

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoes in gold (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

ASOS SARA Pointed Glitter Shoesls
($59.18, ASOS)

Liliana “Gland” Glitter Pumps

UPDATE (05/13/2010): And here’s another fabulous Louboutin alternative for under $25. They are either available in a luscious red or silver glitter. LOVE!

Liliana "Gland" Glitter Pumps in red & silver (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

Liliana “Gland” Glitter Pumpsamazon
($20, Amazon)

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A few days ago Jessica Alba and her cute little daughters attended Ralph Lauren’s Fall ’13 Girls Runway Show in The Hamptons. The former actress and now entrepreneur (see The Honest Life) looked absolutely amazing in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren; I just adore the navy blue polka dot dress on Jessica which she combined with a denim jacket, a monochrome two-tone satchel and matching black cork wedge heels. The dress is supposed to be from Ralph Lauren’s Black Label Collection, however, I couldn’t find it anywhere online, but stumbled upon an almost identical and more affordable alternative at NORDSTROM (see dress #1 in the list below). How do you like my budget-friendly take on Jessica Alba’s casual-chic summer look? Yay or nay?

Jessica Alba’s Ralph Lauren Denim Jacket & Polka Dot Dress Look 4 Less

Jessica Alba's Ralph Lauren Denim Jacket & Polka Dot Dress Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who?Jessica Alba
Where?Ralph Lauren Fall ’13 Girls Runway Show, The Hamptons
When?August 5, 2013
What?Ralph Lauren Black Label Polka Dot Dress, Ralph Lauren Denim Jacket, Ralph Lauren Ricky Satchells ($2.500), Ralph Lauren Fimesa Cork Wedgescj ($297.99)

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Alexander Wang presented his Pre-Fall 2010 collection a few days ago and I have to admit I’m not impressed. Ever since his glorious Spring and Pre-Fall 2009 collections he just couldn’t live up to my expectations. Maybe Fall 2010 will reignite my love for his designs. Until then I’ll have to keep on drooling over his past creations, one of which is this beautifully draped asymmetrical jersey dress from his Pre-Fall 2009 collection. So simple yet so stylish.

Alexander Wang One Shouldered Goddess Little Black Dress (LBD)

Alexander Wang Satin Jersey One-Shoulder Dress
($595, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Alexander Wang

Rihanna and Nicky Hilton wearing a black draped Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2009 One Shoulder Goddess Dress

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American Apparel Interlock Asymmetrical Dress

UPDATE (03/12/2012): Another fab alternative which is available in an array of colors. By American Apparel.

American Apparel Interlock Asymmetrical Dress in black (Alexander Wang Goddess knockoff)

American Apparel Interlock Asymmetrical Dress
($42, Amazon)

LuLu*s Pandrosia Dress

UPDATE (06/25/2010): Here’s a second Alexander Wang Goddess dress look-a-like by LuLu*s.

LuLu*s Pandrosia Dress in black (Alexander Wang Goddess dress knockoff)

LuLu*s Pandrosia Dress
($34, LuLu*s)

Riller & Fount Keel One Shoulder Dress

UPDATE (06/14/2010): Riller & Fount‘s “Keel” one shoulder mini looks a lot like Alexander Wang’s Goddess dress, doesn’t it?

Riller & Fount Keel One Shoulder Dress in black (Alexander Wang Goddess knockoff)

Riller & Fount Keel One Shoulder Dress
($137, Shopbop)

ASOS Twisted Slinky One Shoulder Dress

UPDATE (04/15/2010): ASOS has a dress which is quite reminiscent of the Alexander Wang LBD. It’s more body-con and drapes to the other side, but overall is still a good match I think. Available in 7 different colors.

ASOS Twisted Slinky One Shoulder Dress in black (Alexander Wang Goddess knockoff)

ASOS Twisted Slinky One Shoulder Dress
($64.25, ASOS)

LuLu*s Good Gossip Dress

If you want a similar style without having to blow a month’s budget, this draped one shoulder LBD by LuLu*s is a great alternative if you want Alexander Wang 4 less.

LuLu*s Good Gossip One Shoulder Dress in black (Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2009 Goddess dress knockoff)

LuLu*s Good Gossip Dress
($56, LuLu*s)

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Each season everyone’s favorite shoe genius, Monsieur Louboutin, comes up with a new signature shape and releases multiple shoe styles (pump, sandal, boot version) which revolve around that shape. This fall it’s the “Fifre” shape: a buttoned shoe with an intricately carved out heel. I instantly fell in love with this style & was waiting for what feels like ages for a CL look-a-like to pop up.

Christian Louboutin Fifre Ankle Boots in black suede

Christian Louboutin Fifre Ankle Bootsls
($1.195, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Renée Zellweger and Cheryl Cole wearing black suede Christian Louboutin Fifre Ankle Boots

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Ros Hommerson “Twiggy” Booties

UPDATE (09/21/2011): Here’s another Louboutin look-a-like I found coming from Ros Hommerson. Available in black and red suede as well as black leather.

Ros Hommerson "Twiggy" Booties in black suede (Christian Louboutin Fifre knockoffs)

Ros Hommerson “Twiggy” Bootiesamazon
($82.77, Amazon)

Vince Camuto “Jenks” Booties

UPDATE (08/17/2011): After a long, long time I came across another fab CL Fifre look-a-like by Vince Camuto. Available in black or taupe suede.

Vince Camuto "Jenks" Booties in black suede (Christian Louboutin Fifre knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Jenks” Bootiesls
($79.99, Vince Camuto)

Jeffrey Campbell “Sgt. Pepper” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (08/17/2011): Jeffrey Campbell has a great CL Fifre look-a-like as well. Only available at Free People. Comes in black, grey and burgundy suede.

Jeffrey Campbell "Sgt. Pepper" Ankle Boots in black suede (Christian Louboutin Fifre knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Sgt. Pepper” Ankle Bootscj
($89.95, Free People)

Charles Albert “New 1347″ Booties

UPDATE (12/28/2009): Found another super similar and much cheaper Louboutin alternative by Charles Albert.

Charles Albert "New 1347" Booties in black suede (Christian Louboutin Fifre knockoffs)

Charles Albert “New 1347″ Bootiesamazon
($27.98, Amazon)

Steve Madden “TRUMPIT” Ankle Booties

Christian Louboutin seems to be Steve Madden‘s inexhaustible source of inspiration. His latest Louboutin inspired creation is the “TRUMPIT” ankle bootie which looks like its designer counterpart’s little brother. The only difference is that the buttons on these here are gold and not black (Cheryl’s version however has gold buttons as well, so there have to be different versions of the bootie). If you’re still looking for the perfect little pair of ankle booties to get you through fall and winter, why not considering these? Available in either black or red suede.

Steve Madden "TRUMPIT" Ankle Booties in black suede (Christian Louboutin Fifre knockoffs)

Steve Madden “TRUMPIT” Ankle Bootiesamazon
($149.95, Amazon)

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