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Update: This post has been updated on July 4, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Does the name Rene Caovilla ring a bell with you? If not, it definitely should and if you ask why, then just take a look at the darling shoes below and I’m sure you will all come to agree with me on this. Rene Caovilla is a family-run shoemaking business from Italy with a strong focus on jeweled luxury shoes. And as you can see, you don’t even have to be a high heel lover to be a fan. Their pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandal called “Venus” has been around for more than two decades now and is considered to be one of Caovilla’s most famous signature styles. Too bad you’d have to be pretty rich though because these babies are everything but cheap!

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals in white and black

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandalsls
($1.150, Bergdorf Goodman)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Farfetchls & Lane Crawfordls.

Rihanna Loves Rene Caovilla

Rihanna has been spotted wearing her Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals various times.

Rihanna wearing black Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals

Update (07/04/2017): Stumbled upon these amazing Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Kailee P and just had to share this steal deal with you. So close to the real deal while being moderately priced at $49! Love!

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals in white and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus dupes)

Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals
($49, Etsy)

Also available in various other colors here.

Head over Heels by Dune “Leonia” Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals

Update (07/04/2017): Also spotted these pearl-embellished thong sandals by Head over Heels by Dune which would be a great and affordable alternative to the pricey designer real deal above. Available in black or nude for $45.

Head over Heels by Dune "Leonia" Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals in black and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus inspired)

Head over Heels by Dune “Leonia” Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals
($45, Dune)

Also available at Dorothy Perkins.

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Came across this Venus dupe by Mobi today. So cute, right? Available for $25.99 in either white, black or turquoise faux leather.

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals in turquoise and ivory (René Caovilla Venus dupes)

Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals
($25.99, Oasap)

Dorothy Perkins “Florence” Pearl Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Also stumbled upon this pearly thong sandal by Dorothy Perkins which is a great René Caovilla alternative minus the bow. Made of genuine leather. Price: $44.

Dorothy Perkins "Florence" Pearl Sandals in nude (René Caovilla Venus inspired)

Dorothy Perkins “Florence” Pearl Sandals
($44, Dorothy Perkins)

Also available at Debenhams, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandals

Update (03/20/2016): Spotted another beautiful Rene Caovilla alternative in these pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandals by Blue by Betsey Johnson.

Blue by Betsey Johnson "Pearl" T-Strap Sandals in silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandalsamazon
($99, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos, Lord & Taylorls, Dillard’s, Betsey Johnsonls, ShoeMallls, Belk, Amazon.co.ukamazon & Macy’s.

I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals

Update (01/12/2016): And here’s another fabulous alternative for the pricey Rene Caovilla designer originals for under $100! This dupe’s by I Love Billy and it comes in either black or nude leather.

I Love Billy "Crawf" Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals in black and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus dupes)

I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandalsls
($49.98 AUD, StyleTread)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals

Update (07/29/2015): Just stumbled upon these lovely and super budget-friendly Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Lara’s and wanted to share them with you. They’re available in either white, silver or gold faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $30! Steal deal alert!

Lara's Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals in white and platin gold (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandalsamazon
($26.99, Amazon)

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Luckily, there’s no need to break the bank because these pearly bow flat sandals by Marc Fisher are the next best thing to Rene Caovilla if you’re on a budget. Fisher’s “Fumi” is astonishingly similar to Caovilla’s “Venus” sandals; the only noticeable difference being the missing crystal rim on the sole. But since they’re about one thousand dollars cheaper than the real deal, I wouldn’t complain too much about missing details.

Marc Fisher "Fumi" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in ivory and rose pink (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandalsamazon
($47, Amazon)

Also available at Walmartls & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Another cute and slightly cheaper Rene Caovilla Venus alternative would have to be these faux-pearl bow thong sandals by ASOS. These are more of an “inspired by”-kind rather than an identical dupe, but I find them beautiful nonetheless. A similar version named “Florence” is available here.

ASOS "Funder" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in black and silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals
($45, ASOS)

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Christian Louboutin‘s “Greissimo” pump is one of my favorite Loubies ever! It’s such a flattering and feminine style. Simple yet so intriguing. And although I’m not too much of a vintage girl who’s all fired up for everything 50s, I must admit I’m quite smitten by the red gingham pattern of this specific “Greissimo” version. It’s the perfect shoe for a summer picnic in the park, isn’t it? Well, maybe not really – who wants grass stains on their $875 Louboutins, right? But you get the idea…

Christian Louboutin Greissimo Gingham Knot Pumps in red and white

Christian Louboutin Greissimo Gingham Knot Pumpsls
($875, Neiman Marcus)

Head Over Heels “Darling” Gingham Platform Peep-toe Pumps

So you probably wouldn’t want to wear these Head Over Heels gingham pumps in the grass either, but at £27.50 per pair the damage wouldn’t be economical suicide as it would be the case with the Louboutins. Actually forget that – these are way too cute to be ruined with grass stains either. Instead wear them out in the streets where they belong, pair them with skinny jeans or your favorite summer dress and you’re bound to get compliments left and right. I promise. Available in either red/white or black/white gingham.

Head Over Heels "Darling" Gingham Platform Peep-toe Pumps in red and white (Christian Louboutin Greissimo knockoffs)

Head Over Heels “Darling” Gingham Platform Peep-toe Pumps
(£27.50, House of Fraser)

P.S.: Also available at ASOS & New Look.

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