Kaitlyn Pan

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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Update: This post has been updated on October 25, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

We have featured many, many shoes and bags from Valentino’s “Rockstud” family already, but must embarrasingly admit that we have missed out on the most popular style yet, the 4 inch high heel t-strap version as seen below. Sorry, guys! So what could possibly be said about this shoe that hasn’t been said before? It’s THE SHOE by Valentino and you’ve probably seen it like a gazillion times in your Instagram feed, in fashion magazines and on the feet of your favorite celebrities and fashion bloggers. But despite the medial Valentino overexposure I am still just as much in love with the Rockstud heels as they day I first saw them! These heels ooze pure elegance and they’re so versatile, too! Dress them up with a lacey LBD or down with some distressed denim, you will look flawless either way! If you can afford them, that is. $995 is not exactly pocket money.

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap High Heel Pumps in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap High Heel Pumpsls
($995, Nordstrom)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Intermix, Farfetchls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, MyTheresa, Stylebop, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Valentino

Various personal style bloggers such as Negin Mirsalehi and Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific) have been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pumps.

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Siren “Adora” T-Strap Stud Pointy-Toe Pumps

Update (10/25/2017): Discovered another gorgeous and super spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupe from Australia! Check out these awesome studded look-alike pumps by Siren! So close to the real deal, right? Available in black, white, red and nude for $199.95 AUD. Absolutely love these!

Siren "Adora" T-Strap Stud Pointy-Toe Pumps in black, white and red patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Siren “Adora” T-Strap Stud Pointy-Toe Pumps
($199.95 AUD, Siren)

Pink Inc “Saint” Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Came across these fabulous and spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Pink Inc today. They come in various colors and uppers, cost $199.95 AUD (approx. $150 USD) and also come in a low heel versionls. Love, love, love these!

Pink Inc "Saint" Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumps (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Pink Inc “Saint” Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumpsls
($199.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Also available at Myer (the low heeled version can be found here).

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Also discovered these Valentino inspired mid-heel pumps by Jessica Simpson which look like they could be a rebranded version of the BCBGeneration/Sole Society pumps. They also cost $69.95 and come in the cutest colors! Total steal deal alert!

Jessica Simpson "Dameera" Studded T-Strap Pumps in nude and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Update (12/05/2016): Just found out that Sole Society restocked the “Tiia” heel in both black and nude patent, so if you missed out on these fab Valentino Rockstud dupes the first time round, now’s your second chance to snag these pretty pumps.

You might recognize these studded t-strap heels by Sole Society because we have already featured them in the Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels Real vs. Steal post a while back. That’s because they look like a hybrid between the 4 inch Rockstud and the kitten heel version and could work as a look for less alternative for either of the Rockstuds. And at $69.95 they’re quite affordable, too! Score!

Sole Society "Tiia" Studded T-Strap Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels
($69.95, Sole Society)

Also available at Nordstromls & QVCcjcj.

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps

Update (12/05/2016): “Darron” by BCBGeneration is yet another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative which costs $69.95 and comes in various colors and uppers including a gorgeous leopard version. Get this one while it’s still available!

BCBGeneration "Darron" Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Also available at eBayeBay.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumps

Favorites first! My personal fave Valentino Rockstud dupe comes from Kaitlyn Pan and I think you’ll have a hard time finding better and more spot-on Valentino look-alikes than the ones they have to offer. I’ve been following Kaitlyn Pan’s product catalogamazon for several months now and they have hands down *the* best-looking designer dupes I’ve seen in a very long time. Sure, these $113.99 heels are not the cheapest Valentino dupes around, but look at the 165 customer reviews raving about their Valentino look for less heels (make sure to also check out the customer’s own photos) and you’ll know this money will be a smart investment as you’ll get a good high-quality dupe that will last you for a while. And did I mention these Rockstud knockoffs come in 19 colors? I simply want them all!

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumpsamazon
($113.99, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon.co.ukamazon & Etsy.

Arturo Chiang “Gracen” Pointy Toe Studded Pumps

Another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative are these studded t-strap pumps by Arturo Chiang which come in various colors including black, nude, red, navy and gold. The heel on these is half an inch shorter than the real deal and they’re not quite as spot-on as the Kaitlyn Pan version, but they do happen to be cheaper and are also made of genuine leather, so that’s quite a steal deal if you ask me. A couple of sizes are already out of stock, so you better hurry if you find yourself fancying a pair.

Arturo Chiang "Gracen" Pointy Toe Studded Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Arturo Chiang “Gracen” Pointy Toe Studded Pumps
($59.99, Dillard’s)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumps

Here’s another super spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupe for you! It’s by a brand called Royou Yiuoer which obviously is a pretty bad word play on Roger Vivier and is most likely an Asian brand. The quality of these Valentino knockoffs looks pretty decent as does the price of $59.99 for genuine leather pumps, but it’s a relatively new brand to me and the shoes have received only one customer review yet (which gives them 5 stars though), so that’s why I’ll recommend this one with reservation. Order at your own risk! You can choose between 13 beautiful colors and uppers!

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumps in black and red patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumpsamazon
($59.99, Amazon)

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumps

If you’re on a tight budget and need a cheap Valentino fix, these Rockstud look-alike PU heels by Loslandifen might do the trick for you. The quality of these is nothing to get all too excited about, but they look like the real deal, are less than $30 and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumpsamazon
($29.90, Amazon)

Kensie “Fizzia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Deal: Use promo code “LTDAYS” at checkout to get 15% off regular and sale items at Lord & Taylor! Offer valid through October 29th, at 11:59 PM EST. Exclusions may apply.

OK, last up are these loosely Valentino inspired t-strap suede heels by Kensie. If you like the design concept of the Rockstuds, but don’t want an obvious Valentino dupe, these fall-ready heels might be a great alternative.

Kensie "Fizzia" Studded T-Strap Heels in black and taupe suede (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Kensie “Fizzia” Studded T-Strap Heelsls
($99, Lord & Taylor)

Image source(s): Nordstrom, VivaLuxury, Negin Mirsalehi, Fashion Hippie Loves, Atlantic-Pacific, Style Pantry, Could I Have That?, Siren, Nordstrom Rack, Pink Inc, The Iconic, Amazon, DSW, Dillard’s, Sole Society, Lord & Taylor

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Update: This post has been updated on October 17, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Dear “Pigalle“, I know you won’t like this, but there’s a new queen in town, her name is “So Kate” aka shoe perfection and she is probably Louboutin‘s hottest and most coveted style at the moment. One look at her and you will instantly understand why. The shiny black leather, the thinning stiletto heel, the perfectly shaped arch – everything about this shoe is just perfect! Plus, while the price of $675 sure isn’t exactly a bargain, compared to what other Louboutin styles are usually retailing for, these here are on the rather budget-friendlier side of the designer shoe price range. Which is also probably the reason why “So Kate” is constantly on the verge of selling out at nearly every e-tailer. Anyway, this beauty of a high heel has definitely taken the #1 spot on my current shoe wish list and until I have saved up the neccessary $675 to bring them home, I’ll settle for a less expensive Louboutin look-a-like in the meantime.

Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in black patent

Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsls
($675, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Matches Fashionls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Miranda Kerr, Emmy Rossum, Blake Lively, Jessica Biel, Sophia Bush and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps.

Miranda Kerr, Emmy Rossum, Blake Lively, Jessica Biel, Sophia Bush and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

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Massimo Matteo Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (10/17/2017): Discovered yet another budget-friendly Louboutin alternative today! These fabulous stiletto pumps by Massimo Matteo come in various colors and uppers, look a lot like the “So Kate” pumps and they retail for a little over $100.

Massimo Matteo Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps 17 in black and red patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Massimo Matteo Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps 17amazon
($105, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos & 6pm.

Elegant Collection GE48 Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (05/04/2017): Happened to come across these fab and super affordable Louboutin look-alikes by Elegant Collection which come in either black, nude or red faux patent leather and are currently on sale for a little over $20. Steal deal alert!

Elegant Collection GE48 Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps in red, black and nude faux patent leather (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Elegant Collection GE48 Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps
($21.99, CiCi Hot)

Also available at eBayeBay.

Mix No. 6 “Dignity” Stiletto Pumps

Update (04/19/2017): Stumbled upon this cute and budget-friendly Louboutin alternative by Mix No. 6 which come in either nude or black patent and cost $39.99.

Mix No. 6 "Dignity" Stiletto Pumps in nude and black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate inspired)

Mix No. 6 “Dignity” Stiletto Pumps
($39.99, DSW)

Steve Madden “Daisie” Stiletto Pumps

Update (04/19/2017): I also discovered these stiletto pumps by Steve Madden which actually more resemble Louboutin’s “Pigalle Folliesls” heels, but since both Louboutin styles are very similar in terms of design, the Maddens suit as an alternative here as well. Available in various colors and uppers.

Steve Madden "Daisie" Stiletto Pumps in nude and black (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies dupes)

Steve Madden “Daisie” Stiletto Pumpsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Shoes.comls, Lord & Taylorls, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Zappos, Steve Maddenls, ShoeMallls, Revolve, Express, LuLu*s, Steve Madden (Canada)ls, Bon-Tonls, Selfridges, House of Fraser, Next, Zalando, Omoda & About You.

Guoar Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (01/08/2017): Came across these Louboutin look-alikes by Guoar. These seem to be of the “Made in China”-kind of designer dupes, so you better don’t expect top noth quality here, but for $48 these might be a good So Kate alternative (customer reviews average a 4 star rating with plenty of self-submitted buyer’s photos, so you can make an informed buyer’s decision). What I really, really liked about these Loubie dupes though is the variety of colors these come in: 31 (either in faux patent, leather or suede). Love!

Guoar Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in red faux suede and black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Guoar Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($48, Amazon)

Nicole Miller Artelier “Maison” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (12/01/2016): Just spotted this amazing Louboutin So Kate dupe by Nicole Miller Artelier! It looks so much like the real deal (minus the red sole, obviously)! These stiletto pumps are currently on sale for $108.50, but you can get 25% off your purchase at Shoes.com by using promo code “FLASH17” at checkout which will cut the price down to a little over $81.38 (offer expires October 17, 2017 at 4:59 AM PST, exclusions may apply). Yay! Also available in other colors and prints.

Nicole Miller Artelier "Maison" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Nicole Miller Artelier “Maison” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsls
($108.50, Shoes.com)

Also available at Amazonamazon, ShoeMetro, DSW, Nordstrom Rack, Overstock & Belk.

Steve Madden “Pardee” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (07/13/2016): Discovered another possible Louboutin So Kate alternative by Steve Madden. “Pardee” comes in black, red or nude leather and costs $99.95.

Steve Madden "Pardee" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in red and black (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Pardee” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsls
($99.95, Steve Madden)

Also available at Amazonamazon.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed-Toe Stiletto High Heel Pumps

Update (07/13/2016): There’s also a fabulous So Kate dupe available by Kaitlyn Pan for $99 and which also comes in nude patent. The design is spot-on, it’s made of genuine leather and if you read the customer reviews for the brand’s other designer inspired shoes, you’ll know you’ve found yourself a good designer dupe with these Louboutin-like beauties. The only drawback (if you consider it to be one) is that the sole is pink instead of Louboutin’s signature red. But everything else looks exactly like Louboutin’s So Kate.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed-Toe Stiletto High Heel Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed-Toe Stiletto High Heel Pumpsamazon
($99, Amazon)

Cosmoparis “Aelia” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (03/27/2016): Just stumbled upon these gorgeous stiletto pumps by Cosmoparis and immediately fell in love! Don’t they look just like Louboutin’s So Kate?

Cosmoparis "Aelia" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Cosmoparis “Aelia” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps
(€159.95, Zalando)

Also available at Mon Showroom & Sarenza.

Schutz “Caiolea” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (03/27/2016): Also discovered these Louboutin alternatives by Schutz which are just as fabulous. Available for $170 in various colors and uppers. Love these!

Schutz "Caiolea" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in red and black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Schutz “Caiolea” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($170, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve & Shopbopls.

Maiden Lane “Huxley” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (09/23/2015): Spotted another great Louboutin So Kate look for less alternative with a slightly sturdier heel than the original. Check out these hot sky-high stiletto pumps by Maiden Lane. They’re available in various colors (black, nude, wine red) and uppers (leather, suede, patent) for $59. Get these hotties before they sell out!

Maiden Lane "Huxley" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in black and black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Maiden Lane “Huxley” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps
($59, Gilt)

Akira Black Label “Circus” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (09/23/2015): Also happened to stumble upon these fab Louboutin look for less options by Akira Black Label. Available in nude, red and white patent faux patent leather and currently on sale for $49!

Akira Black Label "Circus" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in nude, red and white patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Akira Black Label “Circus” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsls
($49, ShopAkira)

Madden Girl “Ohnice” Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumps

Update (07/23/2015): Spotted these fabulous and budget-friendly Louboutin So Kate inspired by Madden Girl today. They’re available in either black, nude or red faux patent leather and are currently on sale for just $34.99. Now that’s a steal deal, right?

Madden Girl "Ohnice" Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumps in black and nude patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Madden Girl “Ohnice” Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($34.99, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon #2amazon, 6pm & ShoeMallls.

Aldo “Stessy” Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/12/2015): OMG! Look at these fabulous So Kate look-alikes by Aldo! Aren’t they just aaaaaw-mazing? And they come in so many gorgeous colors. LOVE!

Aldo "Stessy" Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumps in nude, black, fuchsia and yellow (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Aldo “Stessy” Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumpsls
($90, Aldo)

Also available at Dillard’s, Zappos, Amazonamazon, ASOS, Aldo (Canada)ls, Selfridges, The Iconicls, Zalando, About You, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

LFL “Elektrik” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/12/2015): Also spotted these Louboutin So Kate inspired stiletto pumps by LFL. They come in various colors and uppers and retail for a budget-friendly $46.99.

LFL "Elektrik" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

LFL “Elektrik” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps
($46.99, 6pm)

Steve Madden “PROTO” Pointy-Toe Pumps

Et voilà, check out “PROTO” by Steve Madden! Yes, I know it’s not a total spot-on dupe and that it’s not as delicate and immaculately curved as the real deal Louboutins, but “PROTO” is probably still the best shot you’ve got at “So Kate” on a budget. At least for now. $52.47 (sale price!) and you’re wearing Louboutin for less, girl! Available in various lovely colors and uppers: black, blush, pink, white, red, yellow and natural snake. Now get your Loubie dupe before it’s too late!

Steve Madden "PROTO" Pointy-Toe Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Steve Madden “PROTO” Pointy-Toe Pumpsamazon
($52.47, Amazon)

Also available at ZooShoopjx, Steve Maddenls & Zalando.

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Update: This post has been updated on September 13, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Chances are you’re already pretty familiar with these double-strapped ribbon tie ballerina flats by Miu Miu because these ballerinas are the “It shoe” of the summer and the latest shoe trend to take over our fashion feeds. As you can see below some of our favorite bloggers and IGers have already been prancing the streets in those cute and quirky ballet flats channeling their inner prima ballerina. I must admit I haven’t been actively following Miu Miu’s collections for a while now, but these shoes made me fall in love with Miuccia Prada’s younger fashion line all over again. I just love how the belted straps toughen up the otherwise overly sweet ballerina design thus giving them an edgy and modern vibe while at the same time still maintaining a classic and feminine look. Also, how cool is the idea of wearing them with mismatched ribbon laces? Pure genius and so refreshingly new and creative! Naturally, we’ve gotten quite a few requests to find budget-friendly alternatives for these much sought after Miu Miu flats because a) these babies cost a whopping $620 now: $670 and b) the popular versions like the nude one for example are basically sold out everywhere anyway. Ergo: challenge accepted!

Miu Miu Belted Ankle-Wrap Ballerina Flats in nude and gingham

Miu Miu Belted Ankle-Wrap Ballerina Flatsls
($670, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Matches Fashionls, MyTheresa, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Miu Miu

Personal style bloggers such as Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Pernille Teisbaek and Leonie Hanne (Ohh Couture) have all been spotted wearing Miu Miu Belted Ankle-Wrap Ballerina Flats.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Pernille Teisbaek & Leonie Hanne (Ohh Couture) wearing Miu Miu Belted Ankle-Wrap Ballerina Flats

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Spurr “Akuna” Ballet Lace-Up Flats

Update (09/13/2017): Spotted more Miu Miu designer look-alike flats today! These lace-up ballerinas by Spurr are currently on sale for less than $30 AUD, come in either black or nude satin and would a great alternative to the real deal above..

Spurr "Akuna" Ballet Lace-Up Flats in black and nude (Miu Miu dupes)

Spurr “Akuna” Ballet Lace-Up Flatsls
($27.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Sacha Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats

Update (09/13/2017): Another great designer dupe are these buckled lace-up ballet flats by Sacha. Available in black or silver for €94.99.

Sacha Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats in black (Miu Miu dupes)

Sacha Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats
(€94.99, Sacha)

The Fix “Singh” Elastic Strap Lace-up Ankle Wrap Ballet Flats

Update (07/28/2017): Check out these super fab ribbon ankle wrap ballet flats by Amazon’s newly launched in-house fashion brand called The Fix which offers a cute selection of affordable bags and shoes. However, you have to be an Amazon Prime member to be able to buy the brand, but luckily you can start a free 30-day trial if you’re not signed up to the annual subscription service yet. Available for $79 in nude, silver or black leather.

The Fix "Singh" Elastic Strap Lace-up Ankle Wrap Ballet Flats in nude and silver (Miu Miu dupes)

The Fix “Singh” Elastic Strap Lace-up Ankle Wrap Ballet Flatsamazon
($79, Amazon)

Pretty Ballerinas Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats

Update (07/05/2017): Stumbled upon these Miu Miu inspired lace-up ballerina flats by Pretty Ballerinas today and wanted to share them with you. Plus, they’re currently on sale for €151.95 (down from €189.95).

Pretty Ballerinas Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats in nude and black (Miu Miu inspired)

Pretty Ballerinas Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats
(€151.95, Zalando)

Wanted “Crepe” Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats

Update (04/25/2017): Came across these Miu Miu look for less alternatives by Wanted and just had to add them to the designer dupes list. Available in nude or black for $129.95 AUD.

Wanted Crepe Buckled Lace Up Ballerina Flats in nude and black (Miu Miu dupes)

Wanted “Crepe” Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats
($50 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Another A Buckled Lace-Up Ballerinas

Update (04/25/2017): Also spotted these great Miu Miu inspired lace-up ballerina flats by Another A which come in either nude or black and retail for €89.95.

Another A Buckled Lace-Up Ballerinas in nude and black (Miu Miu dupes)

Another A Buckled Lace-Up Ballerinas
(€34.95, Görtz)

KMB “Armin” Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats

Update (04/25/2017): And one more Miu Miu dupe to add! This one’s by KMB, comes in nude suede or metallic silver and costs around €80 (sale price!). Such a cute designer look for less, right?

KMB "Armin" Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats in nude and black (Miu Miu dupes)

KMB “Armin” Buckled Lace-Up Ballerina Flats
(€79.99, Breuninger)

Also available at Zalando.

JY Shoes Buckled Lace Up Flats

Update (03/20/2017): Browsed a little on YesStyle today and discovered these lovely and inexpensive Miu Miu dupes by JY Shoes. They’re so spot-on!

JY Shoes Buckled Lace Up Flats in nude and black gingham (Miu Miu dupes)

JY Shoes Buckled Lace Up Flats
($27.46, YesStyle)

Pull & Bear Lace-Up Ballerinas

Update (03/20/2017): Also spotted these budget-friendly Miu Miu look-alike ballerinas at Pull & Bear. Price: £19.99 or €19.99. They’re so cute, right?

Pull & Bear Lace-Up Ballerinas in black satin gingham (Miu Miu dupes)

Pull & Bear Lace-Up Ballerinas
(£19.99/€19.99, Pull & Bear)

Ego “Maudie” Lace-Up Ballet Flats

Update (03/20/2017): These buckled lace-up ballet flats by Ego are another great way to get the coveted Miu Miu look for less. Available in nude, black and blue for £5.99.

Ego "Maudie" Lace-Up Ballet Flats in black and nude (Miu Miu dupes)

Ego “Maudie” Lace-Up Ballet Flats
(£5.99, Ego)

Aldo “Phay” Ribbon Ankle Strap Lace-Up Flats

Update (03/20/2017): Another Miu Miu inspired lace-up ballerina flat can be found at Aldo. It doesn’t have the buckles or the gingham ankle wrap ribbons, but the rest of the design is very similar to the real deal.

Aldo "Phay" Ribbon Ankle Strap Lace-Up Flats in nude and black (Miu Miu inspired)

Aldo “Phay” Ribbon Ankle Strap Lace-Up Flatsls
($26, Aldo)

Also available at Amazon, 6pm, Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls, The Iconic & Zalando.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Strappy Flats

Update (02/23/2017): Stumbled upon these amazing and spot-on Miu Miu dupes at Forever 21 today which cost less than $20 and had to share them with you. Just wish these came with a pair of gingham ribbons as well.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Strappy Flats in nude and black (Miu Miu dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Strappy Flats
($19.60, Forever 21)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Amazon & Zulily.

River Island Ankle Ribbon Ballet Flats

Update (02/23/2017): Another Miu Miu inspired ballet flat can be found at River Island for $24 (sale price!). These are also available in a khaki satin and a black/multi-colored print version.

River Island Ankle Ribbon Ballet Flats in silver metallic (Miu Miu dupes)

River Island Ankle Ribbon Ballet Flats
($24, River Island)

Also available at River Island (UK)ls & River Island (EU).

Gianni Bini “Linet” Ankle Wrap Lace-Up Gingham Ballet Flats

Update (12/29/2016): Spotted these amazing Miu Miu inspired ballet flats by Gianni Bini today. They cost $27.99 and are available in either black, nude or baby blue. The only thing missing are the two front buckle straps.

Gianni Bini "Linet" Ankle Wrap Lace-Up Gingham Ballet Flats in nude and black (Miu Miu dupes)

Gianni Bini “Linet” Ankle Wrap Lace-Up Gingham Ballet Flats
($27.99, Dillard’s)

Wanted “Colte” Lace-Up Ballerina Flats

Update (12/29/2016): Another Miu Miu alternative are these lovely ankle wrap ballerina flats by Wanted, also sans buckle straps though, which come in either black or blush and cost $119.95 AUD.

Wanted "Colte" Lace-Up Ballerina Flats in black and blush pink (Miu Miu dupes)

Wanted “Colte” Lace-Up Ballerina Flats
($119.95 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Express Lace-Up Ballet Flats

Update (11/08/2016): Found another Miu Miu inspired ballet flat alternative at Express which retails for under $50 and comes in either nude or black faux leather. What do you think? Yay or nay?

Express Lace-Up Ballet Flats in nude and black (Miu Miu inspired)

Express Lace-Up Ballet Flats
($49.90, Express)

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Lambskin Lace-Up Ballerina Flats

Update (10/17/2016): Just discovered that one of my favorites for designer dupes, Kaitlyn Pan, is now offering a great handmade Miu Miu ballerina look-alike version in nude, black and white genuine leather for under $100. Looooooooove these ballet flats!

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Lambskin Lace-Up Ballerina Flats (Miu Miu dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Lambskin Lace-Up Ballerina Flatsamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

Also available at Etsy.

Minusey Lace-Up Ballerina Flats

Update (09/19/2016): Spotted these amazing Miu Miu ballerina dupes at this new online-shop I recently came across while searching for designer dupes: Minusey. They come in beige or black faux leather, cost $89 and are also available in kids’ sizes (so cute, no?). Make sure to use our exclusive discount code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase at Minusey which will cut down the price of these babies to a little over $80.

Minusey Lace-Up Ballerina Flats in nude and gingham (Miu Miu dupes)

Minusey Lace-Up Ballerina Flats
($89, Minusey)

Mango Lace-Up Ballerinas

Update (09/10/2016): Came across these lovely Miu Miu inspired lace-up ballerinas in black at Mango today. Price: $29.99 (sale price, down from $59.99).

Mango Lace-Up Ballerinas in black (Miu Miu dupes)

Mango Lace-Up Ballerinas
($29.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Bayo Buckled Lace-Up Ballet Flats

Update (08/29/2016): Spotted another super cheap Miu Miu ballet flat alternative today! These ballerinas by Bayo come in either black or white and cost only $14.31!

Bayo Buckled Lace-Up Ballet Flats in black and white (Miu Miu dupes)

Bayo Buckled Lace-Up Ballet Flats
($14.31, YesStyle)

A super cute kids version is available here.

Romwe Almond Toe Bow Decorated Lace-Up Flats

My current favorite Miu Miu dupe are these adorable lace-up flats I found at Romwe because they are spot-on compared to the real deal and also super budget-friendly with a price of just $29.99. They come in black, nude and baby pink PU leather and most sizes are still available (yay!), so get them while they’re still in stock!

Romwe Almond Toe Bow Decorated Lace-Up Flats in black and nude (Miu Miu knockoffs)

Romwe Almond Toe Bow Decorated Lace-Up Flats
($29.99, Romwe)

Also available at SheIn.

Jessica Buurman “Giselle” Mix And Match Playful Ballet Shoes

Deal: Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order!

If you’re willing to invest in a high quality Miu Miu look-alike, check out these lovely flats by Jessica Buurman which are absolute dead-ringers for the Miu Miu flats above. They do cost $129, so it really is an investment to consider, but the fun part about these is that you can buy separate leather straps and ribbons in different colors for $3-$10 per set to mix and match at your heart’s desire hence having an abundance of possibilities on how to wear your Miu Miu-like ballerina flats. Make sure to use the promo code above to save 10% on your order!

Jessica Buurman "Giselle" Mix And Match Playful Ballet Shoes in nude satin and black leather (Miu Miu dupes)

Jessica Buurman “Giselle” Mix And Match Playful Ballet Shoes
($129, Jessica Buurman)

Steve Madden “Meow” Ribbon Tie Ballerina Flats

Last but not least are these lace-up flats by Steve Madden. They don’t have the buckled front straps like the real deal and thus are more of an “inspired by Miu Miu“-kind, but they do come with two sets of interchangeable ribbon laces, so the overall look is still very much Miu Miu without them being a blatant copy. Also how buttery soft does the blush leather look like here? Amazing for $35.95 (sale price!), no? Other available color options include black and silver metallic.

Steve Madden "Meow" Ribbon Tie Ballerina Flats in nude blush (Miu Miu inspired)

Steve Madden “Meow” Ribbon Tie Ballerina Flatsls
($35.95, Shoes.com)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Steve Madden (Canada).

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, The Blonde Salad, @pernilleteisbaek Instagram, Ohh Couture, The Iconic, Sacha, Amazon, Görtz, Zalando, Pull & Bear, Ego, Aldo, Forever 21, River Island, Dillard’s, Wanted Shoes, Express, Etsy, Minusey, Mango, YesStyle, Romwe, Jessica Buurman, Nordstrom

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Update: This post has been updated on August 6, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

When it comes to me obsessing over shoes it usually happens with high heels only. However, if it’s a shoe by Valentino I most likely will love it no matter whether it’s a sky-high stiletto or a flat gladiator sandal like this one. And I absolutely adore these studded summer sandals! Who wouldn’t anyway? They’re utterly chic without compromising on the comfort factor and the gold rockstuds really set these shoes off. I love how LeAnn Rimes wears her Valentinos with shorts and breezy tops. Too bad I don’t have her shoe shopping budget because at $975 these would have been quite the investment in terms of summer footwear.

Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Wrap Thong Gladiator Sandals in black and gold

Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Wrap Thong Gladiator Sandalsls
($975, Nordstrom)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Selfridges, Harrodsls & MyTheresa.

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Candie’s Strappy Studded Sandals

Update (08/06/2017): More Valentino dupe goodness coming your way! These studded gladiator sandals are by Candie’s. They might be missing a strap, but the Valentino inspiration is still pretty obvious in the design, don’t you agree? On sale for $19.99 (down from $49.99) and available in black, white or tan faux leather.

Candie's Strappy Studded Sandals in black, white and tan (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Candie’s Strappy Studded Sandals
($19.99, Kohl’s)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Gladiator Thong Sandals

Update (05/04/2017): Discovered another spot-on Valentino Rockstud Gladiator dupe today! You can buy it in various colors for $33.99 at Oasap. The red version is my personal favorite!

Oasap Studded T-Strap Gladiator Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Gladiator Thong Sandals
($33.99, Oasap)

Mossimo Black “Gertie” Studded Gladiator Sandals

Update (03/03/2017): Alright, I just happened to stumble upon these amazingly spot-on and super budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud gladiator dupes by Mossimo Black which are $27.99 and come in either black, white or nude. Super steal deal alert!

Mossimo Black "Gertie" Studded Gladiator Sandals in black and white (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Mossimo Black “Gertie” Gladiator Sandals
($27.99, Target)

Kaitlyn Pan Rockstud T-Strap Flat Sandals

Update (07/20/2016): OK, so Kaitlyn Pan is obviously hands down the best brand to turn to when looking for awesome yet affordable Valentino dupes. Just look at these gorgeous studded gladiator sandals. So spot-on, right? Price: $84.99 (check out the customer reviews on their other shoes to get a feeling for the brand’s product quality).

Kaitlyn Pan Rockstud T-Strap Flat Sandals in nude and black (Valentino dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Rockstud T-Strap Flat Sandalsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

Also available at Etsy.

Ash “Mumbai” Studded T-Strap Flat Gladiator Sandals

Update (05/30/2016): Spotted these not exactly steal-worthy yet still gorgeous Valentino look-alikes by Ash today. What do you think? Worth the $123.95 (sale price!) splurge or not?

Ash "Mumbai" Studded T-Strap Flat Gladiator Sandals in tan and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Ash “Mumbai” Studded T-Strap Flat Gladiator Sandalsls
($123.95, Shopbop)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Zappos & Amazon.framazon.

Betseyville Pyramid Stud Gladiator Sandals

Update (02/19/2016): Check out these lovely genuine leather Rockstud dupes by Betseyville! Don’t they look amazing? And at $32.99 they’re quite budget-friendly, too. Love! Available in nude, black and tan (new!).

Betseyville Pyramid Stud Gladiator Sandals in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Betseyville Pyramid Stud Gladiator Sandals
($32.99, Target)

Missguided Studded Flat Gladiator Sandals

Update (02/19/2016): There’s also a bunch of super cute Rockstud gladiator flat alternatives at Missguided which retail for $40 and come in either taupe, black or nude.

Missguided Studded Flat Gladiator Sandals (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Missguided Studded Flat Gladiator Sandals
($40, Missguided)

Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (International).

Verali “Premonition” Studded Gladiator Sandals

Update (02/19/2016): Also stumbled upon these Valentino inspired gladiator flats by Verali which are currently on sale for under $40.

Verali "Premonition" Studded Gladiator Sandals in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Verali “Premonition” Studded Gladiator Sandalsls
($34.98, StyleTread)

GoJane Studded Stroll Faux Leather Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): Discovered these spot-on and super budget-friendly Valentino Rockstudes at GoJane today.

GoJane Studded Stroll Faux Leather Sandals in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

GoJane Studded Stroll Faux Leather Sandals
($18.90, GoJane)

Billini “Valor” T-Strap Studded Gladiator Sandals

Update (10/13/2015): And here’s yet another spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupe by Billini. Available in black or nude faux leather.

Billini "Valor" T-Strap Studded Gladiator Sandals in black and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Billini “Valor” T-Strap Studded Gladiator Sandalsls
($41.98 AUD, The Iconic)

Also available at Billini.

Choies Studded Gladiator Sandals

Update (07/23/2015): Spotted these lovely Valentino dupes at Choies today. They have a small heel, but everything else is pretty much spot-on.

Choies Studded Gladiator Sandals in black and red (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Choies Studded Gladiator Sandals
($46.99, Choies)

Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandals

Update (03/31/2015): Great news! I found this cute little Valentino gladiator sandal dupe by Wild Diva Lounge today. So affordable and available in a variety of colors including black (pictured), red, blue, nude, yellow and orange. Total steal deal alert here!

Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandals in black and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($15.99, Amazon)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-strap Flat Sandals

Update (03/12/2014): Accidentally discovered these pretty studded genuine leather thong sandals by Royou Yiuoer which sell for $53.99 and also come in lovely colors such as orange, nude and black. Totally love these!

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-strap Flat Sandals in nude and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-strap Flat Sandalsamazon
($53.99, Amazon)

Enzo Angiolini “Trendon” Studded Thong Sandals

Update (08/05/2013): Came across these studded flat thong sandals by Enzo Angiolini which is also a good alternative if you want the Valentino Rockstud look for less. Available in both black and white.

Enzo Angiolini "Trendon" Studded Thong Sandals in black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Enzo Angiolini “Trendon” Studded Thong Sandals
($17.80, 6pm)

Report Signature “Leyla” Studded Gladiator Thong Sandals

Update (06/10/2013): Just stumbled upon these Valentino look-a-likes by Report Signature! Available in black or nude faux patent leather.

Report Signature "Leyla" Studded Gladiator Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Report Signature “Leyla” Studded Gladiator Thong Sandalsamazon
($60, Amazon)

Alloy “Myla” Gladiator Sandals

Update (03/09/2013): Found another great Valentino sandal look-a-like. How do you like these spiked gold gladiator flats by Alloy? Only $19.90!

Alloy "Myla" Gladiator Sandals in gold (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Alloy “Myla” Gladiator Sandals
($19.90, Nordstrom Rack)

bebe “Petra” Studded Flat Sandals

I was so happy to have stumbled upon these amazingly similar bebe gladiator sandals. They do miss one horizontal strap, but otherwise they’re a fabulous Valentino look-a-like. And did I mention they’re currently on sale for $39.99 (were $59.99)? What a great deal, right? But hurry up, some sizes are already out of stock as these summer sandals are figuratively flying off the shelves.

bebe "Petra" Studded Flat Sandals (Valentino knockoffs)

bebe “Petra” Studded Flat Sandals
($39.99, bebe)

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