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Don’t get me wrong: I loooooove high heels with utmost passion, but when summer is blazing its heatwaves upon us, the last thing I would think of wearing are high heeled shoes. A good flat sandal that you can easily slide in and out of and walk in for hours is absolutely essential in the summer; especially if you’re planning to go on vacation. Flip flops would be an obvious choice here, but aren’t we so over them by now? That’s why I am absolutely smitten with these backless knotted sandal leather slides by Joie. I love their minimalistic yet chic design (made in Italy, btw) and the supple cowhide leather; these would go with almost anything in my wardrobe. And while they’re not terribly expensive at $125, we understand that many of you are on a budget, so we made it our mission to find some great alternative options for much less. Just keep on reading.

Joie a la Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals in black and brown

Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals
($125, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Amazonamazon, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Joie, Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls & Bloomingdale’s.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Joie

Celebs such as Reese Witherspoon and various personal style bloggers have been spotted wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals.

Reese Witherspoon, Risa (Really Risa) and Jessie (Diary of Ambitions) wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals

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Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Discovered these spot-on Joie Nice dupe sandals by Rock & Candy today which are available in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $25! Major steal deal alert! This sandal is also available with a 1,25″ stacked heel here if you need some extra height.

Rock & Candy "Blaney" Thong Sandals in black and orange (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals
($24.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Also found these knotted summer sandals by Wanted which are a spot-on dupe of the Joie originals. They’re a little pricey at $129.95 AUD, but once they go on sale these might be a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal. Available in tan, white, silver and leopard.

Wanted "Munn" T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals in tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals
($129.95 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another very affordable Joie Nice alternative today! How cute are these knotted t-strap slides by Old Navy? Available in black or brown faux leather for $19.94.

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals in cognac brown and black (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals
($19.94, Old Navy)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Here’s a fab Joie Nice look-alike by Lucky Brand which is available for less than half the price of the real deal ($42.95). Available in black, tan, blue and watermelon pink leather.

Lucky Brand "Ari" Thong Sandals in black, tan and blue (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandalsls
($42.95, Shoebuy)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm, Amazonamazon, Shoes.com, Onlineshoes.com, Shoptiquesls, HauteLook & Nordstrom Rack.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Forever 21 now has a lovely non-suede Joice Nice dupe stocked! Available in black, tan, white and gold faux leather for a very budget-friendly price of $12.90! Steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals in black, tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Spotted these amazing and spot-on Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Steve Madden. Available for $34.99 in various colors. Made of genuine leather. Love these!

Steve Madden "Olivia" Knotted Thong Flat Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandals
($34.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & Belk.

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Also discovered these Joie dupes by Rebels which are currently on sale for $20.95. There’s also a very cute cow-hair version available for a little over $30.

Rebels "Paitlyn" Knotted Thong Sandals in tan and gold metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandalsamazon
($20.95, Amazon)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2016): These Alex + Alex thong sandals have an extra back strap, but the overall design is obviously inspired by the Joie sandals above.

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals
($69, Gilt)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides

Update (03/09/2016): Also love the fun colors of these Joie inspired flat sandals by Maiden Lane. So many colorful options! Love it!

Maiden Lane "Gia" Thong Slides (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides
($19.99, Gilt)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals

Update (12/13/2015): Spotted these lovely faux suede Joie Nice dupes at Forever 21 for a steal price of $12.90. Love every one of the colors!

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals (Joie Nice Plage dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

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

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals

If you’re on a really tight budget, then these cute thong sandals by Mossimo Supply Co. are probably your best option. The design is spot-on, they come in three different colors (black, brown and white) and they can be yours for less than $15! Only downside? These are made of PU leather, so no promises regarding durability and/or sweaty feet here.

Mossimo Supply Co. "Ainsley" Knot Thong Sandals in black and cognac brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals
($13.98, Target)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals

If you’re willing to invest a little more for a genuine leather option, check out these chic summer sandals by Sole Society. Again, these are pretty much a spot-on dupe compared to the Joies above (plus, I love that these are made of genuine leather). The price of $29.98 (sale!) ain’t too bad either (that’s less than half the price of the real deal).

Sole Society "Sarena" Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals in black and platinum metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandalsls
($29.98, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls.

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals

Another look-for-less option would be these huarache sandals by Naya. They have a very similar design and come in various color combinations (and are genuine leather, too), plus they’re currently on sale for a budget-friendly $44.99.

Naya "Crescent" Huarache Sandals in black and brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals
($44.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

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Update: This post has been updated on July 2, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

InStyle’s July issue features some of the best shorts of the season, but they must not have seen this patriotic pair by Current/Elliott! The classic wash and length makes them incredibly versatile, not to mention how cute the subtle sandblasted star pattern is when paired with a simple t-shirt and flat sandals. But if wearing denim shorts all summer long isn’t the most practical for your lifestyle, perhaps you could invest in a less expensive pair to wear during all your 4th of July festivities. Scroll down to see our best find yet!

Current Elliott The Boyfriend Star-Print Denim Shorts

Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Star-Print Denim Shortsls
($185, Net-A-Porter)

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts

Update (07/02/2016): Three years after the last steal find, I happened to find another great Current/Elliott star-print denim short alternative at bebe for $54.

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts in blue (Current Elliott inspired)

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts
($54, bebe)

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs

Update (06/24/2013): Just in time for your July 4th outfit: a budget-friendly star-print short from Forever 21! Yay!

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs (Current Elliott Star knockoffs)

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs
($9.90, Forever 21)

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

Rock & Republic “Lolita” Star Denim Shorts

Update (04/25/2013): Rock & Republic have also a great star-print denim shorts in a dark hue which look a lot like the Current/Elliott version. Love the price, too!

Rock & Republic "Lolita" Star Denim Shorts (Current Elliott look-a-like)

Rock & Republic “Lolita” Star Denim Shortsls
($17.40, Kohl’s)

Dollhouse Star Print Short

Update (01/04/2013): This denim short by Dollhouse might not be an identical match, but it’s quite clear where they got the inspiration from.

Dollhouse Star Print Denim Short (Current Elliott They Boyfriend knockoff)

Dollhouse Star Print Shortls
($14.99, Alloy)

Lucky Brand “Riley” Star-Print Frayed Shorts

Now that you’ve seen this pair by Lucky Brand, and have stars in your eyes, what will the rest of your outfit look like? You’ve got so many great options! I’d suggest starting with a knit top or blouse in a personally flattering shade of red, dark blue or gray and add accessories in your favorite metallic shade. Maybe it’s an armful of silver bangles or perhaps some thin gold hoops? Either way, it’s best to select more understated pieces to keep the look elegant and not costumey. Lastly, finish the outfit with some nautical-inspired wedges, boat shoes or your favorite causal footwear… and most importantly, relax and have fun!

Lucky Brand "Riley" Star-Print Frayed Shorts (Current Elliott knockoff)

Lucky Brand “Riley” Star-Print Frayed Shortsamazon
($34.08, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos & Nordstromls.

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Update: This post has been updated on April 28, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I am a huge fan of Jennifer Aniston‘s style. She delicately walks the edges of trends while always maintaining a classic style that I’m pretty sure we’ll never look back on, thinking “God, WHAT was she wearing?” Last summer Jen started rocking a pair of Stuart Weitzman espadrilles that had me drooling. Clearly I wasn’t the only fan though; the Alex Espadrille Wedges flew off the shelves and were forever more impossible to find. They’re back now and available on several e-retailer sites and I would probably kill to own a pair. Seriously, I recommend you not being around me right now. Sadly these are just out of my price range.

Stuart Weitzman Alex Espadrille Woven Wedge Sandals in swamp

Stuart Weitzman Alex Espadrille Wedgesls
($164.50, Last Call by Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, eBay, Bluefly, Neiman Marcusls, Gilt, Revolve & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities Love Stuart Weitzman

Jennifer Aniston & Eva Mendes wearing Stuart Weitzman Alex Espadrille Wedges

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Gabriella Rocha “Deleon” Woven Espadrille Wedges

Update (04/28/2015): 2,5 years after posting our last find, here’s a new great Stuart Weitzman Alex alternative! What do you think about these espadrille wedges by Gabriella Rocha? Hot or not? They’re available in either khaki, natural or black textile for a super budget-friendly price of $17.70 (sale price!).

Gabriella Rocha "Deleon" Woven Espadrille Wedges in khaki (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Gabriella Rocha “Deleon” Woven Espadrille Wedges
($17.70, 6pm)

Bamboo Leanne-34 Woven Wedge Espadrilles

Update (02/12/2012): Came across yet another great Alex look-a-like by Bamboo. Yay!

Bamboo Leanne-34 Woven Wedge Espadrilles (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Bamboo Leanne-34 Woven Wedge Espadrilles
($32, LuLu*s)

Sacred Heart “Arven” Espadrilles

Update (05/22/2011): The “Alex” knockoff wave just won’t stop! I keep finding new Alex look-a-likes day in, day out. But these here by Sacred Heart are actually really, really amazing. They are soooo spot-on and, OMG!, look at the price. $49.99 – this deserves an award or something (still can’t loose the feeling these are just rebranded, look at N.Y.L.A.’s Colby, Black Rooster’s Colb & Bakers’ “Midtown”, they all look completely identical).

Sacred Heart "Arven" Espadrilles in taupe (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Sacred Heart “Arven” Espadrillesls
($44.99, Kohl’s)

Bakers “Midtown” Wedge Sandals

Update (05/22/2011): Here we go again, yet another Stuart Weitzman “Alex” knockoff. This time it’s Bakers‘ turn. Love these here, they’re spot-on & super affordable.

Bakers "Midtown" Wedge Sandals in taupe (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Bakers “Midtown” Wedge Sandalsamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

N.Y.L.A. “Colby” / “Colbie” Espadrille Wedges

Update (05/10/2011): OMG! This is the 15th “Alex” knockoff we have discovered. And an amazing one it is! N.Y.L.A.s “Colby” wedges are super close to the real SW Alex espadrilles and kind of remind me of the Black Rooster version (might be just a rebranded version). Available in taupe (shown), ivory or black.

N.Y.L.A. "Colby" Espadrille Wedges in taupe (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Colby” Espadrille Wedgesamazon
($24.95, Amazon)

Black Rooster “Colb” Espadrille Wedges

Update (04/27/2011): Found yet another fantastic Alex look-a-like by Black Rooster. And it’s pretty light on the wallet, too! Available in khaki, ivory or black.

Black Rooster "Colb" Espadrille Wedges in khaki (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Black Rooster “Colb” Espadrille Wedges
($27.60, 6pm)

Kensie Girl “Kenwood” Espadrille Wedges

Update (02/20/2011): Another great and budget-friendly “Alex” knockoff coming from Kensie Girl. Available in khaki, black and ivory.

Kensie Girl "Kenwood" Espadrille Wedges in khaki

Kensie Girl “Kenwood” Espadrille Wedgesls
($29.99, Famous Footwear)

Steve Madden “FANTASIK” Espadrilles

Update (01/08/2011): OMG! Look at these fab-u-lous Alex look-a-likes coming from Steve Madden. They are now also available in khaki and black and what’s freaking awesome is the super budget-friendly price of $36.98 (sale price!). Can’t beat that!

Steve Madden "FANTASIK" Espadrille Wedges in khaki (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Steve Madden “FANTASIK” Espadrillesls
($36.98, Steve Madden)

Matisse “Lovee” Espadrille Wedges

Update (02/11/2011): Stumbled upon yet another Alex knockoff by Matisse.

Matisse "Lovee" Espadrille Wedges in natural (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Matisse “Lovee” Espadrille Wedgesamazon
($70.67, Amazon)

Dune “Nola” Espadrille Wedges

Update (05/13/2011): Finally, Alex fans in the UK & Europe have a decent knockoff as well. This one by Dune is quite nice on the eyes. I’m actually thinking of ordering this shoe for myself. Do you approve? Available in khaki and black.

Dune "Nola" Espadrille Wedges in khaki (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Dune “Nola” Espadrille Wedges
(£18, Dune)

Lucky Brand “Tabitha” Espadrille Wedges

Update (03/11/2011): Just came across yet another fab & budget-friendly “Alex” alternative coming from Lucky Brand. Available in navy/white or natural.

Lucky Brand "Tabitha" Espadrille Wedges in natural (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Tabitha” Espadrille Wedgesls
($54.95, Shoebuy)

Chinese Laundry “Dippity Do” Espadrille Wedges

Update (02/11/2011): And here we go again with yet another Alex-inspired wedge. This time coming from Chinese Laundry. Available in taupe or khaki.

Chinese Laundry "Dippity Do" Espadrille Wedges in taupe (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Dippity Do” Espadrille Wedges
($55.99, Chinese Laundry)

Dana Buchman “Jacinda” Espadrilles

Update (05/13/2011): And here’s another great Alex look-a-like coming from Dana Buchman. Really love this one!

Dana Buchman "Jacinda" Espadrilles in taupe (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Dana Buchman “Jacinda” Espadrillesls
($20.99, Kohl’s)

Bucco Espadrilles

Update (05/13/2011): The Alex knockoffs just won’t stop popping up! Found 3 more today. #1 – these fab and budget-friendly espadrilles by Bucco.

Bucco Espadrilles in khaki (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Bucco Espadrillesls
($44.99, Kohl’s)

Qupid Konya-40 Espadrille Wedges

Update (01/03/2011): These Alex knockoffs by Qupid might not be quite as polished as the orignal, but for under $30 what more could you possibly want? Also available in black or camel. Be fast, these will sell out fast.

Qupid Konya-40 Espadrille Wedges in taupe (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Qupid Konya-40 Espadrille Wedges
($29, GoJane)

City Classified “JoJo” Braided Wedge Espadrilles

Update (04/09/2011): A big thank you to our reader Jie Wei who told us about these super affordable & great looking “Alex” knockoffs by City Classified.

City Classified JoJo Braided Wedge Espadrilles in stone (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

City Classified “JoJo” Braided Wedge Espadrilles
($26.99, Tilly’s)

Aldo “Connally” Espadrille Wedges

Update (03/11/2011): Found another great inspired espadrille alternative by Aldo. Available in taupe or khaki.

Aldo "Connally" Espadrille Wedges in taupe (Stuart Weitzman Alex knockoffs)

Aldo “Connally” Espadrille Wedgesls
($50, Aldo)

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Update: This post has been updated on February 7, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

For many years, I’ve been anti-flats, especially the closed ones. I can’t really recall why I disliked them so much, I guess they just never really spoke to me. However, now that I’ve been dipping my toes in the fashion world for a few years, I grew to like flats. As long as they look so cute like this one from Carven. Isn’t it adorable? I love the slingback bow, it’s such a cute detail. Would I spend $540 on a pair of cute flats though? Well, that’s a complete different story.

Carven Bow Suede Slingback Flats in navy blue

Carven Bow Suede Slingback Flats
($540, NET-A-PORTER)

Kate Bosworth Loves Carven

Actress Kate Bosworth has been spotted wearing Carven Bow Suede Slingback Flats.

Kate Bosworth wearing nude Carven Bow Suede Slingback Flats

Lucky Brand “Alixis” Slingback Bow Flats

UPDATE (02/07/2014): Came across these lovely Lucky Brand bow back flats today and they instantly reminded me of the Carven flats above. Available in various colors for $69!

Lucky Brand "Alixis" Slingback Bow Flats in nude and blue (Carven knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Alixis” Slingback Bow Flats
($69, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Lucky Brandpjx.

Julianne Hough for Sole Society “Morganne” Suede Slingback Flats

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OK, so you’ve fallen in love with those darn cute Carven flats, what now? Well, if you haven’t the funds to go for the original, here’s a wonderful alternative which we’ve discovered at Sole Society that’ll get you the same look. Great, huh? And did we mention they’re on sale, too?

Julianne Hough for Sole Society "Morganne" Suede Slingback Flats in purple suede (Carven knockoffs)

Julianne Hough for Sole Society “Morganne” Suede Slingback Flats
($32.48, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROM.

J. Reneé “Blanche” Bow Slingback Pointy Toe Flats

Another fabulous Carven inspired alternative is this bow slingback flat by J. Reneé which comes in various colors and uppers such as black and nude. Plus, they’re currently on sale for under $50!

J. Reneé "Blanche" Bow Slingback Pointy Toe Flats in black patent (Carven knockoffs)

J. Reneé “Blanche” Bow Slingback Pointy Toe Flatscj
($46.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuy, Amazonamazon, Onlineshoes.com, Shoes.com & NORDSTROM.

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Update: This post has been updated on September 27, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Black ankle boots have been my life savers lately! And I feel weird saying that since up until last year I didn’t really pay much attention to them. But over time I learned that you can’t always don your highest heels in the middle of winter and that’s where stylish ankle boots come in. Take one with a mid heel and a few eye-catching details such as studs, buckles or zippers and you’re set to make some serious fashion game without having to sacrifice comfort for fashion or vice versa. This Tabitha Simmons suede bootie with the side buckles and the front zipper totally stole my heart. And then went on to break it with its crushing $1.195 price tag! Sorry, love, but this isn’t happening!

Tabitha Simmons Early Zip Buckle Suede Booties in black

Tabitha Simmons Early Zip Buckle Suede Bootiesls
($1.195, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Moda Operandils & MyTheresa.

Celebrities Love Tabitha Simmons

Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller, Melanie C & Miranda Kerr wearing black Tabitha Simmons Early Zip Buckle Suede Booties

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Chicwish Buckled Point Toe Ankle Boots

Update (09/27/2014): Discovered these great Tabitha Simmons Early alternatives at Chicwish today.

Chicwish Buckled Point Toe Ankle Boots in taupe and black (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Chicwish Buckled Point Toe Ankle Boots
($56.02, Chicwish)

Lucky Brand “Doreen” Zip & Buckle Booties

Update (12/28/2013): Stumbled upon these Tabitha Simmons Early look-a-likes by Lucky Brand today. Currently on sale for under $70 and available in either black or beige suede leather.

Lucky Brand "Doreen" Zip & Buckle Booties in black suede (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Doreen” Zip & Buckle Booties
($69.94, Lucky Brand)

Alias Mae “Bronti” Pointed-Toe Buckle Booties

Update (06/10/2013): Just came across another great Tabitha Simmons alternative! Check out these red “Early” boot look-a-likes by Alias Mae! Lovely, aren’t they? On sale, too!

Alias Mae "Bronti" Pointed-Toe Buckle Booties in red (Tabitha Simmons Early look-a-likes)

Alias Mae “Bronti” Pointed-Toe Buckle Booties
($37.99 AUD, The Iconic)

Underground “Blitz” Winklepicker Ankle Boots

Update (02/09/2013): And here’s yet another great Tabitha Simmons Early look-a-like in red and black by Underground.

Underground "Blitz" Winklepicker Ankle Boots in red and black (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Underground “Blitz” Winklepicker Ankle Boots
($160.32, ASOS)

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

Office “Upper Street” Buckled Zip Ankle Boots

Update (02/09/2013): These suede booties by Office are also obviously inspired by Tabitha Simmons’ Early boot.

Office "Upper Street" Buckled Zip Ankle Boots in burgundy and black suede (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Office “Upper Street” Buckled Zip Ankle Boots
(£35, Office)

Zigi Soho “Lead” Buckle Zip Ankle Boots

Update (01/30/2013): Came across these fantastic and almost identical Tabitha Simmons look-a-likes by Zigi Soho. Also available in burgundy suede (my fave!).

Zigi Soho "Lead" Buckle Zip Ankle Boots in black suede (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Zigi Soho “Lead” Buckle Zip Ankle Boots
($69.94, Heels.com)

Limited Edition Buckle Zip Ankle Boots

Update (12/12/2012): Found another lovely alternative in wine and black leather by Limited Edition. I must say I really like the wine red version!

Limited Edition Buckle Zip Ankle Boots in wine red and black (Tabitha Simmon Early knockoffs)

Limited Edition Buckle Zip Ankle Boots
(£28, New Look)

Steve Madden “MANSFELD” Suede Ankle Boots

Luckily for me, Steve Madden is right there to heal my aching heart with their interpretation of Simmons “Early” boot. And I must admit I kind of prefer that little fella over the original designer shoe. Why? Well, first there’s the price factor. Madden’s “MANSFELD” is $129.95 (now $64.96) whereas the real deal costs almost 10x as much. And even though the lacking zipper is a minor bummer, I really like that they added a fourth buckle and made the heel one inch higher (’cause a girl like me gotta take all the height she can get! ;-)).

Steve Madden "MANSFELD" Suede Ankle Boots in black (Tabitha Simmons Early knockoffs)

Steve Madden “MANSFELD” Suede Ankle Bootsls
($64.96, Nordstrom)

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