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Update: This post has been updated on December 13, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

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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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)

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 $10 (clearance price!)! Only downside? These are made of PU leather, so no promises regarding durability and/or sweety 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
($9.98, 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 $43.11.

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

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals
($43.11, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, OnlineShoes.comls, PlanetShoesls & Shoes.comls.

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If I had to describe my person fashion style in three words, “feminine” would definitely be among it. That’s probably one of the reason why I’ve never been particularly fond of the classic combat boot à la Doc Martens. However, lately I have discovered so many beautiful combat boot styles with feminine details such as velvet uppers, floral prints or lovely pastel colorways that it made me rethink my stance on combat boots being too bulky and masculine (for me). What do you think? Can combat boots be feminine or not? And if so, which of the three versions below is your favorite? The Velvet, floral print or pink one? Take the poll down below and let us know.

Style Battle - Combat Boots: Velvet or Floral or Pink?

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Image source(s): Wet Seal, Target, Amazon

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Copycat Math - Giuseppe Zanotti + Tom Ford = Mossimo "Sabrina"

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Image source(s): Jildor, Bergdorf Goodman, Target

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Copycat Math - Chanel Cap-Toe Espadrilles + Valentino Lace Espadrille Flats = Mossimo Rita Crochet Espadrilles

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Update: This post has been updated on January 24, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

While I never really warmed up to the wedge sneaker trend started by Isabel Marant, I must admit that I really liked Marant’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Especially the shoes! I even considered getting the studded “Caleen” booties pictured below, but since I can’t afford designer shoes full price, I had to wait until they went on sale and well, try getting size 9 Isabel Marant shoes on sale. Absolutely no luck for me this time!

Isabel Marant Caleen Studded Pull-On Ankle Boots in black

Isabel Marant Caleen Studded Pull-On Bootiesls
($890, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Isabel Marant

Celebs and style bloggers such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea), Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel have all been spotted wearing Isabel Marant Caleen Studded Pull-On Ankle Boots.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea), Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel wearing Isabel Marant Caleen Studded Pull-On Ankle Boots

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GoJane Studded Pointy Toe Western Booties

Update (01/24/2015): Discovered these cute Isabel Marant Caleen budget alernative booties at GoJane. Such a steal at only $12.10!

GoJane Studded Pointy Toe Western Booties in black, white and brown (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

GoJane Studded Pointy Toe Western Booties
($12.10, GoJane)

Alloy “Jerome” Studded Boots

Update (12/29/2013): Happened to stumble upon these cute Marant inspired studded cowboy booties at Alloy.

Alloy "Jerome" Studded Boots in white and chestnut (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Alloy “Jerome” Studded Bootsls
($14.99, Alloy)

Chicwish Stud Moto Boots

Update (11/29/2013): Still lusting after Marant’s fab studded booties? Well, here’s yet another dupe (found at Chicwish) and it’s selling for less than $60!

Chicwish Stud Moto Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Chicwish Stud Moto Boots
($59.42, Chicwish)

Steve Madden “AWSUM” Stud Ankle Boots

Update (11/29/2013): These studded ankle boots by Steve Madden may not be a dupe per se, but there’s definitely some Marant inspiration going on here. Available in black and taupe leather.

Steve Madden "AWSUM" Stud Ankle Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Steve Madden “AWSUM” Stud Ankle Bootsamazon
($49, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Heels.comcj, Steve Maddenls & Nordstromls.

Mossimo Supply Co. “Karis” Studded Ankle Boots

Update (11/29/2013): Also came across these studded boots by Mossimo Supply Co. which are more of a dupe of the Steve Madden booties above than of the original Marants, but since Madden copied Marant, you could say that therefore Mossimo Supply Co. copied Marant as well.

Mossimo Supply Co. "Karis" Studded Ankle Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Karis” Studded Ankle Boots
($34.99, Target)

ZiGi girl “Truffle” Studded Pull-On Booties

Update (10/02/2013): Just stumbled upon these Marant look-a-like booties by ZiGi girl and wanted to share them with you! They’re not an identical match, but obvioulsy are quite inspired by Isabel Marant’s Caleen boots.

ZiGi girl "Truffle" Studded Pull-On Booties in black and tan (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

ZiGi girl “Truffle” Studded Pull-On Bootiesls
($99.79, Nordstrom)

Jessica Buurman “KATHIE” Studded Concealed Wedge Heel Ankle Boots

Et voilà, check out these super fabulous Isabel Marant Caleen look-a-likes by Jessica Buurman! They are not a spot-on dupe of the Marant booties, but still close enough I think. $99 and available in either black or white.

Jessica Buurman "KATHIE" Studded Concealed Wedge Heel Ankle Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “KATHIE” Studded Concealed Wedge Heel Ankle Boots
($99, Jessica Buurman)

Choies Studded Western Boots

Another great Marant alternative are these studded boots by Choies. The shaft on these is slightly higher than on the designer originals, but overall they look pretty much alike! Available in black or white leather.

Choies Studded Western Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Choies Studded Western Boots
($115.99, Choies)

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