Mossimo

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 & 6pm.

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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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 $20! 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
($19.99, 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 $59.95 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
($59.95, 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 $43.49.

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

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals
($43.49, 6pm)

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

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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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UrbanOG Studded Pointy Toe Western Booties

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

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

UrbanOG Studded Pointy Toe Western Bootiespjx
($12.10, UrbanOG)

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 Bootscj
($59.98, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, 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. $99-129 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
($129, 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
($94.49, Choies)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 25, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Sometimes I really question my sanity. I will jump at the chance to buy and subsequently wear (all night long) a pair of 5 inch heels, however when it comes to bags I am much more comfort-conscious. I carry my Rebecca Minkoff cross-body purse more than any other bag in my closet, and it’s because it’s just so darn comfortable. I really love a cross-body bag because it distributes the weight of all your worldly possessions while simultaneously looking effortlessly chic. My new favorite bag to fall into this utopian category is the Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchel. God, it’s a beauty, isn’t it? I’m particularly lusting after the gray color Leighton Meester is carrying. Unfortunately this satchel retails for $1.995. Yes, folks, life is cruel.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchel in chestnut brown

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchells
($1.995, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusicon, Forward by Elyse Walkercj & Barneysls.

Celebrities Love Proenza Schouler

Mary-Kate Olsen, Kirsten Dunst, Leighton Meester, Nicky Hilton, Jessica Alba and Chloë Sevigny carrying a Proenza Schouler PS1 satchel bag

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Sole Society “Presley” Vegan Leather Messenger Bag

UPDATE (08/25/2014): Stumbled upon this Proenza Schouler PS1 inspired handbag at Sole Society today. It’s available in either black, red or brown faux leather.

Sole Society "Presley" Vegan Leather Messenger Bag in brown (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Sole Society “Presley” Vegan Leather Messenger Bagls
($59.95, Sole Society)

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchel

UPDATE (05/09/2014): Found these cute satchels at Forever 21 that instantly reminded me of the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag. Love all the different colors, too!

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchel (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchells
($27.80, Forever 21)

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote

UPDATE (02/02/2014): After a long time, I stumbled upon these fabulous Proenza Schouler PS1 dupes at Chicnova. These bags are made of nubuck leather, are currently on sale for $31.14 and also come in various other lovely colors. Make sure to sign up for the newsletter and you’ll get 20% off your first order at Chicnova.

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote
($31.14, Chicnova)

P.S.: Also available at Jessica Buurman.

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchel

UPDATE (09/29/2011): So I know this “steal” by Tylie Malibu is probably the most expensive designer look-a-like we’ve ever featured, but I just found it way too good to pass on it. The bag might be too pricey for most of us at $449, but it’s still $1.500 cheaper than the original PS1 so I guess it does qualify as a steal.

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchel in black (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchelamazon
($449, Amazon)

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years

UPDATE (07/24/2011): This PS1 knockoff by BagInc is one of the best look-a-likes I’ve seen yet. And it’s made of real leather, too. Love all the colors! Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% OFF your entire order!

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years
($92, BagInc)

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel

UPDATE (07/24/2011): Just came across another PS1 alternative by Vieta.

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel in cream and yellow (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchells
($81.95, Handbag Heaven)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Mossimo Messenger Bag

UPDATE (03/25/2011): Just stumbled upon the much buzzed about infamous PS1 knockoff by Mossimo. Available in black, cognac, mushroom and olive.

Mossimo Messenger Bag in cognac (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Mossimo Messenger Bag
($34.99, Target)

Pink Studio “Martine” Suede Satchel

UPDATE (07/24/2010): Check out this almost identical PS1 knockoff by Pink Studio. Isn’t it absolutely amazing?

Pink Studio "Martine" Suede Satchel in tan (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Pink Studio “Martine” Suede Satchel
($185, Baghaus)

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchel

UPDATE (05/14/2010): I just stumbled upon another ASOS PS1 inspired version and I think it looks absolutely amazing. The bags comes in black, nude, yellow, green, mink & black/brown, is made of real leather and although not every detail is spot-on the overall look & feel is very similar to the Proenza Schouler PS1 in my opinion.

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchel in nude & black (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchells
($109.49, ASOS)

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchel

But wait! What light through yonder window breaks? ASOS‘s Leather Twist Lock Satchel is not an exact copy of the Proenza Schouler bag but it is so similar in all the ways that count (I considered seeing that Shakespeare reference through to the bitter end but didn’t want to bore you). I love the buttery looking leather and of course the long cross-body strap. I am also quite fond of the rich tan color. I truly think this is an excellent “inspired by” satchel. Now if only it came in gray…

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchel in tan (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchells
($117.92, ASOS)

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