Pour La Victoire

Today we want to try a new feature here on InTheirCloset: »Splurge or Save?«. While doing our research for the Real vs. Steal posts, we often stumble upon very similar items that have varying price points, but are too close together by price to really fit into the Real vs. Steal section, so that’s why we came up with the »Splurge or Save?« category, where you can decide by poll whether you’d rather splurge or save on a certain item. And the first edition of »Splurge or Save?« starts off with pointy nude pumps and tan buckle sandals. The possible savings here add up to $175 for the nude pumps and $87 for the tan buckle sandals. What do you think? Which items would you save on and where would you go all out and rather splurge instead? Tell us in the comments!

Pour La Victoire "Celina" Block Heel Pumps vs. Steve Madden "Primpy" and Sam Edelman "Trina" Buckle Strap Sandals vs. Sam & Libby "Tina"

Nude Pumps: Splurge or Save?

Tan Buckle Sandals: Splurge or Save?

Now that you’ve seen the »Splurge or Save?« contenders, please cast your vote…

Nude Pumps: Splurge or Save?

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Image source(s): Shoes.com, Nordstrom, Sam Edelman, Target

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Update: This post has been updated on December 2, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

What a shame that these Christian Louboutin heels went mostly unnoticed by the fashion world and have only been worn by a handful of celebs. Personally, I think these deserve a lot more attention because they’re absolutely fabulous. “Crosspiga” features the same silhouette as Louboutin’s most iconic style, the “Pigalle“, but “Crosspiga” has an extra two thin straps crossing on the arch. What a sexy shoe, right? If I had the money to buy myself a pair of Loubies without having to worry about how to pay next month’s rent, I’d so get these…

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps in black

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumpsls
($795, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Emma Watson, Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Decker, Diane Kruger, Rihanna and Alessandra Ambrosio have all been spotted wearing the Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps.

Emma Watson, Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Decker and Diane Kruger wearing Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps

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Aldo “Newbrook” Crisscross Point-Toe Pumps

Update (12/02/2015): Found a lower heel (3.5″) version by Aldo which kind of reminded me of Louboutin’s “Crosspiga” heels. They’re available in black, red or gold leather and cost $54.99 (sale price!).

Aldo "Newbrook" Crisscross Point-Toe Pumps in red and black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga dupes)

Aldo “Newbrook” Crisscross Point-Toe Pumps
($54.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Aldo (US)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & The Iconic.

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/04/2015): Discovered these fantastic and almost spot-on Louboutin dupes by Pleaser today. Love the colors and looooove the price!

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumps in red, black and nude patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga knockoffs)

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($50.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls, BananaShoes, Overstock, eBayeBay, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

ASOS “Partial” Pointed High Heels

Update (06/24/2013): Another great alternative for the Crosspiga Louboutins are these crisscross pumps from ASOS. Also available in blue faux suede.

ASOS Partial Pointed High Heels in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga knockoffs)

ASOS “Partial” Pointed High Heels
($57.17, ASOS)

Nine West “Gee” Pointed Pumps

Update (05/26/2013): Just stumbled upon a fantastic CL Crosspiga look-a-like by Nine West! Absolutely in love with this heel. Available in black, nude, pink and white leather.

Nine West "Gee" Pointed Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Nine West “Gee” Pointed Pumps
($41.99, 6pm)

Pour La Victoire “Cheyenne” Strappy Pumps

However, I am not Mrs. Rockefeller and hence have to look for more budget-friendly options instead. Pour La Victoire‘s “Cheyenne” Pumps are a wonderful alternative that will give you the same Louboutin look for less than $140 (sale price!). The black patent pump is lovely and classic, but my personal favorite would have to be the delicate gold snakeskin version. So glamorous!

Pour La Victoire "Cheyenne" Strappy Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Pour La Victoire “Cheyenne” Strappy Pumpsamazon
($139, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Last Call by Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls & Shopbopcj.

Pleaser Milan-42 d’Orsay Pumps

A big thank you to our reader Lisah who gave us a heads-up about these Louboutin-like heels by Pleaser. Available for under $50 in black or black patent!

Pleaser Milan-42 d'Orsay Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Pleaser Milan-42 d’Orsay Pumpsamazon
($41.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls.

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Real vs. Steal – YSL Tribtoo Pumps

by Irina on April 18, 2015

Update: This post has been updated on April 18, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Every once in a while there comes a shoe that will stand out from the masses, a shoe that first becomes a trend and later will be considered iconic (think Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy LBD from Breakfast at Tiffany’s). The YSL Tribtoo / Trib Two / Tribute Two Pump has great potential to become a shoe legend. The highly coveted 5″ inch stiletto pumps are virtually sold out EVERYWHERE and their hefty price tag prevents them from being a realistic shoe dream for most of us not-rich-by-default fashionistas.

YSL Tribtoo Platform Pump (Yves Saint Laurent)

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Two Platform Pumpsls
($795, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Yves Saint Laurent

The YSL Tribtoo Pumps have been worn by like at least 2 dozen celebrities, from A-Listers to D-Listers. Almost anyone who’s rich and famous owns a pair. Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, Lucy Liu, Christina Aguilera, etc. The YSL Tribtoo Pump was probably the most worn shoe on the red carpet last year and there’s no end in sight for 2009.

Celebrities wearing YSL Tribtoo Platform Pumps

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Jessica Simpson “Rebeca” Platform Pumps

Update (04/18/2015): Here we go with yet another YSL Tribute Two look-a-like pumps. This time it’s a pump by Jessica Simpson. Available in many colors and uppers.

Jessica Simpson "Rebeca" Platform Pumps in black (YSL Tribute Two knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Rebeca” Platform Pumpsamazon
($58.80, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, 6pm, Heels.com, Shoebuyls & Herberger’sls.

ShoeDazzle “Zendaya” Platform Pumps

Update (03/08/2015): After an almost three year steal find hiatus, we managed to come across this perfectly looking YSL Tribute Two platform pump dupe by ShoeDazzle. So lovely, isn’t it?

ShoeDazzle "Zendaya" Platform Pumps in nude and black faux patent (YSL Tribute Two knockoffs)

ShoeDazzle “Zendaya” Platform Pumps
($9.99/$54.95, ShoeDazzle)

JustFab “Shalini” Platform Pumps

Update (11/14/2012): Just found this budget-friendly YSL Tribtoo look-a-like by JustFab. Also available in nude patent.

JustFab "Shalini" Platform Pumps in black patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo knockoffs)

JustFab “Shalini” Platform Pumpscj
($54.99, Heels.com)

Pour La Victoire “Zimmer” Platform Pumps

Update (05/30/2012): After quite a while Pour La Victoire decided to release a new great YSL Tribtoo alternative called the “Zimmer” pump which I sadly love a bit more than my namesake, the PLV “Irina” pump.

Pour La Victoire "Zimmer" Platform Pumps in black patent (YSL Trib Too knockoffs)

Pour La Victoire “Zimmer” Platform Pumpscj
($146.57, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & Heels.comcj.

Kelsi Dagger “Linzy” Platform Pumps

Update (10/15/2010): Well, well. Look at this. Kelsi Dagger is the lower-priced line of Pour La Victoire and doesn’t their “Linzy” pump look JUST like the PLV Irina? Only it costs half the price. I’ve been a great fan of the “Irina” pumps (obviously!), but the Kelsi Dagger Linzy is just as nice. And there are so many colors to choose from. Which one is your favorite? Personally, I want them ALL!

Kelsi Dagger "Linzy" Platform Pumps (YSL Tribtoo knockoffs)

Kelsi Dagger “Linzy” Platform Pumps
($93.59, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & 6pmcj.

Pour La Victoire “Irina” Platform Pumps

Update (07/12/2010): OK, so I might be slightly biased to call these Pour La Victoire platform pumps the best YSL Tribtoo knockoffs because of the name, but even though these here are more tamed I’m still over-the-moon in love with these lustworthy heels.

Pour La Victoire "Irina" Platform Pumps in black & taupe patent (YSL Tribtoo knockoffs)

Pour La Victoire “Irina” Platform Pumpsamazon
($245, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj, 6pmcj & Jildorcj.

Wet Seal Round Toe Platform Pumps

Update (01/12/2010): Found another YSL Tribtoo alternative by Wet Seal.

When I checked out the new arrivals on Wet Seal today I jumped out of my seat. They’ve added a pair of platform pumps that are so close to the YSL Tribtoos and cost only $24.50?! This must be DEAL OF THE MONTH or so. The pumps are currently available in black and pink and if I were you I’d snag both colors NOW because these heels will go fast.

Wet Seal Round Toe Platform Pumps in black (YSL Tribtoo knockoffs)

Wet Seal Round Toe Platform Pumps
($24.50, Wet Seal)

bebe “Liza” Leather Platform Pumps

Feast your eyes on these YSL knockoff darlings: bebe‘s Liza Leather Platform Pumps. This is probably the closest you’ll ever come to the real deal with a $149 budget. Huge knockoff crush potential! They are currently available in either black leather or patent tortoise shell, but on the website they are also pictured in off white, so I guess you’ll be able to order these in that color soon, too.

bebe Liza Platform Pumps in Black Leather (YSL Trib Two Pumps knockoffs)

bebe “Liza” Leather Platform Pumps
($149, bebe)

Office “LAST OF THE GIANTS” Pumps

European readers rejoice! British shoe retailer Office (confusing name, right?) is selling a stunning pair of YSL Tribtoo Pump knockoffs for £75 ($110 or 80€). The pumps look very well manufactured and are also available in brown/croc leather. P.S.: they also ship internationally!

Office Shoes Last of the Giants Pump (YSL Trib Two Pump knockoff)

Office “LAST OF THE GIANTS” Pumps
(£75, Office)

Gianni Bini “Desiree” Pumps

These YSL knockoffs were orginally spotted by a reader from The Look 4 Less. These pumps by Gianni Bini are a great alternative to the pricey YSL Tribtoos and come in either black patent or patent croc brown.

Gianni Bini Desiree Pumps (YSL Trib Two Pump knockoff)

Gianni Bini “Desiree” Pumps
($110, Dillard’s)

Steve Madden “FORTAY” Pumps

Steve Madden‘s “FORTAY” Pump is also a good alternative if you are lusting for an affordable YSL Tribtoo version that is not as extreme as the original.

Steve Madden FORTAY Pump (YSL Trib Two Pump knockoffs)

Steve Madden “FORTAY” Pumpsls
($149.95, Steve Madden)

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Update: This post has been updated on March 21, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you’ve never worn flats to work because they seem too informal, these pointy confections by Christian Louboutin may just be the anecdote. They are certainly among the most luxurious I’ve ever seen, and yet oddly familiar… like a pair that Holly Golightly might have pulled out from underneath the bed looking for her crocodile shoes in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Of course, although these are fantastic, perhaps you may want to check out the other options below if your budget doesn’t allow for such a large investment.

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pointed Flats in black patent

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pointed Flatsls
($595, Bergdorf Goodman)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Kate Walsh and Anne Hathaway wearing black patent Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pointed Flats

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Butter Shoes “Pointer” Pointed-Toe Flats

UPDATE (03/31/2015): Came across this lovely navy-colored Louboutin alternative by Butter Shoes. Also available in various other colors and uppers.

Butter Shoes "Pointer" Pointed-Toe Flats in navy patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Butter Shoes “Pointer” Pointed-Toe Flatspjx
($218, Shop the Shoe Box)

P.S.: Also available at Bluefly, Butter Shoespjx, SimplySoles, Lori’spjx, Pink Mascara, Gilt & Designs by Stephenels.

Ivanka Trump “Tizzy” Pointed-Toe Slip-On Flats

UPDATE (01/15/2015): Another spot-on Louboutin Pigalle Flat dupe spotted! Check out these chic flats by Ivanka Trump. So lovely, aren’t they?

Ivanka Trump "Tizzy" Pointed-Toe Flats in black and red patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Tizzy” Pointed-Toe Flatscj
($120, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Lori’spjx, Heels.comcj, Designs by Stephenels & 6pm.

BP. “Moveover” Pointed Toe Flats

UPDATE (04/13/2013): Found yet another great Louboutin alternative! Look at these fab pointed-toe flats by BP.! Only $49.95 and available in black, coral, blue and yellow patent.

BP. Moveover Pointed Toe Flats in black patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat look-a-likes)

BP. “Moveover” Pointed Toe Flatsls
($49.95, NORDSTROM)

VS Collection Pointed-Toe Flats

UPDATE (04/07/2013): Just came across another great Pigalle Flat look-a-like. Check out these pointed-toe flats by VS Collection. They cost $49 (sale price!) and are also available in various other uppers and prints!

VS Collection Pointed-Toe Patent Flats (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat look-a-likes)

VS Collection Pointed-Toe Flats
($49, Victoria’s Secret)

Ivanka Trump “Annulio” Pointed Flats

This lovely option by Ivanka Trump, is both ladylike and modern at the same time. Perfectly polished for work, and yet they have a little added flirtatiousness to them as well. If there ever was a pair of flats that could look fabulous with a skirt, it’s got to be these. The pointy toe will elongate your legs, while the small heel elevates the foot just enough to give you support, and not completely betraying you at the end of the day with cramped toes. Plus, the patent leather is very easy to maintain. These are currently available in black, coral, lime, burgundy, grey and nude patent leather as well as matte black leather.

Ivanka Trump "Annulio" Pointed Flats in black patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Annulio” Pointed Flatsamazon
($76.99, Amazon)

J.Crew “Viv” Pointed Patent Flats

Leave it to J.Crew to offer some spring-infused alternatives made from great quality soft leather, and sure to provide a comfortable fit. At $188, they are a little bit more expensive than your average department store option, but you’ll instantly feel the difference in the way these will mold to your feet. If you love wearing stylish flats, consider investing in a quality pair that you’ll keep reaching for year after year! Plus, choosing a bright shade like Kelly Green is a great way to update your favorite weekend skinny jeans.

J.Crew "Viv" Pointed Patent Flats (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

J.Crew “Viv” Pointed Patent Flatsls
($188, J.Crew)

Report “Gonzalez” Pointed Flats

If you like to have a pair of shoes on standby for those days where you can’t even fathom wearing any kind of heel, the answer is this pair by Report. Perhaps you might try this more matte version with some sleek black leggings and a sweater dress? I definitely love my heels, but this is one very convincing alternative; especially for when I need to look polished, but my toes require a vacation. This pair is available in black, chestnut or nude patent leather.

Report "Gonzalez" Pointed Flats in black patent (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Report “Gonzalez” Pointed Flatsamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

Pour La Victoire “Bre” Pointed Flats

If you loved the color choices above, check out even more bright options with this beautifully constructed version by Pour La Victoire. While the shape of the shoe does provide a more polished look, you can really have fun and modernize with a some color by combining a fuchsia pair with your classic gray suit. Wear them also with tailored pants, or tapered capris! And why not invite your pretty a-line and full skirts to the party too? Just make sure to keep those skirt hems above the knee for the most flattering silhouette (shoes pictured are available in various colors and uppers).

Pour La Victoire "Bre" Pointed Patent Leather Flats (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Flat knockoffs)

Pour La Victoire “Bre” Pointed Flatsamazon
($39.95, Amazon)

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Back in May, one of our readers emailed us in search of Emma Watson‘s stunning white column gown which she wore to the “Noah” UK Premiere in London in March.

Hi there,

I am trying to find Emma Watson’s dress that she wore to the UK premiere of Noah. I know it’s Ralph Lauren. But I can’t find it on his site. Any similar suggestions or where to buy it is of great help to me.

Thanks
Gail

As soon as I laid my eyes on Emma at this red carpet event, I was swept off my feet! She looked immaculate in her silky white column halterneck gown by Ralph Lauren and her Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch. Her dress was quite likely custom made, that’s why I tried to recreate Emma’s outfit for the girl on a budget. Hope you like my take on Emma’s look, Gail!

Emma Watson’s White Ralph Lauren Gown Look 4 Less

Emma Watson's White Ralph Lauren Gown Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who? Emma Watson
Where? UK Premiere of “Noah” in London, England
When? March 31, 2014
What? Ralph Lauren Halterneck Gownls, Jimmy Choo “Carmen” Clutch ($1.450), Jimmy Choo “Anouk” Pointed-Toe Pumpsls ($595)

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