So this red suede platform pump by Steven by Steve Madden is the prettiest shoe I’ve seen in a while. The design may be simple, but it has all I love about a great shoe: a perfectly curved arch, a pretty heel, a stunning vivid color and the price ain’t too bad either. These pumps will look amazing when paired with an LBD, black skinnies or dark wash jeans. Ah, who am I kidding? These pumps will look amazing with everything and anything. Just try it!

Steven by Steve Madden "Spoiled" Suede Platform Pumps in red

Steven by Steve Madden “Spoiled” Suede Platform Pumpsls
($89.98, Steve Madden)


So can we first gush a little about the incredibly talented lady that is Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook?! Seriously, girl has got mad style & a very refined taste. Her outfits are always so well put together; never bland or boring. Case in point: this lovely striped outfit that instantly caught my eye. So I decided to recreate it on a more budget-friendly level. What do you think? Does it do Wendy’s style justice? I can’t believe she’s been style blogging only a little over a year. Such a pro already! Haven’t heard of Wendy yet? Then hop over to her blog and make sure to subscribe to her just as lovely channel on YouTube (she’s awesome at doing fashion-related videos, too!)

Red Stripes & Eyelash Sunnies @ Wendy's Lookbook

Outfit Pictures via Wendy’s Lookbook

Wendy’s Striped Look 4 Less

Style Blogger Look 4 Less - Scarlet :: Red Stripes & Eyelash Sunnies @ Wendy's Lookbook

Go Shopping:


As much as I love showing you avantgarde heels, sometimes you gotta go back to the roots – I just love how dressy and beautiful these classic red peep-toe pumps by Joan & David are! And that cute bow on the vamp? Kills it for me. Instant solemates! Too bad the price tag won’t let me find my way to my beautiful red solemate. Le sigh! But that’s what sales are for, right?

Joan & David Cutie Bow Peep-toe Pumps in red-patent

Joan & David “Cutie” Bow Peep-toe Pumpsamazon
($78.99, Amazon)

Image source(s): Zappos


Update: This post has been updated on July 20, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Red pumps – every woman should have at least one pair of red pumps in her closet. Slip them on and you’ll have an instantly sexed up outfit. This red patent Valentino bow peep-toe pump is one of the most lustworthy shoes I’ve seen in a while. I adore everything about it. The vibrant color, the heel and of course the cute big bow on the vamp. It’s a great mix between sexy (red color) and elegant (bow). If you opt for the original, it will set you back $745.

Valentino Bow d'Orsay Pumps in red-patent

Valentino Bow d’Orsay Pumpsls
($745, Nordstrom)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Cape Robbin “Cathy” Bow d’Orsay Pumps

Update (07/20/2015): Discovered these cute Valentino dupes by Cape Robbin today. Aren’t they just lovely? And currently on sale, too!

Cape Robbin "Cathy" Bow d'Orsay Pumps in nude, black, pink and white faux patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Cape Robbin “Cathy” Bow d’Orsay Pumpspjx
($20, ZooShoo)

Also available at Amazon #1amazon & Amazon #2amazon.

Jonathan Kayne “Bow” d’Orsay Pumps

Update (01/26/2012): Just came across another fabulous and budget-friendly Valentino knockoff by Jonathan Kayne. Available in 4 colors for $69.99 only!

Jonathan Kayne "Bow" d'Orsay Pumps in red, black, nude and pink patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Jonathan Kayne “Bow” d’Orsay Pumpsamazon
($69.99, Amazon)

Paris Hilton “Senorita” d’Orsay Pumps

Thanks to Paris Hilton and her copycat designer team you can now buy a very cute and super similar Valentino bow pump version for a wholet lot less. Don’t they look awesome for knockoffs? I’m kind of in love with them (mostly because of the stolen design and most importantly – the price). The Valentino look-a-likes are available in a bunch of different colors & uppers and will cost you $90.

Paris Hilton Senorita Bow d'Orsay Pumps (Valentino knockoffs)

Paris Hilton “Senorita” d’Orsay Pumps
($89.99, Zappos)

Image source(s): Nordstrom, Zulily, Shoebuy, Zappos


I’ve always been kind of obsessed with everything red and sparkly. I call it the Dorothy complex. What’s not to love about a glitzy heel in the epitome of all statement colors? You can wear the most boring outfit; throw on a pair of red pumps and voilà you’re the center of attention. These red crystal embellished pumps by Alexander McQueen are haunting me. As if I didn’t have enough shoe obsessions already! Truly tempting, but the price is more of a budget nightmare.

Alexander McQueen Crystal Embellished Platform Pumps in red

Alexander McQueen Crystal Embellished Peep-toe Pumpsls
($733.25, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Zappos & Alexander McQueen.

Gianni Bini “Marilyn” Studded Peep-Toe Pumps

Update (01/19/2012): Gianni Bini has a fairly similar pump. Available in red, black, white, ivory and blush satin.

Gianni Bini "Marilyn" Studded Peep-Toe Pumps in red satin (Alexander McQueen knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “Marilyn” Studded Peep-Toe Pumps
($79.99, Dillard’s)

Martinez Valero “Opal” Jeweled Peep-toe Pumps

Martinez Valero doesn’t have the biggest shoe portfolio, but oh boy does he deliver with the few styles he has in petto. Remember those gorgeous blue satin pumps à la Manolo Blahnik? Yeah, that was him and these gorgeous jeweled red peep-toe pumps are his newest creation. Not as delicate if compared to the real McQueen heels, but still a wonderful and budget-friendly alternative. There are only very few sizes left, but I just had to tell you about these gems.

Martinez Valero Opal Jeweled Platform Open-toe Pumps in red (Alexander McQueen knockoffs)

Martinez Valero “Opal” Jeweled Peep-toe Pumpsamazon
($164, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos & Nordstromls.

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