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Update: This post has been updated on January 9, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

If Schutz hasn’t been on your radar yet, I think these sultry-looking caged heels named “Juliana” are about to change that in a second. But let’s get the facts first: Schutz is a Brasil based footwear brand which has been around for 20 years now, but has only gained significant momentum in the last 3-4 years. Schutz’ success partly stems from the influx of fashion bloggers and famous Instagrammers wearing their shoes and “Juliana” seems to have been an especially popular shoe style of theirs (see picture collage below). You can often find designer-inspired styles in Schutz’ collections, but they always manage to infuse those inspired styles with the brand’s own unique aesthetic. I’m not sure whether “Juliana” is a designer-inspired style (if so, I couldn’t tell), but I absolutely adore it anyway! It’s such a sexy and flattering high heel and I just love the spider web-like, diamond-shaped cut-out design. Total shoe hotness! And while $190 isn’t a terribly expensive price for shoes (if you compare it to those of designer shoes, of course), there’s still room to save here, I think!

Schutz "Juliana" Caged Sandals in pink and black suede

Schutz “Juliana” Caged Sandals
($190, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Zappos, 6pm, Revolve, Nasty Galls, Farfetchls & Belk.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Schutz

Celebs such as Olivia Palermo and Rocky Barnes and personal style bloggers like Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Monica Awe-Etuk (Awed by Monica), Pam Hetlinger (The Girl from Panama) and Soraya C. Pena (Chic Flavours) have all been spotted wearing Schutz Juliana Caged Sandals.

Olivia Palermo, Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Rocky Barnes, Monica Awe-Etuk (Awed by Monica), Pam Hetlinger (The Girl from Panama) and Soraya C. Pena (Chic Flavours) wearing Schutz Juliana Caged Sandals

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Madden Girl “Sanity” Lattice High Heel Sandals

Update (01/09/2017): Browsed the internet for new shoes today and discovered these budget-friendly Schutz Juliana dupe heels by Madden Girl which come in either black or red and cost $44.99.

Madden Girl "Sanity" Lattice High Heel Sandals in red and black (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Madden Girl “Sanity” Lattice High Heel Sandals
($44.99, Journeys)

P.S.: Also available at eBay.

Madden Girl “Directt” Caged Sandals

Update (01/09/2017): Seems like Madden Girl liked the “Juliana” style so much, they came up with a second pair of dupes which has a lower and less flared high heel of 3.75″. Available in red, black and nude for under $40! Steal deal alert!

Madden Girl "Directt" Caged Sandals in red, black and nude (Schutz Juliana inspired)

Madden Girl “Directt” Caged Sandalsls
($39.99, Famous Footwear)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, ShoeMallls & Macy’s.

Express Caged Heeled Sandals

Update (04/30/2016): Found a white Schutz Juliana dupe today at Express for a super steal price of just $59.90. But hurry up, some sizes are already out of stock! Also available in black, nude and red.

Express Caged Heeled Sandals in white (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Express Caged Heeled Sandals
($59.90, Amazon)

Breckelle’s Sylvia-11 Caged Stiletto Sandals

Update (04/30/2016): Also spotted these colorful Schutz Juliana look-alikes by Breckelle’s which are a total steal with a price tag of just $24.95. Available in turquoise, blue, nude, pink, yellow and more colors.

Breckelle's Sylvia-11 Caged Stiletto Sandals in turquoise and blue faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Breckelle’s Sylvia-11 Caged Stiletto Sandals
($24.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at eBayeBay.

Vince Camuto “Kristana” Cage Cutout High Heel Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Found these beautiful Schutz Juliana look-alike heels by Vince Camuto today! The cutout pattern is slightly different on these, but the rest is pretty much spot-on identical to the real deal. And I’m so in love with the bright colors! Vince has also a kitten heel dupe available named “Paxtonamazon” for $70.90.

Vince Camuto "Kristana" Cage Cutout High Heel Sandals (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Vince Camuto “Kristana” Cage Cutout High Heel Sandalscj
($57.99, ShoeMetro)

P.S.: Also available at Vince Camutols, Amazonamazon & Nordstromls.

Mossimo “Kylea” Caged High Heels Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Then I spotted these lovely and super budget-friendly Schutz Juliana dupes by Mossimo. Only $24.48 (clearance price!), steal deal alert!

Mossimo "Kylea" Caged High Heels Sandals in nude and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Mossimo “Kylea” Caged High Heels Sandals
($24.48, Target)

Qupid Ara-71 Caged High Heels Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Also stumbled upon these spot-on Schutz look-alikes by Qupid.

Qupid Ara-71 Caged High Heels Sandals in pink and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Qupid Ara-71 Caged High Heels Sandalsamazon
($44, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ZooShoopjx.

Izabella Rue “Aleen” Caged Heel Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): How lovely are these Schutz Juliana look-alikes by Izabella Rue? I looooove the vivid green color and you can’t beat the price of $9.99 (VIP offer)!

Izabella Rue "Aleen" Caged Heel Sandals in green and black (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Izabella Rue “Aleen” Caged Heel Sandals
($9.99, ShoeDazzle)

Bamboo “Princess” Cutout High Heels Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Bamboo has also a sweet and budget-friendly Schutz Juliana inspired high heel sandal alternative. Available in pink or blue faux suede for $21.99 (sale price!).

Bamboo "Princess" Cutout High Heels Sandals in pink and blue faux suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Bamboo “Princess” Cutout High Heels Sandals
($22.99, Necessary Clothing)

Buffalo Caged Stiletto Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): A spot-on Schutz Juliana dupe is also available at Buffalo. Available in black and nude suede and snakeskin print leather.

Buffalo Caged Stiletto Sandals in nude and black suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Buffalo Caged Stiletto Sandals
(€129.90, Buffalo)

Tony Bianco “Aztec” Caged Stiletto Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Also discovered these caged heels by Tony Bianco which are a spot-on dupe of the Schutz sandals above. Also available in black and nude suede.

Tony Bianco "Aztec" Caged Stiletto Sandals in red suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Tony Bianco “Aztec” Caged Stiletto Sandals
($239.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic.

GoJane Latticed ‘N Laddered Strappy Heels

Update (11/11/2015): Stumbled upon these amazing and spot-on Schutz Juliana dupes at GoJane today. I loooove all the rad colors and the best part? These heels are currently on sale for a steal-worthy $20.51!

GoJane Latticed 'N Laddered Strappy Heels in yellow, pink and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

GoJane Latticed ‘N Laddered Strappy Heels
($20.51, GoJane)

P.S.: A similar version is available at Amazonamazon & ZooShoopjx.

Lipstik “Kimbah” Caged Sandals

Update (11/11/2015): Had to include these spot-on Schutz Juliana dupes by Lipstik for all our Australian readers. Available in nude or black for $89.95 AUD.

Lipstik "Kimbah" Caged Sandals in nude and black (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Lipstik “Kimbah” Caged Sandals
($89.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Steve Madden “Slithur” Caged High Heel Sandals

Let’s start with my favorite “Juliana” dupe which is by Steve Madden. The style is called “Slithur” and it looks exactly like the Schutz version, but costs $100 less. These beauties come in 10 different colors, my personal faves being the yellow, aqua blue and red. Make sure to also check out the “Viperls” (kitten heel version of “Slithur”, $109.95) and “Slithr-rls” (the rhinestoned version, $129.95).

Steve Madden "Slithur" Caged High Heel Sandals in pink and black suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Slithur” Caged High Heel Sandalsls
($89.95, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Amazonamazon, 6pm, Nordstromls, ShoeMallls, Shoebuyls, Jildor, Steve Madden (Canada)ls, ZooShoopjx, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Dune Londonls, Zalando, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Shiekh “Wanda World” Caged Sandals

If you’re not willing to commit to such a big financial investment, please take a look at these lovely Schutz “Juliana” look-alikes which I discovered at Shiekh. They have a few minor differences if compared to the real deal, but the overall look is still very similar and so incredibly sexy, too. They come in 6 different colors and uppers and you can make them yours for an affordable $16.99.

Shiekh "Wanda World" Caged Sandals in nude and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Shiekh “Wanda World” Caged Sandals
($16.99, Shiekh)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Office “Trance” Caged Heels

Of course, I haven’t forgotten about our European readers and shoe aficionados here! Ladies (and gentlemen?), may I kindly introduce you to “Trance” by Office, a spot-on dupe to the “Juliana” heel by Schutz. “Trance” is available in black, snakeskin, gold and silver and costs only £48!

Office "Trance" Caged High Heel Sandals (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Office “Trance” Caged Heels
(£48, Office)

Public Desire “Satine” Caged Heels

And lastly, another steal-worthy Schutz alternative which I have come across at UK footwear e-shop Public Desire. Their “Juliana” inspired version “Satine” isn’t quite as detailed and delicate as the real deal, but overall it’s the same look and a great look for less option, because these heels here are currently on sale for less than £10. “Satine” comes in 4 lovely colors: black, fuchsia, aqua blue and white faux suede. Worldwide shipping is available, by the way. Total steal deal alert, everyone!

Public Desire "Satine" Caged Heels in pink fuchsia and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Public Desire “Satine” Caged Heels
(£9.99, Public Desire)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Olivia Palermo, Rocky Barnes, Atlantic-Pacific, The Girl from Panama, Chic Flavours, Awed by Monica, Journeys, eBay, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Express, ShopAkira, Shiekh, Office, Public Desire, Tony Bianco, Target, GoJane, StyleTread, Vince Camuto, Zulily, Buffalo, ShoeDazzle

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Now that Christmas is only 2 days away I know you’re probably super busy shopping for last minute gifts (guilty as charged!), wrapping presents and finalizing your Christmas menu, but there’s always some time to appreciate a beautiful shoe, right? This red suede fringed block-heel beauty by Aquazzura might look familiar as we’ve featured its 4″ stiletto heel sibling in a previous Real vs. Steal post. But as much as we love a sky-high stiletto high-heel shoe, even the comfiest of them still isn’t comfy. Wearing high heels is painful, often exhausting, sometimes even downright dangerous (hello, cobblestone pavement!), so I’m super happy to see mid-heeled block-heels taking the wheel in the footwear trend scene right now. Because happy feet = happy me! And these Aquazzura sandals are a prime example that show that block-heeled shoes can look just as sexy and beautiful as their high-heeled counterparts. Too bad these beauties cost a whopping $785 though! Luckily, we’ve found a few budget-friendly alternatives that will give you the designer look for a fraction of the price.

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandals in red suede

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandalsls
($785, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Shopbop, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Selfridges, Luisaviaroma & Lane Crawfordls.

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals

May I introduce you to “Saige” by Athena Alexander? A gorgeous and spot-on Aquazurra Wild Thing City dupe available in either red, grey or black faux suede for $97.95. No need to spend $800 if you can have the exact same designer look for under $100, right?

Athena Alexander "Saige" Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals in red faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandalsamazon
($97.95, Amazon)

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

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals

My favorite Aquazzura Wild Thing alternative however is this one by Kaitlyn Pan. Why? Well, first off: it’s just as spot-on as the Athena Alexander version, but it is made of genuine suede and also costs $13 less ($84.99). Plus, the available colors (red, blue = my fave, tan and black) are absolutely gorgeous, too.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals in red (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandalsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy for non-US based customers.

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Amazon

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Update: This post has been updated on December 21, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I usually don’t deem flip flops dressy or fashionable, but as so often Chanel once again proves me wrong. How lovely do these PVC thong sandals look? I really like the classic color combo of black and ivory here and also the Camellia flower embellishment – Coco Chanel’s signature flower – which is such a nice way to dress up a pair of plain ole’ flip flops, don’t you agree? And how cute does the CC logo link look? Such a sweet little detail to add! I’m not sure how much these flip flops retail for, but I think it’s something around $550-$600. For a pair of PVC shoes! Yeah. Chanel ain’t for penny pinchers, people!

Chanel Camellia Flower Jelly Thong Sandals in black

Chanel Camellia Flower Jelly Thong Sandals
($225, The RealReal)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective.

Steve Madden “Jameston” Floral Flip Flop Thong Sandals

Update (12/21/2016): Spotted these Chanel inspired floral flips flops by Steve Madden today. They retail for $39.95 and come in either black or nude PVC.

Steve Madden "Jameston" Floral Flip Flop Thong Sandals in black and white (Chanel dupes)

Steve Madden “Jameston” Floral Flip Flop Thong Sandalsls
($39.95, Steve Madden)

Soft Jelly Camellia Flower Flip Flop Thong Sandals

Update (05/12/2015): Discovered these awesome and super affordable Chanel flip flop dupes at Amazon today. Available in either black or white for a steal price of $9.99!

Soft Jelly Camellia Flower Flip Flop Thong Sandals in black and white (Chanel knockoffs)

Soft Jelly Camellia Flower Flip Flop Thong Sandalsamazon
($9.99, Amazon)

Boram Flower Flip Flops

Update (08/13/2014): Not really a steal, but lovely none the less. Found these cute gems by Boram on eBay. What do you think?

Boram Flower Flip Flops in black and white (Chanel Camellia knockoffs)

Boram Flower Flip FlopseBay
($52, eBay)

Mel by Melissa Honey III Flip Flops

Update (03/19/2014): Found another set of flower-embellished flip flops that reminded me of the Chanel version above. This one’s by Mel by Melissa, it comes in various color combinations and retails for $39.99 (sale price!).

Mel by Melissa Honey III Flip Flops (Chanel Camellia knockoffs)

Mel by Melissa Honey III Flip Flops
($39.99, 6pm)

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

Capelli Flower-Embellished Flip Flops

Update (03/19/2014): And here’s another lovely and very budget-friendly Chanel inspired flip flop I came across today. These Capelli thong sandals are currently on sale for under $10 and come in either black/cream or cream/black.

Capelli Flower-Embellished Flip Flops in black and cream (Chanel Camellia knockoffs)

Capelli Flower-Embellished Flip Flopsamazon
($5.99, Amazon)

Nine West “Frizzell” Flower Flip Flops

Update (02/17/2014): The flower on these Nine West flip flops might not look quite as beautiful and delicate as on the Chanel ones, but they’re also only $49 and come in lovely colors such as white, yellow, coral and light blue.

Nine West "Frizzell" Flower Flip Flops in black and white (Chanel Camellia knockoffs)

Nine West “Frizzell” Flower Flip Flops
($49, Nine West)

Target Jelly Flower Flip Flops

Obviously, most of us can’t or won’t spend that kind of money on a pair of jelly shoes, but how about $13? Well, that’s more like it, right? Check out these thong sandals by Target which look very similar to Chanel’s Camellia flip flops. Of course, they are missing Chanel’s superb quality (and the cute gold CC-logo), but for $12.99 they’re a fab alternative to the pricey Chanel version.

Target Jelly Flower Flip Flop Sandals in black and ivory (Chanel Camellia knockoffs)

Target Jelly Flower Flip Flops
($12.99, Target)

Image source(s): Villandry Vintage, Steve Madden, Nine West, Amazon, Zappos, eBay, Target

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Update: This post has been updated on December 14, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

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 November 22, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I don’t know how they do it, but Yves Saint Laurent makes some of the most iconic shoes I’ve ever seen. Especially their “Tribute” collection is a hit among celebrities, fashion connoisseurs and us totally obsessed shoe freaks. I’ve loved the Tribute sandals from the first moment I saw them, but never got the chance to go for the real deal or snap up one of the various knockoffs (check!) back then when they were considered the “It” shoe of the year. My favorite Tribute sandal was the purple suede version with gold trimming, but the black patent version is of course more versatile.

YSL Tribute Platform T-Strap Sandals in black patent (Yves Saint Laurent)

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Platform Sandalsls
($895, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Harrodsls, Selfridges, Matches Fashionls & Luisaviaroma.

Celebrities Love YSL

Lucy Liu, Demi Lovato, Olivia Palermo, Hayden Panettiere and Kate Beckinsale wearing black patent YSL Tribute Platform Sandals

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Wild Pair “Kisme” Platform Patent Leather Sandals

Update (11/22/2016): Check out these super affordable YSL Tribute look-alike heels by Wild Pair! Aren’t they amazing? I guess they’re more likely supposed to be dupes of Steve Madden’s “Kananda” heels rather than the original YSLs as the brand has several other Steve Madden dupes in their collection, but since Madden’s “Kananda” is a pretty good dupe of the Tribute sandals itself, we’re not going to be petty here. They’re available in red, black and nude faux patent leather, cost $39.99 retail, but you can currently get 30% off shoes at Target with promo code “SHOES“. This would lower the price of these beauties down to a steal-worthy $28. But you better hurry, the offer expires 11/23/2016 at 11:59 PM PT.

Wild Pair "Kisme" Platform Patent Leather Sandals in black, red and nude (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute inspired)

Wild Pair “Kisme” Platform Patent Leather Sandals
($39.99, Target)

Dune “Maui” Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals

Update (11/22/2016): I also discovered another lovely YSL Tribute inspired sandal at Dune. “Maui” is a great alternative if you’re looking for the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute look without wanting a complete knock-off design. Available in black or nude patent for £95.

Dune "Maui" Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals in nude and black patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupes)

Dune “Maui” Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals
(£95, Dune)

Office “Nostalgia” Platform Heels

Update (07/06/2016): Spotted yet another almost spot-on Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupe at Office. Like Steve Madden’s “Kananda” version, this one too, is missing the t-strap on the front, but otherwise the design is so close to the real deal. Available in nude, red and black patent leather as well as gold or rosegold leather and black nubuck for affordable £65.

Office "Nostalgia" Platform Heels in nude patent and gold (YSL Tribute knockoffs)

Office “Nostalgia” Platform Heels
(£65, Office)

P.S.: Also available at House of Fraser, Amazon.co.ukamazon & Amazon.deamazon.

Fersengold “Paris” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (05/01/2016): Just stumbled upon these spot-on YSL Tribute look-alike heels by German shoe brand Fersengold which come in either nude or blue patent leather. I also like the Fendi influencels here with the gold f-letter plate on the platform. They’re not the budget-friendliest steal find at £175, but might be worth the investment if you’re looking for a high-quality YSL dupe.

Fersengold "Paris" T-Strap Platform Sandals in nude and blue patent (Saint Laurent YSL Tribute knockoffs)

Fersengold “Paris” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
(£147.83, Amazon.co.uk)

P.S.: Also available at Zalando, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Steve Madden “Kananda” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (01/20/2016): And here we are, almost 6 years after the last find, here we have yet another YSL Tribute look-alike by Steve Madden (minus the t-strap). And I think this one’s the best one yet! “Kananda” is available in various colors and uppers for $87.99 (sale price!).

Steve Madden "Kananda" T-Strap Platform Sandals in black and nude patent (Saint Laurent YSL Tribute dupes)

Steve Madden “Kananda” T-Strap Platform Sandals
($87.99, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Shoebuyls, Shoes.com, ShoeMallls, OnlineShoes.com, ZooShoopjx, Belk, Zalando & About You.

Formentini T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (01/20/2016): Also happened to come across these YSL Tribute inspired 4 inch heels by Formentini which are currently on sale for a super steal-worthy price of $39.90. Also available in a suede version.

Formentini T-Strap Platform Sandals in black and nude patent (Saint Laurent YSL Tribute dupes)

Formentini T-Strap Platform Sandals
($39.90, Bluefly)

JustFab “Lianca” T-Strap Sandals

Update (09/06/2012): After more than a year I was able to find yet another YSL Tribute sandal look-a-like. Check out these fabulous heels by JustFab for under $30!

JustFab "Lianca" T-Strap Sandals (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute knockoffs)

JustFab “Lianca” T-Strap Sandals
($24.99, JustFab)

rsvp “Evelyn” T-Strap Sandals

Update (05/02/2011): Here’s another great and almost identical YSL Tribute look-a-like coming from rsvp. The only noticeable difference is the lower heel. These come in black, fuchsia, red, nude, gold and silver patent. Apart from the black patent version all the other colors have been marked down to a super affordable $55.

rsvp "Evelyn" T-Strap Sandals in black patent (YSL Tribute knockoffs)

rsvp “Evelyn” T-Strap Sandals
($99, Zappos)

Steve Madden “DAARLING” T-Strap Sandals

Update (03/28/2010): Check out Steve Madden‘s second take on the Tribute sandal. Available in black, nude & natural patent, denim and leopard.

I still prefer the first one, but this heel has some major advantages. It is a) not sold out, b) cheaper and c) way easier to walk in because of the lower heel (the platform helps, too).

Steve Madden "DAARLING" T-Strap Sandals in black patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute knockoffs)

Steve Madden “DAARLING” T-Strap Sandalsls
($69.95, Steve Madden)

Steve Madden T-Bar Platform Sandals

Update (12/04/2009): Woohoo! You lucky gals. ASOS is now selling the Steve Madden sandals at the amazing price of £32 at their online outlet store. That is 60% OFF the original retail price! I bought these babies full price six months ago there and they look absolutely fantastic in person. So worth the price.

YSL lovers, today’s your lucky day! These Steve Madden platform sandals have completely sold out everywhere else, but ASOS has still a few of these fabtastic heels in limited sizes available. Be quick to order because this is the final sale and probably also your last chance for a great YSL Tribute knockoff of such great quality. I love mine so much! They are absolutely amazing looking for knockoffs and while £80 were certainly not cheap, I haven’t put a second thought whether or not to buy them and ordered straight away after they added my size. My tip: if your feet are slightly wider than average I suggest you go at least half a size up so your toes won’t get squished.

Steve Madden Black Patent T-Bar Platforms (YSL Tribute Platform Sandal knockoffs)

Steve Madden Patent T-Bar Platforms
(£32, ASOS)

Guess Trivan T-Strap Platform Sandals

There have been countless YSL Tribute sandal knockoffs, but only a handful of them were actually decent looking. These YSL look-a-likes by Guess are one of the best knockoffs which are still being sold. So if you haven’t got the chance to grab a knockoff back then, you can now catch up on this!

Guess Trivan T-Strap Platform Sandals in black patent (YSL Tribute Sandal knockoffs)

Guess Trivan T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($79.19, Amazon)

Gianni Bini Uptown Platform Sandals

If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, you’ll probably be happy with these Gianni Bini platforms. They are currently on sale for half the price being marked down from $98 to $49.99 and come in black or tan (my favorite!). But hurry, sizes are limited.

Gianni Bini Uptown black patent platform sandals (YSL Tribute Sandal knockoffs)

Gianni Bini Uptown Platform Sandals
($49.99, Dillard’s)

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