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Real vs. Steal – Acne Pistol Boots

by Irina on December 29, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on December 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Acne‘s “Pistol” ankle boot is pretty much the “It” shoe of the fashion blogosphere because it’s either in every style blogger’s wardrobe or at least on their wish list. Apparently the appeal is partly due to the fact that Acne makes great quality footwear and most bloggers say they were totally worth the investment. At first I didn’t really see why these simple boots were so highly coveted, but the more I look at them the more I start to like them.

Acne Pistol Short Boots in black

Acne Pistol Short Ankle Bootsls
($570, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Shopbop, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Acne Studios, S|Sense, Elizabeth Charles, MyTheresa, Matchesls, Selfridges, Blue & Cream, La Garçonne, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

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Old Navy Faux-Leather Side-Zip Boots

Update (12/29/2016): I was browsing through Old Navy‘s latest arrivals today and discovered these fab Acne Pistol look-alike booties! The tan faux leather version is even currently on sale for $24! Steal deal alert!

Old Navy Faux-Leather Side-Zip Boots (Acne Studios Pistol dupes)

Old Navy Faux-Leather Side-Zip Boots
($24, Old Navy)

Lipstik “Middle” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (05/09/2016): And another spot-on Acne Pistol dupe boot joins the list! By Lipstik.

Lipstik "Middle" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Studios Pistol knockoffs)

Lipstik “Middle” Zip Ankle Boots
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Fashion Focus Palma-3 Tassel Double Side Zip Dress Ankle Booties

Update (11/02/2015): Spotted another lovely and super budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot alternative today! By Fashion Focus, available in black, brown and cognac faux leather and currently on sale for $32.99.

Fashion Focus Palma-3 Tassel Double Side Zip Dress Ankle Booties in black (Acne Pistol Short knockoffs)

Fashion Focus Palma-3 Tassel Double Side Zip Dress Ankle Bootiesamazon
($32.99, Amazon)

Mollini “Matcher” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (11/02/2015): Also stumbled upon these awesome Australian Acne Pistol look-alikes by Mollini. I’m absolutely obsessed with the gorgeous nude version! L.O.V.E.

Mollini "Matcher" Zip Ankle Boots in black and nude (Acne Pistol dupes)

Mollini “Matcher” Zip Ankle Boots
($199.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Sole Society “Ines” Zipper Ankle Booties

Update (09/12/2015): Discovered another great Acne Pistol boot dupe today! Check out this cool zipper bootie by Sole Society. Available in 3 colors for $99.95.

Sole Society "Ines" Zipper Ankle Booties in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Sole Society “Ines” Zipper Ankle Bootiesls
($99.95, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at Sole Society.

Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties

Update (07/22/2015): Great news everyone! Forever 21‘s fantastic and wallet-friendly Acne Pistol boot dupes have finally been restocked! Get them for $27.90 in either black, brown or wine faux leather.

Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties
($27.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK) & Forever 21 (EU).

Sixtyseven “Nange” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (07/20/2015): Also happened to dig up these cool Acne Pistol look-alikes by Sixtyseven! They’re mostly available in Europe, so all European Acne fans rejoice! Also available in other colors.

Sixtyseven "Nange" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Sixtyseven “Nange” Zip Ankle Bootsamazon
(£119.95, Amazon.co.uk)

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

Dune “Platter” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (08/08/2014): Is it possible to be more on point with the design than Dune‘s “Platter” boots? I highly doubt so. It’s unbelievably close to the real Acne Pistol boots, don’t you agree? I can’t comment on their quality, but the almost identical design is definitely stunning and so is the budget-friendly price ($70.99!). Available in either black or brown leather.

Dune "Platter" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Dune “Platter” Zip Ankle Boots
($70.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, ASOS, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Spartoo & eBay.

Selected Femme “Carla” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (05/30/2014): Found another Acne Pistol boot dupe! Check out these fab booties by Selected Femme.

Selected Femme "Carla" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Selected Femme “Carla” Zip Ankle Bootsamazon
(£109.95, Amazon.co.uk)

Tony Bianco “Alexa” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (02/17/2014): Happened to come across this super amazing and almost identical Acne Pistol boot dupe by Tony Bianco! Not exactly a steal at $189.95 AUD, but so close to the real deal!

Tony Bianco "Alexa" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Alexa” Zip Ankle Boots
($189.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Spurr “Kerrie” Tassel Ankle Boots

Update (02/17/2014): Also discovered this lovely and very affordable Acne Pistol boot dupe by Spurr. Available in black, tan and grey.

Spurr "Kerrie" Tassel Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Spurr “Kerrie” Tassel Ankle Boots
($49.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Therapy “Fidel” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (02/17/2014): And here’s yet another lovely and very budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot alternative! These boots from Therapy retail for a light $49.95 AUD and come in either black, grey and tan.

Therapy "Fidel" Zip Ankle Boots in black and tan (Acne Pistol Short knockoffs)

Therapy “Fidel” Zip Ankle Boots
($59.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Topshop “ANGEL” Leather Heeled Boots

Update (01/19/2014): Accidentally came across these zip ankle boots by Topshop today and they instantly reminded me of the iconic Acne Pistol boots. The heel on these here is higher, but that can’t be a bad thing, right? Also available in black suede and brown leather.

Topshop "ANGEL" Leather Heeled Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Topshop “ANGEL” Leather Heeled Boots
($160, Topshop)

Express Outside Zip Ankle Booties

Update (03/08/2013): Stumbled upon these budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot look-a-likes by Express. Only $41.93!

Express Outside Zip Ankle Booties in black (Acne Pistol look-a-likes)

Express Outside Zip Ankle Booties
($41.93, Express)

Steve Madden “Partenon” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (02/22/2013): And here we go with yet another perfectly good-looking Acne Pistol boot look-a-like by Steve Madden. Love, love, love these booties (and the price ain’t too bad as well)! Also available in brown leather.

Steve Madden "Partenon" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol look-a-likes)

Steve Madden “Partenon” Zip Ankle Bootsamazon
($65, Amazon)

Dixie “Gobi” Tasseled Booties

Update (02/22/2013): Found this amazingly similar Acne Pistol altnerative by Dixie at Nelly. So close to the original, don’t you agree?

Dixie "Gobi" Tasseled Booties in black (Acne Pistol look-a-likes)

Dixie “Gobi” Tasseled Bootiesamazon
(£159.95, Amazon.co.uk)

Forever 21 Tasseled Zip Booties

Update (10/09/2012): Forever 21 has a great and budget-friendly Acne Pistol look-a-like for $32.80 available in either black or tan faux leather.

Forever 21 Tasseled Zip Booties in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Forever 21 Tasseled Zip Booties
($32.80, Forever 21)

Enzo Angiolini “Elysian” Ankle Boots

Update (10/09/2012): Here’s a great suede alternative if you’re looking for the Acne Pistol look 4 less. These Enzo Angiolini booties look absolutely amazing, I especially love the red suede version.

Enzo Angiolini "Elysian" Ankle Boots in black suede (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Enzo Angiolini “Elysian” Ankle Bootsamazon
($70, Amazon)

Chelsea Crew “Hull” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (09/29/2012): Good news! Another fabulous and budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot knockoff has popped up. Check out these zip booties by Chelsea Crew. Also available in olive green and beige faux snake.

Chelsea Crew "Hull" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Chelsea Crew “Hull” Zip Ankle Bootsamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

Topshop “MIGHTY” Leather Zip Boots

Update (07/20/2012): Phew! This is the 20th Acne Pistol boot look-a-like we have listed here in this Real vs. Steal post. These Topshop booties look strangely identical with the “AMBUSH” ones found below which were one of the first Acne Pistol knockoffs to pop up only the “MIGHTY” boots are only $90 instead of $150. Yay for that!

Topshop "MIGHTY" Leather Zip Boots in black (Acne Pistol Short knockoffs)

Topshop “MIGHTY” Leather Zip Boots
($90, Topshop)

Office “Dusk Till Dawn” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (06/24/2012): And here we go again with yet another Acne Pistol boot look-a-like by Office. Available in black or brown leather.

Office "Dusk Till Dawn" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Office “Dusk Till Dawn” Zip Ankle Boots
(£80, Office)

Blink “Maraa” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (06/24/2012): Acne Pistol boot fangirls can now get their budget-friendly boot fix from Blink.

Blink Maraa Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Blink “Maraa” Zip Ankle Boots
($69.99, Zappos)

ZiGiny “Creative” Booties

Update (05/04/2012): And here’s yet another fab Acne Pistol look-a-like. These faux leather booties by ZiGiny are a great alternative if you’re on a tight budget.

ZiGiny "Creative" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Creative” Bootiesamazon
($59.96, Amazon)

Steven by Steve Madden “PARADOXX” Ankle Boots

Update (03/07/2012): The Holy Grail has been found! Finally! I really don’t think you’ll find a better Acne Pistol boot look-a-like than these almost identical Steven by Steve Madden zip ankle boots. I even hyperventilated a little when I first saw them on the Steve Madden website. You better make your order ASAP because I’m 100% certain these are going to sell out quickly.

Steven by Steve Madden "PARADOXX" Ankle Boots in black and cognac (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “PARADOXX” Ankle Bootsamazon
($44.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMallls, Nordstrom & Steve Maddenls.

Dorothy Perkins Zip Ankle Boots

Update (12/15/2011): Another chic British Acne look-a-like by Dorothy Perkins. Available in black or tan faux leather.

Dorothy Perkins Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Dorothy Perkins Zip Ankle Boots
(£20, Dorothy Perkins)

BP. “Trolley” Ankle Boots

Update (12/05/2011): One of our readers, JRD, found this super similar Pistol boot look-a-like by BP. which costs a little under $85 (sale price!) and is available in various colors and uppers. Thanks for the great find, JRD!

BP. "Trolley" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

BP. “Trolley” Ankle Bootsls
($84.90, Nordstrom)

Just Sheepskin “Nikita” Zip Ankle Boots

Update (12/01/2011): And here we go again! The next Pistol knockoff is kindly presented to you by Just Sheepskin for the sweet price of £70! Available in black and brown.

Just Sheepskin "Nikita" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Just Sheepskin “Nikita” Zip Ankle Boots
(£70, Office)

Aldo “Crisson” Ankle Boots

Update (11/15/2011): A big thank you to ITC reader horangi113 for letting us know about yet another great Acne Pistol knockoff. This one’s by Aldo and it comes in black or beige.

Aldo "Crisson" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Aldo “Crisson” Ankle Bootsls
($45.49, Aldo)

Dolce Vita “Jax” Booties

Update (11/15/2011): Woohoo, found another fantastic though slightly pricey Acne boot alternative. These Dolce Vita tassel booties come in either black, brown or cognac. They’re selling pretty quick, so you better hurry if you fancy this boot style. P.S.: I bought these booties recently and now am pretty much wearing them to death! Big shoe love here!

Dolce Vita "Jax" Booties in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Dolce Vita “Jax” Bootiesamazon
($120.29, Amazon)

Topshop “AMBUSH” Side Zip Boots

Thank Topshop for bringing Acne to the masses. Their Pistol boot look-a-like is almost just as fabulous as the original and I’m currently debating whether I should try these boots myself to see if they can become my go-to ankle boots for this Fall and Winter. Also check out the other colors and variations of the “AMBUSH” boots.

Topshop "AMBUSH" Side Zip Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Topshop “AMBUSH” Side Zip Boots
($150, Topshop)

Bronx “E Lusion” Ankle Boots

If you’re willing to spend a bit more Bronx also has a really great Acne Pistol boot look-a-like for a little less than $100.

Bronx "E Lusion" Ankle Boots in black (Acne Pistol knockoffs)

Bronx “E Lusion” Ankle Bootsamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on July 20, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Great flats are hard to find. Especially ones that will look chic even with work attire. These ballerinas by Valentino are perfect to wear with chic cigarette pants to the office and look just as fantastic with leggings and a tunic on the weekend. The studs give them a little bit of a vampy edge while the color makes fair-skinned legs look longer. There is even a tiny hint of a heel to balance them out and provide an extra bit of polish. But even though they are quite gorgeous, they are also a little too expensive for everyday flats. The concept is not completely lost though; there are at least a couple inspired-by versions out there for way less. Keep scrolling down for more tips and info on where to find them!

Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats in nude patent

Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flatsls
($745, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Harrods, MyTheresa, Selfridges, Net-A-Porterls & David Jonesls.

Whitney Port Loves Valentino

Whitney Port wearing black Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats

Dame Rose Studded Patent Ballet Flats

Update (11/28/2016): Just discovered these Valentino Rockstud deadringers by Dame Rose. They’re spot-on and currently on sale for $73. And since today is Cyber Monday you can get an extra 25% off at Yoox which would lower the price down to a very budget-friendly $55. But hurry, only few sizes are left!

Dame Rose Studded Patent Ballet Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Dame Rose Studded Patent Ballet Flats
($73, Yoox)

SheIn Pointed Toe Studded Flats

Update (07/20/2016): Spotted another very pretty and very budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud alternative today! Available at SheIn in either black, white rose or hot pink faux patent leather for $23.99! Yay to this steal deal!

SheIn Pointed Toe Studded Flats in patent faux leather (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

SheIn Pointed Toe Studded Flats
($23.99, SheIn)

P.S.: Also available at Romwe.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Ballerina Leather Flats

Update (02/19/2016): Well, hello there, super mega perfect Valentino Rockstud dupes! Kaitlyn Pan strikes again. Absolutely adore these spot-on genuine leather ballet flats which are currently on sale for under $100 which I think is a fair price for this kind of quality shoe! Also available in various other colors and uppers.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Ballerina Leather Flats in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Ballerina Leather Flatsamazon
($99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy (alternative buying platform for non-US based buyers).

INC International Concepts “Zabbie” Pointed-Toe Flats

Update (02/19/2016): These studded flats by INC International Concepts offer the Valentino look without being an identical knock-off. Available in black or nude for a little over $60 (sale price!).

INC International Concepts "Zabbie" Pointed-Toe Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

INC International Concepts “Zabbie” Pointed-Toe Flats
($62.65, Macy’s)

Roberto Festa 6005 Pointed Toe Studded Flats

Update (02/19/2016): Also spotted these amazing Valentino inspired Italian flats by Roberto Festa. At $298 they are everything but a steal (now on sale for $149!), but they are almost $450 $596 cheaper than the real deal and they’re made in Italy afterall, so the quality should be superb. Also available in other colors (Yoox).

Roberto Festa Pointed Toe Studded Flats in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Roberto Festa 6005 Pointed Toe Studded Flatscj
($149, Footnotes)

P.S.: Also available at Jildor & Yoox.

Skechers “Cleo” Studded Ballet Flats

Update (02/19/2016): A more rounded Valentino Rockstud inspired alternative is available by Skechers for under $40.

Skechers "Cleo" Studded Ballet Flats in black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Skechers “Cleo” Studded Ballet Flatsls
($37.95, Shoebuy)

Bongo “MaryKate” Studded Ballet Flats

Update (08/08/2015): OMG! I just spotted these cute Valentino Rockstud ballet flat dupes by Bongo and went almost hysteric when I saw the price. $14.99, people! I think this has to be our cheapest steal find yet. Better snap them up quick, all sizes are still available as I am writing this.

Bongo "MaryKate" Studded Ballet Flats in black and red faux patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Bongo “MaryKate” Studded Ballet Flats
($14.99, Kmart)

Spurr “Bambi” Studded Ballet Flats

Update (08/08/2015): Also discovered these super spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Spurr which come in either nude or black faux patent and retail for $39.95 AUD.

Spurr "Bambi" Studded Ballet Flats in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Spurr “Bambi” Studded Ballet Flats
($39.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Steve Madden “Lansingg” Studded Point-Toe Flats

Update (06/28/2015): Spotted a Valentino inspired studded flat at Steve Madden today. Available in either black or nude shiny faux leather for $69.99.

Steve Madden "Lansingg" Studded Point-Toe Flats in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Lansingg” Studded Point-Toe Flatsls
($69.99, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

Billini “Crush” Pyramid Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats

Update (05/22/2015): More Valentino Rockstud flat look-alikes! Aren’t these pointy studded flats by Billini absolutely amazing and spot-on? And the price seems to be reasonable as well. Love!

Billini "Crush" Pyramid Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats in black, nude and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Billini “Crush” Pyramid Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats
($79.95 AUD, The Iconic)

P.S.: Also available at Wanted Shoes.

Pink Inc “Bishop” Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats

Update (05/22/2015): Another lovely Rockstud dupe are these flats by Pink Inc. They’re made of genuine leather and hence are more expensive compared to the faux leather Valentino dupes.

Pink Inc "Bishop" Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Pink Inc “Bishop” Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats
($169.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Diavolina “Miranda” Pyramid Studded Pointed Flats

Update (05/19/2015): Stumbled upon these spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Diavolina today. Available in various colors for $119.97 AUD.

Diavolina "Miranda" Pyramid Studded Pointed Ballet Flats in black, nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Diavolina “Miranda” Pyramid Studded Pointed Flats
($119.97 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic & eBayeBay.

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats

Update (04/12/2015): Discovered these fab and spot-on Valentino Rockstud flat look-alikes by Wild Diva Lounge today and instantly had to share them with you.

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats in nude, black and yellow faux patent leather (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats
($15.99, Shiekh)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, eBayeBay, Amazon #2amazon & GoJane.

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats

Update (01/06/2015): Here’s another set of lovely pastel-colored Valentino Rockstud dupes by Fanyo for under $20.

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats in pink, mint, black and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats
($19.71, YesStyle)

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Flats

Update (01/06/2015): Discovered these fun-colored and super affordable Valentino Rockstud look-alike flats at Charlotte Russe.

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Flats in neon pink, neon yellow, nude and black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Flats
($12.99, Charlotte Russe)

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats

Update (09/21/2014): Stumbled upon these cute and super budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud ballet flat dupes at GoJane today. Available in various colors for $20! Yay!

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats in nude and black (Valetino Rockstud knockoffs)

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats
($20.70, GoJane)

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats

Update (08/15/2013): Check out these Valentino Rockstud dupes by Ken up which are currently on sale for $38.17 and come in either nude or light blue PU leather.

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats in nude and baby blue patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats
($38.17, Chicwish)

Sole Society “Martine” Stud Detail Flats

Update (04/13/2013): Just stumbled upon these cute and budget-friendly Valentino look-a-likes by Sole Society! Aren’t they lovely? Also available in snakeskin.

Sole Society "Martine" Stud Detail Flats in black and burgundy patent (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Sole Society “Martine” Stud Detail Flats
($49.95, Sole Society)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats

Update (03/27/2013): Forever 21 have also great Valentino Rockstud flat alternatives which come in 3 different colors. Only $24.80!

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats
($24.80, Forever 21)

Nine West “Surrender” Studded Flats

Update (12/27/2012): Just came across these fab Valentino inspired flats by Nine West.

Nine West "Surrender" Studded Flats in red and black (Valentino knockoffs)

Nine West “Surrender” Studded Flats
($39.99, Nine West)

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flats

This first version by C Label has the same studs as the original as well as the beautiful overall shape and construction. The small difference is their slightly higher heel which I love because even though flats are phenomenal for long days on your feet, that extra half inch goes a long way. But that definitely wouldn’t change how you’d wear them; they would still be perfect with skinny or tailored boot cut trousers and a feminine blouse for work. Just throw on a colorful cardigan and instantly feel inspired by a fresh new take on a little 1950’s glamour.

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flatsamazon
($11.99, Amazon)

GoJane Studded Flats

The second option we found is from GoJane, and at under $25 for the pair, you can be sure you’re getting a steal. This style works especially well when worn with jeans and a tee for running errands or grabbing brunch or coffee over the weekend with friends. The cut of the shoe is the exactly same as the designer version, the only difference is the hardware and studs, which are more modest in design. But while the other styles might be dressier, these still look sharp and classic; plus your feet will thank you for giving them a day of rest once in a while.

GoJane Studded Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

GoJane Studded Flats
($23.40, GoJane)

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Update: This post has been updated on October 17, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

It seems like Aquazzura is currently the blogger brand of the moment. With their lace-up shoe designs they managed to gain quite some momentum among the fashion blogosphere as you can see by how many fabulous personal style bloggers haven been flaunting Aquazzura in the picture below. The “Christy” flats seem to be especially popular (right along the just as coveted “Belgravials” flats which we’ll be featuring in a Real vs. Steal post soon as well). I think it’s the elegant pointed-toe and the delicate lace-up detailing that makes these flats so feminine and lustworthy to so many ladies. And which woman doesn’t long for a break from high heels from time to time? Luckily, we were able to come up with a few fantastic and budget-friendly alternatives, so you don’t have to spend a fortune if you don’t feel like it to achieve the Aquazzura designer look.

Aquazzura Christy Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and gold

Aquazzura Christy Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flatsls
($675, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Shopbop, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Moda Operandils, Lane Crawford, Selfridges, Harrodsls, Farfetchls, MyTheresa & Matches Fashionls.

Style Bloggers Love Aquazzura

Personal style bloggers such as Julie from Sincerely Jules, Emily from The Glam Files, Lucy from Fashion Me Now and Lisa from Mind Body Swag have all been spotted wearing Aquazzura Christy Lace-Up Flats.

Personal Style Bloggers wearing Aquazzura Christy Lace-Up Flats

Who wore Aquazzura best?

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Old Navy Pointy Lace-Up Flats

Update (10/17/2016): Spotted these cute pointy lace-up flats at Old Navy today and they instantly reminded me of Aquazzura’s Christy Flats. Did I mention they’re $26.94 only? Steal deal alert!

Old Navy Pointy Lace-Up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Old Navy Pointy Lace-Up Flats
($26.94, Old Navy)

GuiltySoles “Max” Lace-Up Flats

Update (07/18/2016): Just stumbled upon these spot-on and super budget-friendly Christy look-alike flats at GuiltySoles which is a membership site for shoes. The flats come in 4 colors: black, nude, brown and grey faux leather and cost either $29.95 or $69.95 based on whether you’re a GuiltySoles member or not (there’s a free membership model available where you get your first item for $29.95 + $9.95 shipping or you choose the VIP package and get all shoes for $29.95 including free shipping for an annual fee of $49.95).

GuiltySoles "Max" Lace-Up Flats in black faux leather (Aquazzura Christy dupe)

GuiltySoles “Max” Lace-Up Flatspjx
($29.95, GuiltySoles)

Massimo Matteo Lace-Up Flats

Update (03/07/2016): So these Massimo Matteo lace-up flats are hands down THE BEST Aquazzura Christy look-alikes EVERRRRR! I mean, just look at them! Genuine leather, made in Italy (!) and absolutely spot-on to the real deal! And all that goodness can be yours for just $145 (compared to $675 for the Aquazzura version)! AHHH-mazing! Also, did I mention these come in 4 colors? Black, red, nude and navy leather and I’m obsessed with every one of them. Better get these quick, ladies, because these babies will be gone in no time!

Massimo Matteo Lace-Up Flats in black and red gold (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Massimo Matteo Lace-Up Flats
($145, Zappos)

Saks Fifth Avenue “Estyn” Lace-Up Leather Point Toe Flats

Update (03/07/2016): Favorite steal deal alert, everyone! Check out these super fabulous lace-up flats by Saks Fifth Avenue which are a great Aquazzura Christy alternative. These beauties come in either black or nude leather and the best thing? They’re currently 50% off and cost $60. For genuine leather, this is a top notch price and I am certain these won’t take long to sell out.

Saks Fifth Avenue "Estyn" Lace-Up Leather Point Toe Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Saks Fifth Avenue “Estyn” Lace-Up Leather Point Toe Flatsls
($59.99, Saks Off 5th)

Chelsea + Zoe “Alpha” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (03/06/2016): Spotted another fab Aquazzura Christy dupe! This one’s by Chelsea + Zoe and it’s vailable in black, nude and red faux leather for $59.99.

Chelsea + Zoe "Alpha" Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Chelsea + Zoe “Alpha” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flatsls
($54.99, Kohl’s)

GC Shoes “It Girl” Lace-Up Skimmer Flats

Update (03/06/2016): Also discovered these cute and budget-friendly lace-up flats by GC Shoes which cost less than $20 (clearance price!) and come in either black, nude or python print.

GC Shoes "It Girl" Lace-Up Skimmer Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

GC Shoes “It Girl” Lace-Up Skimmer Flats
($19.99, JCPenney)

Aldo “Alize” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats

Update (02/19/2016): Aldo has come up with another Aquazzura inspired pointy lace-up flat that looks just gorgeous. Love both colors!

Aldo "Alize" Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Aldo “Alize” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flatsls
($34.98, Aldo)

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

Spurr “Blakely” Lace-Up Pointy Toe Flats

Update (02/19/2016): Also discovered these spot-on Aquazzura Christy dupes by Spurr and the black version is currently on sale for under $20 AUD. Steal deal alert!

Spurr "Blakely" Lace-Up Pointy Toe Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Spurr “Blakely” Lace-Up Pointy Toe Flats
($19.98 AUD, The Iconic)

Steve Madden “Lecrew” Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flats

Update (01/20/2016): Steve Madden has recently released the “Lecrew” flat in various new colors and uppers including these lovely black and nude versions below. Love! Price: $69.95.

Steve Madden "Lecrew" Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Steve Madden “Lecrew” Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flatsls
($69.95, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

M. Gemi “Brezza” Pointed-Toe Lace-up Flats

Update (12/18/2015): OMG! Just spotted these almost spot-on, handcrafted “Made in Italy” Aquazzura look-alikes by M. Gemi which are an amazing alternative to the pricey real deal above. “Brezza” is available with either a leather or suede upper (black, nude, luggage, raspberry pink and blue) for $248. So in love with these beauties!

M. Gemi "Brezza" Pointed-Toe Lace-up Flats (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

M. Gemi “Brezza” Pointed-Toe Lace-up Flatsls
($248, M. Gemi)

Halogen “Owen” Pointy Toe Ghillie Flats

Update (12/18/2015): Another recent discoverey of mine are these fab and budget-friendly lace-up flats by Halogen. They strongly remind me of Aquazzura’s Christy, but are on sale for less than $70. Available in black, nude and bone snakeprint leather.

Halogen "Owen" Pointy Toe Ghillie Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Halogen “Owen” Pointy Toe Ghillie Flatsls
($69.90, Nordstrom)

Steve Madden “Eleanorr” Lace-Up Pointed Ballet Flats

Update (12/18/2015): Steve Madden has also brought out a second Aquazzura inspired lace-up pointy ballet flat. This one’s available in black, taupe or dusty blue leather.

Steve Madden "Eleanorr" Lace-Up Pointed Ballet Flats in black suede (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Steve Madden “Eleanorr” Lace-Up Pointed Ballet Flats
($79.95, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Shoebuyls, Lord & Taylorls, Jildor, Steve Maddenls, Steve Madden (Canada)ls & Zalando.

Belle by Sigerson Morrison “Viata” Pointy Lace-up Flats

Update (11/19/2015): Spotted these high quality Aquazzura inspired flats by Belle by Sigerson Morrison. Not a steal at $157.50 (sale price!), but the craftmanship looks amazing, no?

Belle by Sigerson Morrison "Viata" Pointy Lace-up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Belle by Sigerson Morrison “Viata” Pointy Lace-up Flats
($157.50, Jildor)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve, Footnotescj, Amazonamazon & 6pm.

Ivanka Trump “Tropica” Pointy-Toe Lace-Up Ghillie Flats

Update (11/19/2015): These lace-up flats by Ivanka Trump aren’t an identical match when compared Aquazzura’s “Christy” shoes, but they’re still one of my favorite lace-up flats at the moment and you can definitely see some Aquazzura influence going on here. Be fast, these flats are selling very quickly! Available in nude, black, blue and pink suede.

Ivanka Trump "Tropica" Pointy-Toe Lace-Up Ghillie Flats in nude and black suede (Stuart Weitzman Gilligan knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Tropica” Pointy-Toe Lace-Up Ghillie Flats
($140, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm, Amazonamazon, Lord & Taylorls, Bloomingdale’s & Macy’s.

Top End “Connex” Pointed Lace-Up Flats

Update (11/19/2015): Also discovered another Christy dupe for all of our Australian fashionistas! Check out these lovely lace-up flats by Top End. They’re only missing the gold accents, otherwise they’d be a perfect Aquazzura dupe.

Top End "Connex" Pointed Lace-Up Flats in nude and black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Top End “Connex” Pointed Lace-Up Flats
($84.98 AUD, StyleTread)

Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumps

Update (07/29/2015): Look what I discovered today! Beautiful real leather Aquazzura Christy look-alike flats by Warehouse. Aren’t they just lovely? And quite affordable, too.

Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumps in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumps
($73, ASOS)

Therapy “Ezard” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats

Update (06/27/2015): Also spotted these lovely Aquazzura Christy look-alikes by Therapy today. Love the design and love the price!

Therapy "Ezard" Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats in nude and black faux suede (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Therapy “Ezard” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats
($17.99 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic.

Human Premium “Rasp” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (06/27/2015): Another spot-on dupe are these lace-up flats by Human Premium. Available in either black or nude leather for $109.95 AUD.

Human Premium "Rasp" Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Human Premium “Rasp” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats
($109.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Mango “Douse” Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats

Update (06/27/2015): An Aquazzura inspired version is also available at Mango.

Mango "Douse" Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Mango “Douse” Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats
($49.99, Mango)

Aldo “Colyn” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (06/12/2015): Just happened to stumble upon these lovely Aquazzura Christy inspired flats at Aldo. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous? Better be fast if you like them because they’re selling like hot cakes right now and first sizes are already sold out.

Aldo "Colyn" Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and bone (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Aldo “Colyn” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flatsamazon
($70, Amazon)

Oxitaly “Susy” Ballet Pumps

Update (06/12/2015): Also discovered this spot-on Aquazzura Christy dupe by Oxitaly. Available in black, pink and snakeskin effect.

Oxitaly "Susy" Ballet Pumps in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoff)

Oxitaly “Susy” Ballet Pumps
(£115, Zalando.co.uk)

Topshop “KINGDOM” Ghillie Pointed Flats

Dear Topshop, I think I’m in love with you! Just how gorgeous are these “KINGDOM” ghillie pointed-toe flats? They have a couple differences compared to Aquazzura’s Christy flats, but the inspiration behind these is quite obvious I think. Obsessed!

Topshop "KINGDOM" Ghillie Pointed Flats in black, red, snake-effect (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Topshop “KINGDOM” Ghillie Pointed Flats
($95, Topshop)

Jessica Buurman “Lauren” Lace Up Flats

Deal: Free worldwide shipping on all orders! Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and get a 10% off coupon!

If you’re looking for a spot-on Aquazzura Christy dupe head over to Jessica Buurman and get yourself a pair of their “Lauren” flats which are vailable in either black or ivory leather for $152.

Jessica Buurman "Lauren" Lace Up Flats in black (Aquazzura knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Lauren” Lace Up Flats
($152, Jessica Buurman)

Office “Low Down” Ghillie Lace Up Flats

While these suede lace-up flats by Office are not an identical match and are more of the inspired-by kind, I think they make a beautiful alternative if you’re going for the Aquazzura look. Not a spot-on dupe, but definitely beautiful in their own way.

Office "Low Down" Ghillie Suede Lace Up Flats in black and red (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Office “Low Down” Ghillie Lace Up Flats
(£23, Office)

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinas

Our reader Edem suggested another fabulous and super budget-friendly Aquazzura Christy look-alike (thank you, Edem!). It’s by Parfois and their cute lace-up flats come in either black or coral faux leather and sell for a steal-worthy £14.99! Yay!

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinas in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinasamazon
(£14.99, Amazon.co.uk)

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Update: This post has been updated on October 12, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

When it comes to Isabel Marant shoes, it’s always either hit or miss for me. Marant’s Birkenstock-like sandals from her recent S/S 2014 collection for example, didn’t resonate all too well with me, but these strappy high heel sandals here however are a total win in my book. They slightly remind me of a certain Alaïa pair from a couple years ago which is obviously a good thing because I’m absolutely obsessed with Alaïa shoes. Too bad these Marant heels are just as expensive as Alaïa’s. Boohoo!

Isabel Marant Paw Multi-Strap High Heel Sandals in black

Isabel Marant Paw Multi-Strap High Heel Sandalscj
($1.035, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Barneysls, NET-A-PORTER (US)ls, NET-A-PORTER (Int’l)ls, MyTheresals & Matches Fashionls.

Cameron Diaz Loves Isabel Marant

Actress Cameron Diaz has spotted wearing Isabel Marant Paw Multi-Strap High Heel Sandals numerous times.

Cameron Diaz wearing black Isabel Marant Paw Multi-Strap High Heel Sandals

bebe “Sacha” Strappy Pumps

UPDATE (10/12/2014): Found these Isabel Marant Paw inspired platform heels at bebe.

bebe "Sacha" Strappy Pumps in black and red (Isabel Marant Paw knockoffs)

bebe “Sacha” Strappy Pumps
($139, bebe)

Spurr “Benson” Criss Cross Heels

UPDATE (09/27/2014): Stumbled upon these Isabel Marant Paw look-a-like heels by Spurr. Absolutely loooove the yellow version!

Spurr "Benson" Criss Cross Heels in yellow, black and nude (Isabel Marant Paw knockoffs)

Spurr “Benson” Criss Cross Heels
($49.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Jessica Buurman “ALINA” Strappy Open Toe High Heel Sandals

HOT DEAL: Free worldwide shipping on all orders! Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and get a 10% off coupon!

It doesn’t really come as a surprise for me to find these Isabel Marant Paw sandal dupes at Jessica Buurman because you can always find lots of Marant inspired items over there. And these lovely heels for $139 are no exception!

Jessica Buurman "ALINA" Strappy Open Toe High Heel Sandals in black (Isabel Marant Paw knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “ALINA” Strappy Open Toe High Heel Sandals
($139, Jessica Buurman)

Ssongbyssong Strappy High Heel Sandals

If you don’t want to spend quite as much, here’s a good faux leather Isabel Marant alternative I discovered on eBay sold by Ssongbyssong (located in South Korea) for under $60.

Ssongbyssong Strappy High Heel Sandals in black (Isabel Marant Paw knockoffs)

Ssongbyssong Strappy High Heel SandalseBay
($58, eBay)