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I think it goes without saying that owning an authentic Chanel bag is something each and every girl is dreaming of. And while I’ve never been much of a handbag freak, having a real Chanel bag in my closet would be the ultimate accessory and I would pair it with each of my outfits. It’s so wonderfully perfect and classic and suits almost everything.

Chanel Quilted Classic Flap Bag in black caviar leather

Chanel Caviar Classic Flap Bag
(~$2.500, Vestiaire Collective)

Also available at The RealReal, One Kings Lane, Shopbopls & Fashionphile.

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Spotted these amazing, genuine leather Chanel bag look-alikes by Ainifeel today and had to share them with you immediately! Aren’t they just gorgeous? The clasp on these doesn’t have the interlocking CC logo, but otherwise they’re pretty much identical to the real deal Chanel above. And have I mentioned these purses come in 2 sizes (medium or large) and 11 (!) color options? Consider me obsessed! The price of $115 is admittedly a bit of an investment, but the various customer reviews are throughout very positive and judging from the provided customer’s product photos you’ll get a high-quality designer dupe bag worth its price tag. And if you don’t really feel this particular Chanel design, the seller also has a wide selection of other Chanel bag dupes available, you can check them out hereamazon (including other bag dupesamazon from other luxury designers such as Chloé, Hermès, Valentino, etc).

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag in black, burgundy, navy and pastel pink (Chanel Classic Flap Bag dupes)

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bagamazon
($115-$119, Amazon)

Also available in a caviaramazon and patentamazon leather version.

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Not feeling like spending $100 on a designer dupe bag? Well, how about $25 then? These cute quilted flap bags by Diophy scream Chanel, but are surprisingly affordable (sale price!). Granted, the PU leather doesn’t look too durable especially when you compare it to the Ainifeel version, but if you’re someone who takes good care of their bags, these might last you a few years and you could buy all three colors and still have $25 from that $100 bill left. Steal deal alert!

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bag in white, black and red (Chanel dupes)

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bagamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Also available at Overstock & eBay.

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Also discovered these gorgeous genuine leather Chanel dupes by Markese which come in black, red, cognac and white (not pictured). Again, the price for these look-alikes is a little higher due to these bags being genuine leather (also made in Italy, apparently), so you’re probably better off with this option if you want a long-lasting, high-quality Chanel dupe that you can wear for many years to come.

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bag in black, red and cognac brown (Chanel Classic 2.55 dupes)

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bagamazon
(£95, Amazon.co.uk)

Also available at Amazon.deamazon.

Gabriella Rocha “Arrosa” Quilted Shoulder Purse

Update (02/27/2017): Just spotted this lovely Chanel look-alike bag by Gabriella Rocha in salmon pink which is currently on sale for a steal-worthy $29.99 and would be a perfect addition to your Spring wardrobe.

Gabriella Rocha "Arrosa" Quilted Shoulder Purse in blush coral (Chanel dupe)

Gabriella Rocha “Arrosa” Quilted Shoulder Purseamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody

Update (01/08/2015): Found these chain-adorned Chanel bag look-a-likes at Forever 21. Available in black, white and burgundy faux leather for a steal-worthy $24.90!

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody
($24.90, Forever 21)

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse

Update (01/08/2015): I also happened to stumble upon these cute Chanel dupes at GoJane today. Available in various colors for under $12.95! Steal deal alert!

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse in brown, black and navy (Chanel Classic knockoff)

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse
($12.95, GoJane)

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bag

Update (01/03/2014): Here’s another fab and very budget-friendly Chanel 2.55 inspired alternative! How lovely is this little baggie by Lulu? Only $30!

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bagls
($30, Nordstrom)

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse

Update (11/04/2013): Discovered these lovely and very budget-friendly Chanel 2.55 bag look-a-likes at GoJane today and just had to share! I love both the black and the gold version.

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse in black and gold (Chanel 2.55 knockoffs)

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse
($46, GoJane)

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag

Update (10/05/2013): Et voilà! Just happened to find this Chanel 2.55 look-a-like by Zenith! Looks just like the Chanel bag, comes in black or blue, is made of real leather and costs under $120 (sale price)!

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bagls
($115.50, Kohl’s)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

Update (07/25/2013): Stumbled upon another set of budget-friendly Chanel-inspired bag alternatives at Forever 21.

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag in black and white (Chanel Classic Flap knockoff)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag
($24.80, Forever 21)

BagInc “Adele” Quilted Caviar Chain Flap Bag

Update (02/29/2012): O-M-G! Just came across another, much better-looking Chanel alternative by BagInc. Love! Love! Love! By the way, “Adele” is also available in a lambskin leather version (softer than caviar) with a rectangular locket. And don’t forget to use promo code SPRINGBAG for 15% off!

BagInc "Adele" Quilted Caviar Chain Flap Bag in beige, black and pewter (Chanel Classic dupe)

BagInc “Adele” Quilted Caviar Chain Flap Bag
($109, BagInc)

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag

Update (02/01/2012): Our reader Chelsea informed us of BagInc‘s fabulous Chanel flap bag look-a-like made of real leather for $69 only. Available in black, fuchsia, white and camel. Don’t forget to use promo code SPRINGBAG for 15% off your order at BagInc!

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag in black, pink, white and camel (Chanel Classic dupe)

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag
($69, BagInc)

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bag

Update (01/26/2012): Can’t tell you how psyched I was to discover a new great and budget-friendly Chanel look-a-like! This one’s by Co-Lab by Christopher Kon and it comes in 5 variations: black, black patent, bone, navy and pewter metallic.

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bagamazon
($135, Amazon)

Handbag Heaven “Bridget” Quilted Shoulder Bag

Update (01/26/2012): Here’s another great and affordable Chanel knockoff. Currently on sale at Handbag Heaven in red, black & grey.

Handbag Heaven "Bridget" Quilted Shoulder Bag in red, black & grey (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Handbag Heaven “Bridget” Quilted Shoulder Bag
($29.95, Nordstrom Rack)

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag

Update (10/16/2010): OMG! Look at this amazing Chanel look-a-like version by GoJane. I’m in total awe and want it in both colors!

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag in black and mink (Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag knockoff)

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag
($53.30, GoJane)

Aldo “Scates” Quilted Bag

Update (10/16/2010): While this Aldo bag is not a super obvious knockoff, overall it’s still a great and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal.

Aldo "Scates" Quilted Bag in black (Chanel knockoff)

Aldo “Scates” Quilted Bagls
($45, Aldo)

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bag

Update (06/16/2010): Doesn’t this quilted bag by High Fashion look like the Holy Grail of Chanel knockoffs? OK, some might be turned off by the white stitching, but make sure to check out the other 6 colors including cream (!), nude and pewter which are my favorites and you’ll see why $130 seems like a reasonable price for such a well-made Chanel look-a-like.

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bagamazon
($130, Amazon)

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag

Update (06/16/2010): ASOS has also a great Chanel knockoff in various colors including black, white, blush, mink, berry & navy. I ordered the blush version and I’m loving it! It’s so cute & feminine.

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag
($29, ASOS)

Wet Seal Quilted Cross Body Clutch

Update (10/05/2009): Found a new and super amazing Chanel handbag knockoff for under $20 at Wet Seal. This budget-friendly Chanel alternative looks amazing if you consider the low price and it comes in either black or silver.

Wet Seal Quilted Crossbody Clutch in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Wet Seal Quilted Cross Body Clutch
($16.50, DSW)

Aldo “Bargen” Quilted Handbag

Until you have enough pocket change for the real deal, you might want to settle for a less pricier version first. This quilted flap bag by Aldo certainly meets the criteria. Now don’t expect the same delicate quality of a real Chanel because there is simply no competition. But if you want an affordable alternative this bag is probably your best bet. It does have silver hardware instead of gold and it doesn’t have the cute CC clasp (which the original 2.55 bag however didn’t have as well by the way), but everything else is quite identical.

Aldo Bargen Quilted Chain Strap Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Aldo “Bargen” Quilted Handbagls
($40, Aldo)

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During the summer season, flip-flops aren’t usually my type of go-to shoes unless I am going to the beach. However, these Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals redefine the mundane flip-flop, making them an elegant semi-casual yet semi-formal summer shoe. And, of course, the stylish fashion blogger and footwear designer, Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, proves all of the statements above. As she pairs them with various outfits, these Valentinos exhibit their endless potential as a versatile summer sandal.

Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals in black

Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandalsls
($295, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, Lane Crawfordls & Farfetchls.

Chiara Ferragni Loves Valentino

chiara-ferragni-blonde-salad-valentino-rockstud-jelly-thong-sandals

Outfit Pictures via The Blonde Salad.

Dizzy Rivet Studded Bow Flip Flops

Update (05/04/2017): Found these Valentino inspired jelly flats by Dizzy today and had to share them with you! They come in several colors and are currently on sale for under $15 at Nordstrom Rack. Steal deal alert!

Dizzy Rivet Studded Bow Flip Flops in black, nude and pink (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Dizzy Rivet Studded Bow Flip Flops
($14.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Forever 21.

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandals

Update (01/29/2015): Spotted another fabulous and super budget-friendly set of Valentino sandal dupes! Check out these lovely jelly sandals from Wild Diva Lounge. So close to the real deal and under $30! Steal deal alert!

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandals in nude, black and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandalsamazon
($19.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at CiCi Hot & Amazon #2amazon.

Bakers “Caged” Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals

Update (01/25/2014): Found another Valentino-inspired studded bow jelly sandal! By Bakers. Available in white, black and nude for $29.95!

Bakers "Caged" Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals in white, black and nude (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

Bakers “Caged” Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandalsamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

Guess “Lolany” Studded Jelly Sandals

Update (07/13/2013): And here we go wit yet another fabulous and very affordable Valentino Rockstud Jelly Sandal look-a-like. I really love these super similar studded bow jelly sandals by Guess which are available in either black or white PVC.

Guess "Lolany" Studded Jelly Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

Guess “Lolany” Studded Jelly Sandals
($19.50, Zappos)

Not Rated “Pool Party” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals

Update (04/06/2013): Not Rated has also a super fabulous Valentino look-a-like sandal available! I especially love the hot pink version and the price of $26.99 ain’t too bad either!

Not Rated "Pool Party" Studded Jelly Thong Sandals in black and fuchsia pink (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Not Rated “Pool Party” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals
($26.99, DSW)

Chinese Laundry “Lucky One” Studded Bow Thong Sandals

Update (04/06/2013): Look at these studded bow thong sandals by Chinese Laundry! Yet another wonderful Valentino for less alternative. Available in black, white and nude!

Chinese Laundry "Lucky One" Studded Bow Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Chinese Laundry “Lucky One” Studded Bow Thong Sandalsamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flops

Update (02/21/2013): Came across an even more affordable Valentino look-a-like today! Check out these studded jelly flip flops by Wet Seal! Only $12.90 and also available in nude. Love these!

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flops in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC look-a-likes)

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flopsamazon
($12.90, Amazon)

Dizzy “Fusion” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals

Update (02/12/2013): Found another amazing and almost identical Valentino Rockstud sandal look-a-like! Check out the “Fusion” by Dizzy for $19! I’m in love! Available in black, mint, nude and red.

Dizzy "Fusion" Studded Rubber Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Dizzy “Fusion” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals
($19, Forever 21)

Ivanka Trump “Natty” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals

Update (02/12/2013): Ivanka Trump also has a very Valentino inspired studded rubber thong sandal which comes in various beautiful colors and costs $21.99 (sale price)!

Ivanka Trump "Natty" Studded Rubber Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Natty” Studded Rubber Thong Sandalsamazon
($21.99, Amazon)

Steve Madden “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals

Splurging $295 on PVC footwear that can only be worn only during one part of the year is quite the extravagant price to pay. Thanks to Steve Madden, the “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals are the perfect budget-friendly alternative to the Valentinos above. Priced at $29.98, they are almost identical to its designer counterpart with only minor differences that are hardly even noticeable.

Steve Madden "JIFFFY" Studded Jelly Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

Steve Madden “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandalsls
($29.98, Steve Madden)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, The Blonde Salad, UrbanOG, Zappos, Amazon, Wet Seal, Lori’s, Piperlime, Steve Madden

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How gorgeous are these Cat-Embroidered Suede Slippers by Charlotte Olympia? They are a combination of modern design and a classic silhouette. The mini golden heel exhibits pure luxury and the cat-face embroidery adds a fun, young, and unexpected touch. Unfortunately, the price reflects all of these qualities and makes these wonderful flats merely unattainable. However, we have very similar options below for each and every budget!

Charlotte Olympia Kitty Cat-Embroidered Suede Slippers in pink and black

Charlotte Olympia Kitty Cat-Embroidered Suede Slippersls
($495, Shopbop)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls, Net-A-Porterls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls, Charlotte Olympia, Zappos, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls, Bloomingdale’s, MyTheresa, Forzieri, S|Sense.

Celebrities Love Charlotte Olympia

Alexa Chung, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kylie Minogue, Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry and Nicky Hilton wearing Charlotte Olympia Kitty Cat-Embroidered Suede Slippers

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Comfity Kitty Velvet Loafers

Update (10/12/2016): Spotted these colorful Charlotte Olympia Kitty dupes by Comfity today! They look so close to the real deal, but cost only $46.99 instead of $495. I also loooove that they come in various (8), bright colors such as pink, purple, yellow and red. Yay!

Comfity Kitty Velvet Loafers in navy, pink and purple (Charlotte Olympia Kitty dupes)

Comfity Kitty Velvet Loafersamazon
($46.99, Amazon)

Qupid Salya-637 Kitty Face Loafers

Update (05/14/2014): Stumbled upon these cute kitty cat loafers by Qupid. Available in various colors!

Qupid Salya-637 Kitty Face Loafers in black (Charlotte Olympia Kitty knockoffs)

Qupid Salya-637 Kitty Face Loafersamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Wet Seal Cat Flats

Update (12/29/2013): Found these cat flats at Wet Seal and wanted to share them with our readers. So cute and a total at only $16.90!

Wet Seal Cat Flats in black faux suede (Charlotte Olympia Kitty knockoffs)

Wet Seal Cat Flats
($16.90, Nordstrom Rack)

Vaneli “Agace” Cat-Face Loafers

Update (10/11/2013): Check out these super fab Charlotte Olympia Kitty dupes by Vaneli. You can get them for $84.99 (sale price!).

Vaneli "Agace" Cat-Face Velvet Loafers in black (Charlotte Olympia Kitty knockoffs)

Vaneli “Agace” Cat-Face Loafers
($76.99, 6pm)

Forever 21 Cool Cat Flats

Update (10/11/2013): Also stumbled upon these cat-face loafers at Forever 21 which are a budget-friendly alternative to the pricey Charlotte Olympia originals.

Forever 21 Cool Cat Flats in black faux suede (Charlotte Olympia Kitty knockoffs)

Forever 21 Cool Cat Flats
($22.80, Forever 21)

Union Bay Kitty Loafers

Update (07/25/2013): And here’s another budget-friendly Charlotte Olympia inspired cat face loafer! By Union Bay.

Union Bay Kitty Loafers in black (Charlotte Olympia Cat Face knockoffs)

Union Bay Kitty Loafersamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

dELiA*s “Meow” Cat-Face Loafers

Update (07/15/2013): Just stumbled upon yet another Charlotte Olympia look-a-like! Check out these cat-face loafers at dELiA*s.

dELiA*s "Meow" Cat-Face Loafers in black faux suede (Charlotte Olympia Kitty knockoffs)

dELiA*s “Meow” Cat-Face Loaferspjx
($14.90, dELiA*s)

Jessica Buurman “CHARLIE” Kitty Embroidered Suede Flats

Update (06/10/2013): One of our readers pointed us to yet another Charlotte Olympia Kitty loafer alternative. Check out these fab suede cat face slippers by Jessica Buurman! They’re currently on sale for $99 and are also available in pink velvet and red suede. Thanks for the heads-up, PHB!

Jessica Buurman "CHARLIE" Kitty Embroidered Suede Flats in black (Charlotte Olympia look-a-likes)

Jessica Buurman “CHARLIE” Kitty Embroidered Suede Flats
($99, Jessica Buurman)

Buroch Cat Face Embroidery Ballet Flat Shoes

Update (05/17/2013): Found another great Charlotte Olympia Kitty alternative for under $50 by Buroch. They’re available at Chicwish and are currently on sale for $42.42.

Buroch Cat Face Embroidery Ballet Flat Shoes in black faux suede (Charlotte Olympia Kitty look-a-likes)

Buroch Cat Face Embroidery Ballet Flat Shoes
($42.42, Chicwish)

Jon Josef “Gatsby” Velvet Cat Flat Loafers

Update (02/12/2013): Just stumbled upon these fabulous cat-face velvet slippers by Jon Josef which look so much like the Charlotte Olympia originals. Aren’t they adorably cute! Available in black or blue velvet.

Jon Josef "Gatsby" Velvet Cat Flat Loafers in black (Charlotte Olympia knockoffs)

Jon Josef “Gatsby” Velvet Cat Flat Loaferscj
($155, Footnotes Online)

Boohoo “Parie” Suedette Cat Face Slippers

Update (09/11/2012): Here’s another super budget-friendly Charlotte Olympia Kitty alternative by Boohoo. $36 only and shipping to the US is free on orders above $25! Oh, and there’s a lovely $30 wedge version available, too.

Boohoo "Parie" Suedette Cat Face Slippers in black and red (Charlotte Olympia Kitty knockoffs)

Boohoo “Parie” Suedette Cat Face Slippers
($36/£18, Boohoo)

Liliana Mulberry-1 Cat Face Loafers

For casual footwear with certain uniqueness, these Liliana loafers exemplify how a casual flat/loafer should be like. They are chic and can be very elegant; however, they are also equally fun and interesting to look at! Plus, priced at $19.40, they make a very worthy and inexpensive steal while mimicking the designer look pictured above!

Liliana Mulberry-1 Cat Face Loafers in black, pink and blue faux suede (Charlotte Olympia kitty-knockoffs)

Liliana Mulberry-1 Cat Face Loafers
($20.40, GoJane)

Blink Cat Face Slipper Shoes

I have to admit, these Blink Cat Face Slipper Shoes are probably my favorite! They are a mixture of the high-end luxury designer version yet they also maintain the casual-like feel as the steal above. Though they are a bit pricier than the Liliana loafers, they are more refined in terms of their structure. Priced at £34.99 (approx. $55), they seem to be the most similar to the Charlotte Olympia version while still being affordable! Also, for an extra shipping charge they can be shipped to almost every destination!

Blink Cat Face Slipper Shoes in black and leopard print (Charlotte Olympia Kitty knockoffs)

Blink Cat Face Slipper Shoes
(£34.99, New Look)

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Balmain is all the rage right now. The label gets worn a lot these days. Balmain’s Spring 2009 collection was such a great success! One of the most wanted items from that collection were the studded embellished high heel sandals. Amazing, right? After hitting the shelves of Net-A-Porter and priced at a whopping $2.300, these heels completely sold out within just a day or two. If you can afford the real thing, I recommend to invest in them. If they are way out of your budget, no need to panic! We have found a bunch of affordable Balmain alternatives for you.

Balmain Spring 2009 crystal embellished studded sandals with rhinestones

Balmain Crystal Embellished Studded Sandalsls
($2.300, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Balmain

Molly Sims, Jennifer Connelly, Rihanna and Audrina Patridge wearing Balmain Spring 2009 crystal embellished studded sandals

As you can see, Hollywood is crazy for Balmain as well. Various celebrities have been wearing the sandals including Molly Sims, Jennifer Connelly (my personal favorite!), Rihanna and Audrina Patridge.

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Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandals

Update (11/30/2015): Three years after our last steal find, I happened to come across this rhinestone embellished high heel sandal by Fabulicious and thought it would be a good alternative to the Balmain heels above.

Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain inspired)

Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandalsamazon
($64.18, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyicon, BananaShoes, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Unze High Heel Sandals

Update (11/20/2012): I didn’t really expect to find any more Balmain shoe look-a-likes from the Spring 2009 collection, but here we go. A very Balmain-ish looking embellished high heel sandals by Unze. You like?

Unze High Heel Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Unze High Heel Sandalsamazon
(£37.95, Amazon.co.uk)

ZiGiny “Vivienne” Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): And yet another Balmain knockoff by ZiGiny. Available in black and taupe.

ZiGiny "Vivienne" Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Vivienne” Sandalsamazon
($129.95, Amazon)

Luichiny “Shock Me” Embellished Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): Take a look at these super cute embellished Balmain look-a-likes by Luichiny. They come in either black faux suede and pewter or bronzeamazon faux leather.

Luichiny "Shock Me" Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Luichiny “Shock Me” Embellished Sandalsamazon
($119.95, Amazon)

Rocawear “Imana” Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): Rocawear has also a pair of Balmain knockoffs.

Rocawear "Imana" Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Rocawear “Imana” Sandals
($75.99, Zappos)

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Heels

Update (11/11/2009): Reader Crystal mailed us this super budget-friendly Wet Seal find. Don’t expect great quality for $15, but if you’re on the hunt for a cheap chic pair of shoes then why not go for these?

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 knockoffs)

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Heels
($15, Wet Seal)

Hypnotic “Persian” Studded Sandals

Update (08/30/2009): Just found yet another Balmain knockoff by Shiekh. If you’re still on the hunt for a pair of rhinestoned Balmain look-a-likes, but don’t have too much money to spend, try these knockoffs by Shiekh. They look very similar to the Bebe knockoffs and are a great Balmain alternative for under $50.

Hypnotic "Persian" Studded Sandals (Balmain Crystal knockoffs)

Hypnotic “Persian” Studded Sandalspjx
($49.97, Shiekh Shoes)

Steve Madden “BRIGGHT” Studded Sandals

Of course it couldn’t take Steve Madden too long to come up with his own version of the Balmain heels. The “BRIGGHT” studded sandal is available for $90.75. You better be fast to order if you want to snap up a good Balmain knockoff for a steal price.

Steve Madden Brigght Studded Sandal (Balmain knockoff)

Steve Madden “BRIGGHT” Studded Sandals
($90.75, 6pm)

Jeffrey Campbell “Mel” Studded Sandals

Jeffrey Campbell also didn’t want to miss out on the Balmain craze and jumped on the bandwagon with his own knockoff called “Mel”. Available in black or beige leather for $164.95 at Solestruck. But you better hurry, there are only limited sizes left.

Jeffrey Campbell Mel Studded Sandal (Balmain Spring 2009 studded sandal knockoff)

Jeffrey Campbell “Mel” Studded Sandalsls
($164.95, Nordstrom)

Zigi “Majestic” Studded Sandal

Zigi joined the Balmain copycat bandwagon! The “Majestic” sandal, available in either black or white, is an ode to the highly coveted Balmain studded stilettos. Best thing: they’re on sale (45% down)! Big YAY! You better be quick before they sell out like all the other Balmain knockoffs..

Zigi Majestic Studded Sandals (Balmain Studded Stiletto Knockoffs)

Zigi “Majestic” Studded Sandal
($59.99, 6pm)

bebe “Marianna” Studded Platform Sandals

It certainly didn’t take too long until bebe knocked off the Balmain sandals. The “Marianna” sandal is bebe’s inspired version of the studded heels and it comes in either black or white. Shell out $169 and these Balmain look-a-likes are yours!

bebe Marianna Studded Platform Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 studded sandal knockoffs)

bebe “Marianna” Studded Platform Sandals
($169, bebe)

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals

More Balmain look-a-likes! Found yet another knockoff of the Balmain studded high heel sandal. These darlings here retail for $138 and are great look-a-likes, just as good as the sold out Bebe knockoffs, maybe even better. But you better be fast, there are only limited sizes left.

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals (Balmain knockoffs)

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals
($138, YesStyle)

Aldo “Smeal” Studded Sandals

Aldo was one of the early adopters of the Balmain shoe trend. Their knock-off version “Smeal” has been around for a few months now. It’s not my favorite among the Balmain knockoffs, but it’s certainly a good alternative to the real Balmains.

Aldo Smeal Studded Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 Crystal Studded Sandals Knockoffs)

Aldo “Smeal” Studded Sandalsls
($64.98, Aldo)

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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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