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Update: This post has been updated on May 14, 2017. 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)

Also available at 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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Shoe Dezigns Lauren 87 Strappy Patent Platform Sandals

Update (05/14/2017): Spotted another YSL Tribute dupe today! Check out these mega high platform heels by Shoe Dezigns which are super budget-friendly at $19.99 and come in black, beige, yellow and light blue faux patent leather. Steal deal alert!

Shoe Dezigns Lauren 87 Strappy Patent Platform Sandals in black and beige patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupes)

Shoe Dezigns Lauren 87 Strappy Patent Platform Sandalsamazon
($19.99, Amazon)

Bandolino “Sarahi” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (05/14/2017): And if you’re not into wearing sky-high 5″ platform heels, check out these YSL inspired sandals by Bandolino which come in various colors and have a 3.5″ heel and a .75″ platform. So cute!

Bandolino "Sarahi" T-Strap Platform Sandals in black and nude patent (YSL Tribute inspired)

Bandolino “Sarahi” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($47.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm, Amazon (similar)amazon, 6pm (similar), ShoeMetrocj, Macy’s, eBayeBay & Kmart.

J. Adams “Vdara” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (04/25/2017): So stoked about having come across these absolutely fab and totally spot-on YSL Tribute dupes by J. Adams! They come in either black or nude patent faux leather and at $39.99 they’re super affordable, too! Steal deal alert!

J. Adams "Vdara" T-Strap Platform Sandals in black and nude patent (Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupes)

J. Adams “Vdara” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

Also available at ZooShoopjx.

Aldo “Chelly” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (04/25/2017): While browsing the latest arrivals at Aldo, I happened to stumble upon another great Yves Saint Laurent alternative. Say hello to “Chelly”! Apart from the heel which isn’t tapered, “Chelly” is pretty much a spot-on YSL dupe. Available in silver metallic or nude patent for $90.

Aldo "Chelly" T-Strap Platform Sandals in silver and nude patent (Yves Saint Laurent dupes)

Aldo “Chelly” T-Strap Platform Sandalsls
($90, Aldo)

Also available at Zappos, Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & Zalando.

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 and cost $39.99.

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 £47.

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

Dune “Maui” Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals
(£47, Dune)

Also available at Debenhams & Selfridges.

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 £69.

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

Office “Nostalgia” Platform Heels
(£69, Office)

Also available at Office London (DE), 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)

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 $60.99 (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 Sandalsamazon
($60.99, Amazon)

Also available at Shoes.comls, ZooShoopjx, Zalando, About You, Macy’s & LuLu*s.

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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Update: This post has been updated on September 12, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Signore Giuseppe Zanotti, te amo! Or, to be a bit more specific: I love your shoes! Especially those extreme platform wedges from your S/S 2011 collection. We’ve already shown you the peep-toe version of this wedge and today we’re going to show you a great Zanotti alternative for the equally gorgeous closed toe version.

Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 Suede Ankle Strap Platform Wedges in navy

Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 Suede Ankle Strap Platform Wedgescj
($650, Shopbop)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Alexis Bledel, Hilary Duff, Eva Marcille, Keri Hilson, Vanessa Hudgens & Michelle Trachtenberg wearing Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 Suede Ankle Strap Platform Wedges

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Jessica Buurman “LINNE” Suede Ankle Strap Wedges

UPDATE (09/12/2013): Found another set of Giuseppe Zanotti look-a-likes at Jessica Buurman today! I love all the bright colors!

Jessica Buurman "LINNE" Suede Ankle Strap Wedges (Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “LINNE” Suede Ankle Strap Wedges
($149, Jessica Buurman)

ALDO “Herena” Platform Wedges

UPDATE (01/16/2012): Just came across yet another almost identical Zanotti look-a-like sans ankle strap. This one’s coming from ALDO and is available in either black or teal suede.

ALDO "Herena" Platform Wedges in black and teal suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 knockoffs)

ALDO “Herena” Platform Wedgesls
($49.98, ALDO)

Qupid Pulse-02 Ankle Strap Wedges

UPDATE (01/04/2012): Look what a cute and affordable Zanotti alternative has popped up on GoJane. Aren’t these faux suede wedges by Qupid absolutely lovely? I love the bright colors. Enter promo code “GJSHIP60” & get free shipping over $60!

Qupid Pulse-02 Ankle Strap Wedges in pink, blue and lime faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 knockoffs)

Qupid Pulse-02 Ankle Strap Wedges
($24.70, GoJane)

Sam Edelman “Quinn” Wedge Pumps

UPDATE (09/09/2011): Squeal! I just stumbled upon the perfect Zanotti look-a-like by Sam Edelman. The heel height on these here is somewhat lower, but I actually prefer them that way because it makes the shoes more wearable and less dangerous imo. Available in red or black suede.

Sam Edelman "Quinn" Wedge Pumps in red suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 knockoffs)

Sam Edelman “Quinn” Wedge Pumpsls
($149.95, NORDSTROM)

Dollhouse “Brik” Wedge Platform Pumps

UPDATE (09/09/2011): If you’re looking for a cheap Zanotti alternative in red, check out these faux suede wedge pumps by Dollhouse. They’re $35 only & come in black patent as well black and red suede!

Dollhouse "Brik" Wedge Platform Pumps in red faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Brik” Wedge Platform Pumpspjx
($35, Dollhouse)

Wild Pair “Lola WP” Wedge Pumps

So, how great are these Zanottis on a budget by Wild Pair? Quite spot-on I’d say, even though I would love them more if they had kept the suede platform. But at $95 I’ll just keep my mouth shut and put them into my cart ASAP (sizes are already starting to sell out, so you better hurry to make your order). Available in red or black suede.

Wild Pair "Lola WP" Wedge Pumps in red suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I06078 knockoffs)

Wild Pair “Lola WP” Wedge Pumpsamazon
($95, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 26, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

One of the most distinctive shoe styles of 2011 have been Giuseppe Zanotti‘s extreme wedge styles for me. I’ve loved them the second I saw them online. They do scare me a lil’ bit with their crazy 6 inch heel, but I still want them in my closet so badly. Not convinced yet? Check out the celebs letting their Zanottis do all the talking and I’m pretty sure they’ll land on your wish list, too.

Giuseppe Zanotti Platform Peep Toe Wedges in turquoise suede

Giuseppe Zanotti E16136 Platform Peep Toe Wedges
($650, Giuseppe Zanotti)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Natasha Bedingfield, Naya Rivera & Eliza Doolittle wearing turquoise suede Giuseppe Zanotti Platform Peep Toe Wedges

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AX Paris Peep Toe Bright Wedges

UPDATE (04/26/2012): And today I stumbled upon this fabulous hot pink faux suede Zanotti look-a-likes by AX Paris. LOVE the bright color!

AX Paris Peep Toe Bright Wedges in hot pink faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E16136 knockoffs)

AX Paris Peep Toe Bright Wedges
(£35.99, AX Paris)

Office “Wonderland” Ankle Strap Wedges

UPDATE (04/17/2012): Just came across another fabulous Zanotti alternative. These suede wedges by Office look a lot like the Zanottis plus they have a super cute bow on the vamp.

Office "Wonderland" Ankle Strap Wedges (Giuseppe Zanotti E16136 knockoffs)

Office “Wonderland” Ankle Strap Wedges
(£75, Office)

Jessica Simpson “Marcie” Ankle Strap Wedges

UPDATE (12/18/2011): Discovered yet another great Zanotti look-a-like by Jessica Simpson. Even though these knockoffs aren’t available in turquoise I do love them in the blue violet suede!

Jessica Simpson "Marcie" Ankle Strap Wedges in black, blue and camel suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E16136 knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Marcie” Ankle Strap Wedgescj
($114.99, Heels.com)

Carvela “Grass” Platform Peep Toe Wedges

UPDATE (10/20/2011): For all those interested in the highly-coveted Carvela wedges: they’re finally back in stock @ Kurt Geiger and they now also ship to Europe (£5-£10), the US (£10) & many other countries, too. Get your pair before they’re gone… again!

While these Carvela beauties are not available in turquoise (boo!), they do come in yet another showstopping color though – red! Everything about these wedges is spot-on, they’re almost 1:1 identical with the Giuseppe Zanotti wedges. Also available in black suede and gold glitter.

Carvela "Grass" Platform Peep Toe Wedges in red suede (Giuseppe Zanotti knockoffs)

Carvela “Grass” Platform Peep Toe Wedgesls
(£75, Kurt Geiger)

ZiGiny “Nevada” Studded Ankle Strap Platform Wedges

UPDATE (09/26/2011): Look at this fantastic showstopper by ZiGiny. A great Zanotti look-a-like in luscious red suede and kickass spiked studs in the back (Sam Edelman Lorrissa reference maybe?). Available in red or black suede.

ZiGiny "Nevada" Studded Ankle Strap Platform Wedges in red suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E16136 knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Nevada” Studded Ankle Strap Platform Wedges
($244.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Wild Pair “Jemma WP” Platform Peep-toe Wedges

UPDATE (09/17/2011): Yay, just discovered another great Zanotti look-a-like by Wild Pair. Available in blue, tan or coral suede.

Wild Pair "Jilly WP" Platform Peep-toe Wedges in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E16136 knockoffs)

Wild Pair “Jemma WP” Platform Peep-toe Wedgesamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 4, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

Due to my rather petite frame and my admiration of high heels, I often look for a wedge heel in order to add height and at the same time provide comfort. The Giuseppe Zanotti I10061 Crystal Wedge Platform Sandals are the ultimate combination of style and support. They are ornamented with luminescent crystals, appearing of different hues at every angle. These shoes are extremely versatile as they can be worn with day or evening wear, and accessorized with some jewelry or serve to be a solitary statement piece. But for $1,174.50, they are rather unaffordable and truly a very large investment. Check out the alluring look-a-like below.

Giuseppe Zanotti I10061 Crystal Wedge Platform Sandals in black

Giuseppe Zanotti I10061 Crystal Wedge Platform Sandalsamazon
($1,174.50, Amazon)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Jennifer Hudson wearing Giuseppe Zanotti I10061 Crystal Wedge Platform Sandals

Liliana Zeta-1 Rhinestone Wedges

Update (01/04/2012): Just came across this fab Giuseppe Zanotti steal by Liliana. Faux suede, but also only $34.40.

Liliana Zeta-1 Rhinestone Wedges in black and blue faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I10061 knockoffs)

Liliana Zeta-1 Rhinestone Wedges
($34.40, GoJane)

ZiGi Soho “Nifty” Crystal Platform Wedges

Update (12/18/2011): Stumbled upon another almost identical Giuseppe Zanotti alternative in black and a sweet dusty pink suede by ZiGi Soho. Love this one!

ZiGi Soho "Nifty" Crystal Platform Wedges in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I10061 knockoffs)

ZiGi Soho “Nifty” Crystal Platform Wedges
($109.99, Nordstrom Rack)

Wild Pair “Gilian WP” Crystal Wedges

With the Wild Pair “Gilian WP” Crystal Wedges, you will captivate everyone’s attention. Not even a true fashionista will be able to differ between the two. This look-a-like features the same jewel ornamentation with exactly the same cut-outs and zipper closure in the back. Plus they’re a preeminent steal for $120 (sale price)!

Wild Pair "Gilian WP" Crystal Wedges in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I10061 knockoffs)

Wild Pair “Gilian WP” Crystal Wedgesamazon
($119.99, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on October 19, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Well, the season for open footwear such as these turquoise suede Prada sandals is pretty much over, but I couldn’t help but show these to you because I really love these little darlings. Love the color, the delicate suede, the cut-outs, the rounded heel. They’re just absolutely lovely and still rockable if you don’t mind wearing tights with open sandals.

Prada Cutout T-Strap Platform Sandals in turquoise suede

Prada Cutout T-Strap Platform Sandalscj
($571.99, Bluefly)

Celebrities Love Prada

Diane Kruger, Bonnie Wright and Alexa Chung wearing Prada Cutout T-Strap Platform Sandals

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Wild Pair “Apple WP” T-Strap Platform Sandals

UPDATE (10/19/2011): Just discovered this Prada alternative by Wild Pair. Available in tan, black and purple and currently on sale for $69.99!

Wild Pair "Apple WP" T-Strap Platform Sandals in tan, purple and black suede (Prada knockoffs)

Wild Pair “Apple WP” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($69.99, Amazon)

Vince Camuto “Trinity” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Now who doesn’t want to save a few hundreds but still look great in fab new shoes? I sure do want that! Thank Vince Camuto for an almost perfect identical Prada look-a-like. So close to the originals but so much cheaper. Love²! Available in teal suede and black patent.

Vince Camuto "Trinity" T-Strap Platform Sandals in turquoise suede (Prada knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Trinity” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($77.99, Amazon)

B. Makowsky “Vada” T-Strap Pumps

If you rather prefer a closed toe version that is suitable for the Fall, then B. Makowsky has got your back with their Prada inspired “Vada” t-strap heels. Available in black, wine and camel suede.

B. Makowsky "Vada" T-Strap Pumps in black and wine suede (Prada knockoffs)

B. Makowsky “Vada” T-Strap Pumpsamazon
($129.99, Amazon)

Marc Fisher “Spray” Sandals

And last but least: Marc Fisher‘s loosely inspired patent heels. Super affordable and looking quite good, too. Available in black or red patent.

Marc Fisher "Spray" Sandals in black patent (Prada knockoffs)

Marc Fisher “Spray” Sandalsls
($55.30, Macy’s)

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