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Update: This post has been updated on May 1, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

So I think this is the first time, after more than 3 years of writing this blog, that I feature a sneaker here on In Their Closet. Of course, it couldn’t be just any ordinary sneaker for this occasion, no, it had to be a “fashion sneaker” naturally, the most popular one being the “Bekett” / “Bekket” velcro sneaker by Madame Isabel Marant at this time. Personally, I both like and hate them; I’ve never been too fond of sporty looking shoes, but these exude that cool kid vibe and how clever is the hidden built-in wedge? Genius.

Isabel Marant Bekett High-Top Sneakers in navy blue and white

Isabel Marant Bekett High-Top Sneakers
($655, Luisaviaroma)

Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, S|Sense, MyTheresa, Net-A-Porterls, Italistls, Selfridges, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Isabel Marant

Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beyoncé Knowles, Ashlee Simpson and Anne Hathaway wearing Isabel Marant Bekket High-Top Sneakers

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Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Update (05/01/2017): Just happened to discover another Isabel Marant Bekett dupe after such a long, long time! Check out Shiekh‘s Ella-02 which comes in either black faux suede or blue denim and costs only $44.99. Steal deal alert!

Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede and denim (Isabel Marant Etoile Bekett dupes)

Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers
($44.99, Shiekh)

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Update (02/24/2015): After a very long time I managed to come across this Isabel Marant Bekett dupe at Rosegal today. Super budget-friendly at under $40, too!

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers
($36.37, Rosegal)

Candie’s Wedge Sneakers

Update (07/15/2013): Also found these hidden wedge sneakers by Candie’s which are a great Marant Bekett alternative for under $25!

Candie's Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Candie’s Wedge Sneakersls
($23.99, Kohl’s)

Heart Soul “Iona” Wedge Sneakers

Update (07/15/2013): Just discovered another great Isabel Marant wedge doppelgänger! Check out this hidden wedge sneaker by Heart Soul. Also available in other color combos.

Heart Soul "Iona" Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Heart Soul “Iona” Wedge Sneakers
($16.99, DSW)

Aldo “Numata” Velcro Wedge Sneakers

Update (02/11/2013): Found yet another Bekket alternative. Check out this velcro wedge sneaker by Aldo!

Aldo "Numata" Velcro Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Aldo “Numata” Velcro Wedge Sneakersls
($39.98, Aldo)

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainers

Update (01/13/2013): Xti has also a very Isabel Marant Bekket inspired wedge sneaker version in an array of colors such as black, silver, gold, brown/white, taupe/white, etc. And these are currently on sale!

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainers in black (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainersamazon
(£45, Amazon.co.uk)

JustFab “Keena” Wedge Sneakers

Update (11/05/2012): Just stumbled upon this budget-friendly Isabel Marant Bekket look-a-like in black by JustFab. Only $54.99!

JustFab "Keena" Wedge Sneakers in black (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

JustFab “Keena” Wedge Sneakers
($54.99, JustFab)

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 “Raise Your Glass” Wedge Sneakers

Update (09/24/2012): Found a new very Isabel Marant inspired wedge sneaker at Skechers. $49.74 (sale price!) and also available in various other colors and color combinations including an all black version.

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 "Raise Your Glass" Wedge Sneakers in black and white (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 “Raise Your Glass” Wedge Sneakersamazon
($49.74, Amazon)

Xhilaration “Kahsha” Wedge Sneakers

Update (08/24/2012): And here’s another fab and super affordable Isabel Marant Bekket look-a-like by Xhilaration that looks a lot like the Steve Madden version, only this one is made of faux leather.

Xhilaration "Kahsha" Wedge Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Xhilaration “Kahsha” Wedge Sneakers
($17.48, Target)

Steve Madden “HILIGHT” High-Top Sneakers

Update (06/24/2012): The king of designer inspired footwear, Mr. Steve Madden, has now a very close Isabel Marant alternative available called “HILIGHT”. As you can see from below it comes in a variety of colors.

Steve Madden "HILIGHT" High-Top Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Steve Madden “HILIGHT” High-Top Sneakersamazon
($79.99, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Shoes.comls, Nordstromls & Steve Maddenls.

Schutz “Hanna” Fashion Sneakers

Update (07/29/2012): These wedge sneakers by Schutz lack the high-top, but otherwise they’re very similar to Isabel Marant’s Bekket kicks. Wish they were cheaper though!

Schutz "Hanna" Fashion Sneakers in blue and cream suede (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Schutz “Hanna” Fashion Sneakersamazon
($215, Amazon)

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers

Update (03/10/2012): Just stumbled upon another great Bekket alternative. These high-top sneakers by Nine West retail for $79.99 (sale price!) and are also available in baby blue.

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers in black and white (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers
($79.99, Zappos)

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers

Update (01/28/2012): Found more exact though faux suede Isabel Maranat Bekket look-a-likes by Jean Stone.

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers
($124.20, YesStyle)

Ash “Cool” Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakers

If you’re looking for Bekket coolness but for a budget price, try these suede sneakers by Ash. They do have a few differences, but overall share the same look and the hidden wedge. Available in black & white, taupe & white and pink & white.

Ash "Cool" Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakers in black and taupe (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Ash “Cool” Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakersls
($225, Shopbop)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 28, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

For the red sole collectors with an urban sense of style, these kicks by Christian Louboutin screamed “Take me home tonight,” (before they were completely sold out)! Stars are being spotted out and about wearing more high tops than ever, and leading the pack is the beautiful, trendsetting Rihanna. If this is your favorite kind of footwear, or you just love to live in the limelight, wear them with shorts or skinny jeans to really show them off. For the red sole admirers, there is another set of shiny silver spikes waiting for you… so scroll down to see what we found!

Christian Louboutin Louis Studded Hi-Top Sneakers in black, red and white

Christian Louboutin Louis Studded Hi-Top Sneakersls
($785, Neiman Marcus)

Rihanna Loves Christian Louboutin

Rihannna wearing white Christian Louboutin Louis Studded Hi-Top Sneakers

Steve Madden “Levels” Spike-Studded Lace-Up High-Top Sneakers

Update (04/28/2016): So apparently Steve Madden decided to come up with a new, updated Christian Louboutin Louis look-alike recently. This dupe is much more spot-on than the first one which I love! Available in black, red and silver for $129.95.

Steve Madden "Levels" Spike-Studded Lace-Up High-Top Sneakers in black, red and silver (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Levels” Spike-Studded Lace-Up High-Top Sneakers
($129.95, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Amazonamazon, Macy’s, Steve Maddenls & Amazon #2amazon.

Xhilaration “Khalil” Low Top with Studs

Update (02/17/2013): Found this super affordable low top shoe by Xhilaration which looks a lot like Louboutin’s spiked Louis sneakers. Available in black, taupe and silver.

hilaration "Khalil" Low Top Sneaker with Studs in black (Christian Louboutin Louis look-a-like)

Xhilaration “Khalil” Low Top with Studs
($17.49, Target)

N.Y.L.A. “Catelin” Spiked Sneakers

Update (02/06/2013): Now look at these lovely Louboutin look-a-likes by N.Y.L.A.! So in love with these spikey stud sneakers! Available in black, ivory and silver.

N.Y.L.A. "Catelin" Spiked Sneakers in black (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Catelin” Spiked Sneakersls
($64.99, Kohl’s)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls.

Blink “Akivaa” Studded Hi-Tops

Update (08/02/2012): Just came across another lovely and super similar Louboutin alternative by Blink. Love these studded kicks! Available in black, white and tan.

Blink Studded Hi-Tops in black patent and white (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

Blink “Akivaa” Studded Hi-Topsamazon
(£69.99, Amazon.co.uk)

Jeffrey Campbell “Alva” Studded High Top Sneakers

Update (07/14/2012): And here we go with another fantastic Louboutin alternative. Now that doesn’t happen too often, but I think in this case I kind of prefer Jeffrey Campbell‘s take on the spiked sneaker shoe. What do you think?

Jeffrey Campbell "Alva" Studded High Top Sneakers in black (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Alva” Studded High Top Sneakers
($149.95, Solestruck)

Steve Madden “TWYNKLE” Spiked Sneakers

If comfortable shoes are your thing, and trendsetting is your mission… don’t miss a beat and snag this pair by Steve Madden so you can begin channeling your inner Rock-‘n-Roll goddess. Especially because even at $785, the real deal is already sold out everywhere. While at $64.99 (sale price!), the pair below isn’t exactly a bargain, but they are still a steal considering the material, craftsmanship and apparent attention to detail. Not sure about how the grey pair will look for summer? They are also available in black suede, white, mint and gold!

Steve Madden "TWYNKLE" Spiked Sneakers in taupe suede and white leather (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

Steve Madden “TWYNKLE” Spiked Sneakerscj
($64.99, Heels.com)

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

Update: This post has been updated on October 14, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Let’s be honest. When it comes to shoe shopping 9 out of 10 times when we freak out about a pair and start squealing “Oh my God! These are to-die-for!“, it’s about those gorgeous, embellished, satin peep-toe stilettos also known as the shoes we almost never wear because a) they’re too high b) not appropriate for everyday wear or c) just too precious to be worn (I mean, you don’t want to risk getting them scuffed, dusty or rained on, right?). Don’t get me wrong: I love my sky-high pink stiletto sandals with all my heart, but whenever I storm out the door I most probably am not wearing these. So last year, I wanted to be reasonable for once and thus forced myself to get flat and comfortable boots. And surprisingly, I went home with 2 beautiful pairs. Both were very similar to Frye‘s Veronica boots below and I just can’t tell you how much I love them. They’re extremely comfortable, keep me warm during winter and look super stylish as well. One of the best purchases ever! I get so much wear out of these.

Frye Veronica Slouch Boots in dark brown

Frye Veronica Slouch Bootscj
($368, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom, Amazonamazon, The Frye Company, 6pmcj, Onlineshoes.comls, Shoes.comls, Bloomingdale’s, RevolveClothing & Dillard’sls.

Celebrities Love Frye

Leighton Meester, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Minnillo in Frye Veronica Slouchy Buckle Boots

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Xhilaration “Karima” Genuine Leather Boots

Update (10/14/2011): Here’s another fantastic budget alternative if you covet the Frye boots but don’t have the neccessary funds. Xhilaration® comes to the rescue with their $59.99 genuine leather boots “Karima”. Available in dark brown or black.

Xhilaration® "Karima" Genuine Leather Boots in dark brown (Frye Veronica Slouch knockoffs)

Xhilaration “Karima” Genuine Leather Boots
($59.99, Target)

Steve Madden “VERONNA” Buckle Boots

I recently discovered these Steve Madden boots and thought they’d make a wonderful budget-friendly option if you can’t afford the real deal. The style is almost identical and even the name of the boots sounds similar to Frye’s. The boots are currently marked down to $99.95 (was $159.95) and come in either black, brown or brown distressed.

Steve Madden "VERONNA" Buckle Boots in dark brown (Frye Veronica knockoffs)

Steve Madden “VERONNA” Buckle Bootsls
($99.95, Steve Madden)

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