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Update: This post has been updated on November 30, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

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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Update: This post has been updated on June 12, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Oh my, Tom Ford, your shoes are giving me serious heart palpitations! So we’ve already shown you the OTT mirrored mosaic OTK boots from the SS14 collection two weeks ago and here we have another pair: a just as extravagant and insanely sexy lacey thigh-boot. But all that footwear sexiness comes with a price tag of $3.600. Yup, that should cool us down a little.

Tom Ford Lacey Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots in black

Tom Ford Lacey Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Bootsls
($3.600, Bergdorf Goodman)

Celebrities Love Tom Ford

Celebs such as Jessie J, Leighton Meester and Lea Michele have all been spotted wearing Tom Ford Lacey Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots.

Jessie J, Leighton Meester and Lea Michele wearing black Tom Ford Lacey Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots

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Cape Robbin Olga-YH-1 Lace Up Open Toe Thigh High Boots

Update (06/12/2015): Came across these Tom Ford inspired thigh high boots by Cape Robbin today which are available in various colors for under $70 (sale price!).

Cape Robbin Olga-YH-1 Lace Up Open Toe Thigh High Boots in black (Tom Ford knockoffs)

Cape Robbin Olga-YH-1 Lace Up Open Toe Thigh High Bootspjx
($65, ZooShoo)

P.S.: Also available at CiCi Hot.

Qupid Interest-110 Crochet Tall Lace-Up Boots

Update (01/04/2015): Stumbled upon these budget-friendly, Tom Ford inspired talll lace-up boots by Qupid today.

Qupid Interest-110 Crochet Tall Lace-Up Boots in black (Tom Ford knockoffs)

Qupid Interest-110 Crochet Tall Lace-Up Boots
($45.99, CiCi Hot)

ZiGiny “Maili” Lace Inset Thigh-High Lace-Up Boots

Update (08/06/2014): Discovered these lacey OTK boots by ZiGiny which are obviously inspired by the Tom Ford thigh-high boots above.

ZiGiny "Maili" Lace Inset Thigh-High Lace-Up Boots in black (Tom Ford knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Maili” Lace Inset Thigh-High Lace-Up Bootsamazon
($289, Amazon)

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

Lust for Life “Fly” Thigh-High Lace Boots

Woot, woot! Today I discovered these super sexy Tom Ford dupes by Lust for Life which are currently on pre-order for $250 at Zappos. I’m slightly missing the gold stiletto heel on these, but for $250 (that’s $3.350 less than the real deal, FYI), I ain’t complaining. If you love these as much as I do, better get them ASAP, I am sure they will sell out in no time!

Lust for Life "Fly" Thigh-High Lace Boots in black (Tom Ford knockoffs)

Lust for Life “Fly” Thigh-High Lace Boots
($249.99, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm.

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Update: This post has been updated on May 21, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

When I first saw the “Bellantomod” Lace-Up Back Open-Toe Booties by Manolo Blahnik, I couldn’t really believe that these are supposed to be Manolos because the designer usually goes for a more elegant and timeless style direction. This high heel though screamed Tom Ford or Gucci to me. It’s a very sexy and stylish shoe; I love the lacing detail in the open back of this so-called “shootie”. As you can see from the pictures below, Vicky B. is also a fan. And who can blame her? However, not everyone of us has VB’s shopping budget, so we came up with a list of possible Manolo alternatives for you.

Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod Lace-Up Back Open-Toe Booties in black

Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod Lace-Up Back Open-Toe Bootiesls
($599, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Nordstromls & Barneysls.

Victoria Beckham Loves Manolo Blahnik

Victoria Beckham has been spotted numerous times wearing Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod Lace-Up Back Open-Toe Booties.

Victoria Beckham wearing Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod Lace-Up Back Open-Toe Booties

Zigi Soho “Marisol” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties

Update (05/21/2015): Found these Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod inspired booties by Zigi Soho today. What do you think? Hot or not?

Zigi Soho "Marisol" Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties in black (Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod knockoffs)

Zigi Soho “Marisol” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Bootiesamazon
($119.95, Amazon)

bebe “Matison” Lace-Up Mule Heels

Et voilà, bebe to the rescue! Being a pretty much spot-on dupe of the Manolos, the “Matison” is just as sexy as the real deal and with a price tag of $139, you won’t have to break the bank in order to afford it. But you better be fast because some sizes are beginning to sell out already.

bebe "Matison" Lace-Up Mule Heels in black (Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod knockoffs)

bebe “Matison” Lace-Up Mule Heels
($139, bebe)

Chinese Laundry “Jinxy” High Heel Booties

Another budget-friendly alternative and currently on sale, too, are these stylish heels from Chinese Laundry. They’re not a 1:1 dupe or anything, but they’ll still give you the same sexy look. Make sure to check out the insanely gorgeous cobalt blue suede version which is my absolute favorite!

Chinese Laundry "Jinxy" High Heel Booties in black (Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Jinxy” High Heel Bootiespjx
($85, ZooShoo)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstrom Rack, Chinese Laundry & 6pm.

Tony Bianco “Azura” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Stiletto Booties

And, of course, the stylish Australians strike once again! Tony Bianco‘s “Azura” heels will give you the coveted Manolo Blahnik look for less; for $149.95 AUD to be exact. And what can I say? I’m in love.

Tony Bianco "Azura" Peep-Toe Lace-Up Stiletto Booties in black (Manolo Blahnik Bellantomod knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Azura” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Stiletto Booties
($149.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 24, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

p>While I never really warmed up to the wedge sneaker trend started by Isabel Marant, I must admit that I really liked Marant’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Especially the shoes! I even considered getting the studded “Caleen” booties pictured below, but since I can’t afford designer shoes full price, I had to wait until they went on sale and well, try getting size 9 Isabel Marant shoes on sale. Absolutely no luck for me this time!

Isabel Marant Caleen Studded Pull-On Ankle Boots in black

Isabel Marant Caleen Studded Pull-On Bootiesls
($890, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Isabel Marant

Celebs and style bloggers such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea), Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel have all been spotted wearing Isabel Marant Caleen Studded Pull-On Ankle Boots.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea), Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel wearing Isabel Marant Caleen Studded Pull-On Ankle Boots

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GoJane Studded Pointy Toe Western Booties

Update (01/24/2015): Discovered these cute Isabel Marant Caleen budget alernative booties at GoJane. Such a steal at only $12.10!

GoJane Studded Pointy Toe Western Booties in black, white and brown (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

GoJane Studded Pointy Toe Western Booties
($12.10, GoJane)

Alloy “Jerome” Studded Boots

Update (12/29/2013): Happened to stumble upon these cute Marant inspired studded cowboy booties at Alloy.

Alloy "Jerome" Studded Boots in white and chestnut (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Alloy “Jerome” Studded Boots
($14.99, Nordstrom Rack)

Chicwish Stud Moto Boots

Update (11/29/2013): Still lusting after Marant’s fab studded booties? Well, here’s yet another dupe (found at Chicwish) and it’s selling for less than $60!

Chicwish Stud Moto Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Chicwish Stud Moto Boots
($59.42, Chicwish)

Steve Madden “AWSUM” Stud Ankle Boots

Update (11/29/2013): These studded ankle boots by Steve Madden may not be a dupe per se, but there’s definitely some Marant inspiration going on here. Available in black and taupe leather.

Steve Madden "AWSUM" Stud Ankle Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Steve Madden “AWSUM” Stud Ankle Bootsamazon
($49, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Steve Maddenls & Nordstromls.

Mossimo Supply Co. “Karis” Studded Ankle Boots

Update (11/29/2013): Also came across these studded boots by Mossimo Supply Co. which are more of a dupe of the Steve Madden booties above than of the original Marants, but since Madden copied Marant, you could say that therefore Mossimo Supply Co. copied Marant as well.

Mossimo Supply Co. "Karis" Studded Ankle Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Karis” Studded Ankle Boots
($34.99, Target)

ZiGi girl “Truffle” Studded Pull-On Booties

Update (10/02/2013): Just stumbled upon these Marant look-a-like booties by ZiGi girl and wanted to share them with you! They’re not an identical match, but obvioulsy are quite inspired by Isabel Marant’s Caleen boots.

ZiGi girl "Truffle" Studded Pull-On Booties in black and tan (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

ZiGi girl “Truffle” Studded Pull-On Bootiesls
($99.79, Nordstrom)

Jessica Buurman “Kathie” Studded Concealed Wedge Heel Ankle Boots

Et voilà, check out these super fabulous Isabel Marant Caleen look-a-likes by Jessica Buurman! They are not a spot-on dupe of the Marant booties, but still close enough I think. $99 and available in either black or white.

Jessica Buurman "Kathie" Studded Concealed Wedge Heel Ankle Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Kathie” Studded Concealed Wedge Heel Ankle Boots
($99, Jessica Buurman)

Choies Studded Western Boots

Another great Marant alternative are these studded boots by Choies. The shaft on these is slightly higher than on the designer originals, but overall they look pretty much alike! Available in black or white leather.

Choies Studded Western Boots in black (Isabel Marant Caleen knockoffs)

Choies Studded Western Boots
($115.99, Choies)

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I didn’t really know much about Tom Ford prior to Vahni‘s arrival here at InTheirCloset, but ever since V brought the Texan-born designer extraordinaire onto my fashion radar a few years back, he never really left since. And now that I’ve vigilantly watched Ford and the fashion scene for a couple years, I feel entitled to profess the following: nobody does black & gold quite like Tom Ford. Let that sink in for a moment […] Alright, let’s get to these awe-mazing zipper-adorned high heel booties of his, shall we? Normally, the thought of a zipper being stuck on my designer heels would sound like my worst fashion nightmare, but the magic appeal of Tom Ford kindly begs to differ. Two words: badass and obsessed! Sadly, these ultra sexy and equally unique high heel booties never received the celebrity coverage they deserved (or any personal style blogger love, for that matter). So far, only Mary J. Blige seems to have been brave and fierce enough to rock these zippered beauties yet. Not sure why, but maybe that price tag of $1.390 might have had something to do with it.

Tom Ford Zipper-Heel Leather Ankle Boots in black and gold

Tom Ford Zipper-Heel Leather Ankle Bootsls
($1.390, Neiman Marcus)

ZiGi Girl “Tabatha” Zipper-Heel High Heel Booties

This one’s for you, V! Enter ZiGi Girl‘s “Tabatha” Booties. They ain’t Tom Ford, I know, but they are the next best thing to Tom Ford for $129.95. ‘Cause as much as we’d all love to have the real deal in our closets, at almost $1.400 this ain’t a viable option for most us. So we have to settle for Tom Ford on a budget instead. Yay to paying rent and all the other boring stuff! Get these lovely (and budget-friendly) Tom Ford dupes as fast as you can click that “Buy now“-button because I sense an “Out of stock“-warning very soon here…

ZiGi Girl "Tabatha" Zipper-Heel High Heel Booties in black (Tom Ford knockoffs)

ZiGi Girl “Tabatha” Zipper-Heel High Heel Bootiesamazon
($129.95, Amazon)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Amazon

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