Real vs. Steal – YSL Tribute T-Strap Platform Sandals

by Irina on June 14, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on June 14, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

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.

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Lucy Liu, Demi Lovato, Olivia Palermo, Hayden Panettiere and Kate Beckinsale wearing black patent YSL Tribute Platform Sandals

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Aldo “Chelly” T-Strap Platform Sandals

Update (06/14/2017): 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 black, silver or nude patent for $62.99.

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

Aldo “Chelly” T-Strap Platform Sandalsamazon
($62.99, Amazon)

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

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.

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.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

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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  • pinkmittens

    Just wanted to say, I loooooooove your blog. It’s so fabulous and I check it several times a day! Thank you for finding all these wonderful shoes!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Pinkmittens! Your comment made my day. 🙂

  • yoyo

    Thank you soooo much for your article! I’ve been looking for hours online for the name of the guess version of the YSL Tributes. A while back I saw the those guess shoes on sale at Marshalls for $49. I didn’t even hear about the YSL shoes yet, I just really liked the style. Since I have wayyyy too many shoes already my boyfriend convinced me not to get them! Now I’m kicking myself since I didn’t and I can’t find them anywhere! 🙁 On a recent trip to Michigan Ave in Chicago, I was faced when then original version and was reminded of them, now I must have them!! haha or at least the guess version

  • joana

    Hi, I just wanted to tell you that is sealing 3 pairs of look-a-like YSL sandals like these.
    You can find the black pair at
    I hope I helped in some ways. I’m a big fan of the site! 🙂


  • Very nice article! Thank you. Those alternatives are wonderful. Too bad I didn’t find this earlier. Now almost every one has disappeared. Just my luck. 🙁

  • They are selling an almost exact version of the Tribute at Forever 21 stores as well! I work in Denver and saw it at that store… They even went as far as mimicing the YSL logo in a way on the sole!

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