Real vs. Steal – Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale Platform Pumps

by Irina on July 14, 2012

Update: This post has been updated on July 14, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

Yves Saint Laurent will be always one of my favorite high-end fashion brands. They belong to fashion much like the Eiffel Tower belongs to Paris. Where would be without this everlasting house of delicate French fashion? In 100 years from now most designers being hyped right now will be long forgotten, but I’m sure YSL will be considered iconic for its cultural and aesthetic influence in our era. And rightfully so. Evidence A: see below.

Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale Platform Pumps in black suede

Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale Platform Pumpsls
($795, NORDSTROM)

Celebrities Love Yves Saint Laurent

Kristen Stewart, Lily Allen, Kate Beckinsale and Lady GaGa wearing Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale Suede Platform Pumps

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Alloy “Lexi” Wedge Pumps

UPDATE (07/14/2012): Didn’t really expect to come across any more YSL Imperiale look-a-likes, but you can find a budget-friendly faux suede version at Alloy.

Alloy "Lexi" Wedge Pumps in bordeaux and black faux suede (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

Alloy “Lexi” Wedge Pumpsls
($29.90, Alloy)

Dollhouse “Stunning” Platform Pumps

UPDATE (10/21/2010): Finally found a non-suede YSL alternative by Dollhouse. Available in black, brown, grey, pink & tan.

Dollhouse "Stunning" Platform Pumps in black (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Stunning” Platform Pumpsamazon
($41.25, Amazon)

Steve Madden “BRIGITT” Wedge Pumps

UPDATE (10/13/2010): Just stumbled upon this YSL Imperiale look-a-like by Steve Madden. Available in black or blush suede.

Steve Madden "BRIGITT" Wedge Pumps in black suede (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

Steve Madden “BRIGITT” Wedge Pumpsamazon
($129.95, Amazon)

Dolce Vita “Hayword” Platform Pumps

UPDATE (10/13/2010): These Dolce Vita pumps look exactly like the April pumps; they just seem to have renamed the shoe and re-released it. Available in black, burgundy and taupe suede.

Dolce Vita "Hayword" Platform Pumps in black suede (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

Dolce Vita “Hayword” Platform Pumpscj
($112.49, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

New Look Suedette Demi Wedges

UPDATE (10/13/2010): New Look has also an almost identical low-budget version of the YSL pumps which in either black or grey (faux) suede.

New Look Suedette Demi Wedges in black faux suede (YSL Imperiale knockoffs)

New Look Suedette Demi Wedges
(£24.99, New Look)

Qupid Roshay-01 Platform Pumps

UPDATE (07/21/2010): Here’s a cheap & chic YSL knockoff by Qupid. These pumps are available in many colors & finishes.

Qupid Roshay-01 Platform Pumps in black faux suede (Yves Saint Laurent Imperiale knockoffs)

Qupid Roshay-01 Platform Pumpsamazon
($22.44, Amazon)

Dolce Vita “April” Platform Pumps

If you want the same style without breaking the bank, try these suede platforms by Dolce Vita which are dead ringers for the YSL Imperiale pumps. Not exactly a steal at ~$160, but still a whole lotta cheaper than the original Yves Saint Laurent heels. Also available in taupe suede and navy leather.

Dolce Vita "April" Platform Pumps in black suede (Yve Saint Laurent Imperiale knockoffs)

Dolce Vita “April” Platform Pumpsamazon
($159.95, Amazon)

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  • Great find!

  • bonnie

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been lusting after these YSL platform pumps for awhile. I’d love to find a dupe that’s not in suede, though. I have a hard time taking care of suede!

  • Hi Bonnie, the Dolce Vita pumps are also available in nappa leather.

  • Kelly

    Another great copy is at Bakersshoes.com. DIXY is very similar and around the 80 dollar mark. It comes in black suede and nude suede.

  • I fell in love with these when seeing them in the Alloy catalog. I like how they are even cheaper at Ami Club Wear!

  • tara

    Here is a leather, peep-toe, half-d’orsay version from zappos: Type Z -“Josette” Pumpscj

  • Thank you for the addition, Tara.

  • Ivy

    these are sold out everywhere!

  • D.G

    The ones in Alloy are like $32. Hot shoes!

  • Sherry

    Is that really Kristen Stewart on the left? She looks majorly like Evan Rachel Wood in that picture. Must be the black hair.

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