Does the name Rene Caovilla ring a bell with you? If not, it definitely should and if you ask why, then just take a look at the darling shoes below and I’m sure you will all come to agree with me on this. Rene Caovilla is a family-run shoemaking business from Italy with a strong focus on jeweled luxury shoes. And as you can see, you don’t even have to be a high heel lover to be a fan. Their pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandal called “Venus” has been around for more than two decades now and is considered to be one of Caovilla’s most famous signature styles. Too bad you’d have to be pretty rich though because these babies are everything but cheap!
René Caovilla Eliza Crystal-Embellished Pearl & Bow Thong Sandals, $1.060 || Net-A-Porter
Rihanna Loves Rene Caovilla
Rihanna has been spotted wearing her Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals various times.
Badgley Mischka “Honey” Satin Pearl-Embellished Sandals
Update (08/13/2018): Discovered these beautiful satin thong sandals by Badgley Mischka the other day and thought they’d be a great look for less alternative for the pricey Rene Caovilla designer version above. For a thong sandal, they’re a tad pricey at $125, but the real deal costs 10x more, so I’d still consider this one to be a steal find.
Badgley Mischka “Honey” Satin Pearl-Embellished Sandals, $125 || Nordstrom
Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals
Update (07/04/2017): Stumbled upon these amazing Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Kailee P and just had to share this steal deal with you. So close to the real deal while being moderately priced at $59! Also available in various other colors here.
Kailee P Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Flat Sandals, $59 || Etsy
Head over Heels by Dune “Leonia” Pearl Trim T-Bar Flat Sandals
Update (07/04/2017): Also spotted these pearl-embellished thong sandals by Head over Heels by Dune which would be a great and affordable alternative to the pricey designer real deal above. Available in black or nude for $30 (sale price!).
Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals
Update (05/02/2017): Came across this Venus dupe by Mobi today. So cute, no? Available for $25.99 in either white, black or turquoise faux leather.
Mobi Pearl-Embellished T-Strap Thong Sandals, $25.99 || Oasap
Dorothy Perkins “Florence” Pearl Sandals
Update (05/02/2017): Also stumbled upon this pearly thong sandal by Dorothy Perkins which is a great René Caovilla alternative minus the bow. Made of genuine leather. Price: $44.
Dorothy Perkins “Florence” Pearl Sandals, $44 || Dorothy Perkins
Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandals
Update (03/20/2016): Spotted another beautiful Rene Caovilla alternative in these pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandals by Blue by Betsey Johnson.
Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandals, $51.75 || Amazon
I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals
Update (01/12/2016): And here’s another fabulous alternative for the pricey Rene Caovilla designer originals for under $100! This dupe’s by I Love Billy and it comes in either black or nude leather.
I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals, $49.98 AUD || StyleTread
Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals
Update (07/29/2015): Just stumbled upon these lovely and super budget-friendly Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Lara’s and wanted to share them with you. They’re available in either white, silver or gold faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $30! Steal deal alert!
Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals, $29.99 || Amazon
Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals
Luckily, there’s no need to break the bank because these pearly bow flat sandals by Marc Fisher are the next best thing to Rene Caovilla if you’re on a budget. Fisher’s “Fumi” is astonishingly similar to Caovilla’s “Venus” sandals; the only noticeable difference being the missing crystal rim on the sole. But since they’re about one thousand dollars cheaper than the real deal, I wouldn’t complain too much about missing details.
Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals, $47 || Amazon
ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals
Another cute and slightly cheaper Rene Caovilla Venus alternative would have to be these faux-pearl bow thong sandals by ASOS. These are more of an “inspired by”-kind rather than an identical dupe, but I find them beautiful nonetheless. A similar version named “Florence” is available here.
ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals, $45 || ASOS