Don’t get me wrong: I loooooove high heels with utmost passion, but when summer is blazing its heatwaves upon us, the last thing I would think of wearing are high heeled shoes. A good flat sandal that you can easily slide in and out of and walk in for hours is absolutely essential in the summer; especially if you’re planning to go on vacation. Flip flops would be an obvious choice here, but aren’t we so over them by now? That’s why I am absolutely smitten with these backless knotted sandal leather slides by Joie. I love their minimalistic yet chic design (made in Italy, btw) and the supple cowhide leather; these would go with almost anything in my wardrobe. And while they’re not terribly expensive at $125, we understand that many of you are on a budget, so we made it our mission to find some great alternative options for much less. Just keep on reading.
Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals, $125 || Amazon
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Celebs such as Reese Witherspoon and various personal style bloggers have been spotted wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals.
Rampage Paddy Thong T-Bar Knot Slip-On Sandals
Update (03/07/2019): Accidentally stumbled upon these knotted thong sandals by Rampage and wanted to include them here on this ever-growing Joie Nice dupes list. They come in 4 cute colors, are made of faux leather and cost less than $30. Overall a good look for less option if you don’t want to spend $100+ on a pair of thong sandals. Wouldn’t you agree?
Rampage Paddy Thong T-Bar Knot Slip-On Sandals, $28.95 || Amazon
Seven7 Nuvo Knotted Thong Sandals
Update (07/07/2017): Spotted another set of lovely Joie Nice look-alike sandals today! They’re by Seven7, come in various colors and are on sale for less than $40.
Seven7 Nuvo Knotted Thong Sandals, $36 || Amazon
Dorothy Perkins Frazer Knotted Thong Sandals
Update (05/02/2017): Here’s another absolutely fabulous and spot-on Joie Nice dupe to add to the list. It’s by Dorothy Perkins, comes in either black or white faux leather and costs $25. Love these!
Dorothy Perkins Frazer Knotted Thong Sandals, $25 || Dorothy Perkins
Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals
Update (05/02/2017): Also found these fabulous leather sandals by Pieces which are obviously inspired by Joie as well. Made of genuine leather, price: £22.35.
Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals, £22.35 || Pieces
Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals
Update (04/20/2017): Today I browsed the Charlotte Russe website and came across these steal-worthy Joie sandal look-alikes which come in either rosegold or faux snakeskin are just $9.09! Steal deal alert!
Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals, $9.09 || Nordstrom Rack
Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals
Update (03/28/2017): Spotted another Joie Nice inspired set of thong sandals! These here are by Massimo Matteo, they’re made of genuine leather and are on sale for $30.99! Also available in various other colors.
Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals, $17.99 || Amazon
Merona Malia Thong Sandals
Update (03/06/2017): Check out these amazing Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Merona which are super budget-friendly ($19.99!) and come in either black, tan, silver or raspberry red. Absolutely love this designer dupe steal find!
Merona Malia Thong Sandals, $19.99 || Target
Rock & Candy Blaney Thong Sandals
Update (12/14/2016): Discovered these spot-on Joie Nice dupe sandals by Rock & Candy today which are available in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $25! Major steal deal alert! This sandal is also available with a 1,25″ stacked heel here if you need some extra height.
Rock & Candy Blaney Thong Sandals, $24.97 || Amazon
Wanted Munn T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals
Update (12/14/2016): Also found these knotted summer sandals by Wanted which are a spot-on dupe of the Joie originals. They’re a little pricey at $129.95 AUD, but once they go on sale these might be a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal. Available in tan, white, silver and leopard.
Wanted Munn T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals, $129.95 AUD || Styletread
Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals
Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another very affordable Joie Nice alternative today! How cute are these knotted t-strap slides by Old Navy? Available in black, cognax or white faux leather for $24.94.
Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals, $24.94 || Old Navy
Lucky Brand Ari Thong Sandals
Update (03/22/2016): Here’s a fab Joie Nice look-alike by Lucky Brand which is available for less than 1/3 of the price of the real deal. Available in black, tan, blue and watermelon pink leather.
Lucky Brand Ari Thong Sandals, $35.99, 6pm
Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals
Update (03/22/2016): Forever 21 now has a lovely non-suede Joice Nice dupe stocked! Available in black, tan, white and gold faux leather for a very budget-friendly price of $12.90! Steal deal alert!
Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals, $12.90 || Forever 21
Steve Madden Olivia Knotted Thong Flat Sandals
Update (03/09/2016): Spotted these amazing and spot-on Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Steve Madden. Available for $19.80 in various colors. Made of genuine leather. Love these!
Steve Madden Olivia Knotted Thong Flat Sandals, $19.80 || LuLu*s
Rebels Paitlyn Knotted Thong Sandals
Update (03/09/2016): Also discovered these Joie dupes by Rebels which are currently on sale for $20.95. There’s also a very cute cow-hair version available for a little over $30.
Rebels Paitlyn Knotted Thong Sandals, $20.95 || Amazon
Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals
Update (03/06/2016): These Alex + Alex thong sandals have an extra back strap, but the overall design is obviously inspired by the Joie sandals above.
Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals, $69 || Gilt
Maiden Lane Gia Thong Slides
Update (03/09/2016): Also love the fun colors of these Joie inspired flat sandals by Maiden Lane. So many colorful options! Love it!
Maiden Lane Gia Thong Slides, $19.99, Gilt
Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals
Update (12/13/2015): Spotted these lovely faux suede Joie Nice dupes at Forever 21 for a steal price of $12.90. Love every one of the colors!
Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals, $12.90, Forever 21
Mossimo Supply Co. Ainsley Knot Thong Sandals
If you’re on a really tight budget, then these cute thong sandals by Mossimo Supply Co. are probably your best option. The design is spot-on, they come in three different colors (black, brown and white) and they can be yours for less than $15! Only downside? These are made of PU leather, so no promises regarding durability and/or sweaty feet here.
Mossimo Supply Co. Ainsley Knot Thong Sandals, $13.98 || Target
Sole Society Sarena Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals
If you’re willing to invest a little more for a genuine leather option, check out these chic summer sandals by Sole Society. Again, these are pretty much a spot-on dupe compared to the Joies above (plus, I love that these are made of genuine leather). The price of $29.98 (sale price) ain’t too bad either (that’s less than half the price of the real deal).
Sole Society Sarena Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals, $29.98 || Sole Society
Also available at Nordstrom.
Naya Crescent Huarache Sandals
Another look for less option would be these huarache sandals by Naya. They have a very similar design and come in various color combinations (and are genuine leather, too), plus they’re currently on sale for a budget-friendly $44.99.
Naya Crescent Huarache Sandals, $44.99 || Amazon