Acne‘s “Pistol” ankle boot is pretty much the “It” shoe of the fashion blogosphere because it’s either in every style blogger’s wardrobe or at least on their wish list. Apparently the appeal is partly due to the fact that Acne makes great quality footwear and most bloggers say they were totally worth the investment. At first I didn’t really see why these simple boots were so highly coveted, but the more I look at them the more I start to like them.
Acne Studios Pistol Short Ankle Boots, $570 || Net-A-Porter
Celebrities Love Acne
Celebs such as Rachel Weisz, Clémence Poésy and Keira Knightley wearing Acne Pistol Short Boots have been spotted wearing Acne Studios Pistol Boots.
Therapy Rowlett Tassel Zipper Ankle Boots
Update (02/11/2019): Stumbled upon this tassel zip bootie by Therapy yesterday and it instantly reminded me of Acne’s Pistol boot. Available in black, white and tan PU leather.
Therapy Rowlett Tassel Zipper Ankle Boots, $44.97 AUD || Styletread
Old Navy Faux-Leather Side-Zip Boots
Update (12/29/2016): I was browsing through Old Navy‘s latest arrivals today and discovered these fab Acne Pistol look-alike booties! The tan faux leather version is even on sale for $26.99! Steal deal alert!
Old Navy Faux-Leather Side-Zip Boots, $26.99 || Old Navy
Lipstik Middle Zip Ankle Boots
Update (05/09/2016): And another spot-on Acne Pistol dupe boot joins the list! By Lipstik.
Lipstik Middle Zip Ankle Boots, $99.95 AUD || The Iconic
Also available at Myer.
Fashion Focus Palma-3 Tassel Double Side Zip Dress Ankle Booties
Update (11/02/2015): Spotted another lovely and super budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot alternative today! By Fashion Focus, available in black, brown and cognac faux leather and currently on sale for $32.99 .
Fashion Focus Palma-3 Tassel Double Side Zip Dress Ankle Booties, $32.99 || Amazon
Mollini Matcher Zip Ankle Boots
Update (11/02/2015): Also stumbled upon these awesome Australian Acne Pistol look-alikes by Mollini. I’m absolutely obsessed with the gorgeous nude version! L.O.V.E.
Mollini Matcher Zip Ankle Boots, $199.95 AUD || Styletread
Sole Society Ines Zipper Ankle Booties
Update (09/12/2015): Discovered another great Acne Pistol boot dupe today! Check out this cool zipper bootie by Sole Society. Available in 3 colors for $99.95.
Sole Society Ines Zipper Ankle Booties, $99.95 || Nordstrom
Also available at Sole Society.
Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties
Update (07/22/2015): Great news everyone! Forever 21‘s fantastic and wallet-friendly Acne Pistol boot dupes have finally been restocked! Get them for $27.90 in either black, brown or wine faux leather.
Forever 21 Zippered Faux Leather Booties, $27.90 || Forever 21
Sixtyseven Nange Zip Ankle Boots
Update (07/20/2015): Also happened to dig up these cool Acne Pistol look-alikes by Sixtyseven! They’re mostly available in Europe, so all European Acne fans rejoice! Also available in other colors.
Sixtyseven Nange Zip Ankle Boots, £119.95 || Amazon.co.uk
Dune Platter Zip Ankle Boots
Update (08/08/2014): Is it possible to be more on point with the design than Dune‘s Platter boots? I highly doubt so. It’s unbelievably close to the real Acne Pistol boots, don’t you agree? I can’t comment on their quality, but the almost identical design is definitely stunning and so is the budget-friendly price ($70.99). Available in either black or brown leather.
Dune Platter Zip Ankle Boots, $70.99 || 6pm
Selected Femme Carla Zip Ankle Boots
Update (05/30/2014): Found another Acne Pistol boot dupe! Check out these fab booties by Selected Femme.
Selected Femme Carla Zip Ankle Boots, £109.95 || Amazon.co.uk
Tony Bianco Alexa Zip Ankle Boots
Update (02/17/2014): Happened to come across this super amazing and almost identical Acne Pistol boot dupe by Tony Bianco! Not exactly a steal at $189.95 AUD, but so close to the real deal!
Tony Bianco Alexa Zip Ankle Boots, $189.95 AUD || Tony Bianco
Spurr Kerrie Tassel Ankle Boots
Update (02/17/2014): Also discovered this lovely and very affordable Acne Pistol boot dupe by Spurr. Available in black, tan and grey.
Spurr Kerrie Tassel Ankle Boots, $49.95 AUD || The Iconic
Therapy Fidel Zip Ankle Boots
Update (02/17/2014): And here’s yet another lovely and very budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot alternative! These boots from Therapy retail for a light $49.95 AUD and come in either black, grey and tan.
Therapy Fidel Zip Ankle Boots, $79.95 AUD || Styletread
Also available at The Iconic.
Topshop ANGEL Leather Heeled Boots
Update (01/19/2014): Accidentally came across these zip ankle boots by Topshop today and they instantly reminded me of the iconic Acne Pistol boots. The heel on these here is higher, but that can’t be a bad thing, right? Also available in black suede and brown leather.
Topshop ANGEL Leather Heeled Boots, $160 || Topshop
Express Outside Zip Ankle Booties
Update (03/08/2013): Stumbled upon these budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot look-alikes by Express. Only $41.93!
Express Outside Zip Ankle Booties, $41.93 || Express
Steve Madden Partenon Zip Ankle Boots
Update (02/22/2013): And here we go with yet another perfectly good-looking Acne Pistol boot look-alike by Steve Madden. Love, love, love these booties (and the price ain’t too bad as well)! Also available in brown leather.
Steve Madden Partenon Zip Ankle Boots, $65 || Amazon
Dixie Gobi Tasseled Booties
Update (02/22/2013): Found this amazingly similar Acne Pistol altnerative by Dixie at Nelly. So close to the original, don’t you agree?
Dixie Gobi Tasseled Booties, £159.95 || Amazon.co.uk
Forever 21 Tasseled Zip Booties
Update (10/09/2012): Forever 21 has a great and budget-friendly Acne Pistol dupe for $32.80 available in either black or tan faux leather.
Forever 21 Tasseled Zip Booties, $32.80 || Forever 21
Enzo Angiolini Elysian Ankle Boots
Update (10/09/2012): Here’s a great suede alternative if you’re looking for the Acne Pistol look for less. These Enzo Angiolini booties look absolutely amazing, I especially love the red suede version.
Enzo Angiolini Elysian Ankle Boots, $70 || Amazon
Chelsea Crew Hull Zip Ankle Boots
Update (09/29/2012): Good news! Another fabulous and budget-friendly Acne Pistol boot dupe has popped up. Check out these zip booties by Chelsea Crew. Also available in olive green and beige faux snake.
Chelsea Crew Hull Zip Ankle Boots, $49.99 || Nordstrom Rack
Topshop MIGHTY Leather Zip Boots
Update (07/20/2012): Phew! This is the 20th Acne Pistol boot look-a-like we have listed here in this Real vs. Steal post. These Topshop booties look strangely identical with the AMBUSH ones found below which were one of the first Acne Pistol dupes to pop up only the MIGHTY boots are only $90 instead of $150. Yay for that!
Topshop MIGHTY Leather Zip Boots, $90 || Topshop
Office Dusk Till Dawn Zip Ankle Boots
Update (06/24/2012): And here we go again with yet another Acne Pistol boot look-alike by Office. Available in black or brown leather.
Office Dusk Till Dawn Zip Ankle Boots, £80 || Office
Blink Maraa Zip Ankle Boots
Update (06/24/2012): Acne Pistol boot fangirls can now get their budget-friendly boot fix from Blink.
Blink Maraa Zip Ankle Boots, $69.99 || Zappos
ZiGiny Creative Booties
Update (05/04/2012): And here’s yet another fab Acne Pistol look-a-like. These faux leather booties by ZiGiny are a great alternative if you’re on a tight budget.
ZiGiny Creative Booties, $59.96 || Amazon
Steven by Steve Madden PARADOXX Ankle Boots
Update (03/07/2012): The Holy Grail has been found! Finally! I really don’t think you’ll find a better Acne Pistol boot look-a-like than these almost identical Steven by Steve Madden zip ankle boots. I even hyperventilated a little when I first saw them on the Steve Madden website. You better make your order ASAP because I’m 100% certain these are going to sell out quickly.
Steven by Steve Madden PARADOXX Ankle Boots, $44.99 || Amazon
Dorothy Perkins Zip Ankle Boots
Update (12/15/2011): Another chic British Acne look-a-like by Dorothy Perkins. Available in black or tan faux leather.
Dorothy Perkins Zip Ankle Boots, £20 || Dorothy Perkins
BP. Trolley Ankle Boots
Update (12/05/2011): One of our readers found this super similar Pistol boot look-alike by BP. which costs a little under $75 (sale price) and is available in various colors and uppers. Thanks for the great find, JRD!
BP. Trolley Ankle Boots, $74.90 || Nordstrom
Just Sheepskin Nikita Zip Ankle Boots
Update (12/01/2011): And here we go again! The next Pistol knockoff is kindly presented to you by Just Sheepskin for the sweet price of £70! Available in black and brown.
Just Sheepskin Nikita Zip Ankle Boots, £70 || Office
ALDO Crisson Ankle Boots
Update (11/15/2011): A big thank you to ITC reader horangi113 for letting us know about yet another great Acne Pistol dupe. This one’s by ALDO and it comes in black or beige.
ALDO Crisson Ankle Boots, $45.49 || ALDO
Dolce Vita Jax Booties
Update (11/15/2011): Woohoo, found another fantastic though slightly pricey Acne boot alternative. These Dolce Vita tassel booties come in either black, brown or cognac. They’re selling pretty quick, so you better hurry if you fancy this boot style. P.S.: I bought these booties recently and now am pretty much wearing them to death! Big shoe love here!
Dolce Vita Jax Booties, $120.29 || Amazon
Topshop AMBUSH Side Zip Boots
Thank Topshop for bringing Acne to the masses. Their Pistol boot look-alike is almost just as fabulous as the original and I’m currently debating whether I should try these boots myself to see if they can become my go-to ankle boots for this Fall and Winter. Also check out the other colors and variations of the AMBUSH boots.
Topshop AMBUSH Side Zip Boots, $150 || Topshop
Bronx E Lusion Ankle Boots
If you’re willing to spend a bit more Bronx also has a really great Acne Pistol boot look-alike for a little less than $100.
Bronx E Lusion Ankle Boots, $99.99 || Amazon