Now that Christmas is only 2 days away I know you’re probably super busy shopping for last minute gifts (guilty as charged!), wrapping presents and finalizing your Christmas menu, but there’s always some time to appreciate a beautiful shoe, right? This red suede fringed block-heel beauty by Aquazzura might look familiar as we’ve featured its 4″ stiletto heel sibling in a previous Real vs. Steal post. But as much as we love a sky-high stiletto high-heel shoe, even the comfiest of them still isn’t comfy. Wearing high heels is painful, often exhausting, sometimes even downright dangerous (hello, cobblestone pavement!), so I’m super happy to see mid-heeled block-heels taking the wheel in the footwear trend scene right now. Because happy feet = happy me! And these Aquazzura sandals are a prime example that show that block-heeled shoes can look just as sexy and beautiful as their high-heeled counterparts. Too bad these beauties cost a whopping $785 though! Luckily, we’ve found a few budget-friendly alternatives that will give you the designer look for a fraction of the price.
Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandals, $785 || Neiman Marcus
Enmayer Fringed Block-Heel Sandals
Update (03/26/2019): Spring is coming, so I figured you might be interested in these cute new Aquazzura sandal dupes I discovered today. They’re by a brand called Enmayer, cost around $40 and come in a bunch of lovely colors including black, red, blue, turquoise and pastel pink.
Enmayer Fringed Block-Heel Sandals, $35.99 || Amazon
Adrienne Vittadini Allen Lace-Up Sandals
Update (11/10/2017): Now look at these fantastic Aquazzura dupes by Adrienne Vittadini! Aren’t they just fabulous? And so spot-on, too! Available in various colors like pink, black and navy suede and currently on sale at Amazon. Love!
Adrienne Vittadini Allen Lace-Up Sandals, $36 || Amazon
Sole Society Sera Fringe Strap Heeled Sandals
Update (04/03/2017): Spotted these amazingly similar fringe block heel sandals at Sole Society which look just like the real deal, but cost only a fraction of the price. Available for $89.95 in red, taupe or blue suede.
Sole Society Sera Fringe Strap Heeled Sandals, $89.95 || Nordstrom
JustFab Jean Fringe Block Heeled Sandals
Update (04/03/2017): Also discovered these budget-friendly Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes at JustFab. They come in 4 colors (taupe, red, black and yellow) and can be yours for as low as $9.99 (first item purchase for JustFab members). Stea deal alert!
JustFab Jean Fringe Block Heeled Sandals, $9.99 || JustFab
BP. Karla Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals
Update (04/03/2017): Another great Aquazzura alternative are these block heel sandals by BP. which are made of genuine leather and retail for $59.95. They miss the fringe detail on the front strap, but the overall design is still quite similar to the designer version above. Available in blush, blue and black suede.
BP. Karla Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals, $59.95 || Nordstrom
Spurr Aisha Fringe Block Heels
Update (01/28/2017): Stumbled upon another lovely Aquazzura Wild Thing City alternative today! “Aisha” by Spurr looks a lot like the real deal, comes in 3 colors (coral, black and pink blush microsuede) and costs $41.97 AUD!
Spurr Aisha Fringe Block Heels, $41.97 AUD || The Iconic
Athena Alexander Saige Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals
May I introduce you to Saige by Athena Alexander? A gorgeous and spot-on Aquazurra Wild Thing City dupe available in either red, grey or black faux suede for $97.95. No need to spend $800 if you can have the exact same designer look for under $100, right?
Athena Alexander Saige Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals, $97.95 || Amazon
Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals
My favorite Aquazzura Wild Thing alternative however is this one by Kaitlyn Pan. Why? Well, first off: it’s just as spot-on as the Athena Alexander version, but it is made of genuine suede and also costs $13 less ($84.99). Plus, the available colors (red, blue = my fave, tan and black) are absolutely gorgeous, too.
Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals, $84.99 || Amazon
Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Sole Society, JustFab, Nordstrom, The Iconic, Amazon