I don’t know how they do it, but Yves Saint Laurent makes some of the most iconic shoes I’ve ever seen. Especially their “Tribute” collection is a hit among celebrities, fashion connoisseurs and us totally obsessed shoe freaks. I’ve loved the Tribute sandals from the first moment I saw them, but never got the chance to go for the real deal or
snap up one of the various knockoffs (check!) back then when they were considered the “It” shoe of the year. My favorite Tribute sandal was the purple suede version with gold trimming, but the black patent version is of course more versatile.
Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Platform Sandals, $895-$925 || Neiman Marcus
Also available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saint Laurent, Bergdorf Goodman,
Celebrities Love YSL
Celebs like Lucy Liu, Demi Lovato, Olivia Palermo, Hayden Panettiere and Kate Beckinsale have all been spotted wearing Sanit Laurent YSL Tribute Platform High Heel Sandals.
Pink Inc Empire T-Strap Platform Sandals
Update (02/09/2019): Now look at these wonderful YSL Tribute platforms by Pink Inc which I’ve spotted today! Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous? And so spot-on compared to the real deal! Love, love, love this one! Make sure to use promo code SAVE20 to get 20% off at The Iconic (limited time offer).
Pink Inc Empire T-Strap Platform Sandals, $199.95 AUD || The Iconic
Also available at Myer.
Olivia Jaymes T-Strap Platform High Heel Sandals
Update (08/17/2018): Discovered another great YSL Tribute dupe today! These t-strap high heel sandals by Olivia Jaymes cost under $40, look very much like the real deal and come in black, red or nude faux patent leather. What do you think? Yay or nay on these?
Olivia Jaymes T-Strap Platform High Heel Sandals, $32.99 || Amazon
ALDO Chelly T-Strap Platform Sandals
Update (06/14/2017): While browsing the latest arrivals at ALDO, I happened to stumble upon another great Yves Saint Laurent alternative. Say hello to Chelly! Apart from the heel which isn’t tapered, Chelly is pretty much a spot-on YSL dupe. Available in black, gold, silver blush or nude patent for $90 (some styles are on sale though).
ALDO Chelly T-Strap Platform Sandals, $62.99 || Amazon
Shoe Dezigns Lauren 87 Strappy Patent Platform Sandals
Update (05/14/2017): Spotted another YSL Tribute dupe today! Check out these mega high platform heels by Shoe Dezigns which are super budget-friendly at $19.99 and come in black, beige, yellow and light blue faux patent leather. Steal deal alert!
Shoe Dezigns Lauren 87 Strappy Patent Platform Sandals, $19.99-$29.99 || Amazon
Bandolino Sarahi T-Strap Platform Sandals
Update (05/14/2017): And if you’re not into wearing sky-high 5″ platform heels, check out these YSL inspired sandals by Bandolino which come in various colors and have a 3.5″ heel and a .75″ platform. So cute!
Bandolino Sarahi T-Strap Platform Sandals, $47.99 || Amazon
J. Adams Vdara T-Strap Platform Sandals
Update (04/25/2017): So stoked about having come across these absolutely fab and totally spot-on YSL Tribute dupes by J. Adams! They come in either black or nude patent faux leather and at $39.99 they’re super affordable, too! Steal deal alert!
J. Adams Vdara T-Strap Platform Sandals, $39.99 || Amazon
Wild Pair Kisme Platform Patent Leather Sandals
Update (11/22/2016): Check out these super affordable YSL Tribute look-alike heels by Wild Pair! Aren’t they amazing? I guess they’re more likely supposed to be dupes of Steve Madden’s Kananda heels rather than the original YSLs as the brand has several other Steve Madden dupes in their collection, but since Madden’s Kananda is a pretty good dupe of the Tribute sandals itself, we’re not going to be petty here. They’re available in red, black and nude faux patent leather and cost $39.99.
Wild Pair Kisme Platform Patent Leather Sandals, $39.99 || Target
Dune Maui Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals
Update (11/22/2016): I also discovered another lovely YSL Tribute inspired sandal at Dune. Maui is a great alternative if you’re looking for the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute look without wanting a complete knock-off design. Available in black or nude patent for
Dune Maui Lattice T-bar Platform Sandals, £38 || Dune
Office Nostalgia Platform Heels
Update (07/06/2016): Spotted yet another almost spot-on Yves Saint Laurent Tribute dupe at Office. Like Steve Madden’s Kananda version, this one too, is missing the t-strap on the front, but otherwise the design is so close to the real deal. Available in nude, red and black patent leather as well as gold or rosegold leather and black nubuck for affordable £48.
Office Nostalgia Platform Heels, £48 || Office
Fersengold Paris T-Strap Platform Sandals
Update (05/01/2016): Just stumbled upon these spot-on YSL Tribute look-alike heels by German shoe brand Fersengold which come in either nude or blue patent leather. I also like the Fendi influence here with the gold f-letter plate on the platform. They’re not the budget-friendliest steal find at £175, but might be worth the investment if you’re looking for a high-quality YSL dupe.
Fersengold Paris T-Strap Platform Sandals, £147.83 || Amazon.co.uk
Steve Madden Kananda T-Strap Platform Sandals
Update (01/20/2016): And here we are, almost 6 years after the last find, here we have yet another YSL Tribute look-alike by Steve Madden (minus the t-strap). And I think this one’s the best one yet! Kananda is available in various colors and uppers for $60.99 (sale price).
Steve Madden Kananda T-Strap Platform Sandals, $60.99 || Amazon
Formentini T-Strap Platform Sandals
Update (01/20/2016): Also happened to come across these YSL Tribute inspired 4 inch heels by Formentini which are currently on sale for a super steal-worthy price of $39.90. Also available in a suede version.
Formentini T-Strap Platform Sandals, $39.90 || YOOX
JustFab Lianca T-Strap Sandals
Update (09/06/2012): After more than a year I was able to find yet another YSL Tribute sandal look-a-like. Check out these fabulous heels by JustFab for under $30!
JustFab Lianca T-Strap Sandals, $24.99 || JustFab
rsvp Evelyn T-Strap Sandals
Update (05/02/2011): Here’s another great and almost identical YSL Tribute look-a-like coming from rsvp. The only noticeable difference is the lower heel. These come in black, fuchsia, red, nude, gold and silver patent. Apart from the black patent version all the other colors have been marked down to a super affordable $55.
rsvp Evelyn T-Strap Sandals, $99 || Zappos
Steve Madden DAARLING T-Strap Sandals
Update (03/28/2010): Check out Steve Madden‘s second take on the Tribute sandal. Available in black, nude & natural patent, denim and leopard.
I still prefer the first one, but this heel has some major advantages. It is a) not sold out, b) cheaper and c) way easier to walk in because of the lower heel (the platform helps, too).
Steve Madden DAARLING T-Strap Sandals, $69.95 || Steve Madden
Steve Madden T-Bar Platform Sandals
Update (12/04/2009): Woohoo! You lucky gals. ASOS is now selling the Steve Madden sandals at the amazing price of £32 at their online outlet store. That is 60% OFF the original retail price! I bought these babies full price six months ago there and they look absolutely fantastic in person. So worth the price.
YSL lovers, today’s your lucky day! These Steve Madden platform sandals have completely sold out everywhere else, but ASOS has still a few of these fabtastic heels in limited sizes available. Be quick to order because this is the final sale and probably also your last chance for a great YSL Tribute knockoff of such great quality. I love mine so much! They are absolutely amazing looking for knockoffs and while £80 were certainly not cheap, I haven’t put a second thought whether or not to buy them and ordered straight away after they added my size. My tip: if your feet are slightly wider than average I suggest you go at least half a size up so your toes won’t get squished.
Steve Madden Patent T-Bar Platforms, £32 || ASOS
Guess Trivan T-Strap Platform Sandals
There have been countless YSL Tribute sandal knockoffs, but only a handful of them were actually decent looking. These YSL look-a-likes by Guess are one of the best knockoffs which are still being sold. So if you haven’t got the chance to grab a knockoff back then, you can now catch up on this!
Guess Trivan T-Strap Platform Sandals, $79.19 || Amazon
Gianni Bini Uptown Platform Sandals
If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, you’ll probably be happy with these Gianni Bini platforms. They are currently on sale for half the price being marked down from $98 to $49.99 and come in black or tan (my favorite!). But hurry, sizes are limited.
Gianni Bini Uptown Platform Sandals, $49.99 || Dillard’s