Get the Look for Less on 5 Favorite Designer Shoes

I grew up in Italy and France during my formative years so I gained an early appreciation for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Fendi, and the like.

They say your thirties are your best years financially. Generally speaking, you have more disposable income - well, before you have kids!  Even so, I’m still very selective and make every effort to choose wisely where and when I spend my money.

You can easily purchase your coveted items pre-loved via your local consignment stores or even some well-reputed consignment sites online like Tradesy, The Real Real, and Fashionphile. It’s a great way to save money, and you can find styles that are sold out in stores or even a one-of-a-kind vintage piece. However, I have a particular weakness for shoes... just ask my husband how many pairs I have 🙈. Anyone else in the same boat? Therefore, sometimes life calls for a good alternative, especially when:

  • The designer-inspired shoe ends up being more comfortable than the designer shoe itself

  • You want to try the look to see if you like it before making the big investment

  • You already have a designer pair but want it in another color too (if only we could afford EVERY pair!)

  • The designer pair is sold out everywhere, leaving the designer-inspired shoe to be a great alternative

  • And lastly, you get the look for LESS!

There are some GREAT look-a-likes out there that I’ve rounded up for you to check out.


Chanel Two-tone Slingback

I have a special place in my heart for this shoe. The Chanel two-tone sling back is a sophisticated style that will forever stand the test of time. It is highly coveted and therefore often times sold out in boutiques. However, not to fret, there are some amazingly similar shoes that give you that same elegance and go well with every outfit!

Chanel-inspired alternatives: one / two / three / four / five


Valentino Rockstuds

This shoe receives non-stop compliments and instantly gives some pizzaz to any outfit. Not only that, but some of these dupes are amazingly comfortable. After purchasing the real deal, it’s hard not to resist wanting these shoes in other colors and that’s when getting a hold of these in many available colors is a win-win. I have them in nude, navy blue, and black!

Valentino-inspired alternatives: one / two / three / four / five / six


Chloe 'Lauren' Scalloped Ballet Flat

The Chloe ‘Lauren’ is one of my favorite ballet flats for its feminine scallop detail and its comfort. This is one shoe that I wear A LOT and would like to have in many, many colors. It’s a versatile shoe perfect for both work and casual affairs. Here are some great options to help you stock up on your ballet flat collection!

Chloe-inspired alternatives: one / two / three / four / five / six


Gucci Loafer

I’m a late bloomer to the loafer shoe game as it is a little outside my “feminine” comfort zone, but once I gave it a try, I was hooked. It is such an easy shoe to wear with pants or skirts and brings a degree of professionalism to any outfit. To add a feminine touch I wear my loafers with a dress and point d’esprit stockings! All of this makes it such a good shoe to bring on your travels when you have to mix both business and pleasure attire. It’s a sophisticated shoe that has been and will be around for many years to come. Here are some great shoes that fit the bill as well!

Gucci-inspired alternatives: one / two / three / four


Pearl Shoes

This is a little more on the trendy side but I’m obsessed with the recent pairing of pearls and shoes. It gives such a girly and romantic vibe and I constantly get compliments. Not knowing how long the trend will last is another reason to go for a dupe. You can get the look for less while the trend is hot and not have buyer’s remorse down the road when it’s not. I find that Jeffery Campbell makes a great look-alike for the notorious pearl shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood, Gucci, or Stuart Weitzman (to name a few), and you can easily find Jeffrey Campbell at Nordstrom. However there are also some even more less expensive and great finds on Amazon too! Here are a few of my faves.

Pearl shoes: one / two / three / four / five / six


What are some of your favorite designer dupes you’ve come across? Comment below!