Comparison: Giuseppe Zanotti vs. My Rent

I stumbled upon this gorgeous, ridiculously sexy Giuseppe Zanotti sandal:

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It’s so beautiful, I think I might cry.

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Oh, wait, no. I’m crying because I just saw the price tag.

For those of you who like finding even more reasons to be sad on a Monday afternoon, here’s the damage:

Giuseppe Zanotti Platform Sandals – Alien High Heel

$1,095.00

Yowza.

Ok, well, let’s not freak out. As tempting as it may be to skip rent this month just so you can have your very own pair, don’t do it. Slowly back away from the credit card stash. It’s time to be creative!

I decided to spend my lunch break finding brands who made similar styles, and we are in luck! Check ’em out below:


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Phylicia from Shoe Dazzle

$47.95

Now, that’s a lot more manageable. It has the similar laser cut-outs, and you can even get it in red. The heel on this one is slightly adventurous, but come on, we’re already past that.


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Criss-Cross Sandal from Victoria’s Secret

$78

If what you’re really after is a similar heel-height and color, this sandal is perfect. It’s a more simple shape with less cut-outs, but still very sexy. It also comes in a variety of colors.

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Didina from Aldo Shoes

$79.98

This sandal brings back the laser cut-outs, slim heel, and bold color. I’m not sure how I feel about the red/fuchsia combo, but it is the most similar to the Giuseppe Zanotti. Plus, you can also get it in black!



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Caged Velvet Color Block Sandal from Charlotte Russe

$38.50 (plus an extra 20% off for a limited time)

For a much more affordable option, we’ve got this coral and turquoise combo. Although I have to say, for the same price, you can buy this style which I like a whole lot more:

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Strappy Color Block Platform Pump from Charlotte Russe

Our last two options are flats. It’s always good to have a flat option for those casual days.


ModCloth

Don’t Mind Atoll Sandal from ModCloth

$39.99

This carries that same cut-out, but as a flat sandal as a more comfortable and casual option.

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Laser Cut Flat Sandal, Colin Stuart, from Victoria’s Secret

$58

Another laser-cut flat sandal. Available in pink and sand.

Hopefully you can find a pair that works for you. Be sure to send me llinks to any other similar styles you might find at michele.shoecloset@gmail.com!

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Christian Siriano from the Runway

As most of you probably already know, I love Christian Siriano. Love love love him. I loved him when he was on Project Runway, and I love him even more as a shoe designer for Payless. For us girls on a budget, we don’t have the luxury of dropping hundreds of dollars on a single pair of shoes. But that doesn’t mean we can’t look like we did.

Here are some looks straight from the runway, all the way to Payless for us budget girls to snatch up.

Oh, and let’s not forget one other little piece of information:

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Yep. That’s pretty much the best thing ever. Moving on.

CynthiaSling

Women’s Cynthia Sling

$54.99

Seriously, I can’t take it anymore. This slingback is gorgeous.

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Women’s Polina Bow Flat

$42.99

If you’re into the adorable pattern on the Cynthia sling and you wanted flats instead (or if you want both, like me!) they’ve got a super cute flat with some attitude.

CamileBow

Women’s Camile Bow Flat

$26.99

For something a bit tamer, bit with a nice green pop

HadleyTStrap

Women’s Hadley T-Strap Pump

$34.99

I know, right? Only 35 bucks. Did I mention they’re all buy one get one half off? Yeah, I’m buying these now.

And The Sexiest Shoe of 2011 Goes To…

Drum roll please…

This lace-embroidered pump by Valentino!

This contest was run by Saks and Footwear News, with nearly 35,000 online votes!

Want the look but not the price tag? Here’s some similar options you can take home without having to skip out on your rent!

Hondo 3 Platform Pump

Guess

$98.95

Mix No. 6 Allure Pump

DSW

$49.95

Madden Girl Mellony Pump

DSW

$44.95

Red Kiss – Women’s Lace AO

Shiekh Shoes

$59.97

Jennifer Lopez Peep-Toe Platform High Heels

Kohls

ON SALE FOR $34.99

Poppy Lace

Bakers

ON SALE FOR $79.99

Satin and Lace Bow Pump

Newport News

ON SALE FOR $39.00

Satin & Lace Pump

Colin Stuart at Victoria’s Secret

$88.00

And if you like the look but not the heel, try this great little flat:

Lace Ballerina Flats

New York & Company

$29.95

New Boots at Charlotte Russe

Browsing through the Charlotte Russe website and found some interesting boots. Some I like, some, I could live without.

Here’s some of the highlights:

The best thing being their deal for all shoes:

Buy One, Get One for $15.50

Sueded Thigh-High Wedge Boot

$45.50

Super cute faux suede wedge thigh-high boots.

Belted Low-Heel Riding Boot

$45.50

Faux Leather, 16″ Tall.

Cuffed Faux-Suede Heel Boot

$40.00

Very cute ruched boot, especially loving the blue!

Tall Topstitch Riding Boot

$42.50

Cute faux-leather riding boot with buckle accents.

Flat Mid-Calf Slouch Boot

$30.00

A great deal on what’s quickly becoming a staple in everyone’s boot collection.

And, last but not least, the monstrosity of the Charlotte Russe boot collection:

Belt-Wrap Sueded Heel Boot

$40.00

I have to be honest, I wouldn’t wear these if someone gave them to me for free. There’s just so many buckles and accents. Too overdone. Sadly, this is on my WORST list. Sorry Charlotte Russe, I guess you can’t win them all…

Designer Looks at Payless

I know I keep talking about Payless, but have you seen their designer shoe lines?!?!

Take a look at these designer lines for Payless that are available now, and at a price point that will make you smile.

Alexandra Exotic Strappy Sandal

Christian Siriano for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

FAV!

I absolutely LOVE this shoe. The color and construction are great, and the faux leather is beautifully accented by the gold. Love the zipper! Christian Siriano never disappoints!

 

Mena Dress Boot

Christian Siriano for Payless

$59.99

This is a fantastic boot. So modern, complete with faux leather and gold. Great hardware, great accents. Love, love, love.

 

Bow Dress Shoe

Isabel Toledo for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

Cute little peep-toe in a wonderful crinkle metallic. Bow detail is my favorite part!

 

Pom Pom Flat

Isabel Toledo for Payless

$34.99 ON SALE FOR $24.99

Great metallic flat to wear around town, complete with a pom pom to lighten up your outfit.

 

Perlita Bow Quarter Strap Sandal

Lela Rose for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

FAV!

These strappy sandals are gorgeous!!! Nothing says hot date night like these little numbers. I think I need to buy these. Also available in black!

 

Tweed Lafayette Pleated Pump

Lela Rose for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

FAV!

These pumps are to.die.for. The tweed mixed with the satin is a terrific combination. Yet another shoe to add to my wish list.

 

 

Lafayette Pleated Pump

Lela Rose for Payless

$44.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

FAV!

A more romantic and feminine version of the above pump. Still adorable. Still in love. Valentine’s Day shoe? I think so.

Payless on the Runway

This is always my favorite part. Shoes on the runway! Time to see the 2011 collections of the designers for Payless…

Starting with Christian Siriano

On to Isabel Toledo…

And finally, Lela Rose

What are your thoughts?

Keep an eye out for these at Payless

I love how often I am happily surprised now by Payless. These designer collaborations are really bringing their name back, and let’s face it, their new shoes are great. I remember when I was in middle school I had a pair of shoes from Payless, and I was so embarrassed about it that I wouldn’t admit it to anyone. Now I can’t wait to tell people that the stylish shoes I’m rockin’ are from Payless. The looks on their faces are always so great!

I think now more than ever we should all be proud of keeping a budget and choosing to spend less money. It’s responsible, it’s smart, and it’s really a rewarding feeling to know that you were able to put together a super trendy outfit on a super small budget. These notions were the only thing that got me through college, and even my first-job-straight-out-of-college-not-making-nearly-enough-money rough patch.

My theory is, no matter how much or how little money you make, you need to reward yourself. Learning how to do that without going overboard is what makes you a smarter shopper. Sure, you spend a little extra time doing more research and finding those great deals, but you are MUCH less likely to have buyer’s remorse from a $30 pair of shoes as opposed to a $300 pair. And you’ll make all your friends jealous when they find out how LITTLE you spent.

And here’s a few options for your personal reward to yourself…if you so choose 🙂

Lela Rose for Payless

Ashland Mary Jane Wedge

$34.99

Available in solid blue as well

Lela Rose for Payless

Satin Platform Dress Sandal

$34.99

Also available in black

Lela Rose for Payless

Dimmick Large Satchel

$39.99

This goes along with the Lela Rose for Payless pumps I posted a couple weeks ago!

Lower East Side

Denim Lizzy Bow Pump

$22.99

American Eagle

Diana Jewel Flat

$22.99

Also available in black

American Eagle

Kendal Canvas Knot Wedge

$24.99

ON SALE FOR $19.99

Also available in white

And I saved the best for last…

Fioni

Lavish Ruffle Pump

$24.99

Also available in black

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT

And just think…for the same price as one night’s dinner (for 2) you could be purchasing a pair of shoes to wear all season, if not more! Something to think about…

Lots of Cute New Shoes at Payless!

Every once in awhile I like to visit the Payless website to see if anything new is going on with the Christian Siriano and Lela Rose lines. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed with Siriano’s line, but I did find some cute stuff from Lela Rose. Check it out!

Lela Rose for Payless Hampton Woven Bow Pump, $29.99

(THIS ONE IS MY FAV!)

Lela Rose for Payless Nielson Bow Flat, $29.99

Lela Rose for Payless Lancaster Ankle Bootie, $49.99


LEFT: Lela Rose for Payless Rushkin Large Satchell, $39.99

RIGHT: Lela Rose for Payless Paloma Clutch, $29.99 (FAV!)




Christian Siriano for Payless Coast Printed Satin Pump, $34.99

In Orange or Blue



Christian Siriano for Payless Downtown Zip Sandal, $34.99


Dexter Heritage Ornamented Pump, $24.99



Fioni Jamison Scrunch Bootie, $26.99 (FAV!)



Fioni Lattice Chop-Out Platform Sandal, $26.99



American Eagle Karrie Platform Bow Wedge, $24.99

Do You ShoeDazzle?

So I just found out about ShoeDazzle at work yesterday. Basically, you subscribe through their website and describe your style to them. It costs $40 a month and they send you a pair of shoes each month TO KEEP according to your specifications. If you don’t see any shoes you like, you can skip a month and get two for the following month. I’m just now about to try it out, so I’ll be sure to update when I get my first pair!

Here’s the website:

http://www.shoedazzle.com/

These are some of the shoes you can get. All for $40!

What are your thoughts?