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.


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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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4 Shoes Under $40 at Nine West

It’s that time again. Time for Nine West’s End of Season Sale!

Now, with any shoe sale, you have to make your way through tons of uglies before you find the good ones. Here are the top 4, in my opinion. And even better, they’re all under $40!

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Heartbeat

$29.99 (was $99.00)

We have to start with this, because I am in love. I need this shoe now. Look at that heel detail! Insane. These beauties are genuine suede with corset-style stitching on the heel (gasp). It also comes in black, purple, and red. I personally think the blue is fantastic.

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Cinnie

$29.99 (was $109.00)

Who doesn’t need a neutral sling-back peep toe? I know I do. This baby is also available in red, purple, and dark grey, but snatch it up quick, because they are running out!

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Feelngood

$39.99 (was $109.00)

Cheetah print (or as they call it Camel Mutli… I have no clue why) scalloped edge peep toe. This is a cute pump, but the actual hair texture does freak me out a bit. So, I guess I’m undecided on this one. It’s a great deal though!

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Sheryl

$39.99 (was $80.00)

Everyone should have a basic Mary Jane in their closet. I actually need a new pair, so I might grab a pair while I still can! They also come in black leather, red patent leather, floral fabric, camel multi (cheetah print, who are you fooling Nine West!?), nude, chateau rose, and gold glitter.

There’s tons more, so check the rest of them out here.

Happy shopping!

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.

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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.

Surprising New Looks at Gap

I’m so surprised by what I’m seeing at Gap’s website. They now have Design Editions for shoes, and these are very different from the simple Gap style. Now, these are still out of my price range, but I think they’re worth seeing. Take a look…

Suede Wedge Gladiator

$89.50

Design Editions Peep-toe Wedge Booties

Originally $195, ON SALE FOR $169.99

 

Design Editions Lace-up Boots

Originally $195, ON SALE FOR $169.99

 

Kind of surprising for Gap, huh?

Highlights from Spring 2010 Couture

The 2010 Couture Show has come and gone, and once again there are quite a few looks that have caused some excitement (and not just for me!) Here are some really fantastic (and some not so great) trends to look out for in the next few months from the 2010 Couture Show!!

First up…

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These are pretty nice. Nothing that really wows me, but I do like them all.

Next on the list:

CHANEL

When I look at the first photo, I immediately think 1950’s Barbie meets Lady Gaga. It’s an interesting combination. As for the shoes, I really love the heel detail but I can’t help but think that overall the shoes look kind of cheap. I am really hoping that one of these days the super ornate heel trend will catch on in the affordable shoe market!

Onto one of my favorites:

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I absolutely love the equestrian influences here! And I always love a good ballgown. This was the showstopper in my book.

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I am loving the t-strap bootie and desperately want a pair for myself!

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I’m surprised to say that I actually really enjoy the Avatar inspired collection here.

Those shoes with that purse on the top are definitely on my outfit wish list 🙂

And lastly…

VALENTINO

The first shoe is a little too mummy-ish to me, but the other two are pretty awesome. The cut-out and pieced together look is a lot of fun.

What are your thoughts?

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?

My Most Recent Shoe Purchases

I haven’t updated my most recent shoe purchases, so I will fill everyone in!

I got most of these in September for my birthday…

…It was a great month 🙂

These are my purchases from DSW Shoe Warehouse…

Ann Marino Caddy Button Bootie DSW 3494

Ann Marino Caddy Button Bootie

ON SALE FOR $13.48

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Unlisted Style Set Sequined Pump

ON SALE FOR $11.98

Diba Deanne DSW 5995

Diba Deanne High Heel Boot

$53.95

And these are my purchases from Charlotte Russe

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These were $22.99 and $24.99

BUT….

The AWESOME thing about Charlotte Russe is that they always have the Footwear sale where you buy one, get the second pair for $10!!

So in all these cost $34.99!!

Completing the Look…

This is a continuation of the Emma Stone/Zombieland post…

Of course I had to get the jacket!!!

I also wanted something reasonable. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I did some research. Surprisingly my search ended at Express of all places! I found this great faux leather jacket that was tough but cute at the same time:

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I actually removed the belt to make it look a little less cute. This jacket was originally $98.00, but I was lucky enough to catch a 30% Off Storewide Clearance and snatched this jacket for $60.00!!!

And, I know some of you were wondering about the boots I got from Charlotte Russe:

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Well I LOVE THEM! They are SO comfortable and jazz up any outfit. I hope Charlotte Russe gets some more in, because I highly recommend them! Let me know if you have found any other bargain boots that turned out surprisingly well!

So, to complete this look, I HAD to get some V-Neck t-shirts…

Which fortunately Forever 21 also had SUPER CHEAP!

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I got these in pretty much every color (including the heathered and solid colors) all for $3.50-$4.50!

While I was in Forever 21, I found another great jacket that I just couldn’t pass up. And fortunately I have a pair of brown leather boots with a chunky heel that go absolutely great with it.

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I got this awesome faux leather jacket for $34.80!

That’s TWO jackets for UNDER $100!!!

I am looking forward to wearing these all winter!

Emma Stone’s Boots in Zombieland

Hi everyone!! It’s been awhile but I just HAD to talk about how amazing Emma Stone’s boots are in Zombieland!! I just saw the movie yesterday and loved it, and all day today all I can think about is how much I WANT THOSE BOOTS!!!

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Sooo….here’s the hunt for an afforable pair for myself 🙂

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Madden Girl Ivorry Wedge Boot

found at DSW for $59.95

close…but not quite…

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Merona Kallista Riding Boots

found at Target for $39.99

Now these are better…

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Crinkle Flat Boots

found at Charlotte Russe for $34.99

I think I like these the best!!

What do you think? Let me know!!

UPDATE

So I was just informed by a reader that Charlotte Russe has sold out of the Crinkle Flat Boots as of today. Fortunately I ordered my pair last night (my size was the only one left) and I am anxiously waiting their arrival at my doorstep!!! But for those of you who are still looking for that great ‘Wichita’ boot, I’ve got some more additions…

I’ll start off with the more expensive ones and work my way down to a more affordable price range…

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Unisa Riri Boot

found at Piperlime.com for $99

It’s ok…but I’m not excited.

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Aerosoles Ride Line
found at Piperlime.com for $89
I must say I’m very impressed with Aerosoles…didn’t think they had it in them to make a boot like this! It definitely has more hardware than Emma Stone’s but they’re still a very close match.
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Chaps Caleigh Tall Boots, Kohls
originally $99.99, ON SALE FOR $69.99
Now these are a good match! A litte more expensive than the ones at Charlotte Russe, but I think it’s still a pretty good deal!!
So now I start the hunt for a great jacket….
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I think my Halloween costume is covered this year 🙂

20% OFF Shoes at Victoria’s Secret!

I hope everyone had a good weekend, I know I did! Sorry I haven’t posted much in the last few days, but I got a really good PROMOTION a few days ago and I start my new position tomorrow!!! yay! Soooo I did a little celebrating, and now I can add some more shoes to that ever-growing list of mine!!

Anyway, back to the point. I need to keep you guys updated on all these amazine spring sales, now that the weather is starting to warm up!!

And to get things going, Victoria’s Secret is having an even better sale than before:

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Yes, that’s right. Now it’s TWENTY PERCENT OFF!

Just make sure to use the offer code 20SHOE

But it ends March 10th which is this Tuesday so make sure you get them soon!!

Here are a few of my faves:

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Colin Stuart, Patent Platform Sandal, $75

The model in the above picture is wearing these in the oh-so-lovely pink color.

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Colin Stuart, Satin Multi-strap Sandal, $75

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Colin Stuart, D-ring Multi-strap Sandal, $85

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Colin Stuart, Peep-toe Woven Leather Pump, $89

God I love Colin Stuart shoes!