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!

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?

This Weekend’s Purchases

This was a great weekend for me. I bought 5 pairs of shoes!! Some of these will be familiar to you from recent posts…

Saturday I went to DSW to help a friend pick out some shoes. Naturally I left with 3 pairs.

Rampage Nicki Fashion Pump

$29.99

Steve Madden Alisha Pump

$59.99

Madden Girl Baallet Zippered Ruffle Pump

$39.99

I’ve already worn the Rampage flowered pumps today while shopping for 3 hours with no problems. They are super comfortable!

While at the mall today I picked up 2 pairs of shoes I’ve had my eye on from Payless, finally!

Lela Rose for Payless

Bow Fashion Pump

$34.99

Christian Siriano for Payless

Coast Printed Satin Pump

$34.99

I’m so excited about all of these that I don’t know which ones to wear tomorrow!!

New Arrivals at NewportNews.com

Just browsing through NewportNews.com’s new arrivals for Spring, and I’m pretty impressed with what I’m seeing. I’m loving the cut-outs and ruffles and buckles!

Buckle Sandal

$29

FAV!

Patent Sandal

$34

Crisscross-front Sandal

$29

Ruffle Pump

$39

FAV!

Cutout Bow Pump

$34

FAV!

Peep-toe Ankle Boot

$39

FAV!

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

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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!

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Denim Lizzy Bow Pump

$22.99

American Eagle

Diana Jewel Flat

$22.99

Also available in black

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Kendal Canvas Knot Wedge

$24.99

ON SALE FOR $19.99

Also available in white

And I saved the best for last…

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Lavish Ruffle Pump

$24.99

Also available in black

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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

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…

ARMANI PRIVE

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:

CHRISTIAN DIOR

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

GIVENCHY

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

JOHN PAUL GAULTIER

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?

Great Deals at Old Navy

Every girl needs some basic but stylish flip flops. Don’t get me wrong, I love my heels and wear them every day. But, there are the occasional moments where you’ll be walking a lot or you just need to run out of the house, and high heels just aren’t the best idea. For those cases, here are some fantastic deals from Old Navy. They’re super cute too!!

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Women’s Beaded Keyhole Sandals, $8.00

These come in yellow, white, brown, blue, pink, and black.

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Women’s Beaded Thong Sandals, $9.00

These come in gold/silver, cool combo, warm combo, and multi.

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Women’s Embellished Thong Sandals, $15.00

These come in blue, silver, and gold.

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Women’s Jewel-Stone T-Strap Sandals, $19.50

These come in silver, bronze, and black.

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Women’s Jeweled T-Strap Sandals, $15.00

These come in warm combo and cool combo.

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Women’s Braided Sandals, $4.99

These come in bright coral, cyclamen, and black.

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Women’s Embellished Suede Sandals, $7.99

These come in yellow, green, pink, brown, and black.

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Women’s Faux-Patent Thong Sandals, $15.00

These come in silver.

And for some wedges…

I’m not a big fan of espadrilles, but these are actually pretty cute:

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Women’s Knotted Espadrille Wedges, $13.00

These come in pink, black, and yellow.

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Women’s Braided Wedges, $11.99

These come in blue.

Do you have a favorite/least favorite?

Let me know!

This is Why I Love ModCloth.com!

I always find the most unique and unusual shoes at ModCloth.com, and I love them!!! And they have a $5 flat rate for shipping! Here’s some of my faves:

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Banana Split Heels, $39.99

This peep toe has some great detailing and one hell of a pop of color.

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It’s A Mod World Oxfords, $39.99

What a jazzy spin on the classic Oxford! Sexy and cute, all wrapped in one.

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Wall Street Heels, $39.99

This shoe is so full of personality, how could you not want it!?!?

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Heavy Metal Sandals in Black Sunday, $27.99

A nice bit of hardware on the ever-popular Gladiator sandal.

And last but most certainly not least…

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Unicorn Princess Heels, $119.99 (SOLD OUT)

These are definitely above my price range, but aren’t they AWESOME!? Yes, a little weird, and a bit quirky, but I would wear the hell out of these!!!

Love these picks? Hate them? Let me know!!

What do you think?