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!

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.

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!

Boot Season Begins at Payless

To bring in this wonderful Boot Season, let’s see what else Payless has.

As always, they do not disappoint!

Let’s start with a boot I almost bought today. If I hadn’t found a similar pair at Charlotte Russe just a few weeks earlier, these would have been mine tonight!

Women’s Zippy Riding Boot

Brash

$59.99 ON SALE FOR $39.99

Tried these on today at the store, and boy are the comfy. fit really well, and the defined zipper and buckle make this a killer boot. Definitely a great addition to any girl’s wardrobe.

Women’s Twisty Bootine

Fioni

$49.99 ON SALE FOR $29.99

This is a really cute bootie with a nice accent on the side. Also available in black, but I prefer the berry!

Women’s Kacey Platform Shootie

Z London

$59.99 ON SALE FOR $49.99

These are so freaking cute, even down to the name. Love the peep-toe and the cuff. Also available in brown.

Women’s Taylor Tall Slouch Boot

Brash

$49.99

Yet another great slouchy boot, in my favorite cognac color. Also available in black.

Women’s Natalia Dress Bootine

Christian Siriano for Payless

$59.99

As always, Christian Siriano does not disappoint. The criss-cross strap with the gold buckle is Frickin’ Fierce!

Women’s Iris Shootie

Christian Siriano for Payless

$54.99 ON SALE FOR $44.99

These runway-inspires beauties are definitely going to turn some heads. The textured fabric and modern square toe help to make this shoe one of a kind. Definitely thinking this is a FAV.

Women’s Quincy Lazer Cut Boot

Lela Rose for Payless

$69.99 ON SALE FOR $54.99

These cut-out details paired with the chunky heel make such a great combination. These are so adorable.

Women’s Fulton Tassel Shootie

Lela Rose for Payless

$54.99 ON SALE FOR $44.99

LAST CHANCE!

If you think these are a must-have, then you must-get soon! They won’t be available much longer.

Women’s Rosalie Double Buckle Boot

Fioni

$49.99

Very cute and practical ankle boots with great buckle accents. Also available in black.

Women’s Gerlinde Chop-Out Shootie

Lela Rose for Payless

$59.99 ON SALE FOR $49.99

These are so so so cute. I absolutely love these, and think everybody else needs to love these too. Love the peep-toe, love the cut-outs, love the blue. Also available in Berry, Split-Pea, and Black, but I really think Sapphire is the way to go.

FAV!

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?

Crazy Clearance at Payless

What’s the best thing about the holidays? The after holiday sales, of course! Here’s some super savings from Payless:

Juniper Peep-Toe Bow Pump

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Originally $29.99, ON SALE FOR $12.00

Available in blue and black

FAV alert!

Jane T-Strap Dress Sandal

Fioni Night

Originally $24.99, ON SALE FOR $8.00!

Quantities are limited

Auburn Patent Pump

Dexter

Originally $22.99, ON SALE FOR $9.00!

Shortie Perforated Bow Boot

American Eagle

Originally $29.99, ON SALE FOR $15.00

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!

New Shoes at Victoria’s Secret!

It’s that time again…time to get your feet all pretty so you can wear those cute strappy sandals in the back of your closet. But for those of you who, like me, feel you need new ones (or just really really want them), Victoria’s Secret is definitely ready for spring to get here.

Let me just add that, while I do love all of these styles below, some of them are definitely more than what I would spend. Either way, they are still great styles to see for inspiration. You will definitely be seeing similar styles from less expensive brands.

Steven by Steve Madden

Embellished Satin Pump

$129

Carlos Santana

Cross-strap Sandal

$79

Colin Stuart

Studded Platform Sandal

$75

Nine West

Criss-cross Anklestrap Sandal

$89

Miss Sixty

Caged Sandal

$175

Colin Stuart

Raffia Peep-toe Sandal

$65

Colin Stuart

Patent Platform Sandal

$58

Guess

T-strap Sandal

$90

And for something a little different…

Two Lips

Sculpted Wedge Sandal

$89

Super Comfy Flats from Target

Yesterday, while shopping in Target, I of course had to make a pit stop in the shoe section. I came across these flats and was immediately drawn to the purple ones. I’m typically pretty skeptical about flats because they’re not normally as comfortable as one would hope, but these fit surprisingly well. I liked them so much that I bought a pair in purple (or berry) and black. I wore the purple ones ALL day today and I didn’t have any comfort issues. No pain, no blisters, just happy, comfy feet 🙂

Merona Madalena Suede Ballet Flats

Berry-$19.99

Merona Madalena Suede Ballet Flats

Black-$19.99

These flats also come in yellow, teal, red, gray, brown, and taupe.

As a sidenote, I would like to once again recommend that if you don’t already have some, INVEST IN BAND AID BRAND BLISTER BLOCK!

I don’t always remember to put it on, but I ALWAYS make sure to wear it when I have new shoes on. You always have to break them in, and the Blister Block helps to take away the friction from the shoe to your foot.

I’ve only seen Blister Block at drug stores like Walgreens and CVS, so make sure to pick some up!