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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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.

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 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…

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Sculpted Wedge Sandal

$89

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!

What’s New at Bakers

There are some interesting new shoes on the Bakers website, some of which very closely resemble much more expensive designer brands, so I thought they were definitely worth mentioning! As you know this website is all about being on a fashion budget!!

PAXTON A, Bakers

PAXTON A, Bakers

PAXTON A, Bakers,$39.99

I love the heel height on this with the hidden platform, and that print is great–it doesn’t scream animal print, it just smoothly states it. I’m also enjoying the round toe as it makes it a more approachable shoe.

4 1/2″ heel. Material/Fur.

CAYLEE, Bakers

CAYLEE, Bakers

CAYLEE, Bakers, $79.95

As you may know I’m still not at all tired of the gladiator-inspired platform sandals, and the blues on this shoe make it really intriguing. Also loving the zipper.

4 1/4″ heel. Material/Snake Leather.

RUFFLES, Bakers

RUFFLES, Bakers

RUFFLES, Bakers, ON SALE FOR $69.99 (originally $79.95)

This looks oddly familiar!! With the exception of the color, this shoe is pretty much the same as the one by L.A.M.B. (which is known for its yellow color.) This is a much cheaper option, and who can complain about that!! The ruffles have a nice, almost aquatic flair, and it also has a back zip closure.

4 1/2″ heel. Material/Faux Leather.

MOROCCO, Bakers

MOROCCO, Bakers

MOROCCO, Bakers, $59.95

The title is Oh So Appropriate!! This gladiator sandal has so much detailing and embellishments, what’s not to love!?

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CHLEO, Bakers

CHLEO, Bakers

CHLEO, Bakers, $79.95

Another very similar style to one of L.A.M.B.’s shoes, this peep toe bootie has enough straps to keep your foot quite secure, and make you look like a total bad ass in the mean time!

4 1/4″ heel. Material/Faux Leather.

CORI, Bakers

CORI, Bakers

CORI, Bakers, $89.95

For some reason the side of the vamp reminds me of sun rays and makes me think of a Mayan temple. Not quite sure, but I love it just the same! This woven gladiator sandal has a lot of unique detailing which makes it a great buy!

4 1/4″ heel. Material/Faux Leather.

LENNA, Bakers

LENNA, Bakers

LENNA, Bakers, $79.95

In my opinion I saved the best for last. I do tend to have a thing for black and white, but these gladiators are very unexpected and for that I love them.

4 1/2″ heel. Material/Leather.

Steve Madden Pre-Order

Continuing my browsing on Steve Madden’s website, I was looking through the pre-order shoes and found some pretty cool stuff. Here are some of the best ones in my opinion…

Revenu, Steve Madden

Revenu, Steve Madden

Revenu, Steve Madden, $129.95

These are ridiculous. In a good way. I would LOVE to have these in my collection!

Act like a celebrity in the city that never sleeps in these studded heels. You will stop traffic when wearing these at any event. 4.5 inch heel. 1 inch hidden platform. Suede upper. Leather sole. Studded top. Tie in the back.

Rockerr, Steve Madden

Rockerr, Steve Madden

Rockerr, Steve Madden, $179.95

The name says it all…these are definite rocker shoes.

Strap up and rock out with your socks off in these criss crossed eye catchers. 4.5 inch heel. Leather Upper. Leather sole. Back Zipper

Shakey, Steve Madden

Shakey, Steve Madden

Shakey, Steve Madden, $89.95

A great sandal for this coming summer.

The question to ask is….what can you NOT wear these sandals with? They are so adorable! Pair them up with anything and you will be very happy with that outfit! Leather upper. Leather sole. Studded dangly accessories on top.

Slamerr, Steve Madden

Slamerr, Steve Madden

Slamerr, Steve Madden, $179.95

I’m loving the buckles and the pewter on this shoe.

Be pretty in punk in NYC’s Alphabet city! You will look stylish and tall in these 4.5 inch heels. Leather upper. Leather sole. 4.5 in heel. 1 inch hidden platform

Tayla, Steve Madden

Tayla, Steve Madden

Tayla, Steve Madden, $119.95

These have great structure, which is what I love about them.

A modern Mary Jane platform puts a twist on the innocent iconic heel. A must for any fashion darling! Suede upper. Leather sole. 4.5 in Heel. 0.5 in covered platform. Side zipper.

Tessaa, Steve Madden

Tessaa, Steve Madden

Tessaa, Steve Madden, $189.95

These have an interesting twist to them and also have great structure.

These fantastic platforms will keep you looking hot hot hot in these cold winter months. 4 inch heel. 1 inch platform. Leather upper. Adjustable ankle strap. Leather sole