The Look for Less: Designer Shoe Shopping Guide

Posted by Jasmine Javier on Dec 22, 2014 5:00:00 AM


I’ve always had an obsession with shoes. When I was six, my mother bought me a pair of miniature heels, and I refused to take them off. I would walk around the house, the grocery store, and day care with those heels on. My mother said I was born to be in heels. For about 18 years, I bought every beautiful shoe I laid my eyes on. In high school, my closet was filled with Juicy Couture, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.

But in college, I entered the fashion world to discover luxury footwear from Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, and Jimmy Choo. With the cost of tuition, my parents could no longer supply me with a steady supply of new designer footwear. As a broke college freshman, I couldn’t pay $1,000 for a pair of Manolo Blahniks; I couldn’t even afford a pair of $100 Michael Kors flats. I had a retail job that paid barely over minimum wage and soon resorted to seeking cheaper look-a-likes.

I’ve compiled a list of five designer shoes that I want but can’t afford – I think you’ll be interested too.


1. Black Over-the-Knee Boots

Tom_Ford_Over_the_Knee_Boot-1The Original

Designer: Tom Ford

Price: $2,950

Material: Nappa Leather with Gold Metal Heel

110 mm heel (approx. 4.25 inches)

Made in Italy

Retailer: Tom Ford



The Alternative

Brand: Nina

Price: $99

Material: Leather

2.5 inch heel


Retailer: Zappos


2. Suede Fringe Sandal in Statement Colors


The Original

Designer: Prada

Price: $850 (sale price: $637)

Material: Suede with leather lining and sole

4.5 inch heel

Made in Italy

Retailer: Neiman Marcus 




The Alternative

Brand: Steve Madden

Price: $129.99

Material: Suede with manmade lining and sole

4.75 in. heel

COO not listed

Retailer: Steve Madden (pre-order only)


3. Black Ankle Strap Sandal with Lock Detail


The Original

Designer: Givenchy

Price: $975

Material: Calfskin Leather

4.5 inch heel

Made in Italy

Retailer: Bergdorf Goodman




The Alternative

Brand: Steve Madden

Price: $135.00 (sale price: $67.50)

Material: Faux Leather (PU)

4.5 inch heel


Retailer: Nasty Gal


4. Black Patent Leather Pointed-Toe Pump


The Original

Designer: Christian Louboutin

Price: $695

Material: Patent Leather

120 mm heel (approx. 4.75 inches)

Made in Italy

Retailer: Barneys New York




 The Alternative 

Brand: Tony Bianco

Price: $159.95

Material: Patent Leather with synthetic lining

COO not listed

12 cm heel (approx. 4.75 inches)

Retailer: Tony Bianco



5. Black Suede Ankle Boot



The Original

Designer: Jimmy Choo

Price: $1,150

Material: Suede with leather sole

3.5 inch heel

Made in Italy

Retailer: Neiman Marcus



The Alternative 

Brand: Aldo

Price: $79.99 (sale price: $41.99)

Material: Microfiber

4 inch heel

COO not listed

Retailer: Aldo

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