13 Trendy Designer-Lookalike Shoes Under $35
Multi-colored frocks, pajama suits, and lingerie-inspired daywear popped up at Fashion Week this year, but they weren't the only items making a statement. Models walked the runways in eccentric heels, slippers, peep-toe mules, and even rainbow-hued footwear. Don't fret about extravagant price tags -- these 13 designer-lookalike shoes cost less than $35, all the better for building a spring wardrobe.
Bright white shoes were spotted in all forms on the catwalk. Charlotte Olympia's Maya gladiator sandal retails for $1,095 (at time of writing, it was on sale at Gilt for $349). Made in Italy, it features a back zipper and a tall silhouette made of leather.
People who enjoy wearing slip-on shoes such as loafers and mules are in luck this spring. Numerous luxury designers have paired mules with their latest looks. Tory Burch unveiled the Raya slide for $350. The 4-inch heel features a wood print that complements the leather lining on top.
Tall platform sandals may remind some of Hot Topic and the goth-punk days, but they're coming back into the fashion world. Robert Clergerie's leather and elastic platform sandals ($450) sport a 1.5-inch platform, a 2.4-inch rubber wedge heel, and an open-toe design.
If you can't wait to wear skinny jeans with platform sandals, try the Rocky black platform sandal by Bongo ($35 at Sears). Like the Robert Clergerie sandals, they have a big, chunky 3-inch heel, straps for a secure fit (adjustable at the ankle), and an open toe. The footbed is lightly cushioned and the treaded bottom provides grip.
Spring weddings and summer dates may call for new heels. Consider the popular lace-up style seen countless times at Fashion Week. It takes stilettos a step up and adds playfulness at the ankle. Gianvito Rossi's lace-up heels, with a leather sole, unique cutouts, and a suede upper, cost $665.
It's hard to believe d'Orsays were first designed as a military shoe by a French aristocrat. These days they're a standard at fast-fashion retailers such as Zara and HM, as well as high-end luxury brands. Ivanka Trump's Trika flats (typically $135 but temporarily down to $66 at Bloomingdale's) have pointed toes and glittering embellishment.
For less than $20, reveal those sexy arches in faux-suede d'Orsay flats from Charlotte Russe ($18 online only). They rock the same silhouette, with a pointed toe and open sides, and feet will feel good with a cushioned insole and a rubber sole that provides grip for a comfortable step.
Platform sandals and sneakers weren't the only chunky shoes back in style on the catwalk -- wooden heels made a big showing too. Dolce Vita's Tildah platform sandals ($170) feature an attractive wooden sole with a 1.5-inch platform, a 5-inch heel, and wide leather straps accented with gold studs.
Wooden platform shoes can be had without the hefty price tag. Burlington Coat Factory has a version ($25) that looks similar to the Tildah sandals with its wood platform heel, crisscross faux-leather straps, and gold stud embellishments. The heel stands at a more manageable 3.5 inches.
Like the d'Orsay design that shows a bit more skin, see-through style made it to the runway. Chunky sandals with clear heels, retro styles with transparent sections, and see-through straps all made a splash. Made in Italy, Gianvito Rossi's Cap-Toe Plexi Pumps ($730) feature a classic stiletto shape with dark denim and transparent sides.
Mules are as easy and convenient as it gets -- simply slide in and walk. The newest rendition of the mule: Add a block heel. Jeffrey Campbell's Maddie mules ($150) aren't your mom's shoes. Check out the smooth suede upper, square toe line, and modern block heel.
Babouches aren't that common online or appearing yet at fast-fashion retailers, but we found traditional slippers on Etsy ($29). They are handmade from leather, calfskin, and lambskin. Shipping costs (from Morocco) are additional, but reviewers rave about fast delivery and the quality of the workmanship.
Gladiators with standard back zippers, metallic studs, and buckles are a dime a dozen. This season, designers such as Miu Miu are stepping up the warrior game with lace-up detailing for even more of that coveted caged look. These Italian sandals ($595) are made of navy suede.
Get flat suede lace-up sandals for hundreds of dollars less from LuLu's. Try the Floating on Air black nubuck sandals ($22) for an easy stroll in the park. Braided suede straps crisscross along the front and at the ankle for a secure fit. The flat insole is cushioned for even more comfort.