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Stylist reveals the best budget buys for designer shoes – including Jimmy Choos and Chanel

A leading Australian stylist has revealed the best budget dupes for expensive shoes – including on-trend Jimmy Choo heels and the iconic Chanel two-tone pumps.

Jamie Lee, from Sydney, said loving fashion and having good taste needn’t cost you thousands of dollars, and you can easily find cheaper pieces that rival the expensive brands.

Recently, the stylist uploaded a YouTube video, detailing the budget dupes she has found for the likes of Mansur Gavriel, Chanel, Fendi and The Row.

So what do you need to know?

 

A leading Australian stylist has revealed the best budget dupes for expensive shoes – including on-trend Jimmy Choo heels and the iconic Chanel two-tone pumps (Jamie Lee pictured)

The first pair of shoes that Jamie found a dupe for was her beloved Jimmy Choo embellished shoes, which cost $1,350 (pictured)

Jamie found a version available from Kurt Geiger for just $290 (pictured) and she said they were the perfect 'occasional' shoe

The first pair of shoes that Jamie found a dupe for was her beloved Jimmy Choo embellished shoes, which cost $1,350 (left). Jamie found a version available from Kurt Geiger for just $290 (right) and she said they were the perfect ‘occasional’ shoe

Jimmy Choo embellished shoes = $1,350

Kurt Geiger embellished shoes = $290

The first pair of shoes that Jamie found a dupe for was her beloved Jimmy Choo embellished shoes, which cost $1,350.

‘I remember when I first came across the designer version of these shoes and I thought they were absolutely divine,’ Jamie said on the video.

‘I loved the detail and the embellishment across the strap and I hadn’t seen anything else like them.’ 

The stylist (pictured) explained that a love of fashion needn't cost you thousands, and you can often find budget dupes

The stylist (pictured) explained that a love of fashion needn’t cost you thousands, and you can often find budget dupes

Jimmy Choos unfortunately often cost upwards of $1,000, which – for Jamie – was too much for an ‘occasional shoe’.

‘But I stumbled upon this $290 pair from Kurt Geiger,’ she said, commenting on their similarities.

‘I actually think I prefer the budget dupe,’ she said.

‘The designer version is a patent leather, and I find with a bunion on my left foot, patent shoes just don’t really cut it for me. 

‘They are often really uncomfortable, so I tend to go for leather.’

Jamie said she has invested in the Kurt Geiger embellished shoes, and finds them ‘perfect’.

‘I love the apricot-toned nude as opposed to being more of a cooler, lighter nude, and I think they’re very flattering and elongating on the foot,’ she added.  

The second pair of shoes that Jamie took a look at was a pair of slingback heels by the French brand, Mansur Gavriel ($732; pictured)

She found a version available from Everlane for just $231 (pictured) and said they are almost identical in style

The second pair of shoes that Jamie took a look at was a pair of slingback heels by the French brand, Mansur Gavriel ($732; left). She found a version available from Everlane for just $231 (right) and said they are almost identical in style

Mansur Gavriel slingback heels = $732

Everlane slingback heels = $231

The second pair of shoes that Jamie took a look at was a pair of slingback heels by the French brand, Mansur Gavriel.

‘I always wanted to buy a pair of slingback pumps, but these ones were over $500 and so I set about looking for a cheaper pair,’ she said.

The stylist eventually found something in Everlane’s Editor slingback heel pumps, which are very similar, but cost just $231.

‘They effectively do the same thing as the Mansur Gavriel shoes, they just don’t have an adjustable leather strap on the side,’ she said.

‘I thought these were a really good match, but at a much friendlier price point.’

When Fendi released a pair of $1,547 combat boots, fashion lovers were quick to rush to get their hands on the stylish staple (pictured)

But there is a Tony Bianco pair available for a fraction of the price, at just $249.95 (pictured)

When Fendi released a pair of $1,547 combat boots, fashion lovers were quick to rush to get their hands on the stylish staple (left). But there is a Tony Bianco pair available for a fraction of the price, at just $249.95 (right)

Fendi combat boots = $1,547

Tony Bianco combat boots = $249.95

When Fendi released a pair of $1,547 combat boots, fashion lovers were quick to rush to get their hands on the stylish staple.

But there is a Tony Bianco pair available for a fraction of the price, at just $249.95.

‘If you don’t like things that scream designer, you might actually prefer the Tony Bianco shoes,’ Jamie said.

‘They don’t have the logo on them, they’re very classic and you can wear them year after year.

Chanel's dad sandals costs cost $1,580 and tap into the 'ugly shoe' trend (pictured)

Chanel’s dad sandals costs cost $1,580 and tap into the ‘ugly shoe’ trend (pictured)

But you can get your hands on a similar pair from the Iconic brand Atmos and Here, which cost just $109.99 (pictured)

But you can get your hands on a similar pair from the Iconic brand Atmos and Here, which cost just $109.99 (pictured)

Chanel dad sandals = $1,580

Atmos and Here dad sandals = $109.99  

When it comes to fashion pieces like dad sandals, while it can be tempting to fork out big bucks for them, Jamie said in fact you’re far better off getting a cheaper trend piece.

‘The Chanel sandals are a bit of a Marmite one, as they have a velcro strap across the feet and kind of look like an orthopaedic sandal,’ she said.

‘If money was no object, I would find a pair, but I did spot that Atmos and Here at The Iconic have a great budget version and they are a really good dupe.’

Jamie said she loves the quilted effect on the Atmos and Here version, which adds a luxury feel. 

You can never go wrong with a classic Chanel two-tone pump, but at $1,340, they are a pricey investment (pictured)

But Jamie said a pair of $229 pumps from Vaneli is a great alternative that will save you big dollars (pictured)

You can never go wrong with a classic Chanel two-tone pump, but at $1,340, they are a pricey investment (left). But Jamie said a pair of $229 pumps from Vaneli is a great alternative that will save you big dollars (right)

Chanel two-tone pumps = $1,340

Vaneli two-tone pumps = $229

You can never go wrong with a classic Chanel two-tone pump, but at $1,340, they are a pricey investment.

But Jamie said a pair of $229 pumps from Vaneli is a great alternative that will save you big dollars. 

‘These are such a classic, timeless shoe that you can wear forever,’ Jamie said.

‘I love the Vaneli version and have two pairs. They are fantastic and really great quality.’ 

A pair of loafers from It brand The Row cost a staggering $1,299 (pictured)

But you can find a very similar pair from Seed for just $39.95 (pictured)

Finally, you can never go wrong with a pair of suede loafers. But why spend $1,299 on a pair from the It brand The Row (left) when you could buy a similar pair from Seed for $39.95? (right)

The Row suede loafers = $1,299

Seed suede loafers = $39.95

Finally, you can never go wrong with a pair of suede loafers.

But why spend $1,299 on a pair from the It brand The Row when you could buy a similar pair from Seed for $39.95? 

‘I spotted a similar pair to the beautiful Row loafers on the Seed website recently,’ Jamie said.

‘They have the same look in terms of silhouette and look, and they come in four different colours.’

The stylist said they could be a good addition to your working wardrobe, particularly with more of us working from home more frequently in light of the coronavirus crisis, as they smarten any look in seconds. 



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