Thursday, August 11, 2011

Save, Save Some More, or Splurge?

My love of Isabel Marant is no mystery.  I've sung her praises on the blog and beyond to anyone who would listen.  I even scored a leather vest of hers once at, oh, 70% off resulting in me not sleeping for a week due to sheer elation.  It may or may not rest comfortably with me nightly in bed.

In the spring when I first spotted Kate Bosworth and Katie (sorry Tom she'll never be just Kate to me) Holmes in Isabel Marant's Dicker booties my heart skipped 10 beats.  I knew they would cost a pretty penny (at least to my wallet) and that I would likely not be able to land a pair as her hottest items aren't always so accessible.  Imagine the shock and awe that took place when I spotted this very Dicker bootie recently in Barneys.  Internal mayhem ensued.
Glorious aren't they?
And only $615 + tax.  
Gulp

Now I realize that there are people out there with money to burn on shoes but, sadly, I'm not one of them. *Cue 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'*

So now for the good news.  A month or so ago I was out and about when I spotted a very similar bootie for a fraction of the cost.  Feast your eyes on this:
Looks really similar, right?   
Check them here -- did you pass out at the price difference?

I get a lot of comments about my Joie booties (seen here) that are now completely sold out, so I was super excited to be able to find another affordable version to share with you.  You name it:  with dresses, leggings, shorts--these are great to have in your shoe arsenal.  If you're looking for an even better deal and don't care about real leather then brace yourself for what's coming next:

Um hel-loooo!! 
AND THEY COME IN GREY, TOO.
Get yours here at less than $35!

It's a great day at the bird.  Shoes that won't break the bank are on the way (even though I still love the ones that do break the bank) and there's only one day left til Friday.

So spill it--are you going to grab a pair of either of the less expensive versions? I think I'm going to lose my beans and get the grey pair.  At that price, why not? Yahoooo!

60 comments:

Josie said...

Cuuuuutttteeeee! I love the last pair, and the price is most definitely right! Hope you're doing well, Carrie!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Katie said...

This is dangerous. A selection of shoes in my price range (you can guess which pairs) and I can buy online. Hmm.
I flipped through all of TWO August magazines today and it resulted in 3 online orders, 1 trip to the drugstore, watching 4 eBay auctions, and waking up Jared at 1am to inform him I need to get to Ulta tomorrow. NEED. I'm basically terrified of what's going to happen when my eye is 100% and the September magazines start to arrive.
Send help.

TOPCOAT said...

I love these a lot, but if you have a less expensive always choose to save (unless the quality is less expensive as well and that highly matters to you)xx

Rachel McCallion said...

Love both pairs of boots! Great post!

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LouBoo said...

Those Marant boote are to die for...but the price tag is rather painful. There are so many good versions of this style...but my usual addage is: you get what you pay for. The question i are they are a life-long keeper? In which case you should invest if pennies allowed... Lou x

Lori said...

We all love a deal and you are the finder of the best ones Carrie! I cannot wait to see you strutting your stuff in them. xo

fshnonmymind said...

Carrie, I've felt like I need a pair of these boots for fall, I have no idea why, but I'll just blame Kate Bosworth. :)
I've been eyeballing those Old Navy ones for a few weeks, but in the flat version that laces up. I'm being cheap and waiting for them to have a good sale/discount.

Kirstin Marie said...

Nice!! You found some amazing alternatives to the super crazy expensive ones.

Closet Fashionista said...

I want a pair but I'm not sure how often I'd wear them, haha. I have some other boots that I LOVE and I hardly wear those... XD Shame on me!!
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LyddieGal said...

I think putting a $600 price tag on the boots is just cruel. It's like saying that only celebrities can have them.
Nice find with the $35 pair, definitely my style.

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

Safe on cute shoes. Oh yes!!

TheChambrayCountess said...

At that price, why the heck not?! Great sleuthing!

briannelee said...

Oooo, can't beat that price!

Daisy said...

who CAN afford to spend $615 on shoes?! probs no one I know. Love your fashion finds for less!

Isabel said...

those 2 are some great alternatives to a very expensive shoe. i need to start buying lottery tickets again... lol

Stephanie Shepherd said...

Last option, for sure! You could really splurge and buy a pair in each color ;)

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i TRY my hardest to find the "no name" brand - but i can never do it - i buy it but i never wore anything that i bought at a cheap place - so for me i'd splurge if i KNEW i'd be in them forever!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

hip hip gin gin said...

I have to admit, if I could at all afford it I would get the item I really have my eye on or forget the whole thing. I've tried to get things that look similar (and these all really are dead ringers!) but it has never turned out well. Either the thing falls apart, or is uncomfortable, or every time I wear it I sigh a little and think of what I really wanted and how this isn't it.

It is very possible that I'm just not very good at finding suitable alternatives though. But especially with shoes I tend to splurge. Shoes usually last so much longer than other items and they always fit so I tend to pay the price.

Rachel said...

This totally surprised me, as I hate Old Navy... but low and behold when I clicked on my favorite pair (number 3).... guess where they were from?

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sherri lynn said...

Love that last pair - especially the price! I love finding a look-alike that is way cheaper!

Courtney Erin said...

Well done - you're like a pro bargain hunter! And the cheaper versions looks great! Can't wait to see them in an outfit post.


xoxo ~ Courtney
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marissa at the boot said...

i'm sorry but i could never justify 600 buckaroos on shoes! it's just..a force larger than myself i guess. so i would totally pick the second cheaper pair! i like the little tab they have on the sides! :)

Annie said...

OMG greattttt find!! I can't believe Old Navy has SUCH a great version. I love the cognac brown. under $35 - done!

Torrie said...

I'm not one of those people either (tear), which is why I LOOOOOOVE less expensive options (a serious high for me :)).

Thank you for sharing!!!!!

Ms. Givens said...

I love boots like this. When I was 19 I had some black ones that I wore continuously, now I have some gray denim ones. Such a fun boot!

Olivia.Dee said...

I'm a sucker for a gray (grey?) bootie. I have a sad pair in my closet needing the heel to be repaired. but these... these make me yearn for Fall even more!

Leah said...

Love the $35 pair just as much as the Isabel Marant. Nice work lady!

xo L.

Marie a la Mode said...

Wow, I love those Old Navy ones! Did you see how Lena from Quality Rivets made hers?
http://qualityrivets.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-08-07T09%3A59%3A00-04%3A00&max-results=2

Great idea, hey?

This is not spam by the way ; )

jen said...

This is too funny! I just bought a pair that look exactly like all of these boots at aldo for $90.

Dancing Branflake said...

What?! Get them! $35 is amazing and they are sooooo super cute!

Lily said...

Love your Joie boots and love the steve madden pair !!

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Savvy Gal said...

love finding comparable good at really good price. : )

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous inexpensive finds, darling!

xoxox,
CC

The Suburb Experiment said...

I've been online stalking Free People's version of this boot for $220. It has a little bit of fringe on the side and I'm trying to decide if I'd wear them often enough to justify the price tag. But now next time I'm at the mall I'll be stopping in Old Navy to feel those boots! Fashion with very little money commitment? I like!

Jenn

Grace said...

love! i'd go with the mid-price version... they are all fab, but i feel like the cheaper ones would wear out too quickly.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

no joke bought the old navy ones in tan last night! how can you not buy them for that price?! I put in a code and ended up scoring them for $29! Can you say STEAL?!

christina said...

i'm such a sucker when it comes to boots, BUT i've fallen head over heels for those swedish hasbeens you wore yesterday. decisions, decisions!!

la petite coquine said...

I think I actually like the cheapie pairs better-the heel is a little more flattering! What a score, and an amazing birdy day!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Hooray for great deals!! I love them! I have a similar pair in black from Aldo that I got on mega clearance awhile back. I wear htem all the time and have already had the soles repaired once!

Johanna said...

Again...separated at birth. I just did a post on how I must own a pair of these for Fall. So coveting...

Johanna said...

Again...separated at birth. I just did a post on how I must own a pair of these for Fall. So coveting...

Alicia said...

These Old Navy boots are such a steal!!! Loving them in both colors.

Bonnie said...

YAY for finding look-a-likes. I happen to love these boots. I can see myself rocking the look although I probably won't look half as awesome as you wearing them.

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Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Can't believe how gorgeous those Old Navy boots are! Love them! Once I bring in some cash to our household (the summer sucks for grad students) I might have to buy a pair of those!

drollgirl said...

$615?! dare i say N-E-V-E-R?! yes, i dare.

$35 is a helluva deal.

Style, She Wrote said...

I'd go with the steal -- how could you not?! xo style, she wrote

Katie said...

So cute, and what a great price! xo

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Emmett Katherine said...

awesome find! Love those booties! there is also a similar pair by Sam Edleman that has a bit of fringe running down the side floating around the internet:)

Taj Acosta said...

love the 1st and last pair, it's a no brainer the $35!! xo -Taj

Taylor said...

Gah... I just bought the taupe dicker boots and they are coming tomorrow, and I am terrified that they will arrive when I'm at work and someone will steal them. In which case, I would have to cut a bitch. They've been my dream shoes forever. I love your Joie boots too.

Jaclyn said...

I am in love with these shoes, but I feel the same way, the price is just too crazy! Can't believe these other ones look almost identical.

S and O said...

Wow what a price. But luckily The cheaper shoes are really cute too!
Xoxo
Sarah

Caitlin C. said...

SUCH a better price!! Wow, and they really look almost identical! Great find :)

cryskay said...

wowww! the old navy ones are such a good dupe! & $35?? thats practically free compared to the originals. xx

Ashley said...

Omg those Old Navy ones look sooooo good, I kind of LOVE them! Might have the check them out! :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Bad Joan said...

Definitely go for the savings, they are just as cute as the expensive ones!

GTBB,
http://badjoan.blogspot.com

online shopping uk said...

Simply Loved These Boots Collection, Especially Last one seems perfect for me!! The Price of these boots are also Good!!

jen said...

I love the mid-price pair...this style just doesn't seem completely timeless - for me, at least. If I'm going to drop $600 on shoes, I would go for a more classic style that I'll wear forever. Not to mention, one look at that lovely taupe suede and I have visions of a single smudge or the indigo from my jeans rubbing off on them...for $600 that would have me crying!

Kara said...

Oooh! If I didn't just buy those ankle boots (that match yours), I'd totally go for the Steve Madden ones in the middle....

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