8.18.2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Loeffler Randall Matilde Boot for Less

When it comes to footwear, my tastes are synonymous with fizzy champagnes and sparkling wines. Unfortunately, my budget is akin to beer. And not cold beer, mind you – warm, stale beer. Beer that should be indigestible for anyone and everyone; the type that should be tossed away without being opened. As such, it is ridiculous for me to even so much as glance at Loeffler Randall’s Matilde Boot in Cuoio. To make goo-goo eyes at the tantalizing tan hue. To dream about the wonders the one-inch covered wedge heel will do for my short stature. To swoon over the fifteen-inch distressed leather shaft with seam detailing.

But I have. I have done all of the above countless times, and made myself covet these blissful boots like no other. A ridiculous thing, of course – even I’m willing to admit that. The $695.00 price tag keeps them well out of my reach, in addition to my fall wardrobe. But things are looking up. They may not be the Loeffler Randall originals pictured at left, but Charlotte Russe’s Distressed Wedge Boots in Cognac are, to be quite honest, the next best thing. At least for the fashion maven on a budget.

Like the marvels they’re mimicked after, the Distressed Wedge Boot in Cognac sports the yummy round, almond shaped toe; the one-inch covered wedge heel that conceals the fact that yes, you are faking your height, if not in the slightest of ways; the toasted tan shade; and even the similar seam detailing.

There are differences, to be sure. Minor differences. Differences that add a bit of dimension and originality to the very affordable - $34.99 - aesthetic. That, my dears, is an antiquated buckled strap and fold detail towards the top of the fourteen-inch shaft; an embellishment which only makes the style more luxurious and glamorous.

Don’t allow your scant bank account to stifle your style, darlings. If it’s the Loeffler Randall Matilde Boot you want, then indulge in its more affordable acquaintance – Charlotte Russe’s Distressed Wedge Boot.

Are you a spendthrift who will splurge on the Loeffler Randall Matilde, or a tightwad who will save with the Charlotte Russe Distressed Wedge?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Singer22 and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.
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42 comments

Leia said...

I have a feeling I'm going to love your new feature! :)

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Ooo, I misht have to get the Charlotte Ruse pair I really love that colour!!!
XOXOX
Libby
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Keith said...

Those are some really nice looking boots. I hope you are doing well so far this week. Cheers!

Dina's Days said...

Very nice. Found a pair similar on Old Navy's website. Check it out
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=7043&vid=1&pid=691371&scid=691371012

ana said...

Second option!!! they are amazing!

Jaime said...

I love that color- it's such a great neutral for fall. Good look for less!

Little Red said...

These are great boots! I'm loving the color as well.

janettaylor said...

They look so comfy and great! YummY!

XoXo

Miss A said...

OMG, I'm a tightwad! For over $600 i difference, I'd take the cheap ones! Wow~

freeteyme said...

great feature! tan boots are on my list for fall this year =)

Emily said...

I am thrifty shopper for the most part..I would definitely go for the steal at Charlotte Russe!

ahhh i love shoes :]
especially boots -- and those ones are great.

Emily

sherin said...

Love the title, lol. But these shoes are pretty. I love the colour of both pairs.

All Women Stalker said...

Your beer-wine-shoe taste/budget analogy made me laugh. :D

-meream

Couture Carrie said...

I adore Loeffler Randall boots, so I am going to have to go with the splurge on this one!

xoxox,
CC

Savvy Gal said...

oh both pairs are soooo savvy.

recklessdaughter said...

They look so similar that (though I am sure the quality is a big difference) you may as well go the cheap route and that way if you wear them out this winter you won't be plagued by guilt :)

the southern hostess said...

Such a great idea! Both pairs are gorgeous.

Luinae said...

I actually prefer the less expensive one! Go figure.

Amelia said...

Nice find! I love that butter-y tan color.

jayne said...

I love the hidden wedge look :)

fashiongrail said...

I'd got the cheap route but they're both adorable.
BTW thanks for the sweet comment you left on Fashiongrail!

Lily G. said...

I splurge here and there, but for the most part I'm more thrifty. I love those boots!

Macaron Treats ♥♥ said...

They look so comfy! They are really cute, I actually prefer the cheaper pair than the real pair aha

xx

LML said...

oh! i really really like those! i would go for the charlotte russe ones just because i could never spend that much on shoes - although i do love them :)

foodcreate said...

I love the look ! they look so comfy :)


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Kristin said...

I think I'd have to go el cheapo on this one. I'm saving for that elusive 2.55! Ah ha

clarewbrown said...

Oh i am most definitely a thrifty girl! However, I am known to splurge. I love those boots! You always find adorable things!

Little Bow Prep said...

Lovely post!

I rather like the second pair.

Polished Sense said...

OKAY Erika...You totally hit my favorite shoe designer. Loeffler Randall is ah-mazing! I wish I could afford them...maybe someday :P

xo,
Jessica

Gabbi said...

The Loeffler Randall Matilde's are gorgeous!!! Always good to see there's a more affordable alternative... xo

The Haute-Shopper said...

The Charlotte Russe pair are definitely a worthy alternative. I love a lot of Loeffler Randall boots, but they are definitely very pricey... of course if you somehow manage to get them on sale, it would be less painful, but even then, it's still pretty steep. Love the mini-wedge on these!

h said...

aha ok=)

what do you mean with "you have been entered to the Giveaway"? Im not so good at english ...

CC said...

I actually prefer the Charlotte Russe Distressed Wedge. Fab!



Xx

CC said...

I actually prefer the Charlotte Russe Distressed Wedge. Fab!



Xx

daisychain said...

tightwad, through both choice and neccessity.

The Pink Tutu said...

I have been wanting some boots like this. Hmm do you think I could get away with them in Florida? :)

E said...

WOW! That's an amazing find! I can't even get over the price!

Nicole Marie said...

cute cute cute cute

janettaylor said...

Hi dear,

I have got a beautiful little thing for U on my blog.♥

and of course new Furla post. LOL! (if U have a mood..)
XOXO

Diane said...

what an amazing find! they look almost identical!

lk said...

bah, i got the steven by steve madden lookalikes [almost exactly the charlotte russe pictured] and they KILLED my feet! sometimes i think its worth it to splurge...especially on boots that you'll wear everyday throughout fall/winter!

Clarity said...

Sweet boots, I have been looking for knee high flats, so have some leprechauns I know of ;)

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