11.05.2009

Thrifty Thursday: Balmain High Heel Booties on a Budget

Un petit confession, if you don’t mind, darlings. For the last five months every meal, every breath, and every slumbering moment has been spotted with thoughts of Balmain. Strong shoulders speckle my strolls in the park. Destroyed denim dots my daydreams. Military motifs mar my early-morning musings. Sequins seduce my senses. But even more, buckles have slowly but surely infiltrated their way into my boredom-fueled brainstorms.

Don’t get me wrong; I am well-aware of the fact that many of Balmain’s brainchildren are trends which are here today gone tomorrow. Momentary appearances that are just as fleeting as the crushes we develop and discard on an almost-daily basis as children frolicking about the schoolyard. Even so, I am smitten. The chic confections thought up by Balmain have the ability to make fashionistas foam at the mouth in the same manner as that of a rabid animal. And at this very moment, my salivation is inspired by Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain High Heel Booties.

For just a few moments please forget everything you’ve heard about my inability to walk in heels, kittens. I am willing to battle backaches, blisters, and every other sort of miniature torture imaginable all in the name of donning these bewitching beauties that are virtually beckoning me to their blissful side – even if they will only find themselves strapped about my feet while I am in a sitting position, or standing stock-still to avoid any embarrassing tumbles or spills.

Perhaps I’m lucky that they retail for a phenomenal $1,195.00. The inability to purchase such pleasing pumps saves me the possible mortification I may be forced to suffer from should I stumble, slip, or trip in front of someone meaningful – like a cute boy, for instance. But no; for once even a pricetag as outrageous as the one just mentioned won’t enable me from savoring the luscious lovelies. Oh, they won’t be Balmain, of course; rather, GoJane.

Aside from the fact that GoJane’s Multi-Buckle Suede Bootie sport a four-inch heel, as opposed to the four-and-a-half-inch pump adorning the originals, there is very little difference between the $26.90 look-alikes and their predecessor. Both feature a five-buckle closure and are swathed in stylish suede that will keep your tootsies looking fabulous from day to night. And if you really love them…well, you can pick up a pair in the rich Rust shade, as well. After all, the price is quite difficult to resist!

Which role are you playing today, darlings…the frugal femme fatale or the sassy spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and GoJane for the pictures.


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43 comments

Keith said...

Wow. Those look fierce. I love them. Definitely would love to see some chick in a pair of those. Hope you're having a cool day. Cheers!

Closet Cravings said...

This is a great budget-friendly choice. I still love Balmain though; I just can't help myself. =)

Fashion By He said...

great choice...buckles are very hot right now

-He approves

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Melissa Blake said...

Love the color!! xoxo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

So funky, I love it! I'm definitely frugal femme fatale!

yiqin; said...

Ah I finally got a pair of boots but I am not sure how to wear it!

Tights Lover said...

I love these boots. And $26.90? That's great!

Jaime said...

Under $27- insane! What a steal :)

Jacqueline said...

They are fierce! I have some other ones on my mind at the moment though =) xoxo

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LML said...

frugal choice of course - they are practically twins!

Vagner Borges said...

Hi! Very good your blog!!!

Couture Carrie said...

Absolutely amazing find, darling!!

xoxox,
CC

Patty Ann said...

hmmmmmmmmmm yeah i was looking at the gojane ones from your link. it looks like the first buckle on the knockoffs start much closer to the tip of the toe, so it doesnt have the same elongated line. but it is actually a pretty close representation, minus the quality of course. but its always fun to analyze and compare these things!

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Closet Full of Nothing said...

Love these!! they're identical twins!!

Style, via TIa said...

My role today is the frugal femme fatale. The same role I play MOST days, lol.

The Blonde Duck said...

I would feel invincible in those.

B a la Moda said...

JAJAJJA! You are funny!! You know sometimes we have to mortify in order to be beautiful! I am getting into the high heels little by little.
These boots are awesome! Both are so similar. I almost thought they were the same.
xoxo
B* a la Moda

Little Red said...

I'll be the frugal femme fatale today. These boots look almost identical! Amazing find!

Savvy Gal said...

ah... your choice is so much more budget friendly. : ) xo

kpeach said...

ooh very close-I saw the Balmain's in Intermix and couldn't out them down...love xo

Sherin said...

The Balmain booties are divine. I'm sure to be dreaming of those tonight! I'm definitely picking the expensive Balmain ones.

zupu said...

Oh these booties are just fabulous! They would look so great with a good pair of skinnies.. Adoring this post darling!

zupu said...

Oh these booties are just fabulous! They would look so great with a good pair of skinnies.. Adoring this post darling!

Leah said...

I'd go sassy spendthrift on this one. You are right about Balmain, here today gone tomorrow.

nookie said...

god,they look like twins:)
identical:)
I like the Balmain ones but even if I had 1200$ to spend on shoes, I wouldn't buy them:)

Ediot said...

thanks so much for the compliments! youre so sweet- i hope you do find the perfect plaid shirt soon. try asos.com. i love buckled boots- esp. the vivienne westwood ones.. take care and have a great weekend.- xx ediot

ana said...

I want them!!! they are perfect for this winter!

Mimi said...

Great post, those boots are to die for!! What fashion love wouldn't love to own some- if not just one piece of Balmain? My life would be complete! ;)

Stephanie said...

It is crazy that I can't tell a difference between the two pairs. I would definitely go with the cheap ones. They are really edgy. Great fashion find. :)

Valencia Lia said...

Ohhh my goodness !!

It looks exactly like the Balmain ones. Gojane actually really have have such gorgeous shoes for really affordable prices !

I need new shoesss:)

Ohhh,you should go get the AA's circle scarf! I want to get the sheer circle scarf next <3

Leila said...

WOW They are identical! And 20 bucks?!?! Amazing

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

Hi, love love lvoe the style! ;-)
Come check out Madonna for D&G and Linda Evangelista for W Magazine, they also look stunning!

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Emily said...

those look exactly alike, but the second pair are a tiny sliver of the first price! I'm going with the thrifty pair.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Those Gojane ones are really super cute and look just like the designer ones. In fact, I really like them in that brown color...very chic!

Blair said...

Wow--truly love them both equally! I wold be willing to give up my aversion, well my feet's aversion to heel for these!

Elizabeth Marie said...

Balmain...one of the loves of my life. Maybe one day. I can't stop thinking of these boots in red...DEF make us foam at the mouth.

nicole said...

I don't blame you for the infatuation with Balmain. If I could afford those multi-buckled boots, I'd be wearing them to sleep every night. But hey, at least there are more affordable alternatives, I say go for it :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

Ohhhh amazing boots :) What a fantastic find with the look-alikes! Have a wonderful weekend ♥

Rachel

All Women Stalker said...

The 1/2 inch less on the cheap pair is the deal breaker.Only because I can't walk in really high heels. Haha

-meream

lancelonie said...

This pair is so awesome! :)

lancelonie said...

This pair is so awesome! :)

Sam said...

Stunning really doesn't describe these! Fabbo and well spotted!

Fashion Pix said...

Wow those boots look almost the same. I love the booties!

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