4.20.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Chloe T-Strap Wedge on the Cheap

Darlings it was not so long ago that I divulged the fact that I associated summer with sky-high wedge sandals; but there was one thing I failed to mention in addition to this summation, and that, my loves, is the sheer fact that it is not just wedge sandals in general which are so perfectly representative of the sultry summer months – rather, it is those crafted by the imagination of…Chloe.

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, wedge sandals are a quintessential addition to a glamorous gal’s shoe collection. They embody sophistication and style; whilst retaining the effortless bohemian elegance that takes one’s wardrobe back to basics, allowing the individual in question to effuse a carefree chicness – quite in tune with not only the Chloe ad campaign shedding light upon wild-haired beauties romping through overgrown fields of golden foliage, but the simplicity of the oh-so covetable Chloe T-Strap Wedge.

Equal parts modernistic and vintage, the T-Strap Wedge steals inspiration from a multitude of eras, beginning with the T-Strap, so reminiscent of 1920s flappers dancing the Charleston in fringe-encrusted frocks; moving along to the cork wedge seen upon the tootsies of bellbottom-donning boho belles as they swayed to and fro to the music heard at Woodstock, their long locks floating in the breeze; and ending with the nude hue seen upon the Spring and Summer runways. It is a collection of elements which make the T-Strap Wedge, in the words of the magical Mary Poppins, “practically perfect in every way.” If only the price tag were as perfect as the aesthetic.

Kitty cats, I am well aware of the fact that the T-Strap Wedge is a source of swooning. A fabulous form of footwear capable of hypnotizing the eye of the beholder; but at $595.00 a pair, the sassy sandal is quite a bit out of the budget of the frugal fashionista. Rosegold’s Cara Wedge, on the other hand, is a bit more accessible for one’s allowance and attire.

No, they are not dirt cheap by any means, but at $168.00, the classy Cara allows for you to indulge in Chloe style without the chichi prices that typically accompany such a look. And nothing is more irresistible than that!

Is today the day for you to please the big spender within; or will you play it cool and be thrifty?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Barneys and Amazon for the pictures.


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76 comments

ROBINE said...

Wonderful wedges! Perfect color!
x Robine

Maddy said...

I'm all over the nude wedges this season. They are so versatile and seem like they'll be around for a few more summers :)

Diane said...

i love them both! :)

Dancing Branflake said...

Oooh... I love the T strap. I also love the nude color- very elongating for my short legs!

Valerie said...

I love these! The cara wedges are amazing and what a great price! I also adore wedges in the summer. It's such a great way to add some height and style without killing our feet in the process. xo

janettaylor said...

I really love them both! :)))

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Le sigh, I don't have enough money for either. And now you make me want the Chloe ones badly, one day. Great post, dear!
Libby
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Melanie said...

Great find! I really need some nude sandals. I have pumps and they are wonderful, but sandals would be perfect for summer!

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Leah said...

I am so obsessed with finding the perfect pair of nude wedges now. The Chloe T strap is fabulous and so is the Cara Wedge. I love them both really. xoxo

Melanie's Randomness said...

I'm addicted to wedges in the summer because it gives so much support so I'm loving that there is a cheaper version!! Seriously you can barely tell the difference here!! It just looks like its a different shade!! Love these posts on Tuesdays!!

Jen said...

These are such beauties!! I've been trying to track down a great pair for this summer. I actually found a great pair of strappy wedges last night at Target... $26 baby!! Can't beat that ;-)

A.D said...

Wow. That's really expensive for a pair of shoes, but I really want them too. I hope I can find a really cheap look-alike!

Charlie ♥ said...

i looove cork wedge sandals, you know me so well!



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Josie said...

Ummmm, SO beautiful! I am in love with the Chloe ones, but the budget version is so similar that I'd buy them in a heartbeat!
xxoo Josie
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Sara Lynn said...

wow both are amazing, you always find great stuff to feature! I am lusting over them right now. I want to go shoe shopping so bad! Those would look amazing with an outfit I am planning for a date with Kyle soon. :)

Tasha said...

Wow they are so similar! Either price is expensive, but at least if you go with the Rosegold's pair you save over $400!!

Alicia said...

I seriously can NOT believe how similar these are!!! :) Both super cute. great find, once again! :) xoxo

lily said...

so summer and very sweet. I love the wedge.

Sherin said...

I love Wedge heels. I definitely need a pair for the Summer. Sigh, those Chloe ones are stunning, but too expensive.

Sootjeelina said...

I totally love the Chloe ones, but the Clare wedges are amazing too! So I'll buy the Clare ones for sure, they're amazing! One little problem: my mum and dad wont make me wear high heels :( That's why I have a major obsession with them :D

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Couture Carrie said...

Amaaaaaaazing find, per usual, darling!

xoxox,
CC

K said...

Still not a big fan of wedges, but these seem pretty versatile and chic.

knk said...

beautiful shoes really cool,

stylechanges said...

lovely foot war i like theme great post

the guilty hyena said...

Its always fab to have a good cheaper alternative!

This post reminds me :) one colour I lack in the shoes department is nude.

SabinePsynopsis said...

$595? I had to catch my breath for a moment... You found a great and very attractive alternative, I think!

ellie said...

wow, they are pricy. I might just have to stick with flip-flops. It seems I wear less and less of a heel each year. Very pretty though.

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Wow... I am amazed how do you find these lookalikes and how come they are not suing each other??? I just received a very similar pair from Asos today and I'm in love!!! :D
XXX

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AH said...

i'd go thrifty for these, definitely!

Sarah said...

These are so similar! Would def consider the cheaper ones. The more expensive ones are waaaaaaaaaay beyond my budget! x
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ediot said...

you always got these great lOOKS for less. i love that,
hope youre having an wonderful day lovely.

xx ediot

Kris said...

These are really cute!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Am dreaming of those wedges. They do celebrate spring/summer;-)

Jen said...

Now Erika, I'm not one to turn down a bit of Chloe. I LOVE the wedge and really do want it... but I think the Rosegold version is winning! Yes! I love them oh so much! More than the Chloes! Who'd have thought it. :) x

MOLLYKT said...

OH MY GOD- IN LOVE!
xxx

Francy said...

Wow, both pairs are so cute! Perfect for summer. I need to track down a pair!

J said...

those shoes are great! love them for summer, they would go great with a dress! im a bit frugal at the moment so i would have to go for the Cara but I would love the Chloe pair!!

Anna Gray said...

In reply to your comment...

Thank you so much! Your comment COMPLETELY made my day! You are such a sweet bloggie chum and I adore your blog!

( ♥ those shoes, I have a pair similar to them ). =)

Kylie said...

I've just recently come to the conclusion that I need a pair of wedges. These are nice, but I'm thinking red with ribbons that tie up around the calves would reeeeeeeeally do it for me.

& regarding "life is a runway" hrm, well I'm often brain dead. ;p

Audrey Allure said...

It's gorgeous! I love both of them :)

meg said...

If only...

really, I'll be on the look out for the look.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I am quite smitten with Chloe's shoes this season. Excellent finds!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Oh love... I bet these would make my legs look veryyyy long!

Melissa Blake said...

Ahhh, see, this is yet another reason I wish I didn't have to wear custom-made shoes! :)

pixelhazard said...

Oh strappy tan shoes seem to be everywhere. I'm not usually a fan of tan or the cork wedge but if things keep looking this pretty somethings gotta give!

Laura Trevey said...

I need some new cool wedges, and these are awesome!!


xoxo Laura

Emily said...

I think I'm going to have to choose the Chloe pair! They are marvelous :)

E said...

Ohhh, those magnificent Chloes....

Meg said...

They are very similar, but I like the bottoms of the Chloe ones better. But I certainly can't afford them!

Lexi Colby said...

oh my gosh :) i absolutely love them!!!!!!!
your blog is so wonderful to read
xoxo

la petite fashionista said...

I love the nude shade of these wedges! They are perfect for someone petite; they'd make your legs look likes long!

Meream said...

Are those replicas? You are a genius :)

Elle said...

I've been lusting sooo badly for the Chloe sandals... and debating whether or not to suck it up or get the Rosegolds... they're just not the same though! Maybe the Chloe's will go on sale (oh pretty pretty please)

Aury said...

Those shoes are far too cute for words. Great picks dearest!

Aury said...

Those shoes are far too cute for words. Great picks dearest!

MizzJ said...

Both are so perfect, but I have to go with the cheaper version on this one! Have you bought yourself a pair of delicious summer wedges yet?

previouslyinaudible said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these shoes!!! I have a thing for a cork wedge... Thanks for sharing.x

B a la Moda said...

I wasn´t that fond of wedges before but I am starting to like them. These two pairs are very cool and they doesn´t look heavy at all.


xoxo
B* a la Moda

Shilka said...

Such a nice shoe.. but the price is a killer ~_~

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Whoa! What a great find. Very similar. Good job miss lady!!!

Today I'm going to be a middle spender. Not too much and not too thrifty. Anthropologie. It's in the middle right?

Tebonin said...

Love that pair of shoes. Though a lit bit expensive to me. Cuz got a similar pair for 300 dollars..

Jen said...

i'm pretty sure i can't see a huge difference in those shoes, so i'm gonna have to go with the steal! yay for knockoffs! :P

wulanasihsetyarini said...

Lovvvvvvvveeeeeeee the wedges...
love the colour as well..

xoxo

Imogen said...

I really like these wedges and I can picture them with so many different outfits. I like the colour and perfect for summer as you suggest. (Shame it is going to be winter here soon!)

Rick said...

This was a great one, Erika (as usual)! I really liked the historical perspective and how you tied in the original sources of inspiration to the wedges in this post. And, nice finds! Amazing post!! :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

The thrifty shoes are just as beautiful! I can picture wearing these shoes with a light and flowing summer dress, lounging by a pool in a yacht....a girl can dream, right?!? :)

Happy Wednesday Erika!

Rachel

Christina Lee said...

Sigh--in love...

Sara Bentley said...

I love Chloe anything!!

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daisychain said...

love love love both pairs!

Geisslein said...

these wedges are so beautiful....I have fallen in love now...Have a lovely day today! sunny greetings from germany, geisslein

The Pink Tutu said...

Very cute! I've been trying to branch out in my shoe choices and these would really do the job :)

Rachel said...

Great find, Erika! Both of these wedges look perfect for the spring and summer. I'll definitely be thrifty this time around and take the Rosegold pair!

Style, via TIa said...

I love the color chloe sandals!

J. said...

T-strap and a wedge...2 of my faves! I'm a huge Chloe shoe fan but I'll be thrifty today...I like the color of the second pair just a tad better!

carla said...

I love the T-Strap Wedges!cant wait to buy a pair! def perfect to wear them with a bathisuit and a cover up! ready to walk the board walk at some beach!...as always great post Erika!
xoxoxoxo
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Bostonista said...

Ah! Those are very similar to a pair of Chloe's I had my eye on at the OutNet $1 sale. Unfortunately I missed out :( UGH Still bitter!
Oh well at least those are a pretty cute alternative!
xo

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