11.11.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Christian Louboutin Leopard Print Ankle Boots on a Budget

Darlings, to the left prepare to fall head over heels (no pun intended!) for Christian Louboutin’s luscious Leopard Print Ankle Boots; to the right, brace yourself for the beauty that is Charlotte Russe’s Suede Leopard Bootie.

While the Charlotte Russe charmers lack the cherry red sole of the lovely Louboutin’s, and are constructed out of faux suede as opposed to true pony hair; for a mere $35.50, in comparison to the $1,449.50 required to make the ravishing Loubies your very own, they are every bit as capable of lending the purrr-fect form of ferocity to your look du jour at a price that the frugalista simply cannot refuse!

So mes chéris, what are you up to today? Will your AmEx take a beating with a splurge, or will you stay safe and thrifty with a frugal buy?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.


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FASHION SNAG said...

I want the louboutin!

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Dancing Branflake said...

Oh, if I could I would totally go for the Louboutins! You know me!

Seriously, Erika, you are amazing because I was just browsing through the internet looking for booties that I so desperately need for my surprise and I was not sure where to look. Lo and behold, you post this and, again, have saved me from a fashion overspending.

Couture Carrie said...

Am going to have to go for the Loubs on this one, darling!

xoxox,
CC

ellie said...

Honestly, I find Charlotte's more cool with the platform.

ivy's closet said...

What a beautiful cool look from the CR collection.

The Favour Shoppe said...

YaY SHOES!! Have to say...I actually like the Charlotte Russe ones, especially the price! WOWZA!

Syrious said...

That's so true!!
Louboutin is AMAZING for it is not affordable for everyone!!
but sometimes there are another brands less expensive with same result!
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Maddy said...

I prefer the leopard print in the Louboutin pair! The animal print in the Charlotte Russe one looks less authentic! Though, I don't think I'd ever spend $1,500 on leopard print booties :)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Louboutins all the way!

Jude said...

I actually love that Charlotte Russe! Even if I hadn't know it was the steal - and of course at that price, it's all the more attractive :)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh Erika, I've been craving for a pair of leopard shoes for a looong time... but no purchase yet... thanks for the heads up! xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I love the chunky shape of the Charlotte Russe but oh those red heels and sleek shape of the CLs!

Melanie's Randomness said...

OOooo I love Louboutin's!! One day i will own a pair but that price tag is insane. I'll stick to Charlotte! =)

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daisychain said...

I actually much prefer the cheaper version
*hides before the hate starts*

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

I really think I might need to get on the leopard kick...these shoes are stunning.

Leia said...

I think I'd like to save up for the Loubies!

Leia

WeShop said...

I LOVE both pairs - fabulous print. xx
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janettaylor said...

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Melanie said...

Wow! I'm really impressed with this find. What a steal!

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fashioncuti05 said...

Charlotte Russe in my opinion are way better. The platform looks betters...I like the print better. No splurging here!

Kristin said...

The CR's totally work! RAWR!

ediot said...

hi lovely.
thanks always for stopping by and being supportive- it means a lot!
today ive been working at a preschool.. but came home so tired- slept like 2 hours.. its the dark outside that make me so tired these days..
hope youre good darling
about them shoes, even if i couldn't walk in any i would choose the russe ones.
xx

Rocio said...

You can never replace or mimic the style and class of Louboutin. Definitely splurging!=)

The Blonde Duck said...

Now I need a leopard print dress to go with them!

Islandia Lane said...

style-wise I prefer the C.L. but I don't think I'll EVER be able to afford a pair of those plus for that much, I could have a totally fabulous vaca!! so with that, I guess I'll go for the C.R's... :-)

Natasha H. said...

The Charlotte Russe boots are just a bit more sexier, even though I would pretty much buy anything that had Louboutin's name on it.

sharonlei said...

Sweet sweet Erika!! How have you been my dear? Hope all is well. :)

You've now got me dreaming of leopard booties... I want the Loubies so bad.. but they are out of reach.. at least for the time being. hee hee.

xx Love & Aloha

Tights Lover said...

I love these boots. There are few things nicer than Christian Louboutin...so I got to go with those even at that price!

AH said...

i would definitely go for the louboutins!

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chaoskontrolowany said...

So nice;)

Anaiz said...

I like the Charlotte Russe version, score! :D

Style Eyes said...

I would definitely get the Loubouts if I could afford them.

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

i think they are pretty different so i would consider getting both, especially since it's faux.

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Sarah said...

I love Charlotte Russe to death,but I sooo want the Louboutins'!

Pink Stilettos said...

I'm going with the Louboutin's! xoxo

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monica said...

i wanttttt themmm

Irene said...

Those are gorgeous. And yes. The Louboutins.

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elle said...

I realize the Louboutins are completely impractical (unless I win the lottery) but seriously... so. pretty. Others just don't compare :)

LifestyleBohemia said...

Awesome find - they really are so similar!

Kimia Kline said...

leopard print is everywhere lately!! love those laboutines....

Styles 'n Cream said...

Wow, I cannot believe teh Charlotte Russe booties, plus they are eco-friendly.

xoxo

Joanne said...

Both are nice, but a little too spike-y for me!

Clare said...

Oh I love these boots. I don't usually wear heels because I am too lazy BUT these are rad.

Emily and Abigail said...

lust lust lusting these shoes!! 35.50 is such a steal.. needing to add a pair of these to my wardrobe within the next couple of days!!

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Josie said...

I must say, you just can't beat a pair of Louboutins.
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Charlotte said...

oh my god, i may HAVE to buy those booties!!

Charlotte xxx

Emily said...

the charlotte russe booties, i can't justify spending $1,000+ on shoes at this point in my life...but maybe a few years down the road... :)

Stephanie said...

Both are just fabulous!!

Stephanie said...

I would deff get the Louboutin's if i had the funds! But the Charlotte Russe ones would do just fine :)

Eternally yours,
Stephanie

K said...

I still haven't figured out how to properly wear statement shoes, so I'll have to go with neither. Sad times.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

These with a sleek black trench coat would be PERFECTION. Omg.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

well... the price difference makes me obviously pick the cheaper ones but holy hell, seeing them together- you can really see the beauty in the finely made pair, I want them!

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

I'm going with thrifty, what a great find!! I think an every day shoe would be more of a reason to purchase the expensive ones, but since this only goes with certain outfits I think the cheaper ones are just as good!


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Sherin said...

I love leopard print heels! These are both beautiful I would definitely buy the Louboutins!

FashionJazz said...

U are soo brilliant hun, you find so many items that are almost identical! : ) I love them both! Mwah xx

Krystal said...

charlotte russe def!!! i need some leopard print in my life soon I think. have a happy friday!!!

Rachel said...

I adore basically any shoe that's Christian Louboutin, so I can't resist the splurge! Now if only I actually owned a pair of Loubs...

Rae said...

The boyfriend actually prefers the Louboutins! But when I shared the price tag with him he decided the Charlotte Russe pair were much better ;D

Haute World said...

I prefer the pattern on the Louboutin and the shape of the shoe, but no way would I pay that kind of money for an ankle boot that I couldn't wear all the time. So I'd go for the frugal option this time!

Jen said...

Heck, I'd take either one!! I LOVE leopard print!

Rick said...

great find, as always Erika.
In this case, we'd have to fork out the extra cash me thinks (although I'm not the one who'd have to wear them however lol. us guys DO appreciate what women go through wearing heels for us tho :)
Happy friday!!!

Angelica Ng said...

Not really liking either of these, but if I had to choose, it's be Louboutin. The Russe seems a bit harsh.

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Grace said...

The Louboutin's are certainly gorgeous, but the Charlotte Russe are definitely more within by budget.

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A La Mode et Plus! said...

Ok I never thought I would say this, being a diehard Louboutin fan (not that I own any) but I kind of prefer Charlotte Russe's version... I feel like a traitor!

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Embodying Fashion said...

You know what, i really like that Charlotte Russe ankle boot and it is affordable.

Dina's Days said...

Great affordable find. I don't know if I'd ever wear these, it's too much animal print for me. I usually stick to scarves or something very subtle. But they almost look like the Loubs.. nice!

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