12.21.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: FRYE Carmen Harness Tall for Less

My loves, in the left corner we have FRYE’s fabulous Carmen Harness Tall – the very same ones seen donned by The Vampires Diaries’ Nina Dobrev; to the right take a gander at Forever 21’s Leatherette Biker Boots.

Though the Forever 21 pretties are constructed out of faux leather, as opposed to the true leather of the FRYE’s, and offer the wearer a slightly lower heel; for a mere $34.80, in comparison to the $358.00 of the originals, they are just as capable of adding a biker babe motif to your look du jour, at a price that allows you to pick up both colors – black and brown!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for FRYE, or be thrifty and spring for Forever 21?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Zappos and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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58 comments:

Toesthattwinkle! said...

I dont think the quality is even comparable.

Joanne said...

Whenever we have the choice, it should always be Frye! You'll never go wrong ...

Couture Carrie said...

Am going to have to be a big spender on this one, since I am a fan of leather, and Frye's is awesome... But I am impressed with the f21!

xoxox,
CC

The Favour Shoppe said...

I would def go for the "real" deal on this...but the price...yikes!

Megan said...

I like the Forever 21 boots.

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Melanie's Randomness said...

Oooo when it comes to boots like these I think youd have to get the Frye's because it might be too cheap. The faux leather isn't warm at all I find. They are still cute tho!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

wow! they both are cute though. :)

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

as long as they don't fall apart the F21 boots are a steal!

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The Favour Shoppe said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! <3 Hope your days is awesome!

Miranda said...

Wow, those are so similar, I LOVE those boots!

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Fashion Therapist said...

As a Frye owner, I will say that the boots are made BEAUTIFULLY. However, for anything that I don't see myself wearing for a long period of time I would go with the faux. In this case, I'm not a huge harness person so I would go for the F21 version.

Jamie said...

Now normally I would say Frye al the way, however Forever21 got it pretty darn close! I just got a pair of shoes form them that I am surprisingly really loving and I only paid $25!! can't beat it!!

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

great find! i love my frye's but these are a good alternative for not spending alot.

Natasha said...

Happy birthday, E. I hope your day is so special. As for the boots, I love the F21 boots better. Love ya!

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

The Frye might be more expensive in the short run... but they'll probably become a favorite boot that keeps getting lots and lots of wear season after season without ever looking "dated." Gotta go with the original, my dear :)

ana said...

Definetely Forever 21! They look both the same... Have a great day!

Jolie said...

Dont get me wrong, I love a deal, but I like my shoes to last and comfort is essential! Frye all the way!

Stéphanie said...

Happy birthday !

Anna Gray said...

This is a tricky one...hmmm....I think I like the Forever 21 pair of boots the best! ^_^

Frozen Fashion said...

Forever Frye all the way! Sorry Forever 21:(

I have been wearing Frye for forever.......
I am pretty loyal to them


I was so excited to see this post, I have a lot of crazy memories wearing my various Frye boots!


ciao

<3

Anaiz said...

Those boots look awesome/tough. I love Forever 21 *sigh*

Sootjeelina said...

I love those kind of boots, so grunge but yet so feminine! And it's awesome how you were able to find boots what are almost 10 times cheaper. Wow!
Btw, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I really appreciate it!

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Paislea Elyse said...

they both look very similar, but i have to agree with all of the other lovely ladies and the quality will be nothing of the same...

and erika, thanks for the encouraging comment! i was having THE worst day yesterday. but all my blog friends have let me vent and have given me strength to just push on! thank you!!

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Savvy Gal said...

with boots i am very particular. i will need to try them on for size.

Dancing Branflake said...

$34 for boots? That is crazy! I love them!

meg said...

If I could only strut in them like Nina can...I think Forever 21 is the place for me.

AH said...

i'd definitely be thrifty!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

So similar, I'd go with Forever 21.

Kassie said...

It depends. If its something I see myself wearing over and over for many season I will splurge and buy the real deal. But if I think by next fall I won't be into the item I go with the cheaper version.

♥K

Sherin said...

You must know my obsession with boots by now. I love how the heel is a different colour on the FRYE ones.

The Blonde Duck said...

My last pair of black ankle boots looked just like that!

Lady said...

OMG they are so similar!!! I think I'm going to order tham off the forever21 website ahhhh

ellie said...

I wouldn't wear them enough for that expensive price. I don't have to have Frye's. Forever 21 does it for me.

ellie said...

Happy Birthday!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I love your finds, it never ceases to amaze me how you find such clever knock-offs. This is a hard one though because I always think of boots as being a forever purchase, although they rarely last me more than a few years as I wear them to death...literally haha. I would probably go for the real thing but the price on the f21s is amazing! Hope you are enjoying the last few days before christmas!!

xoxo Mary Jo

Tights Lover said...

I'm going to go big spender here. I really, really, really love Frye boots...really! The ones you picked out here are hot!

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lucy and sarah said...

I love these knock-offs!

better days said...

Amazing look and price. It would be a bargain in my book. & I'm sure there is a Forever 21 nearby to check these out at.

ivy's closet said...

So cool. Especially, at Forever 21!

Leigh said...

well they definitely look similar! i am always i fan of the expensive over the cheap, but my price range could probably only handle the F21 boots!

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Shop N' Chomp said...

I don't own a pair of Fryes but I've heard good things so I'd go with those!

Josie said...

My wallet is going to have to go with the F21 ones this time!
xo Josie
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FashionJazz said...

Love Frye hun! Happy Tuesday xx

janettaylor said...

I love them both!

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Grace said...

I love you for finding a cheaper Frye look! Those Forever 21 ones are fabulous!

Punctuation Mark said...

it always amazes me how similar in look they are on the images and then when you see them in real life you can see the big difference

Yvonne said...

I don't know how you always manage to find a budget piece for the designer label piece!! You are savvy. I have to say though - I would buy neither as this is not my style.
Great find though!
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My Heart Blogged said...

Even though I would never spend that much money on shoes, I love the Frye ones. They look so supple, and expensive. But, Forever 21 still continues to amaze me, those boots are a perfect match. You always find the best stuff!
My Heart Blogged

Elle Sees said...

of course i love how you find these things! and thanks for saving us money!
ps--i have a giveaway i think you'd like.

Michelle Elaine said...

DAMN those are some pretty damn good knock offs. I doubt they have them in my F21 though :/

KeepItFvncy,
M.E.

michelle_ said...

what a lovely boot !!

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Rachel said...

I am drooling over that pair of Frye boots. They are amazing! I'll have to splurge this time!

ediot said...

such a great lookalike find. i love the ones from forever one the most actually. thanks for sharing
xx

Emily said...

forever 21 has stolen my heart with these!

Oh, My Darling said...

Though I love a good bargain, I'm totally a Frye girl at heart!

Maria said...

Just found your blog...

While I would love to own the Frye boots they are way out of price range. As for the F21 they are great looking but I will not wear non leather boots, you can always tell. I bought awesome leather harness boots in black and brown at Target.com for $49.99