Where to find way less expensive look-alikes of the shoes worn by every woman in Stardom.
SERIOUS SHOES FOR LESS Every year Christian Louboutin does new versions of his “Simple” high-heeled patent pump with signature red sole. For the past two years at least, it has been a lovely shoe: low cut (for a little toe cleavage) with a slightly rounded toe box (for a very comfortable fit) and a three-inch heel (an extremely wearable height). His latest version, the Simple 85, comes in a rich shade of lavender patent leather—you can see it at Holt Renfrew where it sells for $645 a pair.
I first flipped over the Simple a few seasons back when Louboutin introduced the Simple 70 in nude patent with a nude heel. Much as I loved those shoes, there was no way I was going to pay upwards of $700 for the privilege of owning a pair.
Then two weeks ago, I was in the mall with my daughter and popped into Nine West to look at their new spring shoes because they are always on trend. I noticed a variation on the Louboutin Simple pump in hot pink for $110. But my real find came later that day at the Bay, which has been putting more attention into its women’s shoe department and its own Expression line. And right there on the front table were elegant, nude patent Louboutin look-alikes (they also come in black and smoke). Called Christina and priced at $99, they fit as perfectly as Cinderella’s slippers when I tried them on. I bought them on the spot.
While my new shoes do not have Louboutin’s signature red sole, they do have a graceful arch line and genuine leather soles. If I were really into fashion deceit, I would paint the bottoms the colour of Chanel’s classic red nail enamel (the inspiration), cross my legs like Oprah and flash a little sole—and I don’t think anyone but diehard fashionistas would ever call me out.
— Annabel Lee
Find Christina nude patent leather pumps at the Bay, www.thebay.com; check Holt Renfrew for the Simple 85 lavender pump, www.holtrenfrew.com; Nine West for their Louboutin variation, www.ninewest.com; and Net-a-Porter.com to see the original Louboutin nude patent pump.