Cheap Dupes for High End Shoes


Rock shoe trends without breaking the bank.

by ALAINA CARUSO    ★    NOV. 20, 2017

Time to ditch your summer sandals and revamp your shoe closet. With countless fall trends to drool over, there are lots of options to choose for fall footwear. Unfortunately, your wallet may not agree with the steep prices of designer shoes.

Here is a list of affordable dupes of UGirl's current favorite shoe trends:

1. Gucci vs. Steve Madden Mules

All our favorite Instagram fashion and beauty gurus are rocking Gucci mules, but most college fashionistas can’t afford to throw around 800 bucks like it’s nothing. Luckily, Steve Madden has created an almost identical match to those classic fur mules for about a tenth of the price. This brand offers dupes to the iconic floral and snake embroidered mules as well. Check out Steve Madden for all your mule needs you won’t be disappointed.

2. Fenty Puma by Rihanna vs. Charlotte Russe Creepers

Platforms are everywhere right now, and Puma has been on this trend for a while. Typically costing around $110-$180, Puma platform creepers are not incredibly expensive. However, they are almost always sold out, so these shoes are hard to come by. If you’re looking for cheap alternatives to these creepers, check out these faux suede ones from Charlotte Russe. For only 20 bucks, they seem too cheap to be true. But don’t fret, these shoes hold up extremely well and appear new even after a year’s use.

3. Stuart Weitzman vs. Unisa Over-the-Knee Boots

Many celebrities have been rocking over-the-knee boots since last year, and the trend is definitely here to stay. Social media queens, such as Lauren Elizabeth and Claudia Sulewski, are obsessed with Stuart Weitzman suede boots, owning them in just about every style and color. However, they will set you back well over $700. DSW  aka the best place on Earth has various dupes that are way more affordable. These ones from Unisa are killer; they seriously look and fit like the real deal for only $70!

4. Espadrilles vs. Wild Diva Espadrilles

Espadrilles have been around for decades. The style was popularized around the 1930’s and evolved over the years into various shoe models. They come in all different styles: wedges, sandals, flats, and sneakers. Recently, they have made a huge comeback and are all over social media and the runway. Steve Madden even has a whole page dedicated to them. A nice pair of Espadrille sandals or sneakers can cost anywhere from $70 to $200... yikes. These alternatives are from the brand Wild Diva and are sold at for $15. Check out JustFab for more styles like these. To make sure they last you through the first few months of fall, opt for a closed toe version.


Staying on top of shoe trends does not entail adding to your college debt. Especially with styles that only last a season or two, it may not be smart to invest big money in a trendy shoe. Before fall comes into full swing, get your hands on these stylish dupes for designer shoes and look fashionable without throwing away your life savings. 

Tayler Bradford