Splurge vs Save - 4 Shoes That Caught My Eye

February 28, 2017

Merona "Matilda" Lace Up Heeled Quarter Strapped Sandals - $27.99

The Rizzaa caught my eye a few months ago as I scoured Pinterest for resort ready footwear. It was the dead of winter and I was combating the cold and my bad mood with pins of sun drenched beaches, floppy hats, and strappy sandals. These neutral lace ups were the perfect antidote to my winter blues. However, the price left me frozen and I just couldn't pull the trigger on these sandals. 

Recently, though, I was at Target browsing the newest selection of shoes and found these Merona sandals that made stop dead in my tracks. They seemed so familiar and in my head I swore they were dead ringers for the Rizzaa's. I came home, did a little research, and after a bit of comparison shopping my suspicions were confirmed. I'm highly impressed with how identical the two separate pairs are! The Rizzaa's are slightly richer in tone and constructed slightly better, but if you are craving that summery lace up look on a budget then I highly recommend the Matilda's!

WhoWhatWear "Carolina" Double Band Block Heel Slide Sandals in Red - $32.99

The shoe brand of the season is Marais and if you're not convinced just take a gander at Marais creator Haley Boyd's iconic style. After seeing Haley's style interview on the Cup of Jo blog and Marais mules on Joy Cho during her #OOTDs, I found myself crushing hard on these timeless and well-constructed Jane mules. They have an effortless feel that transcends decades. Also, who can resist cherry suede when it comes to shoes? Not me.

I'll admit this isn't the closest dupe in the world, but after perusing the Marais website for a lengthy amount of time, I felt like I needed a pair of cherry red mules myself. The idea of slipping on a a comfortable, show stopping shoe was too tempting to let go of. After a teeny bit of looking around, I found that these Carolina mules from Target definitely fit the bill at a price I can cope with. Bring on the cherry suede!

Simple. Classic. Chic. Effortless. These are all the words that come to mind when I think of these soft blush slides from Steve Madden. I can imagine wearing them with cropped jeans or perhaps a flowy shift. I love how easy to wear and non-intimidating these feel for spring and summer. I can certainly see them become a staple in my shoe wardrobe.

Since $80 is a bit steep to spend on a pair of simple slides, I love that these Forever21 slides are under $20 and nearly identical to the Brielle slides. If you're looking to add some chic neutral sandals to your closet, I'd highly recommend looking into these.

Honorable Mention: Impressions "To Be Or Not To Be" Bootie - $42.00

These perforated Dolce Vita booties are perfect for that transitional spring weather. I know where I live that the days have been ricocheting between chilly and balmy, so finding the right footwear can occasionally be a challenge. I love the neutral color, low heel, and buckle detail on the stunning Kara booties so much. I think I could easily spend an entire day working, shopping, and walking in these cute kicks.

However, Dolce Vita isn't exactly known for being budget friendly. Luckily, the Dolce Vita line (DV for Target) is! I was able to find nearly the exact same bootie for less than half the cost. Yes, you'll sacrifice some of the luxe quality of a Dolce Vita original, but you'll have a stunning and stylish piece for much less. The coloring and details are nearly identical, the DV version just seems more cheaply made at the sole, stitching, and buckle.

I also found the "To Be or Not To Be" Bootie from Impressions to be a striking option as well!

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