YSL Clara (Barneys – sold out) $695
Even though the Clara pump is considered “past season,” the design is timeless. This beautiful pump from YSL is classic with an unexpected twist: a subtle metal detail on the heel. Clara is part of a collection from before YSL was re-branded to Saint Laurent.
I’m glad that a double-take exists, especially because it’s done almost as beautifully as the original. The Amy pump from Guess by Marciano is pretty much an exact copy of Clara. The only standout difference is that the leather is not as shiny and the interior is tan instead of black. They’re also pretty affordable, especially if you’re looking to “invest” in a good-quality black pump. But if you still want the original, Gilt is having a YSL sale today, which includes the Clara pump in platinum and red. You can also find the 3″ version on Yoox.
Guess by Marciano Amy
Vince Camuto Cynthea (The Shoe Box)
I love this double-take from Vince Camuto because it’s a suede version of the beautiful YSL Clara, and I’m more partial to suede than leather. Vince Camuto also makes their shoes out of high quality leathers, which are usually very soft and comfortable.
Schutz Verniz (Ideeli)
Update August 8: The Verniz pump from Schutz is another great alternative to the YSL Clara. I have three different pairs of Schutz shoes, and they’re all extremely high quality. But hurry, I’m not sure how long the deal on Ideeli will last!
Update August 15: Gilt is having a Schutz sale today with the same pump, except under the name Saulo. It’s also cheaper than on Ideeli.