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Double-Take: Givenchy Fold Over Boot

 Givenchy Fold Over Boot
(Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf, Saks, My Theresa)
It’s almost boot season! In honor of that fact, I wanted to pay tribute to these stunning fold over boots with shark tooth buckles from Givenchy. There are plenty of new styles coming out for this fall, but there’s something about the balance between simplicity and grandeur that makes them unforgettable. These boots are almost like a shield for your legs because of the sheer amount of layered leather, yet they look very refined because detailing is minimal. The fold over effect is leg-lengthening because it covers the wedge heel, and basically looks like an extension of your pants or leggings. I think they’d be flattering on pretty much everyone. But the price? Not so flattering.

Schutz Arleana (MyHabit, Oak)
Once again, Schutz provides us with another excellent double-take. Although there are significant differences (such as the buckle style, heel shape, and length of the fold-over), my mind immediately thought of the Givenchy boot as soon as I spotted these. I think they are as much of a statement shoe as the original design, but at a more budget-friendly price. Plus, Schutz shoes are always high quality!

Enzo Angiolini Damus (Macy’s)

These boots by Enzo Angiolini are not a perfect double-take, but if you’re going for the wedge with an over-size cuff look, the Damus is a great choice. Enzo shoes are high quality, and most of them are very comfortable.

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Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Ivette

You can always count on gorgeous, delicate evening shoes from Jimmy Choo. The Ivette sandal (Nordstrom, Saks) particularly stands out because the straps are thoughtfully placed in a way that accentuates the curves of the foot and ankle; the shoe looks very elegant when worn! It’s available in both gold and silver leather with a 3.5″ heel. If you’re looking for something higher, the Lang sandal has the exact same strap construction except with a higher heel. You can find Lang in silver, pink, nude, and neon yellow.

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Double-Take: Manolo Blahnik BB

Manolo Blahnik BB (Saks – in many colors; Barneys; Bergdorf Goodman)
  
The Manolo Blahnik BB Pump. Perfection. There’s no other shoe that calls my name more than the BB; it’s simple, classic, and sexy with all the right curves and proportions. Named after French siren Brigitte Bardot, there’s a reason these pumps are seen everywhere on everyone. They just work. You can wear anything with these shoes and still look fabulous. And let’s not forget that most Manolos are extremely comfortable, at least in my opinion. Whenever I tried them on (I’ve yet to own a pair), they felt right at home on my feet as I pranced around in the shoe department. 

In June, Neiman Marcus opened their made-to-order BB boutique, where you can customize your BBs by choosing the heel height, color, and material for your new pumps. After you submit your order, the shoes are made in Italy and shipped to you. The best part? A customized pair doesn’t cost any more than a retail pair!

It’s my dream to someday buy myself my very own pair of Manolo BB pumps. But for now, I’ll just eye them from afar, and perhaps temporarily satisfy myself with a double-take.
 Vince Camuto Harty (teal on Shoebox, other colors on Amazon)
 
I’ve had a lot of success with Vince Camuto lately; they offer trendy shoes in addition to classic styles. And their flats are extremely comfortable! You can’t go wrong with the Harty pump. The shape is beautiful and very similar to the Manolo BB. 

Feast your eyes on other scrumptious styles…

Whistles French 75 (Asos)

Boutique 9 Migs (Zappos, Macy’s)

Manolo Blahnik BB (Neiman Marcus)
Although I’m lusting after a pair in black suede, I really like the BB in metallic grey. The color works wonderfully as a neutral, and the metallic sheen creates a modern, edgy, and sophisticated vibe. Because the color is more matte than silver, the pumps will last long after the metallic trend has faded. 

ShoeMint Gelareh
Some time ago, ShoeMint had the best Manolo Blahnik BB double-take I’ve ever seen. The Gelareh came in three different colors: silver, yellow suede, and wine patent. They sold out extremely fast, and I regret not getting the yellow pair. However, they just released their August collection, which includes a pump named Bess that looks strikingly similar to Gelareh. It’s available in four fantastic colors, and they’re all suede!  Here’s your chance to get what I think is the next best thing to the BB pump if you’re on a budget:
 ShoeMint Bess 

Update August 8: I just came across these pumps from Victoria’s Secret. They look extremely similar to the BB and come in a bunch of gorgeous colors! They are a bit out of my price range for pumps, but they are made of leather and look very classic, so it might be worth the investment if you love them!

Victoria’s Secret Pointed-ToePump