Casadei Patent Multi Strap Pump

Double-Take: Casadei Multi-Strap Pump

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Casadei shoes. From season to season, there’s always something new, fantastic, and unexpected in the collections. I especially love the styles that have both lady-like elegance and edgier details. The sleek iconic blade heel really balances out the multiple tiny straps in this pair. I think the design evokes a little bit of bad-ass energy as well as a sophisticated feel. They’re sold out by now (last seen on Selfridges) but I managed to find a great double-take by Schutz instead.



Double-Take: Tabitha Simmons Early Bootie

It’s the middle of winter here in Philadelphia, and although there aren’t piles of snow around on the sidewalks, the temperatures do dip below the 40s and that makes me want to put on my coziest outfits for outdoor excursions in center city. Icy sidewalks are no place for heels, and black ankle boots are the answer to staying chic in the cold. The best are those tastefully adorned with eye-catching details like buckles, zippers, and studs.



Double-Take: Camilla Skovgaard Corner

If you’re looking for shoes with an emphasis on form, materials and style rather than decoration and trends, Camilla Skovgaard shoes are for you. Her footwear is gaining recognition for the stellar combination of contrasting elements. Fluidity and severity paired with edginess and sophistication result in unique and interesting shoes with a lot of wow-factor. One of her trademarks is a saw-tooth sole, which adds an interesting twist to a lot of her more classic styles.


Shoe of the Day: Channel some Chanel

Maiden Lane Blake (Gilt)
I don’t wear ankle boots or shooties very often because I don’t like how they look on my feet. I have small and narrow feet, and when I wear shoes that cut off at the ankle bone, they make my legs look a little stumpy, at least in my opinion. (Actually, I own one pair because they look great with skinny or straight-leg jeans.) Even though I don’t like wearing the style often myself, I do like looking at them; you can do so many interesting things to a bootie/shootie design. Styles range from simple and classic to edgy and unique. I personally favor the simple and classic styles. 
These darling little booties by Maiden Lane (a line owned by Gilt Groupe created specifically for are quite stunning. And don’t they remind you of another designer? Chanel maybe? Chanel is known for their shoes with the iconic quilted leather and cap toe design. And at $99, these are just a fraction of the cost, yet they’re made of leather and look just as nice!

Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Wedge

Giuseppe Zanotti (DSW
I love anything with spots, especially shoes with spots. I first saw these Giuseppe Zanotti pumps on Gilt during one of their amazing shoe sales but unfortunately they didn’t have my size. I ended up getting a different pair of pumps on super sale and an email code for an extra 50% off. I had some doubts at first because of the heel height, but they earned a special place in my heart when they helped me win a custom pair! I am now a proud mama of two pairs of Giuseppe Zanotti shoes (total cost for both still under $100!) and completely addicted. 

But of course, I can’t go around buying all the designer shoes I want because I have to pay for things like food. So I found a pretty good double-take of the animal print wedge at DSW one day. They were on the clearance racks and not in my size, so I’m bummed I didn’t spot them earlier, but you might still have a chance at snagging a pair online or in stores if you call the Shoephoria center.

Levity Diva (DSW
The shape of the Diva pump by Levity (a brand exclusive to DSW) is actually quite different from the Zanotti pair, but it actually looks quite stunning on the foot. The curves of the leather highlight the shape of the foot, and the pointed toe is a bit more sophisticated the rounded toe on the pair by Zanotti. They’re also comfortable because the heel isn’t as high.

Double-Take: YSL Clara

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Clara Pump
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 Pump YSL Double-Take
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.


Double-Take: Valentino Rockstud Sandals

Who needs flip-flops if this kind of magical creation exists? I love these sandals (also in pink), I think they’re the epitome of cool summer style. You can get the original Valentino design at MyTheresa and Forward by Elyse Walker. Unfortunately, my pockets don’t run this deep. Luckily, I found what is possibly the best double-take version of a Valentino Rockstud style. The structure, color, and studs on the Denise sandal by Schutz mirror the original. The best part, the lining and upper are 100% leather!


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