Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Guerilla

After the Punk Fashion exhibit at the MET last spring, there was an upsurge in studded and edgier shoes for women. Although daintier styles had their moment in the spotlight as well, it’s pretty clear studs are here to stay for a while. And I’m not complaining, because it’s nice to throw in that extra detail from time to time.



Double-Take: Saint Laurent Ankle Boot

Chelsea boots never completely went away, but now their popularity is increasing again due to updated silhouettes, such as pointed toes and studded details. They also come in various heel heights, like the fantastic pair above by Saint Laurent. This heeled adaptation is just as classic as the original flat version.



Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Youth Biker Boot

Chilly weather brings out the best in booties. There are fun, fashionable styles with a lot of height an attitude, and then there are down-to-earth, cool and casual styles that are just as great. Moto boots are one of those styles that will always be around; comfortable, edgy, yet classic and even sometimes sophisticated. This particular pair from Jimmy Choo is part of the 24:7 collection, which was launched with an assortment of iconic styles intended to take the woman from day to night with ease.



Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Caged Boots

I absolute love these amazing boots from Jimmy Choo; the color is fantastic, and the lattice detail is extremely unique, especially because it covers such a large area of the boot. I can just imagine wearing these with contrasting socks or tights underneath. Unfortunately, they retail at $2195 (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks), which is about two and a half times the amount of my rent. So there’s no way I’ll be getting these anytime soon.



Double-Take: Givenchy Buckled Sandal

Givenchy Buckled Sandal (Net-a-Porter, Barney’s)
There’s something very appealing about ankle-boot-sandal hybrids. They give off a very cool vibe. I think what I like most about them is that they can work across all four seasons; I’d love to pair these with some textured knit socks,tights, and a skirt on a chilly fall day. I also love the thick heel. Most people don’t find them chunky heels very flattering, but on my legs they really help balance out my small feet with my runner’s legs. And they’re much easier to walk in than pencil-thin heels! The designer price tag is quite hefty though, so I found some double-takes that are more wallet friendly:
Kelsi Dagger Gina (Amazon, LuLu’s, DSW,
Zara Ankle Boot Sandal


Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Pigalle

(Barneys; in black and blue on Net-a-Porter, Saks)
Although I have never particularly loved the more inventive shoes from Louboutin, there are classics that I think are quite scrumptious and will never go out of style. The Pigalle has, in my opinion, the ideal shape for a pump. The curves are sensual and highlight the shape of the foot, and although some people hate toe cleavage, I think a little bit here and there doesn’t hurt anyone. Pigalles have the ability to make your feet look perfect; they ooze glamour, sexuality and confidence. Unfortunately, they also cost and arm and a leg for most people. I would never buy a fake pair, but double-takes are fair game in my books! I’ve found some pumps that have the same effect, minus the red sole:

Truth or Dare by Madonna Lele (Macys; in white on 6pm)
Currently, these are probably the closest you can get in shape and style to the Pigalle. I tried on a hot pink (!) pair at Nordstrom Rack, and they actually look quite fabulous on. There’s even a slight hint of toe cleavage in these. However, the sole is pretty thin but I think add some foot cushions would work perfectly! I had no need for hot pink pumps though, so they didn’t come home with me. 
There are even more of these great double-takes! 


Aldo Frited 
I’ve never really had any luck with Aldo shoes being comfortable on my feet, even though every season there are several styles that I really love. But if they work for you, you’re in luck! The Frited pump has a gorgeous shape and looks very similar to the Pigalle. The most noticeable difference is the thickness of the heel, but who’s going to be looking closely at that?

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spiked
(Barneys in red, black; Net-a-Porter
The edgy punk spike trend is still having it’s moment because there are so many people that love it, but I’ve had a hard time finding something I absolutely love that looks sophisticated enough without being overdone. Louboutin added spikes to the classic Pigalle and turned it into a shoe that says something completely different. The beauty about this pump is that the spikes are the same color as the rest of the shoe. So although they add a fierce touch, it’s more understated and not an in-your-face-rebellious detail. Of course, it didn’t take long for others to jump on the bandwagon, so there are even more double-take options for this pump than there are for the regular version of the Pigalle.
Truth or Dare by Madonna Panu (6pm
Madonna’s line has a lot of double-takes lately, no? It seems that Louboutin shoes are very inspiring for the brand, although I’m pretty sure she doesn’t actually design them.

Truth or Dare by Madonna Cesis (Macy’s
The Cesis pump is a little more subtle than the Panu. It looks both ladylike and edgy, and it’s even cheaper! I wonder if they’re comfortable…

Bucco Finola (DrJays)

This one is practically sold out, and I’m not surprised. With ShoeDazzle offering stylish shoes at super low prices, and the fact that spikes are a huge trend, these were bound to sell out quickly. The shape is actually quite nice, but I’m not sure about comfort and quality because I’ve never ordered from them.


On their feet: Shoes at the punk-themed Met Gala

 Aubrey Plaza in Barbara Bui Heels

Of course I noticed all the dresses, but I was definitely paying more attention to the shoes worn for the punk-themed Met gala last week. I was surprised how many I actually recognized. I picked out several of my favorites, as well as tracked down where you could get some of them if you really wanted to. Enjoy!

Jaime King in Gianvito Rossi Pumps (ShoeScribe)

Karolina Kurkova in Manolo Blahnik Belta Pumps

Kate Beckinsale in Giuseppe Zanotti

Madonna in Casadei Blade Pumps

Michelle Williams in Saint Laurent Janis

Nina Dobrev in Rupert Sanderson Elba

 Rooney Mara in Givenchy “Shark Tooth” Sandals
(available on Yoox in black, light pink)
Emma Watson in Brian Atwood Selma 
(Fall 2013 Collection, not available online yet)
Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga 
(Fall 2013 Collection, not available online yet)
Brooklyn Decker in Sergio Rossi

Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Pyramid Stud Sandal

Giuseppe Zanotti Stud Sandal (Forzieri, Net-a-Porter)
 Schutz Akshya (Piperlime, Nordstrom)

In honor of the punk theme happening lately, today’s double-take is the Giuseppe Zanotti Pyramid Stud  sandal. Remember my post about Schutz shoes? Well turns out my favored brand has it’s own version of the stud sandal. It comes in black and silver, and the studs are smaller, but the general look is very similar. The price isn’t cheap, but it’s less than the Zanotti pair and the quality is just as good.