Double-Take: B Brian Atwood Linscott

B Brian Atwood Linscott (6pm
If done nicely, a shoe designed with mesh can look really cool. The Linscott pump by B Brian Atwood is a great example of a beautiful design using leather and mesh to create an illusion of floating elements. I love the perfectly straight heel, the delicate ankle strap, and the leaf-like details. I’m not sure how strong the mesh is, but this particular style looks like it’ll hold your foot securely. The price has been steadily dropping on 6pm (they originally retail for $450), which is actually good for those who’d prefer the real deal, but in case you’d like a more budget-friendly version, check out these from Anne Michelle:
Anne Michell Rapture-33 (Lulus, UrbanOG)


Double-Take: Giuseppe Zanotti Metal Heel Pump

Giuseppe Zanotti shoes are always eye-catching. They’re often embellished with rich detail such as metal elements, animal prints, and crystals, ensuring that they ooze sex and glamour. He’s quite good at turning a simple design into something fabulous. I love the sculptural detail of the metal heeled pumps below, and it’s a good thing that there are double-takes out there for those of us who can’t pay the retail price:

Giuseppe Zanotti Pump
Miss KG (Dorothy Perkins
As much as I love shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti, I actually prefer this double-take by Miss KG. Even though the platform is exposed, which I don’t like, the heel doesn’t curve inwards as much, which I love. I’ve always preferred a straight heel to a curved heel.

Giuseppe Zanotti Jake Sandal (Farfetch; also a peep-toe version)
Giuseppe Zanotti designed several styles with the curved metal heel, including sandals and some booties. Although this particular shoe is a bit wild for my taste, the design is quite fun and definitely eye catching. 

Dollhouse Ultimate Sandal (Urban OG in black and animal)
The Ultimate sandal by Dollhouse is a great double-take of the Giuseppe Zanotti Jake, right down to the black and white animal print straps. The style and coloring is almost identical, and it comes in other colors as well!

Double-Take: Alexander Wang Lovisa

Alexander Wang Lovisa White Ankle Strap Pump
Available in other colors on: Neiman Marcus, Lyst, Saks, Alexander Wang.

When I spotted and tried on the Nine West Callen last week, it was a déjà vu moment; the silhouette seemed very similar. I was racking my brain that whole day, and finally figured out where I’d seen it before: it’s similar to the gorgeous Alexander Wang Lovisa heel. I love the minimalist design of these shoes; all white, simple construction, low heel. It doesn’t need anything else to be outstanding! They would be equally stunning even without the snakeskin texture. There’s only one thing I don’t like: the price tag.

Nine West Callen (Amazon, Zappos)

I happened to see these at a Nine West store in Philly last week; I fell in love instantly, for the same exact reasons that I love the Lovisa. However, these are much more affordable! And they come in a zillion different colors: pale shades for summer, jewel tones for fall, and the always-classic black. Good luck choosing a pair! They’re extremely comfortable, and the heel is at a friendly 3.25″ height.

Charles Jourdan Honor (AmazonDSW)

There is no exact replica of the Lovisa, but the Honor pump is pretty close! The front of the shoe and the textured leather is what makes these your best bet if you’re looking for something close to the original. They’re not super cheap, but definitely worth the splurge if you absolutely love them!

Asos Sonic

The Sonic pump from Asos is a great option if you want something similar but not exactly the same as the Lovisa. The heel on these is the lowest of all the options (a mere 2.8″) but they still look very sleek in my opinion.

Qupid Potion (UrbanOG, might still be found in DSW stores on clearance racks)

These pumps were quite popular and sold out very quickly on DSW’s website. At $28, they’re affordable and great for a season’s worth of wear even though they aren’t leather. I haven’t tried them on so I’m not sure about comfort, but if price is your deciding factor, give these a shot because they had great reviews!