I want to preface my post with this note: normally, when it comes to designer items I will save up to buy the real thing (I want to support designers by buying their products!), but because of my hyperhidrosis I tend to RUIN shoes in a very short time so I just can’t justify the cost of these adorable shoes! I wish so much that I could invest in a real pair… I hear great things from friends that own them!
This prompted me to go on an extensive digital hunt for a similar-enough replacement at a more affordable price. I was able to find about half of a dozen variations of the gold heeled mules that I wanted, but all of the available options seemed to be made with poor quality, only came in rose gold (I wanted yellow gold!), and worse, some were just very obvious rip-offs of the designer pair – I just couldn’t bring myself to support that kind of business! I had all but given up on my quest when I was randomly perusing the Nordstrom website a couple of weeks ago (… as one does 😉) and spotted this pair of shoes! I was so excited that I bought them on the spot (thx, Nordies Notes!).
After wearing the “dupe pair” I can report that they’re super comfortable, I love the block heel and the height (which is just enough!) and the crinkly lamé material, which lends a festive and luxe look to the shoes. The only major difference between the two versions of the shoe (that is very obviously missing) is the bow, which I absolutely LOVE and is one of the main reasons why I fell for the Loeffler Randall shoes in the first place! Unfortunately, I think that if Lilly Pulitzer had added the bow, it would no longer be considered “inspired by” and become more of a “knockoff” so this is as close to a legitimate replacement as I will be able to get (hey, I’ll take it!). I can’t wait to wear them throughout the holiday season, on a trip that we’re taking at the end of January, and for any upcoming events (giving my nude sandal heels a break)!
I hope that this post helps you if you’re in a similar boat where you love the designer version, but the pricepoint is a little out of your budget. (I also found them available in all sizes here and here!). I’m including a few of the outfits that I’ve created within the StyleBook app to give you an idea of how I plan to wear these shoes and provide you with a little inspo too!
If you are interested in the taller heel option (the Penny Knot Heel) I found a great dupe for it that I shared in this post!
It would be remiss of me not to mention that Loeffler Randall recently started offering AfterPay which allows the customer the ability to pay for their desired product(s) in 4 equal installments. So, if you just can’t live without “the real thing” (and I totally get it! I adore LR!) you can take advantage of this new feature on their site at checkout!
I hope this post was helpful for those of you also wanting the look for less!
You can find more of my dupe finds here.
Happy shopping, friends!
Sending hugs —