I absolutely adore the look of the Loeffler Randall signature pleated lamé knot heels; they’re such a versatile pair of shoes and are the perfect little pop of shimmer to an outfit! I originally fell in love with the Emelia and Penny mule styles, but Loeffler Randall also offers two versions with an ankle strap— one with a taller heel height called the Camellia as well as one with a shorter heel called the Dahlia. I also very recently discovered that LR has a pointed-toe slingback pump that features the same signature lamé knot called the Sylvana — you already know that I’m searching for a dupe! 🤣So cute!!
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 found a few versions of the ankle-strapped heeled mules, but all of the available options seemed to be made with poor quality, 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! Thank goodness my new favorite clothing brand (Sèzane) created their own variation in the Noelie Sandal. You already know that this girl loves her bows and I especially love them on my shoes as a little flair of interest to an otherwise simple or “boring” outfit.
Sèzane is currently offering the Noelie sandal in Gold, Navy, Green; they did have a beautiful Peach color which is sold out at the moment, but if you’re interested in that color you should sign up for their email newsletter and give them a follow on their social media accounts). Additional advice I will offer when it comes to ordering from Sèzane: DO NOT WAIT TO PLACE AN ORDER. Their items are made in small batches (as part of their commitment to sustainability) and when they’re gone, they’re gone. On the rare occasion that someone makes a return, you may be able to find what you’re looking for if you monitor the website pretty closely, but I’ve been disappointed by this before; if the items don’t end up working for you, you can always return them. I don’t often encourage this kind of behavior (I typically mull over purchases for weeks -or longer- before I pull the trigger), but for pieces from this brand, you’ve gotta pounce on the stuff you love when you can!
The only major difference between the two versions of the shoe is that the material isn’t quite the same — the gold pebbled leather and crinkly lamé both look very luxe, but the textures are definitely different. At least they both have the bow on the toes which I absolutely LOVE and is one of the main reasons why I fell for Loeffler Randall shoes in the first place! Unfortunately, I think that if Sèzane had chosen a material closer to the lamé, 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 am trying to decide whether I want to order the Gold or wait for the Peach (as a possible Rose Gold substitution)… but I’ll have to act fast or else they’ll be gone in my size!
I hope that this post helps you if you’re in a similar situation where you love the designer version, but the pricepoint is a little too far out of your budget. 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!