Shoes That Look Expensive But Are Actually Affordable
"Yelena" ankle strap sandal
Firsthand experience is the best proof: I have these and people always think they're Phillip Lim.
"Yelena" ankle strap sandal, $140, Sam Edelman, endless.com
"Lagoon" ballet flats with low metal heel
Ballet flats can look cheap when they're too soft and flimsy, so the metal heel on this pair gives them a fancier edge.
"Lagoon" ballet flats with low metal heel, $54.54, asos.com
"Jaded" toe cap shoe boots
It's the Chanel-like cap toe effect.
"Jaded" toe cap shoe boots, $120, topshop.com
"Trouble" mesh hi-top trainers
Seeing these would make me a little depressed if I'd bought the $500 Pierre Hardy lookalikes.
"Trouble" mesh hi-top trainers, $56, topshop.com
My boss has these, and at first sight I thought it was proof she makes way more money than I do.
"Weatherbee" heel, $155, Aldo Rise by JW Anderson, aldo.com
"Madee" fabric flats
Ornate smoking slippers don't have to cost $700.
"Madee" fabric flats, $119, Steven by Steve Madden, shopbop.com
"Khloe" woven ballerina pumps
Not Bottega Veneta, but everyone else will probably think so.
"Khloe" woven ballerina pumps, $90, topshop.com
With a pin-thin stiletto, fringe detail and rastafarian color scheme, they're so unnecessary it doesn't make sense for them not to be expensive.
"Eakins" sandal, $155, Aldo rise by JW Anderson, aldo.com
"Fearne" leather flat sandals with buckle detail
I thought they were Giuseppe Zanotti. (It's the pony hair material, which looks way more luxe than typical animal printed fabric.)
"Fearne" leather flat sandals with buckle detail, $45.45, asos.com
"Marky" patent leather traditional brogues
The best brogues look sturdy, like something you'd find clomping around Saville Row. These patent leather ones have that feel without the hefty price tag.
"Marky" patent leather traditional brogues, $58.17, asos.com