In recent years, we’ve seen certain styles rise to cult-status thanks to social media stars and celebrities alike. You know, the ultra-instagrammable, of-the-moment trends that make you spend hours hunting them down online only to find out they cost way more than most people can afford? If you’re like me and don’t want to spend a small fortune on trends, here’s some budget-friendly dupes I found of the most popular social media-approved shoes so you can rake in the compliments without emptying your wallet…
Amina Muaddi is a relatively new luxury shoes and accessories label that’s gained quite the following thanks to their modern-yet-retro shoes featuring party-ready bling and pyramid heels. They do have a reeeeally high price tag (upwards of $1,000 for most styles), but there’s a lot of dupes out there that’ll get you the same look for less! I love the pastel colors on these ones from Macy’s, plus they’re always running some kind of sale or discount!
Mach & Mach also recently burst onto the insta-scene with their blingy, Cinderella-like heels. About as pricey as Amina Muaddi, their shoes photograph so well, and dress up just about any look for that off-duty model vibe. The dupes I love also pack the sparkle, but with a much more reasonable price tag of under $100!
Amina Muaddi’s mules are so easy to wear, and the understated bling makes them the perfect choice for a date night out or cocktail party. At over $1,200, though, they’re just not accessible, so I found these slightly-sparklier dupes under $75!
With the rise of athleisure since the pandemic, designer sneakers are having a resurgence! Dolce & Gabbana’s iconic Sorrento style comes in a crystal version that’ll set you back a whopping $1,295, but there’s plenty of other options out there that look similar for less (like these for under $90!).
Cult Gaia’s modern, forever-summer vibe and SoCal inspired style has indeed made the brand a cult fave on and off social media. One of their signatures is sculptural heeled sandals, like the Eden, and they’re a great summer staple. Their shoes are usually under or around $500 retail, but it’s still quite a bit to spend for a seasonal style, especially if you don’t live in a warm climate. Luckily, there are others out there that give off the same vacation vibe for a lot less, like these for $89.50.
While I do love the occasional designer splurge, when it comes to trendier pieces, I’m more price-conscious. Saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style; you just have to do some digging and get creative!
Are there any designer dupes you’ve been loving? Let me know below! Happy shopping!