18 January 2012

Bargain boots: designer dupes!


At the start of December, Fitzpatricks Shoes on Grafton Street celebrated its 50th birthday and, at their anniversary event, I fell for a pair of leather Hunter Culford boots. These tall boots are a little smarter than your average biker boot and therefore a bit more versatile. I didn't want to spend €300+ so it was a stroke of luck to spot their dupe in the form of these leather Magician Class boots from Clarks, which at about €140 were less than half the price of the Hunters.

This minor triumph coincided with the death of two favourite but ancient pairs of shoes and so, triggered a few more copycat purchases throughout December. Next up were these Aldo black leather wedges -- a dead ringer for the Prada Sport version but, at €100, about €500 cheaper. 

                                
Next, I snapped up these fleece-lined, buckle-front boots from Penneys/Primark which are clearly influenced by the Burberry Prorsum boots, right down to the 5 inch heels and rubber platform. Yes, the Burberry ones are much nicer (and made from leather and shearling) but they also carry a price tag of €895 (on Net-a-Porter, where they're now sold out), compared to just €24!

Honestly, the ones on the right are 5-inchers too, you just can't see it thanks to my dodgy photography!

This last pair is my favourite and were a Christmas present from Mr Fluff (with help from the fabulous Rosemary MacCabe, who has them in three colours!). With their chunky stacked heel, almond shaped toe and zip tassel, these Buffalo boots (€165) are an obvious homage to the Acne version (about €370). Even the name pays tribute: the Acne boots are called Pistol, while the Buffalo's are named Bullet. These are the most amazingly versatile boot and so easy to wear.

Pic of Buffalo Bullet Boots from Buffalo Dublin Facebook page
If I had my very own money tree I would elect to be kitted out head-to-toe in designer originals at all times but, until I can convince it to grow, I'm delighted to get the look for less. What about you, are you partial to a good designer dupe?

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