style: splurge or steal?

January 14th, 2011

So, I was all set to do this tutorial on nude lips today, but everywhere not indoors in NYC is covered in about a foot of snow right now, and I just couldn’t get a good set of pictures. 

And it was excellent timing, because I found myself online-window-shopping (do you guys do this?) and stumbled across the ‘splurge’ version of the shoe above.  And I thought to myself, ‘doesn’t that look like…’

Cut to fifteen minutes later, where I had discovered that YES, in fact, these two shoes look remarkably alike.  Also, in that time, I’d ordered three pairs of the ‘steal’ version, so if there are no size 7’s left, that’s probably my fault.

One of these retails for $49, the other is $750.  Yes, I’m serious.  The even crazier thing is that I’m pretty sure the ‘steal’ version came first!  The ‘splurge’ is for a Spring 2011 collection, and the ‘steal’ version has been out for at least a year.  I know there’s a lag between runways and collections, but the ‘steal’ was out before September Fashion Week — can it be that the ‘steal’ design is the original?

And, to make things more interesting, I’m going to pick five random readers who guess correctly which one is the ‘steal,’ and send you a coupon for a free package of Nestlé cookie dough!  (US addresses only!) And look out on Twitter and Facebook for other Nestlé giveaways in the next week!

Tags: style

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Carly // Jan 14, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Steal on the left splurge on the right? no?

    they are both fab for spring, regardless!

  • 2 Andi // Jan 14, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Steal: Left and where did it come from?

    Please, no cookie dough… it’s almost swimsuit season!

  • 3 Kirstin Marie // Jan 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

    OO I have the ones on the left (Steal?) in two colors, and I am in love with them.


  • 4 melissa // Jan 14, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Guessing the left one is the steal… the heel height seems practical? 🙂

  • 5 VeggieGirl // Jan 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Splurge on the left, steal on the right.

  • 6 Katherine // Jan 14, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Left splurge, right steal. I like the left better so if that’s the steal, awesome.

  • 7 Miranda // Jan 14, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I think the one on the left is the steal, are they Jessica Simpson?

  • 8 Lexy // Jan 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Both are fabulous.  I’ll guess the steal is on the left…because I think “cork” is more expensive to copy.

  • 9 Lisa // Jan 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Splurge on the right, steal on the left.

  • 10 Lawyer Loves Lunch // Jan 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Left is the steal?  They seem a lot more wearable 🙂

  • 11 Sushu // Jan 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Steal is the left and splurge is the right.

    I think the splurge on the right is YSL!

  • 12 Courtney // Jan 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I think the steal is on the right.

  • 13 Elizabeth // Jan 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Left is the steal!

  • 14 Janice // Jan 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Steal is on the left. I recognize that rolled heel from Prada’s Spring line. =)

    BTW-I found a nude lip lacqure I love in Nars’ Chealsea Girls. Not quite a lip gloss and not a lip stick either. The color is a little more opaque and it gives me that perfect nude lip with a hint of shine.

    Janice (Couture and Crayons)

  • 15 Sara // Jan 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Splurge on the right, steal on the left!

    You can’t go wrong with a platform sandal in a great camel color 🙂

  • 16 Cara // Jan 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    The one on the left looks JUST like a pair of Jeffrey Campbell heels my sister has which I covet (which are a little more than $59, but definitely not $750), so I’ll say that the right are the splurge…Also, as mentioned before, the height of the right pair make it seem less practical (and therefore more likely to be a more high-end designer, haha!)

  • 17 Nicolette // Jan 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I agree with Katherine, left splurge, and right steal. But I love the left!

  • 18 Jess H // Jan 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I actually think the steal is the one on the right.

  • 19 Jess H // Jan 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Ack–I lied! Splurge on the right–those are Prada. I actually think they look cheaper than the other ones!!! Definitely fooled me. 🙂

  • 20 Nabeela // Jan 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Steal on the left and high-end on the right!

  • 21 Hannah // Jan 16, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Left shoe is the steal, right shoe is the splurge. It’s hard to imagine walking in a pair of the right-hand shoes, but the heel is a work of art!

  • 22 Tanya R. // Jan 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Left: STEAL
    Right: SPLURGE.

    Love the left more tho 🙂

  • 23 tineey // Jan 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm


    Jessica Simpson! Love that version much more.

  • 24 Willy // Jan 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Left: Steal
    Right: Spurge

  • 25 Melanie's Randomness // Jan 19, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I guess I’m lucky because I think they are both beautiful so I wouldn’t care if I had the steal or the real, but DEFINITELY would rather the steal price! =)

    Melanie’s Randomness

  • 26 MSV // Jan 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Left = Steal! So cute!

  • 27 laura // Jan 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Left is the splurge 🙂 I just picked it up in 2 colors myself. Couldn’t resist at that price. Which pairs did you get??

  • 28 Katy // Jan 23, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I got them in black, tan and the snakeskin/grey colors!  I totally love them — just wish it were warm enough in NYC to wear sandals now!

  • 29 Becka // Jan 26, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Steal is on the left and I only know because I have them in black. But I paid like $100 where did you find them for $49????

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