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#Shoesday: SheIn.com

Kira MacLean1 Comment
#Shoesday: SheIn.com

I have the best haul to kick off "Shoesday” (combined “shoe” and “Tuesday” for all of you wondering)! I found these phenomenal replicas of Ports 1961, Givenchy, Valentino, and Gucci from SheIn.com, a Hong Kong-based line that churns out contemporary clothing, shoes, and accessories for an incredibly affordable price. The value of the real shoes would be $3700+, but these 5 pairs only ran me $166 with tax, with the average price around $30.

I’m a huge proponent of mixing low and high end to create luxe, unique looks, and I love that I can mix in some trendier styles without sacrificing $800 to the shoe gods for a pair of embroidered mules (no offense, Gucci). I know that many of you are looking for a way to keep up with trends without breaking the bank, and I really think this is an awesome way to do it! 

As far as the cons go, it goes without saying that you get what you pay for, and $30 shoes are definitely not the same caliber of quality as their high-end counterparts. I personally think the comfort is on par with other lower-end/mid-range shoes I’ve purchased (from brands like Zara or Aldo), and the materials themselves are decent for what you’re paying. I think the worst part may be do their plastic-y smell right out of the box, but this went away after a few days of being aired out in my apartment. You can see that the details are also of variable quality across styles as well—the Gucci embroidery is definitely more authentic-looking than the studs on the Valentino espadrilles, for instance. 

With that being said, I was really impressed with how good they all looked, and I’m so excited to work them into my outfits over the next few weeks. Keep reading to see some more detailed shots and view the direct links to each of the shoes!

First up are these Black Chain Design PU Flats ($34), which are knockoffs of the Givenchy Black Chain Skate Slip-On Sneakers ($850), highly desirable in the fashion blogger scene. I am highly impressed with the level of detail here, as the knots on the back of the sneakers are highly accurate, as is the overall shape of the shoe and the placement of the chain. The pleather did crease easily when I put my foot in for the first time, but I think that's to be expected with cheaper materials. I'm already dreaming up outfits featuring these, black skinnies, + a black leather jacket--pretty sure that'll be my uniform for going out after work during the summer!

First up are these Black Chain Design PU Flats ($34), which are knockoffs of the Givenchy Black Chain Skate Slip-On Sneakers ($850), highly desirable in the fashion blogger scene. I am highly impressed with the level of detail here, as the knots on the back of the sneakers are highly accurate, as is the overall shape of the shoe and the placement of the chain. The pleather did crease easily when I put my foot in for the first time, but I think that's to be expected with cheaper materials. I'm already dreaming up outfits featuring these, black skinnies, + a black leather jacket--pretty sure that'll be my uniform for going out after work during the summer!

Next are these Black Buckled Ankle Strap Faux Leather Flatform Sandals ($30), which are replicas of everyone's favorite Valentino Rockstud Double Espadrille Flat ($795). These, surprisingly, had the most structured leather blend of the bunch, which kept its shape even after wearing them out to dinner. The detail here was the least impressive of the pairs, however. The charm SheIn.com includes doesn't exist on the originals, and the gold studs are bit brassier than I'd like. Overall, they're a solid shoe that I'll incorporate into my summer outfits, especially with shorts and a silk blouse.

Next are these Black Buckled Ankle Strap Faux Leather Flatform Sandals ($30), which are replicas of everyone's favorite Valentino Rockstud Double Espadrille Flat ($795). These, surprisingly, had the most structured leather blend of the bunch, which kept its shape even after wearing them out to dinner. The detail here was the least impressive of the pairs, however. The charm SheIn.com includes doesn't exist on the originals, and the gold studs are bit brassier than I'd like. Overall, they're a solid shoe that I'll incorporate into my summer outfits, especially with shorts and a silk blouse.

These White Faux Leather Round Toe Slippers ($32) are a bit unique as they're not a direct replica but rather a rendition of Ports 1961 Knotted Sneakers ($595). They are incredibly comfy with a bit of platform, and definitely my most adventurous pair of the set. I'm excited to match these with an all white outfit, featuring white denim, a white and black striped blouse, and geometric gold hoops. 

These White Faux Leather Round Toe Slippers ($32) are a bit unique as they're not a direct replica but rather a rendition of Ports 1961 Knotted Sneakers ($595). They are incredibly comfy with a bit of platform, and definitely my most adventurous pair of the set. I'm excited to match these with an all white outfit, featuring white denim, a white and black striped blouse, and geometric gold hoops. 

I'm sure I don't have to explain what these Black Faux Leather Rose Embroidered Slip-on Shoes ($32) are replicas of, but for those who haven't been on Instagram, Gucci's Princetown Leather Loafers ($795) are about as close to cult status now as anything. The leather quality is, as expected, the biggest disparity between these and the real thing, but the buckle and the embroidery are actually very spot-on. I'll wear these babies with some wide leg pants, a tank body suit, and a bomber for a hella comfortable weekend look.

I'm sure I don't have to explain what these Black Faux Leather Rose Embroidered Slip-on Shoes ($32) are replicas of, but for those who haven't been on Instagram, Gucci's Princetown Leather Loafers ($795) are about as close to cult status now as anything. The leather quality is, as expected, the biggest disparity between these and the real thing, but the buckle and the embroidery are actually very spot-on. I'll wear these babies with some wide leg pants, a tank body suit, and a bomber for a hella comfortable weekend look.

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These Embroidery Design Lace Up Sneakers ($41) were my absolute favorite of my picks (so cute I had to include two angles!). They're replicas of the Gucci Ace Embroidered Low-Top Sneakers ($695), and while they lack the Gucci stripe, I don't even miss it. The embroidery and coloration on these are beautiful, and I'll be wearing these with, well, everything. I might even have to get a second pair. I hope you enjoyed this run down of my affordable finds and would love to hear what you think in the comments! x Kira

These Embroidery Design Lace Up Sneakers ($41) were my absolute favorite of my picks (so cute I had to include two angles!). They're replicas of the Gucci Ace Embroidered Low-Top Sneakers ($695), and while they lack the Gucci stripe, I don't even miss it. The embroidery and coloration on these are beautiful, and I'll be wearing these with, well, everything. I might even have to get a second pair.

I hope you enjoyed this run down of my affordable finds and would love to hear what you think in the comments!

x Kira