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We Found These Must-Have Designer Shoes For Less

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When Sex and the City was in its prime, It-bags and It-shoes held much more power. Whether Carrie had a Fendi Baguette or monogrammed Christian Dior by John Galliano saddle bag slung over her shoulder, practically every woman watching fell head-over-Jimmy-Choos for it and was prepared to do anything to get the latest must-have, It-thing. The focus on individual, industry-changing items from season to season has stuck, and in the 13 years that have passed (can you believe it?) since we said goodbye to Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte we've seen seasonal It-items reach icon status. Another thing that's happened in the meantime is the rise of high street brands producing runway lookalikes for less, meaning many definitive designs are no longer something we aspire to, but a style that we can afford to have. 

There may be more It-bags than It-shoes out there, but shoes, as we all know, as a girl's second best friend (after diamonds, of course). They will always have a special place in our hearts, and designers definitely know how to create styles that make us want to expand our shoe closet to its maximum capacity. All it takes is a handful of seasons for runway sensations to become high street stalwarts. While classics like Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps and Christian Louboutin's red soles instantly became high-fashion standards, there are a handful of more down-to-earth designs that took off with the street style set and haven't been let go of as seasons have changed. 

From the ubiquitous studded, pointed-toe Valentino to the more recent but just as monumental Vetements sock boot, check out our selection of It-shoe-lookalikes that you can pick up from your favorite high street stores: 

Valentino Rockstud Pump


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Valentino Rockstud Patent-leather Pumps - $995
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Sole Society Studded T-strap Heel - $70
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New Look Studded Strappy Heeled Shoe - $48
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INC International Concepts Carma Pointed Toe Studded Kitten Heel Pumps - $90
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Dior Fusion Sneakers


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Dior Fusion Sneakers with Grey and Pink Rhinestones - £790
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Carvela Lola Embellished Sneakers - $204
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Boohoo Bethany Floral Embellished Slip On Trainer - $50
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Zara Beaded Mesh Sneakers - $30
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Miu Miu Pearl Studded Slides


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Miu Miu Embellished faux shearling slides - $950
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Boohoo Grace Pearl Detail Velvet Sliders - $44
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Jeffrey Campbell Pixie Pearl Slide Sandal - $158
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River Island Cross Front Faux Pearl Studded Sliders - $64
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Vetements Sock Boots


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Vetements Blue Stars Lighter Sock Boots - $1,064
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Ami Clubwear Red Ribbed Knit Pointy Toe Mid Calf Sock Boots - $80
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Dolls Kill Rose Soft Flicker Sock Boots - $50
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Topshop Hubba Pointed Socks Boots - $100
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Stella McCartney Elyse Shoes


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Stella McCartney Silver Elyse Shoes - $865
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Jeffrey Campbell Pave Menswear Platform - $130
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Zara Metallic Platform Blushers - $30
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Nasty Gal Touch the Sky Platform Oxford - $70
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