Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Loeffler Randall Matilde Boot for Less

When it comes to footwear, my tastes are synonymous with fizzy champagnes and sparkling wines. Unfortunately, my budget is akin to beer. And not cold beer, mind you – warm, stale beer. Beer that should be indigestible for anyone and everyone; the type that should be tossed away without being opened. As such, it is ridiculous for me to even so much as glance at Loeffler Randall’s Matilde Boot in Cuoio. To make goo-goo eyes at the tantalizing tan hue. To dream about the wonders the one-inch covered wedge heel will do for my short stature. To swoon over the fifteen-inch distressed leather shaft with seam detailing.

But I have. I have done all of the above countless times, and made myself covet these blissful boots like no other. A ridiculous thing, of course – even I’m willing to admit that. The $695.00 price tag keeps them well out of my reach, in addition to my fall wardrobe. But things are looking up. They may not be the Loeffler Randall originals pictured at left, but Charlotte Russe’s Distressed Wedge Boots in Cognac are, to be quite honest, the next best thing. At least for the fashion maven on a budget.

Like the marvels they’re mimicked after, the Distressed Wedge Boot in Cognac sports the yummy round, almond shaped toe; the one-inch covered wedge heel that conceals the fact that yes, you are faking your height, if not in the slightest of ways; the toasted tan shade; and even the similar seam detailing.

There are differences, to be sure. Minor differences. Differences that add a bit of dimension and originality to the very affordable - $34.99 - aesthetic. That, my dears, is an antiquated buckled strap and fold detail towards the top of the fourteen-inch shaft; an embellishment which only makes the style more luxurious and glamorous.

Don’t allow your scant bank account to stifle your style, darlings. If it’s the Loeffler Randall Matilde Boot you want, then indulge in its more affordable acquaintance – Charlotte Russe’s Distressed Wedge Boot.

Are you a spendthrift who will splurge on the Loeffler Randall Matilde, or a tightwad who will save with the Charlotte Russe Distressed Wedge?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Singer22 and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.

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