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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Look for Less - Aquazurra Lace Up Ballet Flat Dupes

Ballet flats are wardrobe staples, and with good reason. Not only are they timeless and chic, they get bonus points for being versatile and easy on the feet. Fortunately, comfortable shoes are still enjoying their time in the style spotlight, but if the slip-on sneakers or laid-back Birkenstocks (or even plain ballet flats) of recent seasons aren't your cup of tea, perhaps the lace-up ballet flat is. Equal parts feminine and edgy, the lace-up flat strikes the right balance between comfort and sex appeal. Need more reasons to love them? The pointed toe silhouette elongates the leg, while the lace-up detail highlights the foot and ankle. Plus, they make every outfit look more polished and they're so easy to wear. 

Channel a cool and effortless model off-duty vibe like your favorite fashion blogger with skinny jeans and a moto jacket, or elevate them with a ladylike look for fancier occasions with a flirty skirt and crisp blouse. 

Bloggers Wearing Lace Up Ballet Flats, Aquazurra Christy lace up flats

photos via Pinterest

The Isabel Marant "Leo" and the Aquazurra "Belgravia" and "Christy" flats are fashion blogger favorites, but if you aren't on board with the nearly $700 price points, there are plenty of more affordable styles to suit your budget.  Below, six of my top picks under $130.

Aquazurra Lace Up Ballet Flats Look for Less, Aquazurra look alike lace up ballet flats
1. Topshop "Leather Kingdom", $95 (also in red) or shop similar by Forever 21 under $25
2. Jeffrey Campbell "Atrium", $129.95 (also in black)
3. Asos "Lana", $55
4. Asos "Lift Off", $45 (or similar style at Asos for $33)
5. Go Jane, $21.10 (shop similar style under $25)
6. Free People "Shay", $130 (also in red, taupe, dark brown, and navy)

August 22, 2016 update - Shop new styles for fall:

May 18, 2016 update - Shop lace-up flats under $100:

March 13, 2016 update - Shop these styles with international shipping:

Feb. 10, 2016 update - Shop these styles for spring 2016:

Dec. 27, 2015 - Shop the newest styles:

Dec. 27, 2015 update - More options:

Options for fall 2015 under $110:

October 26, 2015 update - Shop this suede style in four colors under $180.

More options:

Splurge styles: