Friday, February 18, 2011
In which I find a dupe will do just fine...
I now know that designer brands don't always mean quality (ahem, Acne) or practicality (I still love you Alexander McQueen, may you rest in peace). But, I had found a boot while in Paris that fit the above qualifications to a "t." Isabel Marant's Dicker Boots were the epitome of everything I expected designer clothing to be: chic, endlessly wearable, and lovely. The only problem was the $800 price tag.
Now, a 16-year-old me wouldn't have batted an eyelash at that cost, even though I was always dressed in an outfit comprised of items from the local thrift store and/or pinched from my mother's closet, because, y'know, when I'd be in my 30s I'd be making millions of dollars, right? Alas, $800 dollars for ANYthing is a pretty hefty chunk of change in my neverending-studenthood-world now!
It's been months since I've returned from Paris, but I have not stopped looking for a good substitute, or dupe, if you will, for these lovely bottines. After months of scouring the interwebs, I found an amazing pair of allllllmost Isabel Marant in the form of H by Hudson! But, just like Isabel, H by Hudson doesn't ship to the U.S.
Leave it to Anthropologie to pick up the boot for their fall inventory, but true to Anthro standards, the damn boot was priced at $288! Gah! I waited and waited and waited for the boot to go on sale. And the day it did, it sold out! Now here's a little secret about getting free shipping from Anthropologie: if you go into the store with the SKU or item number of the piece you want and the store doesn't have it, they or you can call customer service and have them look at the inventory of stores all over the U.S. If they find your size and it isn't listed online, they will ship it to your house for free!
I found my H by Hudsons in Chicago...and for $138! My feet still think they're in France! And my 16-year-old-self honestly can't tell the difference between the two...hint, the Hudsons are less detailed, but hey, you get what you pay for!
I hope you have a lovely weekend and get to do something that makes you happy! xo.