I’ve been hemming and hawing about DIY’ing these lovely ruffled Christian Louboutins for awhile.  It would be so simple to curl and fold up a piece of leather, creating those frills, and stitch the bottom onto a “pad” that you could tie on or clip on to the front of your sandals..

Well, now there’s no need to since Newport-News has come out with their version.  Besides the fact that the NNI version is faux leather and they do not have a top strap, the frilly part certainly looks a lot cheaper than the original since (likely in order to save on production costs) they’ve used a double-layer of vinyl simply glued together.

Whereas the Loubs use a double layer of leather, edges folded in and topstitched.  It’s a minuscule little detail (along with the strong shine of the faux leather) that is a dead giveaway that these are fakies.

However, once there’s a pretty good replica of a designer item put out there by some mass-market brand, I lose interest in DIY’ing it.

Materials for the ruffle + time trying to find the materials + time executing it + possible mishaps/mistakes with working with thin leather and topstitching it = $$$$

(close enough to $59 that bothering with the DIY seems like a waste.  But it certainly could be done should you want to.)

And if you wanted to buy these shoes from Newport-News or Spiegel (sadly, only camel or black is available, not the lovely orangey coral color)…

you can buy them here for $59.

What do we think?  Chic…or just CHEAP?




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