These Designer-Lookalike Shoes Are Actually From Beloved Comfort Brands

They’re shockingly similar to their designer twins, but won’t break the bank (or your ankles).
Vionic loafers, Cole Haan pumps and FitFlop clogs.
Vionic, FitFlop, Cole Haan
Vionic loafers, Cole Haan pumps and FitFlop clogs.

If, like me, you find yourself coveting the gorgeous couture featured during Fashion Month but, also like me, are constrained by the limitations of your budget, then welcome. This is a safe space for us. Every season I find myself intensely studying the latest from my favorite high fashion brands, from Prada and Miu Miu to The Row, Khaite and more. And more often than not, I find myself zeroing in on their shoes. But alas, not only are their style offerings generally prohibitively expensive, but most of them look like they would decimate my poor achy feet.

However, you might be surprised to find that it is possible to find affordable and even comfortable versions of designer kicks by some of our favorite comfort-shoe brands like Cole Haan, FitFlop, Vionic and more. They’re shockingly similar to their designer twins, but these beauties won’t break the bank (or your ankles). Below, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite faithful adaptations of the season’s must-have designer footwear from brands like Gucci, Isabel Marant and more.

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Vionic Mizelle loafers
Available in three different colors, Vionic's Mizelle loafers are giving me major J.W. Anderson vibes — and it doesn't get much cooler or on-trend than that! The bold gold-link chain adorning the front upper part of the shoe adds a hint of glamour and makes the shoes look much more expensive than they actually are. They're available in women's sizes 5 to 11.
Vionic Vesta Flatform lug sandals
Lug sole sandals can't seem to quit the runways, and these Vionic beauties are reminiscent of Jil Sander's deliciously supple platform slides. They're available in three colors and sizes 5 to 11, with puffy crisscross straps that won't be going out of style anytime soon.
FitFlop Shuv leather clogs
There's something joy-inducing about these FitFlop leather clogs, don't you think? They call to mind Simon Miller's cheeky bubble clogs, which are just as fun and stylish as these. They're available in four different colors in sizes 5 to 11. The quality and design are excellent, and they really look much more expensive than they are.
Thousand Fell
Thousand Fell lace up sneakers
A sleek white sneaker is as timeless and elegant as it gets, and these Thousand Fell sneakers have the same vibe as Isabel Marant's Bryce low-tops. but at a fraction of the cost. Available in a wide variety of color combinations, these sneakers are comfortable, breathable and stain- and odor- resistant. Get that French chic look without the price tag.
Naturalizer Soul Ramona Mary Jane flats
You've probably picked up on the fact that Mary Jane flats are the shoe of the season. Everyone from The Row to Tory Burch and beyond has high-end designer versions of this sweet, versatile shoe style. These Naturalizer shoes capture that classicly lovely aesthetic, and have a slight heel for extra support. They're comfortable, easy to walk around in and look just like the ones you wore as a girl. They're available in sizes 5 to 12 in two different colors.
Teva Infinity sandals
There's something so fun and flirty about these otherwise utilitarian sandals from Teva. They're very similar to Isabel Marant's strappy sandals, but infinitely more affordable, comfortable and versatile. They're available in 15 different colors in sizes 5 to 11 and are made using vegan plant-based materials that are quick-drying, wildly comfortable and lightweight. Pick up a pair before your next vacation or trip to the beach and find out why the Olsen twins are always wearing them.
Skechers Massage Fit Lite sneakers
It doesn't get much more comfortable than Skechers sneakers, which is why it's such a delight to see a style so closely resembling Chloe's fabulous stitch walking sneakers. Available in sizes 5 to 11, this pair is made with a gently massaging foam insole so that you can walk for hours and end the day feeling great.
Cole Haan
Cole Haan Grand Ambition York pumps
Whether you need a new pair of heels for wedding season, the office or date night, these pumps from Cole Haan are as comfortable as they are stylish. The funky heel is reminiscent of Prada's iconic heel shape, making them the ideal affordable alternative. They're available in four colors in sizes 5 to 11.
Hunter Bloom Algae foam sandal
Can't you just see yourself swanning about in these all summer long? These practical, waterproof sandals are surprisingly edgy, and would look just as great with beachwear as they do with streetwear. They're giving me serious Prada sandal vibes, but these won't make your bank account weep. They're available in seven colors in sizes 5 to 11.
Dansko Callista black Mary Jane shoes
The footwear brand of choice for people who are on their feet all day, these Dansko shoes are as cute as can be and perfect for all your spring looks. They've got shades of these gorgeous Khaite shoes, and are made with recycled textile linings, have a removable footbed for comfort and a rubber outsole that is long-lasting and supportive. They're available in sizes 36 to 42.
Clarks Brookleigh mule
Just about every brand on the high-low spectrum has its own version of the Birkenstock Boston shoe — even Saint Laurent has a pair! But this Clarks option is as cozy and comfy as it gets. It's available in two different colors in sizes 5.5 to 10.5, and features a faux shearling lining and a chunky buckle that is both retro and modern.
Born Tilia Basics sandal
Available in sizes 6 to 12 in two different colors, these Born fisherman sandals are a feminine take on the classic masculine summer style. They're comfortable and easy to match with all clothing styles, and cut a similar profile to sandals by high-end design brands Dries Van Noten and Gucci.
Aerosoles mules
There are only four colors left of Aerosoles' funky platform slides. They're giving off major Bottega Veneta vibes and look like they could have walked straight off a runway. They're available in sizes 5 to 12, have plenty of support and traction and are as compatible with jeans and a T-shirt as they are with office wear.
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