Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but I have to admit I’m confused as to why anyone would want to copy this Balenciaga sandal. Nevertheless, Steve Madden has with his “Bukled” Bright Multi peep-toe pump.

The Balenciaga version was slightly more tolerable as the lines of the shoe are more refined and delicate, but it still looks like something the Pink Power Ranger would wear for a night out on the town.

Then we have the Steve Madden version, which is much heavier, and not only because it is a pump as opposed to a sandal. The addition of superfluous buckles, zippers and studs, not to mention the hodgepodge of colour, makes the shoe a total eyesore (and footsore — it’s a 4” heel).

On the plus side, if you were jonesing for the Balenciaga sandal and didn’t want to pony up the hundreds of dollars they were asking, Steve Madden’s version is an affordable alternative at only $99.95. Although I strongly advise against it!

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