Last Updated on 19th October 2013

steep v cheap valentino

Nothing beats a classic, sexy black heel, and this week’s Steep vs. Cheap has us lusting over two similar styles with price tags at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Paired with formal office attire or black, ankle-grazing skinny jeans and a slouchy tee for a hint of Parisian insouciance, the classic black heel has upped its glam ante with a splash of studs across a sexy ankle strap, making it a brilliantly flattering and versatile shoe choice.

So, shoe hoarders, for those of you with a healthy shoe fund cast your eyes on these calfskin beauties from Valentino. The ultimate in pretty-meets-sexy, we love the studded ankle strap detail with a gold-tone buckle and the 3.5 inch heel is the perfect height to last in all day without screaming out in agony! But, shoe lovers, Valentino’s heavenly wares come with a devilish price tag, meaning you’ll have to part with a wholesome £560 before slipping into this pair!

But if you’re stuck on a shoestring budget with an uncontrollable heel collecting habit, then fashion damsel in distress saviour, Zara, has the perfect pocket-friendly option. This studded ankle strap version doesn’t have the same peep-toe detail as its high-end rival, but it’s the closest you can imagine getting to Valentino glory on a Vimto budget! Wear with a willowy, oversize blouse and skinny jeans to soften the vampish undertones.

Steep: Calfskin sandal with stud ankle strap, £560, available at Valentino

Cheap: Studded sling back with ankle strap, £39.99, available at Zara

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