Molly Sims, Jennifer Connelly, Rihanna, & Audrina Partridge
These Balmain Studded Crystal Sandals are definitely the must-have shoes for Summer 2009! Hoards of celebrities have been seen anywhere from the red carpet to downtown Hollywood in these fabulous heels.
Rihanna caused quite a stir wearing these fabulous studded sandals. They were also seen on Molly Sims, Audrina Patridge, and at the ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ premiere, on the feet of Jennifer Connelly.
These gorgeous shoes will set you back $ 1597.92 USD. Yikes! In spite of the shocking pricetag, these sandals have quickly become the must-have shoe for Summer 2009.
Audrina Partridge, Gemma Arterton, & Balmain Runway
Even Kelly Clarkson wore these shoes in her new music video “I Do Not Hook Up”.
These hot statement making shoes were pretty much the only shoe worn on the Balmain Spring 2009 runway and everyone took note!
The sandals feature crisscrossing straps embellished with crystals and studs, double ankle straps embellished with crystals and studs, small loop for big toe, round toe, solid upper with zip closure, leather innersole and sole, suede lining, and a 110 mm tapered covered heel.
If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to these must-have shoes for Summer 2009, here are some options:
What: Jeffrey Campbell Mel’s
This exclusive, limited-edition style features skinny vamp straps and a thick ankle cuff encrusted with silver rhinestones and lots of studs for a look that’s distinctly punk-meets-princess. Heighten all the texture talk with a base of glossy patent leather, covering the zip-back heel cup, cylindrical heel, and comfy platform. An open toe lets your toes breathe.
With its steamy studded straps and built-in ankle bracelet, the Brigght seems made for clubbing. These gorgeous sky highs will go with all your summer outfits for a lot less than the original Balmain sandals. Hot studs and sparkling crystals make these super beautiful shoes to die for!
What: ALDO Smeal
Express yourself with these rocking leather sandals with slim platform at the front, wide ankle strap, and cone-shaped high heel. The perfect style to make a statement! Detailed with an intricate train of geometrical beads and rhinestones; closed and zippered at the back.
What: Bakers Derek
Make a rock star entrance with this edgy yet provocative single sole sandal featuring stone embellishments, double ankle strap and back zip closure. These are probably the most affordable alternative you’ll find right now.
If you very seriously do not care to invest in a pair of good shoes, but really want to jump on board with this trend, than you might consider these cheap replicas from Go Jane. They will satisfy your needs for studs and crystals, but don’t expect them to last long!
You can also find a couple other cheap looking knock-offs on Go Jane like the zipper back stud heel for $24.70 and the stud embellished gladiator heel for $24.20. As far as quality goes, you’ll definitely get what you pay for with these. They are the equivalent of costume jewelry. Buy these if you only need to wear them once or twice like your wedding, the prom, or a party.
If you know of any other Balmain inspired shoes or knock-offs of the style, please leave a comment and let us know!