In These Shoes: Guess Studded Sandals

Just last week, I wrote about how I'm too cheap to invest in really expensive shoes and yet I remain fixated on the fancy footwear. Case in point: Valentino Rockstud sandals, which I first wrote about in March 2011. I'm still obsessed, and yet I can't quite shell out for the real thing. Which is why I'm so happy I found these studded Guess sandals. They aren't quite as subtle as the real thing—the white is really bright, the studs are very yellow-gold—but they retain that lovely ladylike quality that Valentino does so well, with a nice kitten heel and front straps that create a bow-like effect. I can report that they're comfy, with a totally walkable 3-inch heel and a bit of padding in the footbed, although they run a bit big—I had to go down half a size. The best part, though, is that they're on sale for $88, which makes them less than a tenth of the price of the real thing. Cheap? I prefer frugal.

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