$50 vs. $500 Shoes


We’d all love to wear designer heels every day of the week. Right?

The only person that doesn’t agree with me is my bank balance.

But I’m not going to let that stop me! Instead, I’ve scoured the depths of the Internet to find some $50 heels that can stand toe to toe with their $500 cousins.


Then listed below are some ideal examples of heels that will make you look and feel like a million dollars without the shock inducing price tag.

If you want… BLACK PUMPS

A statement set of shoes in every woman’s wardrobe is a pair of black leather pumps.

Boasting just a little bit of heel, these babies can be dressed up and down to effortlessly suit any smart/casual or business attire dress code.

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo ROMY85KIDBLACK Black Leather Pumps ($578)

For this style guide I’m going to be sticking with Jimmy Choos for all my $500 options.

Because if you’re going to dream big then why not shoot for the clouds?

These black leather pumps are made from 100% leather with a sleek 3.3inch heel. Made in Italy, these heels ooze class and will add instant elegance to any attire. They’re the LBD of the shoe world.

$50 Option – Nine West Rocha Leather Dress Pump ($49.99-$57.50)


These sleek and stylish black leather dress pumps have a 4inch heel and a 0.5inch platform. Fitted with a lightly padded instep, these heels will ensure you look stylish and feel comfortable all day long.

The best part? They’re also available in Light Natural leather and Taupe leather hues. So for a fraction of the price of the Jimmy Choos you can own three pairs of stunning heels that will suit every outfit in your entire wardrobe!

If you want… GLITTER

There are some days when my inner magpie just wants something sparkly.

After all, nothing turns heads on an evening out quite like a statement pair of glittery heels!

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Platinum Ice Pumps ($499)


Available in Platinum Ice or Dusty Glitter, these 3.9inch stiletto heels have a pointed toe and a subtle yet dazzling glitter design.

Featuring a leather lining and leather sole with a platinum ice glitter fabric upper, these mesmerizing glitter heels have just the right amount of glitter for turning heads and making you feel fantastic without going OTT.

$50 Option – Mila Lady BONNIE09 Glitter Pumps ($31.99)

Fitted with a 4inch heel and a lightly padded insole, these glittery heels are ideal for evenings out.

Available in your choice of Silver (pictured above), Bronze, Fuchsia, Black, Blue, Royal Blue and Purple, these brilliant glittery heels have been finished with a pointed heel and subtle platform sole. Plus they’re well within the $50 budget!

If you want… SLINGBACKS

No longer just a summer shoe, sling-back heels have become popular as both casual and business attire. Dress up with a statement making pants suit or relax in style with a floaty summer dress. The possibilities are endless!

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo Light Pink Suede Leather Pumps ($545.12)

Made in Italy from the finest Blare suede leather, these light pink sling-back pumps have a 3.7inch heel and are finished with a pointed toe and delicate leather bows. What more could you ask for?

$50 Option – GIY Sling-back Peep-Toe Kitten Heels ($39.99)

These fashionable sling-back peep-toe shoes have a 1.96inch kitten heel, intricate bow detailing and anti-slip rubber soles so they are ideal for any summer occasion.

Choose from the subtle pink hue pictured above, classic Black or White options, as well as a range of bold Blue, Red and Yellow hues that will compliment vibrant summer outfits.


If you want… WEDGES

Step into summer in style with a pair of elongating wedges. Whether you’re sunning in St. Tropez or relaxing with friends, a pair of stylish wedges will add instant lift to any summer outfit.

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo PORTIA120PLATINO Silver Leather Wedges ($578)


These beautiful wedges in a silver and pink woven metallic fabric are fresh, modern and will compliment any summer wardrobe.

Made in Italy, these stylish wedges have a 3.9inch heel, leather soles and a stylish silver crossover strap with a simple buckle fastening.

$50 Option – David’s Bridal Wedges With Crystal Embellishment ($44.95)


These dazzling summer wedges have a similar metallic style to the Jimmy Choos as well as similar crossover straps and simple buckle fastenings.

Strike a pose in the Nude Metallic hue (pictured above) or Silver Metallic; both of which are finished with matching crystal embellishment along the straps.

If you want… STRAPPY SHOES

Sometimes you just need some strappy shoes.

Pick the right pair of strappy heels and you will feel sleek and look sophisticated – showcasing your calves and ankles in style.

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo Marcella Velvet Ankle-Wrap Sandals ($499)

These mesmerizing deep green velvet sandals have a showstopping self-tie ankle wrap. Boasting a 3.8inch covered block heel as well as a ruched toe and vamp straps, these leather lined sandals are truly one of a kind.

$50 Option – Journee Collection Strappy Tassel High Heels ($49.99)


If you love the strappy Jimmy Choos but hate the price tag then you should try these Journee heels.

Made from faux suede, featuring a 2.9inch heel block heel and a 0.39inch platform, these strappy heels channel the same sleek open-toe and vamp strap style of the Jimmy Choos with but added tassel detailing. Plus you can choose your preferred color of either Black (pictured above), Nude, Red or Grey.

If you want… PEEPTOES

Peep-toe heels are a classic style trend that will never go out of fashion. Pair with an impeccable pedicure and you will feel and look like a million dollars at any occasion.

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo Carrie 100 Lame Glitter Fabric Peep-Toe Sandal ($499.99)


These heels combine two of my favorite shoe trends – peep-toes and glitter.

Made in Italy, these peep-toe sandals have a 3.75inch heel, a dazzling anthracite lame glitter fabric and eye-catching gunmetal-tone hardware. Fitted with an adjustable ankle strap and buckle closure, these heels even have a lightly padded leather insole for added comfort!

$50 Option – GUESS Factory Addison Peep-Toe Pumps ($41.99)

You don’t need $500 to find a pair of dazzling peep-toe glitter heels. These GUESS Factory heels are a tenth of the price of their Jimmy Choo cousins but pack just as powerful a punch.

Finished with a 4inch heel and a 1inch platform, these glamorous peep-toe pumps have a mesmerizing gold glitter finish and a subtle yet stylish metallic sole.


If you want… LACE

In recent years lace shirts, skirts and dresses have become incredibly popular. It’s hardly surprising – lace can add subtle detailing to any outfit, evoking style and sophistication at a moment’s notice.

So why should your shoes be any different?

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo Suede Lace High Heel Pumps ($524.99)


The shoe envy is strong with these ones.

These 4.5inch black suede leather and lace heels are true head-turners.

Simple yet oh so stylish, their black undertones mean they can be paired with practically any outfit.

$50 Option – David’s Bridal Lace Heel With Flatback Crystals ($35.99-$59.99)


Don’t worry, you can still own a pair of head-turning lace heels for $50. These David’s Bridal lace heels have delicate lace paneling, flatback crystal embellishments and an effortlessly elongating 4.5inch heel.

Available in Black (pictured above), Ivory, Nude, Silver and Brown. You could own several of these heels (and some dresses to match) for the price of the Jimmy Choos! Now if that’s not responsible shopping I don’t know what is…


If you want… SANDALS

When the sun is out, sandals are an ideal compromise between staying cool and looking classy. Hit the mark every time with these signature sandals.

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo – DAMARIS65VWSBLACK Leather Sandals ($578)


The perfect blend of comfort and style, these sandals are made from 100% leather and have a 2.75inch heel. Finished in a fashionable black with gold stud detailing, these sandals can be worn with practically any outfit.

Plus their slip-on style is ideal for staying cool and looking elegant a warm summer’s day!

$50 Option – Koolaburra by UGG Slide Sandals ($47.88)


Don’t let the UGG brand fool you, these slide sandals are sleek, stylish and the ideal summer shoe!

Made from suede and fitted with a 2inch heel, these stylish slide sandals take the retro style of a slip-on mule and give it a modern twist with a leather-wrapped stacked block heel and perforated suede upper. They’ll quickly become your go-to summer heels.


If you want… METALLIC

Metallic heels are a modern fashion trend that scream class and sophistication when executed properly. If you’re unsure how to approach this trend then a stunning pair of metallic heels paired with a black dress and matching accessories is a great place to start!

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo Vienna 65 Silver Studded Pumps ($549)


These pumps combine two of the hottest fashion trends – metallics and stud detailing.

Featuring a 2.5inch stiletto heel, a lightly padded leather insole and a smooth leather sole, these captivating heels are finished in a crisp metallic silver with matching silver stud detailing.

$50 Option – Chris-T Metallic Sleek Heels ($45.99)

Standout from the crowd in these golden metallic heels. Made with a patent leather upper and rubber soles, these metallic heels are stylish, comfortable and built with added grip. They’re just what you need to tackle any social or formal occasion!

These striking 4.7inch heels are available in a wide range of colors including Metallic Gold (pictured above) and Metallic Silver. Alternatively, if you prefer stud detailing to metallic hues then you have to check out these captivating Aquapillar Stud Heels for $33.99.

If you want… COLOR

The right pair of heels can add a pop of color to understated attire – livening up a black or white dress just like magic.

One thing’s for sure – all eyes will be on you when you’re wearing a killer pair of colored heels!

$500 Option – Jimmy Choo Romy 85 Suede Cerise Pink Suede Pumps ($570)

These stunning suede leather pumps are finished in a bold cerise pink. Captivating and classy in equal measure.

Designed with a softer pointed toe and a stiletto 3.3inch heel, these comfortable yet striking stiletto heels will look amazing when paired with a little black dress and matching accessories.

$50 Option – Maiernisi Jessi Classic Pointed Red Stiletto Heels ($43.99)

Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics.

A red statement heel looks amazing when paired with singular colored outfits and some matching red lipstick.

Think Marilyn Monroe. That’s what you’ll look like in these red faux patent leather heels. Fitted with a 3.94inch stiletto heel, these slip-on pumps have a classic pointed toe and subtle style that lets the bold red hue do all the talking.



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