Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Footwear dupes: Dune instead of Miu Miu, Buffalo instead of Acne

For a good long while of last year, I yearned for, lusted after, craved, these Miu Miu sandals. I saw them in the window of Brown Thomas one day, and I was in love . . . then I saw …

Thu, Jul 21, 2011, 16:30

   

For a good long while of last year, I yearned for, lusted after, craved, these Miu Miu sandals. I saw them in the window of Brown Thomas one day, and I was in love . . . then I saw them on the feet of the Man Repeller (with socks, obviously) and fell further down the rabbit-hole, before they were all I could think of and save for . . . And then. Then they were gone. I didn’t weep as I am far too mature for that, but I did pine for them, until I saw these dupes in Dune a few short days ago.

I know, I know. They’re not as nice. They look, dare I say it, a little cheaper than the Miu Mius – and they haven’t got as much fancy strap detail, but they are a fair dupe, especially for, oh, around one-seventh of the price*.

Then there’s those Acne boots. You know, the ones Angela Scanlon has. And Corina Gaffey of Stellar magazine.. And, oh, FINE, anyone who’s anyone!

Now, I’ll confess: I do really like these boots. I think everyone who’s “into fashion” likes these boots. It’s the done thing, innit. But what’s not the done thing is spending €400-odd on a pair of boots these days. Or any days. I should know, because I’ve done it twice, and the second time I did it, I got slapped with a $150 tax bill and promptly put the shoes in a bag destined for Oxfam without realising. Stella McCartneys, they were. (Brokenhearted, I am still.)

But once more, I digress! Behold the Acne-alike ankle boots from Buffalo, of which one pair in a size 6 is being reserved for me by the lovely Audrey in their Wicklow St store.

(Seen here at the Arnotts A/W 2011 press day, about which more anon.)

* No, I didn’t think to get figures. (Do you like the asterisks? Are they hilarious? Or are they irritating? Do they hurt your delicate little scrolling finger?)