Balmain –> Zara –> Aldo –> Jeffrey Campbell –> Bebe –> Bakers –> Steve Madden
That’s probably not the right order, but nonetheless, Steve Madden is the latest to come out with its version of the popular Balmain stud and rhinestone heaven. Yes, I realize that everyone and their mom have blogged about these (myself included), but for fun, here’s an updated scorecard on availability of the shoe bling. And if they’re sold out, then the next best bet is eBay.
Balmain ($2,300): Sold out on Net-A-Porter.com
Zara ($169): Sold out in-stores
Bebe Marianna Platform Sandals ($169): Sold out online (fast). UPDATED: Just checked online, and it’s back in stock! Only available in sizes 6 and 7 in gold.
Bakers DEREK ($80): Available and cheapest option
Steve Madden BRIGGHT ($130): Available for pre-order with expected ship date of July 21
For me, I got my fix of these via the Jeffrey Campbell MEL, and love them. I ordered mine from Solestruck when they had half sizes, and they do fit true to size. I like the JC ones because they are not only gorg, but comfy with the lower heel and slight platform. I’ve posted pics in the past, but here are two below.
Last weekend I went to Nordstrom and came across the Jeffrey Campbell LITE ($165), sister shoe to the Jeffrey Campbell MEL. They’re not available online at Nordstrom, but found them on Solestruck (linked above). Embellished with chains and faux black pearls, these shoes have the same heel and platform heights as the Jeffrey Campbell MEL. Clutch (for me). They are a good alternate if you prefer to rock this style but in a more subtle fashion.