Look for Less: Jeweled Flat Sandals

Sometimes, a Look for Less makes you wonder why you spend so much on premiere designer shoes. Other times, it’s a clear indication of exactly why we shell out what we do for the best kicks around. In the case of these Rene Caovilla and VC Signature by Vince Camuto sandals, though, the effect is somewhere in the middle. The looks are so close that the price difference is painful, but the details on the more expensive option are so exquisite!

As you can see, we have two very similar sandal concepts going on here. Both are relatively flat thong sandals made out of gold leather, and both have jeweled embellishments across the top of the foot. The fastenings are different, but the visual intent is much the same. I actually prefer the structure of the VC Signature shoe – the slight heel helps to give the sandal some structure.

The devil is in the details, though, as it usually is. When you compare the embellishments side to side, the Rene Caovilla shoe is the winner by a mile. The designer is known for his use of jewels and rhinestones, and you can see what that level of expertise hath wrought. On their own, the VC Signature shoes might not look so puny. Next to Caovilla’s, it’s hard to find the glamour in them. For the price difference, though, I’m willing to keep looking.


Rene Caovilla Jeweled Cuff Thong Sandals
$1,395 via Neiman Marcus

Rene Caovilla Jeweled-Cuff Thong Sandals

VC Signature by Vince Camuto Marla Sandals
$195 via Neiman Marcus

VC Signature by Vince Camuto Marla Floral Brooch Flat Sandals
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