As I’ve said before, it’s probably not fair to put any brand of relatively low-priced shoes toe-to-toe, both literally and figuratively, with a pair of Louboutins. In fact, there are very few brands of any price level that can really compete with the French footwear master, but since his shoes are not in everyone’s budget, sometimes we compare other brands to Louboutins anyway, fairness be damned. Today’s pair of unfortunate (by comparison) shoes are the Boutique 9 Daraye Studded Pumps, which reminded me immediately of the Christian Louboutin Lady Clou Studded Slingbacks.
I’ve already expressed my love for the Lady Clous as a possible wedding shoe for a bride with edgy taste, and it would be entirely possible for the Boutique 9 shoes to do similar duty if a $1200 budget for wedding shoes wasn’t in the cards. I wish that Boutique 9′s designers had done two things, though: Kept the lines of the design classic instead of going for a vintage look and paid more attention to the placement of the studs. If they had done those two things, this pair of shoes would be a much more suitable alternative.