First of all I hope you all had a blessed and happy new year. I can’t believe its already 2017! Where did the time go?! It seriously feels like 2016 started and ended so quickly. Late last year I received a few emails asking if I could share more about my outfits and fashion. I was hesitant for many reasons. First of all, I don’t consider myself to be the most fashionable. I like cute things and I like to match and I can put together a decent outfit but I am by no means a fashionista or fashion expert. Second of all, up until this point I did not have a reliable quality camera so most pics were taken on my iPhone. I know some people sing praises about iPhone photo quality, but it just wasn’t cutting it for me. So while I made my iPhone work for other lifestyle shots, I knew I needed something a bit more powerful for outfit posts.
But guess what happened guys?! I got blessed with one of the greatest Christmas gifts ever… a new DSLR camera! It was very timely because my friend Ije from Klassy Kinks was telling me that if I wanted to improve my blog and grow my following, one of the first things that I needed to work on was upgrading my pictures. I knew she was right but at the time, a new camera just wasn’t in the budget. Thankfully, Christmas was a few weeks after and Santa was so generous with his gifts. With this new camera, I feel more comfortable sharing outfit photos simply because I know they will be much better quality. With that being said, I do worry that my outfit posts may be a bit boring. I have luxury taste on TJ Maxx budget. But if there’s any of you who are students as well who want to learn how to snag a deal or find a quality dupe on the latest trends then I hope you find my fashion posts beneficial.
Consider this one of the many changes coming to Three Thousand Miles. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and it’s crazy how much my blog and I have changed this past year. This is the longest I’ve committed to anything recently so it’s truly a testimony that this site is still going strong.
Anyways today’s post is all about Stuart Weitzman dupes! If you follow a few fashion/ lifestyle blogs you know that these boots are EVERYWHERE. Every other blogger I see online is touting around in these over the knee classics. Not gonna lie, I have tried to find EVERY WAY POSSIBLE TO GET MY HANDS ON THESE. But at the end of the day, going without internet, and rationing my food and electricity usage JUST ISN’T WORTH IT lol. Even though the originals were out of my budget I loved the look and was determined to find the look for less. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this past summer I got myself a pair of the Sam Edelman Kent Over the Knee Boots. Because I bought them over the summer, I forgot about them until I was in NY for the holidays. I wore them for the first time in NY and I received compliments ALL DAY on these beauties. Unfortunately I don’t remember how much I paid for them during the N-sale (not more than $150) but you can find them here for $152.
(pssstt… wanna learn more about how I snag AMAZING Nordstrom deals? Check out my post all about it by clicking here)
So how do my dupes compare to the originals? Truthfully, the biggest difference to me is the zipper. The original Stuart Weitzman highlands don’t have a zipper, which I prefer. While the zipper does take away from the aesthetic of the shoe, they make them a lot more functional. It’s easier to pull up my socks if they slide down, or to pull down my pant leg so I don’t have cold ankles. Also, I’ve never tried the Stuart Weitzman shoes so I can’t compare the comfort but the Sam Edelman dupes HURT. I found this out the hard way by walking 1.5 miles in them my first day of wearing them. These shoes get more comfortable the more you wear them but it wouldn’t hurt to invest in comfy petals for the balls of your feet for the first few wears. Additionally, I suggest that you size up. My usual 8.5 was a bit sung and the 9 fit MUCH BETTER with and without socks.
After finding those Stuart Weitzman dupes I decided to try to find dupes of other Stuart Weitzman styles. I found this post for Lowland boot dupes, which normally retail at $798. I ended up buying the option from JC Penny but they went right back to the store. Here’s the thing about dupes guys… It’s supposed to be cheaper but it’s not supposed to LOOK cheap. I’m all for a steal, but I have too much pride to rock something raggedy or low quality looking just because its “fashion”. If I can’t afford a QUALITY alternative then it’s not for me. I ended up returning the JC Penny boots so my only Stuart Weitzman dupes are the Sam Edelman Kent boots. Perhaps in the future I’ll invest in a different color (maybe gray?) or a lower heel. I really need only one pair of over the knee boots so unless the second pair is on major sale, then I probably won’t be adding it to my collection any time soon.
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Anyways, how do you feel about this over the knee trend? If you want a pair for next winter, I’d suggest buying a discounted pair now and saving them for the next season. That’s what I did and I do not regret my decision at all!
P.S. Let me know how you like these type of posts. I have so many dupes and cheap finds I can share with you guys. Let me know in the comments below if there are any trends that you’d like me to share quality looks for less!