Budget Fashion Fix: JC Lita Exotic vs. Victoria Snakeskin Platform Booties

While I love my Qupid Puffin06 booties (which I have in black and brown), I still found myself lusting over the silhouette of the Jeffrey Campbell Lita boot (even if my husband didn’t like them).  I didn’t see the need for ankle booties in a variety of bright colors (as available on GoJane), and I didn’t want to get black or another neutral like taupe (as available on UrbanOg, along with a couple brights too).  I wanted something fun, but neutral and wearable with a variety of stuff over multiple seasons–a statement shoe that wasn’t an obnoxious statement.

Then, I came across the JC Lita Exotic in taupe python.  Urban Outfitters has them for $174 (online only), and SoleStruck has them for $169.95.

Super tempting!  It’s a fun pattern, but still neutral and wearable practically year-round.  And it didn’t scare my husband as much as the Pink Cosmic Litas I’d initially been kinda lusting over  over at Urban Outfitters (can’t lie, still love ’em for all their quirkiness, though I’d likely never really wear them).  They were pretty much exactly what I was looking for.

The problem was, I still wasn’t willing to drop $160 to $180 on a pair of shoes.

So I began to search for a suitable replacement.  It didn’t take long to find the Victoria bootie for $30.80 in snakeskin over at GoJane (though there they don’t use the name).  The Victoria is also available at MakeMeChic, which is where I ended up buying them from (I found a great coupon over at RetailMeNot).

Obviously, there are a few differences.  The Lita is “shiny python-print” leather, has grommets lining the holes where the laces go, and have a reddish-brown wooden heel.  The measurements on the Lita boots are 5″ heel with a 2″ platform and a 4″ boot shaft (presumably from the back of the heel up, and not including the heel).  On the Victoria, we’re looking at all man-made materials.  The heel is black or dark brown and the snakeskin print is different in various ways.  There are no grommets on the lace holes either.  Depending on where you look, the heel height on the Victoria is 4.95″ or 5″, with a 2″ platform and a 8.5″ shaft length (which does include the heel).  The cut at the ankle opening appears to be a little different as well.

So yea, the Victoria booties are more cheaply made, but for around $30, it’s a pretty good deal!  And if you’re budget-conscious and want the same look as the Lita for less, the Victora is a pretty good buy.

I have them ordered, like I said.  I’m waiting as patiently as I can for them.

Some other fun options for you.
GoJane has them available in leopard too, if you’re into animal print.  MakeMeChic also has a few floral varieties of the Victoria bootie, of which the black is my favorite.  If you love the Puffin’s shape but want a brighter color, UrbanOg has them available in red and royal blue.  And if you dig the Lita’s shape but want a bootie without laces, check these out.  There’s also these, which offer a similar heel and platform silhouette as the Lita, but are lower cut and available in black and taupe.