Zara Just Debuted a $70 Version of the $450 Shoes French Girls Love

As I was somewhat mindlessly scrolling through Zara's new arrivals, one pair of shoes stood out to me. I recently shelled out $450 for a pair of shoes from the beloved French brand Carel, and there was Zara offering a similar pair for just $70. (Even still, I don't regret my original purchase, as I'm obsessed with the shoes and wore them to Copenhagen Fashion Week.)

My favorite French style icons, such as Anne-Laure Mais, are fans of Carel and wear the Paris-based brand all the time. Mais recently 'grammed the Carel Peche Black Patent Leather Mary Janes ($455), while the Kina Black Patent Mary Janes ($495) are another popular choice. Zara's new shoes are a worthy alternative to get the same look on a smaller budget—scroll down to buy them before they sell out. 


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On Anne-Laure Mais: Carel Peche Black Patent Leather Mary Janes ($455)


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On Anne-Laure Mais: Carel Peche Black Patent Leather Mary Janes ($455)


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On Victoria Petersen: Carel Kina Black Patent Mary Janes ($495)

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On Franny: Whistles jeans; Zou Xou shoes


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On Erin Fitzpatrick: Ganni jacket and dress; vintage bag; Carel Peche Black Patent Leather Mary Janes ($455)

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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 13 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of Associate Director of Fashion News (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.