The sweet arrival of spring weather is upon us and it’s time to switch out the boots for some stylish options like sandals and boat shoes. However, instead of breaking the bank, today we are showing you some high-priced items that have a duplicate lower priced option.

Starting with men, boat shoes are always a hit during the warm weather season. One of our top picks are the Sperry Authentic Original Boat Shoe priced at $95. J.Crew Factory has a very similar style called the Classic Boat Shoe for just $44. These shoes are very stylish, versatile to wear with shorts, slacks or jeans alike and will be a go-to for years to come.

Birkenstock Sandals are a huge trend for men this spring and the Arizona Soft Sandal is priced at $135. For sandals, that can be a little pricey. Steve Madden’s Cork Sandal look a lot like the Birkenstock style and is only $70. That’s a savings of $65 and these will be hit in your wardrobe to pair with all of your warmer weather shorts.

Lastly, for casual look, the Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker is an everyday essential for spring weather. It’s casual, stylish and will pair with your entire wardrobe. It’s priced at $130 and the Old Navy Sueded Court Sneakers look very similar. Plus, these sneakers are just $21. Both of these shoes are available in a wide variety of color options too.

For women, one of our favorite picks for the summer are the Hermes Oran Sandal, however it comes with a very high price tag of $740. However, we’ve found a dupe from Steve Madden that look identical and are just $79. The style of this shoe is very modern with cutouts and a cultured slip-on profile. Plus, the Steve Madden version is available in four color options: black, white, gold or tan.

Floral patterns are all the rage for this spring and the Gucci Princetown Rosebud Mules are stunning. The light blue colors are gorgeous, but the price tag is overwhelming at $890. Nine West has come to the rescue however with the Willona Mule that looks very similar. This mule also has embroidery detailing that’s very on-trend, as well. Better yet, it’s priced at just $90.

Lastly, the Soludos Wedge Lace-Up Espadrilles are a must-have for this spring. These look perfect paired with dresses, shorts, skirts or jeans alike. These are priced at $95 and we’ve found a look-alike that’s priced at just $30. The Brash Escape Espadrille Wedge Sandal from Payless has the same wrap around style and similar color options.

Which splurge or save item is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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