Fake it till you make it…or just fake it all together. Trendy faux reptile footwear looks luxe without the exotic price tag and the texture has taken the fashion world by storm. But mock croc is much more than just a trend—it reflects the shift in our buying habits. Consumers are more aware of what we buy and where it comes from, looking for products that are ethically sourced with minimal environmental impact. Fashion houses have taken note. In 2018, Chanel announced that they would stop manufacturing products made from exotic skins entirely. Other designers quickly followed suit. But the desire for the appearance of these elegant pieces didn't fade, hence these lookalike versions. I’d be lying to you if I said I hadn't debated blowing my paycheck on a pair of the Paris Texas boots. But there are plenty of colors and styles to choose from. Shop my picks, below.
These Paris Texas croc boots are EVERYWHERE. I need them, you need them, everyone needs them.
These Schutz slingback pumps are perfect for the office. They are comfortable, appropriate, and above all super on-trend.
Leave it to one of Copenhagen's coolest brands to combine two of the hottest trends into one: the mock croc cowboy boot.
These splurge-worthy Jimmy Choo booties will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe.
One word to define these Prada mary jane pumps: chic. Pair these bad boys with a power suit and cue your favorite boss b***ch anthem.
You don't need to break the bank to get this trend. These & Other Stories knee-high boots are the perfect alternative to the Paris Texas boots above.
The glossy croc-effect leather and the lace up detail make them stand out in a sea of black Chelsea boots. The block heel makes them wearable and comfortable.
Spice up your wardrobe with these red-hot slingback pumps. The bold color and fun texture will make you the center of attention.
Another work-friendly shoe for all my bosses out there! The low heel is perfect for running from meeting to meeting. While the mock croc elevates this sensible style.
These menswear-inspired loafers are the perfect finishing touch to the fall uniform (great jeans, crisp white button down, blazer).
These sexy Saint Laurent booties are just begging for a night out on the town. Say hello to your new going out shoe!
This green is DIVINE, such rich fall color. But, if isn't your vibe, the Jimmy Choo mock croc comes in great neutrals as well.
A version of this story appears in the October 2019 issue of Marie Claire.