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The Look for Less: Free People 'Royale' Flats

Free People 'Royale' cut out flats, plus a dupe for just $32.99
The moment the Universal Thread for Target lookbook came out, I recognized this cut-out bootie looked strikingly similar to the Free People 'Royale' flat.

You can't shop this lookalike until the official Universal Thread launch this Sunday, but you may want to check your local Target store so see if it's available early. According to one alert reader, the whole Universal Thread collection was already out!

Free People's shoe comes in genuine leather in a myriad of colors, from about $99 to $198. It gets great reviews so by all means, go for it. If you don't want to spend that much or just want to test drive this look, get the dupe here for $32.99 in cognac brown or bone white.

THE LOOK: Free People 'Royale' Pointy Toe Flats, $198 at (see widget for more stores)

FOR LESS: Universal Thread Cut-Out Booties, $32.99 at

these are all so cute, I know they want to keep the prices down, but I wish they would offer some in leather, fake in the summer is uncomfortable.
#1 Isabella on 2018-02-01 09:52 (Reply)
I agree that these could be uncomfortable in the summer with bare feet. Target used to have some genuine leather shoes. I wonder if customers just weren't buying them? I'd pay double for real leather.
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2018-02-03 08:20 (Reply)
They have suede versions of these shoes on the Target website also-different brand name but also lots of cute colors
#2 maria sisco on 2018-02-01 21:03 (Reply)
You can get these in real leather for $68 from Vinnie Louise, a small Nashville boutique with an online shop. They sell out often so keep an eye out for a restock. I bought them last year and still wear them to death.
#3 Taryn Sternlight on 2018-02-07 21:38 (Reply)
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