UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 29, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

During the summer season, flip-flops aren’t usually my type of go-to shoes unless I am going to the beach. However, these Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals redefine the mundane flip-flop, making them an elegant semi-casual yet semi-formal summer shoe. And, of course, the stylish fashion blogger and footwear designer, Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, proves all of the statements above. As she pairs them with various outfits, these Valentinos exhibit their endless potential as a versatile summer sandal.

Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals in black

Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandalsls
($295, Saks)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls & NORDSTROMls.

Chiara Ferragni Loves Valentino

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Outfit Pictures via The Blonde Salad.

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandals

UPDATE (01/29/2015): Spotted another fabulous and super budget-friendly set of Valentino sandal dupes! Check out these lovely jelly sandals from Wild Diva Lounge. So close to the real deal and under $15! Steal deal alert!

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandals in nude, black and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandalspjx
($13.30, UrbanOG)

Bakers “Caged” Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals

UPDATE (01/25/2014): Found another Valentino-inspired studded bow jelly sandal! By Bakers. Available in white, black and nude for $29.95!

Bakers "Caged" Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals in white, black and nude (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

Bakers “Caged” Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandalsamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

GUESS “Lolany” Studded Jelly Sandals

UPDATE (07/13/2013): And here we go wit yet another fabulous and very affordable Valentino Rockstud Jelly Sandal look-a-like. I really love these super similar studded bow jelly sandals by GUESS which are available in either black or white PVC.

GUESS "Lolany" Studded Jelly Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

GUESS “Lolany” Studded Jelly Sandalsamazon
($19.50, Amazon)

Not Rated “Pool Party” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals

UPDATE (04/06/2013): Not Rated has also a super fabulous Valentino look-a-like sandal available! I especially love the hot pink version and the price of under $20 ain’t too bad either!

Not Rated "Pool Party" Studded Jelly Thong Sandals in black and fuchsia pink (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Not Rated “Pool Party” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals
($15.94, DSW)

Chinese Laundry “Lucky One” Studded Bow Thong Sandals

UPDATE (04/06/2013): Look at these studded bow thong sandals by Chinese Laundry! Yet another wonderful Valentino for less alternative. Available in black, white and nude!

Chinese Laundry "Lucky One" Studded Bow Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Chinese Laundry “Lucky One” Studded Bow Thong Sandals
($29.95, DSW)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flops

UPDATE (02/21/2013): Came across an even more affordable Valentino look-a-like today! Check out these studded jelly flip flops by Wet Seal! Only $12.90 and also available in nude. Love these!

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flops in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC look-a-likes)

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flopsamazon
($12.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Wet Sealls.

Dizzy “Fusion” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals

UPDATE (02/12/2013): Found another amazing and almost identical Valentino Rockstud sandal look-a-like! Check out the “Fusion” by Dizzy for $29.95! I’m in love!

Dizzy "Fusion" Studded Rubber Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Dizzy “Fusion” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals
($29.95, Lori’s)

Ivanka Trump “Natty” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals

UPDATE (02/12/2013): Ivanka Trump also has a very Valentino inspired studded rubber thong sandal which comes in various beautiful colors and costs $21.99 (sale price)!

Ivanka Trump "Natty" Studded Rubber Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Natty” Studded Rubber Thong Sandalsamazon
($21.99, Amazon)

Steve Madden “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals

Splurging $295 on PVC footwear that can only be worn only during one part of the year is quite the extravagant price to pay. Thanks to Steve Madden, the “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals are the perfect budget-friendly alternative to the Valentinos above. Priced at $29.98, they are almost identical to its designer counterpart with only minor differences that are hardly even noticeable.

Steve Madden "JIFFFY" Studded Jelly Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

Steve Madden “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandalsls
($29.98, Steve Madden)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, The Blonde Salad, UrbanOG, Zappos, Amazon, Wet Seal, Lori’s, Piperlime, Steve Madden

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So I’m sure a lot of you will absolutely hate Stella McCartney‘s “Britt” flatforms. Not only because of their polarizing design, but also because Stella McCartney doesn’t use animal originated materials for her line yet still charges a whopping $995 for these faux leather brogues. However, I’m also quite positively sure that just as many will loooove Stella McCartney for the very same reasons. While I personally can’t picture myself rocking these babies, I do somehow see its androgynous appeal to others – viewed through the man repelling lens, of course. But the price though? Still a total turn-off!

Stella McCartney Britt Faux Glossed-Leather Platform Brogues in black, tan and white

Stella McCartney Britt Faux Glossed-Leather Platform Broguesls
($995, NET-A-PORTER)

P.S.: Also available at Farfetchls, NORDSTROMls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls & MyTheresals.

Style Bloggers & Fashion Insiders Love Stella McCartney

Various style bloggers and fashion insiders (including Stella McCartney herself) have been spotted wearing Stella McCartney Britt Faux Glossed-Leather Platform Brogues.

Style Bloggers and Fashion Insiders wearing black Stella McCartney Britt Faux Glossed-Leather Platform Brogues

Tony Bianco “Peppa” Lace-Up Platform Oxfords

UPDATE (01/29/2015): Australian Stella McCartney fans on a budget rejoice! Tony Bianco have come up with a pretty spot-on Britt look-a-like which you can pre-order right now for $219.95 AUD.

Tony Bianco "Peppa" Lace-Up Platform Oxfords in black, tan and white (Stella McCartney Britt knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Peppa” Lace-Up Platform Oxfords
($219.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Jeffrey Campbell “Berliner” Lace-Up Platform Oxfords

Enter Jeffrey Campbell. Crazy shoe designs have always been a part of the brand’s aesthetical vision, so I wasn’t the least surprised to find this Stella McCartney “Britt” dupe in JC’s repertoire. As usual, Jeffrey Campbell’s prices aren’t the easiest on a middle-class woman’s budget, but the design is spot-on and they’re still more than $800 cheaper than the pricey originals. Make sure to also check out JC’s “Zeppolels“; same design, but with a beautiful baby blue suede upper!

Jeffrey Campbell "Berliner" Lace-Up Platform Oxfords in black patent, tan and white (Stella McCartney Britt knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Berliner” Lace-Up Platform Oxfordspjx
($179.95, Lori’s)

P.S.: Also available at Solestruckpjx, Ashbury Skiespjx, Nasty Galls & NORDSTROMls.

Dabagirl Contrast Platform-Heel Oxfords

If you’re looking for something less expensive, you might wan to consider these oxford lace-up platforms by Dabagirl instead which are selling for $82.90. The design is very similar to Stella McCartney’s “Britt”, plus they’re also made of faux leather (if this is an important aspect for you). Available in black and nude.

Dabagirl Contrast Platform-Heel Oxfords in black, tan and white (Stella McCartney Britt knockoffs)

Dabagirl Contrast Platform-Heel Oxfords
($82.90, YesStyle)

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So I tell you what’s the deal with these Acne “Colt” ankle boots: they’re basically the “Pistol” boots but with a higher heel. And if you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know: the higher, the better (for me). Personally, I absolutely loooove this updated version of the Acne Pistols, but seeing as I purchased the real deal Acne Pistol boots just last year and am still recovering from splurging on this purchase, there’s no way I could go for the real deal once again here. At least not now.

Acne Colt Zip Ankle Boots in black

Acne Colt Zip Ankle Boots
($580, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at OTTEpjx, MyTheresa, S|SENSE, Shopbopcj, Solestruckpjx & Saksls.

Selected Femme “Carol” Zip Ankle Boots

Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon these ankle boots by Selected Femme. They are an identical match to the Acne Colt boots, plus they’re on sale for almost 50% off! So before I wrote about them here on this blog, I made sure to order my own pair first just to make sure they wouldn’t sell out in the meantime (something that has happened in the past). And what can I say? I’m in love. They are just as gorgeous in real life, well made, very comfortable and I love the extra inch these boots give me.

Selected Femme "Carol" Zip Ankle Boots in cognac and black (Acne Colt knockoffs)

Selected Femme “Carol” Zip Ankle Boots
($130.76, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Nelly, Amazon.deamazon, About Youaffilinet & Planet Sports.

Image source(s): OTTE, Nelly

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Great flats are hard to find. Especially ones that will look chic even with work attire. These ballerinas by Valentino are perfect to wear with chic cigarette pants to the office and look just as fantastic with leggings and a tunic on the weekend. The studs give them a little bit of a vampy edge while the color makes fair-skinned legs look longer. There is even a tiny hint of a heel to balance them out and provide an extra bit of polish. But even though they are quite gorgeous, they are also a little too expensive for everyday flats. The concept is not completely lost though; there are at least a couple inspired-by versions out there for way less. Keep scrolling down for more tips and info on where to find them!

Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats in nude patent

Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flatsls
($745, NORDSTROM)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls, Saks, Barneys, MyTheresa & NET-A-PORTERls.

Whitney Port Loves Valentino

Whitney Port wearing black Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats

Steve Madden “Irwin” Studded Ballerina Flats

UPDATE (01/24/2015): Of course, Steve Madden had to make sure he also had a decent dupe of the highly popular Valentino Rockstud flats available for his customers. What do you think? Hot or not?

Steve Madden "Irwin" Studded Ballerina Flats in nude, black and red patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Irwin” Studded Ballerina Flats
($49.95, DSW)

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats

UPDATE (01/06/2015): Here’s another set of lovely pastel-colored Valentino Rockstud dupes by Fanyo for under $20.

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats in pink, mint, black and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats
($19.71, YesStyle)

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

UPDATE (01/06/2015): Discovered these fun-colored and super cheap Valentino Rockstud look-a-like flats at Charlotte Russe.

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Ballet Flats in baby blue and pink (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Ballet Flats
($15-$20, Charlotte Russe)

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats

UPDATE (09/21/2014): Stumbled upon these cute and super budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud ballet flat dupes at GoJane today. Available in various colors for under $20! Yay!

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats in nude and black (Valetino Rockstud knockoffs)

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats
($14.91, GoJane)

P.S.: Also available at UrbanOGpjx.

G-Small Studded Pointed-Toe Flats

UPDATE (09/21/2014): Also discovered these G-Small studded flats at Amazon which are available in an array of different colors.

G-Small Studded Pointed-Toe Flats in red and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

G-Small Studded Pointed-Toe Flatsamazon
($55.99, Amazon)

Jessica Buurman “CARRIE” Studded Ballet Flat Sandals

UPDATE (01/25/2014): Found another great Valentino ballet flat dupe at Jessica Buurman! They’re currently on sale for $109 and come in a variety of colors including lavender (my personal fave!), white, pink, green, yellow and more.

Jessica Buurman "CARRIE" Studded Ballet Flat Sandals in black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “CARRIE” Studded Ballet Flat Sandals
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats

UPDATE (08/15/2013): Check out these Valentino Rockstud dupes by Ken up which are currently on sale for $38.17 and come in either nude or light blue PU leather.

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats in nude and baby blue patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats
($38.17, Chicwish)

Sole Society “Martine” Stud Detail Flats

UPDATE (04/13/2013): Just stumbled upon these cute and budget-friendly Valentino look-a-likes by Sole Society! Aren’t they lovely? Also available in snakeskin.

Sole Society "Martine" Stud Detail Flats in black and burgundy patent (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Sole Society “Martine” Stud Detail Flatsls
($49.95, Sole Society)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats

UPDATE (03/27/2013): Forever 21 have also great Valentino Rockstud flat alternatives which come in 3 different colors. Only $24.80!

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flatsls
($24.80, Forever 21)

Nine West “Surrender” Studded Flats

UPDATE (12/27/2012): Just came across these fab Valentino inspired flats by Nine West.

Nine West "Surrender" Studded Flats in red and black (Valentino knockoffs)

Nine West “Surrender” Studded Flatscj
($39.99, Nine West)

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flats

This first version by C Label has the same studs as the original as well as the beautiful overall shape and construction. The small difference is their slightly higher heel which I love because even though flats are phenomenal for long days on your feet, that extra half inch goes a long way. But that definitely wouldn’t change how you’d wear them; they would still be perfect with skinny or tailored boot cut trousers and a feminine blouse for work. Just throw on a colorful cardigan and instantly feel inspired by a fresh new take on a little 1950′s glamour.

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flatsamazon
($11.99, Amazon)

GoJane Studded Flats

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

The second option we found is from GoJane, and at under $25 for the pair, you can be sure you’re getting a steal. This style works especially well when worn with jeans and a tee for running errands or grabbing brunch or coffee over the weekend with friends. The cut of the shoe is the exactly same as the designer version, the only difference is the hardware and studs, which are more modest in design. But while the other styles might be dressier, these still look sharp and classic; plus your feet will thank you for giving them a day of rest once in a while.

GoJane Studded Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

GoJane Studded Flats
($23.40, GoJane)

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Shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti is a well-known man on this blog because a) his shoes are absolutely loved by celebrities and b) because his shoes are often copied. And while it’s not cool to copy, I really can’t blame the copycats because shoes as fabulous as these scalloped suede lace-up sandals need to be brought at more affordable price points. At least that’s how I think. My obsession for these Zanotti heels started when I first saw Aimee Song from Song of Style rocking these high-heeled beauties in various of her outfits. I just love the delicate nature of these! They’re incredibly sexy yet still elude a sense of romance. But here’s the deal-breaker: they cost a whopping $1.095 and are pretty much sold out everywhere.

Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 Lace-Up Scalloped Sandals in black suede

Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 Lace-Up Scalloped Sandals
($1.195, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Celebs such as Elle MacPherson, Aimee Song from Song of Style, Khloe Kardashian and Naomie Harris have all been spotted wearing Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 Lace-Up Scalloped Sandals.

Elle MacPherson, Aimee Song (Song of Style), Khloe Kardashian and Naomie Harris wearing Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 Lace-Up Scalloped Sandals

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Delicious “Gilly” Cage Lace-Up Sandals

UPDATE (01/24/2015): So how about these lace-up heels by Delicious? Quite a spot-on alternative to the Giuseppe Zanotti sandals above, no? Very budget-friendly, too.

Delicious "Gilly" Cage Lace-Up Sandals in black faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Delicious “Gilly” Cage Lace-Up Sandalscj
($34.99, Kmart)

JustFab “Vernon” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (05/16/2014): And here we go again with yet another Giuseppe Zanotti dupe. By JustFab. I’m really loving the red version!

JustFab "Vernon" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in red, black and nude faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

JustFab “Vernon” Lace-Up High Heel Sandalscj
($54.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & JustFabcj.

Milanoo Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (05/04/2014): Stumbled upon this beautiful Giuseppe Zanotti look-a-like at Milanoo today.

Milanoo Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Milanoo Suede Lace-Up High Heel Sandalsls
($49.99, Milanoo)

Olsenboye “Rachel” High Heel Booties

UPDATE (05/04/2014): Also discovered these lovely spot-on Giuseppe Zanotti dupes by Olsenboye at JCPenney.

Olsenboye "Rachel" High Heel Booties in faux black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Olsenboye “Rachel” High Heel Booties
($39.99, JCPenney)

Choies Suede Peep Toe Tie Up Sandals

UPDATE (04/17/2014): Came across another mighty fine Giuseppe Zanotti dupe at Choies. Available in either black or nude suede for under $80! Score!

Choies Suede Peep Toe Tie Up Sandals in black and nude (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Choies Suede Peep Toe Tie Up Sandals
($79.99, Choies)

P.S.: Also available at SheInside.

Steve Madden “TROME” Lace-Up Scalloped High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (02/02/2014): I knew it was just a matter of time until Steve Madden would come up with their own Giuseppe Zanotti scalloped heel dupe! And here you go, a pretty identical Zanotti look-a-like which comes in either black or nude suede. This style is part of Chiara Ferragni‘s capsule collection for Steve Madden.

Steve Madden "TROME" Lace-Up Scalloped High Heel Sandals in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Steve Madden “TROME” Lace-Up Scalloped High Heel Sandalsamazon
($139.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nasty Galcj & Steve Maddenls.

Therapy “Monroe” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (02/02/2014): These lace-up heels from Therapy are yet another wonderful and very wallet-friendly dupe of the pricey Zanotti heels above. Totally in love with these here!

Therapy "Monroe" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in black faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Therapy “Monroe” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals
($59.95 AUD, The Iconic)

ALDO “Cezarine” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

UPDATE (02/02/2014): Also discovered this super fab Zanotti-inspired “minimalistic” lace-up high heel at ALDO today.

ALDO "Cezarine" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

ALDO “Cezarine” Lace-Up High Heel Sandalsls
($50, ALDO)

Forever 21 Perforated Stiletto Heels

UPDATE (02/02/2014): Also stumbled upon these budget-friendly Zanotti inspired lace-up high heels at Forever 21 for $36.80!

Forever 21 Perforated Stiletto Heels in black faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Forever 21 Perforated Stiletto Heelsls
($36.80, Forever 21)

Anne Michelle Rapture-62 Lasercut Lace-Up Heels

UPDATE (01/24/2014): Finally found a budget-friendly Zanotti alternative! Check out these fab heels from Anne Michelle. Only $34.80 and also available in nude faux suede!

Anne Michelle Rapture-62 Lasercut Lace-Up Heels in black faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Anne Michelle Rapture-62 Lasercut Lace-Up Heelspjx
($34.80, UrbanOG)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & GoJane.

Sofia Z “Eliana” Lace-Up Open-Toe Sandals

UPDATE (01/24/2014): And if you prefer a mid-heel version, check out these heels by Sofia Z. They are currently on sale for $131.25!

Sofia Z "Eliana" Lace-Up Open-Toe Sandals in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I12068 knockoffs)

Sofia Z “Eliana” Lace-Up Open-Toe Sandalscj
($131.25, Bluefly)

Jessica Buurman “AYOKA” Cut-Out Lace Up Sandals

UPDATE (01/16/2014): Found another Giuseppe Zanotti look-a-like at Jessica Buurman today. So fab, right?

Jessica Buurman "AYOKA" Cut-Out Lace Up Sandals in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “AYOKA” Cut-Out Lace Up Sandals
($129, Jessica Buurman)

Modern Vice “Ghillie” Suede Laser-Cut Pumps

Thanks to Modern Vice we don’t have to spend a fortune to get the coveted Zanotti lace-up heel look. The “Ghillie” peep-toe sandal is a perfect substitute that sells for 10% compared to the designer original. Available in either black or red suede. But you better be fast and order quickly because these shoes are selling like hot cakes!

Modern Vice "Ghillie" Suede Laser-Cut Pumps in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Modern Vice “Ghillie” Suede Laser-Cut Pumps
($98.99, DailyLook)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetrocj, Amazonamazon, ShoeMallls & LuLu*s.

Windsor Smith “Gillie” Suede Lace-Up Heels

Our fellow Australian shoe lovers don’t have to be disappointed though because the “Gillie” lace-up heel by Windsor Smith is the perfect Zanotti dupe just like the one by Modern Vice (I think this might even be just a rebranded version of the Modern Vice or vice versa).

Windsor Smith "Gillie" Suede Lace-Up Heels in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I20168 knockoffs)

Windsor Smith “Gillie” Suede Lace-Up Heels
($139.95 AUD, StyleTread)

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