Valentino

I have already written in length how much I love everything “Rockstud” from Valentino, so I won’t even start elaborating how I lust over these pyramid studded ankle wrap espadrilles. But the whopping $895 price tag attached to these summer shoe beauties makes them absolutely inaccessible for me. So when I spotted the non-studded ShoeDazzle “Morena” espadrilles shown below, I thought these would be the perfect fit for a DIY Valentino Rockstud project. Personally, I’m not much of a DIYer, but since this DIY idea would only require ironing on a couple of pre-glued studs, the task sounds actually manageable even for absolute DIY beginners like me. What do you think? Are these shoes worth the effort?

DIY Idea - Valentino Rockstud Double Ankle-Wrap Flat Espadrilles

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JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flats

UPDATE (04/21/2015): If you can’t be bothered with DIY-ing, why not opt for these spot-on, ready-to-wear Valentino espadrille dupes by JustFab instead?

JustFab Kesnia Studded Double Ankle Wrap Flat Espadrilles (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flatscj
($31.96, JustFab)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, ShoeDazzle, Amazon, JustFab

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 18, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Espadrilles! These summer shoes have risen to fame in the last couple of seasons with Chanel and Valentino leading the pack of the fabulous espadrilles. We’ve already done a Real vs. Steal on Valentino’s highly popular lace espadrilles from a few seasons ago and now they’ve updated their shoe collection with a just as stylish crochet version. But as gorgeous as they are, do you actually see yourself spending $675 (!) on a pair of highly delicate espadrilles? Well, I can’t.

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles in black

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles
($675, Forward by Elyse Walker)

Dollhouse “Flirt” Crochet Espadrille Flats

UPDATE (04/21/2015): Check out these sweet lovely Valentino inspired Dollhouse crochet espadrilles. Available in white, orange, blush and yellow for around $20. Yay!

Dollhouse "Flirt" Crochet Espadrille Flats in off-white and orange (Valentino knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Flirt” Crochet Espadrille Flatspjx
($22, Dollhouse)

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

ALDO “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

UPDATE (07/18/2014): Came across these Valentino inspired and budget-friendly crochet lace espadrilles at ALDO today. What you think? Hot or not?

ALDO "Agrano" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black and ivory (Valentino knockoffs)

ALDO “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrillesls
($19.98, ALDO)

P.S.: Also available at ALDO (Canada)ls, ALDO (UK) & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

UPDATE (05/23/2014): Stumbled upon another lovely Valentino alternative! What do you think of these crochet lace espadrille sandals by Jeffrey Campbell? So cute, right? Available in black, white or beige.

Jeffrey Campbell "Nia" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrillescj
($105, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nasty Galls, REVOLVEClothing, Nordstrom.

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flats

Good thing is that I don’t have to spend nearly $700 when there are Valentino-inspired espadrilles like these by Rebecca Minkoff around. And while I admit these aren’t what I’d consider a steal at $67.99 (sale price!) they are still in fact $600 cheaper than the originals. Available in black, red coral, yellow and taupe.

Rebecca Minkoff "Genny" Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flatsamazon
($67.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetro & CUSPls.

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrilles

Another great Valentino alternative are these crochet espadrilles by Tory Burch. They aren’t terribly cheaper than the Rebecca Minkoffs but in comparison to the pricey Valentinos they’re quite the good deal. Available in black and white.

Tory Burch "Abbe" Crochet Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrillescj
($150, Shopbop)

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles

And here’s another Valentino alternative which is actually my personal favorite because of the price and all the lovely colors you can buy them in. $109 at Jessica Buurman. Available in black, blush, aqua and yellow.

Jessica Buurman "AGAR" Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles (Valentino knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, Neiman Marcus, NORDSTROM, Jessica Buurman

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Copycat Math - Chanel Cap-Toe Espadrilles + Valentino Lace Espadrille Flats = Mossimo Rita Crochet Espadrilles

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Image source(s): Bragmybag, MyTheresa, Target

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 12, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

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, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls, Barneys, MyTheresa & Net-A-Porterls.

Whitney Port Loves Valentino

Whitney Port wearing black Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats

UPDATE (04/12/2015): Discovered these fab and spot-on Valentino Rockstud flat look-alikes by Wild Diva Lounge today and instantly had to share them with you.

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats in nude, black and yellow faux patent leather (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flatsamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at GoJane, Amazon #2amazon & eBayeBay.

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)

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 Flats
($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

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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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UPDATE: This post has been updated on March 31, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

When it comes to me obsessing over shoes it usually happens with high heels only. However, if it’s a shoe by Valentino I most likely will love it no matter whether it’s a sky-high stiletto or a flat gladiator sandal like this one. And I absolutely adore these studded summer sandals! Who wouldn’t anyway? They’re utterly chic without compromising on the comfort factor and the gold rockstuds really set these shoes off. I love how LeAnn Rimes wears her Valentinos with shorts and breezy tops. Too bad I don’t have her shoe shopping budget because at $945 these would have been quite the investment in terms of summer footwear.

Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Wrap Thong Gladiator Sandals in black and gold

Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Wrap Thong Gladiator Sandalsls
($945, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneys & MyTheresa.

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LeAnn Rimes and Jennifer Lopez wearing Valentino Rockstud Gladiator Sandals

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Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandals

UPDATE (03/31/2015): Great news! I found this cute little Valentino gladiator sandal dupe by Wild Diva Lounge today. So affordable and available in a variety of colors including black (pictured), red, blue, nude, yellow and orange. Total steal deal alert here!

Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandals in black and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($18.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at GoJane, Amazon #2amazon, Charlotte Russe & Necessary Clothing.

G-Small Studded Gladiator Sandals

UPDATE (03/12/2014): Accidentally discovered these pretty studded thong sandals by G-Small which sell for $49.99 and also come in lovely colors such as baby blue, apple green, pink and red. Totally love these!

G-Small Studded Gladiator Sandals in nude and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

G-Small Studded Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

Enzo Angiolini “Trendon” Studded Thong Sandals

UPDATE (08/05/2013): Came across these studded flat thong sandals by Enzo Angiolini which is also a good alternative if you want the Valentino Rockstud look for less. Available in both black and white.

Enzo Angiolini "Trendon" Studded Thong Sandals in black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Enzo Angiolini “Trendon” Studded Thong Sandalsamazon
($17.80, Amazon)

Report Signature “Leyla” Studded Gladiator Thong Sandals

UPDATE (06/10/2013): Just stumbled upon these Valentino look-a-likes by Report Signature! Available in black or nude faux patent leather.

Report Signature "Leyla" Studded Gladiator Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Report Signature “Leyla” Studded Gladiator Thong Sandalsamazon
($60, Amazon)

Alloy “Myla” Gladiator Sandals

UPDATE (03/09/2013): Found another great Valentino sandal look-a-like. How do you like these spiked gold gladiator flats by Alloy? Only $19.90!

Alloy "Myla" Gladiator Sandals in gold (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Alloy “Myla” Gladiator Sandalsls
($19.90, Alloy)

bebe “Petra” Studded Flat Sandals

I was so happy to have stumbled upon these amazingly similar bebe gladiator sandals. They do miss one horizontal strap, but otherwise they’re a fabulous Valentino look-a-like. And did I mention they’re currently on sale for $39.99 (were $59.99)? What a great deal, right? But hurry up, some sizes are already out of stock as these summer sandals are figuratively flying off the shelves.

bebe "Petra" Studded Flat Sandals (Valentino knockoffs)

bebe “Petra” Studded Flat Sandals
($39.99, bebe)

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