Valentino

Update: This post has been updated on December 5, 2016. Scroll down to read the news.

We have featured many, many shoes and bags from Valentino’s “Rockstud” family already, but must embarrasingly admit that we have missed out on the most popular style yet, the 4 inch high heel t-strap version as seen below. Sorry, guys! So what could possibly be said about this shoe that hasn’t been said before? It’s THE SHOE by Valentino and you’ve probably seen it like a gazillion times in your Instagram feed, in fashion magazines and on the feet of your favorite celebrities and fashion bloggers. But despite the medial Valentino overexposure I am still just as much in love with the Rockstud heels as they day I first saw them! These heels ooze pure elegance and they’re so versatile, too! Dress them up with a lacey LBD or down with some distressed denim, you will look flawless either way! If you can afford them, that is. $995 is not exactly pocket money.

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap High Heel Pumps in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap High Heel Pumpsls
($995, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Intermix, Farfetchls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, MyTheresa, Stylebop, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

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Various personal style bloggers such as Negin Mirsalehi and Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific) have been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pumps.

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Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Update (12/05/2016): Just found out that Sole Society restocked the “Tiia” heel in both black and nude patent, so if you missed out on these fab Valentino Rockstud dupes the first time round, now’s your second chance to snag these pretty pumps.

You might recognize these studded t-strap heels by Sole Society because we have already featured them in the Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels Real vs. Steal post a while back. That’s because they look like a hybrid between the 4 inch Rockstud and the kitten heel version and could work as a look for less alternative for either of the Rockstuds. And at $69.95 they’re quite affordable, too! Score!

Sole Society "Tiia" Studded T-Strap Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels
($69.95, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls & QVCcjcj.

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps

Update (12/05/2016): “Darron” by BCBGeneration is yet another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative which costs $69.95 and comes in various colors and uppers including a gorgeous leopard version. Get this one while it’s still available!

BCBGeneration "Darron" Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

P.S.: Also available at eBay.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumps

Favorites first! My personal fave Valentino Rockstud dupe comes from Kaitlyn Pan and I think you’ll have a hard time finding better and more spot-on Valentino look-alikes than the ones they have to offer. I’ve been following Kaitlyn Pan’s product catalogamazon for several months now and they have hands down *the* best-looking designer dupes I’ve seen in a very long time. Sure, these $113.99 heels are not the cheapest Valentino dupes around, but look at the 165 customer reviews raving about their Valentino look for less heels (make sure to also check out the customer’s own photos) and you’ll know this money will be a smart investment as you’ll get a good high-quality dupe that will last you for a while. And did I mention these Rockstud knockoffs come in 19 colors? I simply want them all!

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumpsamazon
($113.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy for non-US based customers.

Arturo Chiang “Gracen” Pointy Toe Studded Pumps

Another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative are these studded t-strap pumps by Arturo Chiang which come in various colors including black, nude, red, navy and gold. The heel on these is half an inch shorter than the real deal and they’re not quite as spot-on as the Kaitlyn Pan version, but they do happen to be cheaper and are also made of genuine leather, so that’s quite a steal deal if you ask me. A couple of sizes are already out of stock, so you better hurry if you find yourself fancying a pair.

Arturo Chiang "Gracen" Pointy Toe Studded Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Arturo Chiang “Gracen” Pointy Toe Studded Pumps
($59.99, Dillard’s)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumps

Here’s another super spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupe for you! It’s by a brand called Royou Yiuoer which obviously is a pretty bad play on Roger Vivier and is most likely an Asian brand. The quality of these Valentino knockoffs looks pretty decent as does the price of $61.99 for genuine leather pumps, but it’s a relatively new brand to me and the shoes have received only one customer review yet (which gives them 5 stars though), so that’s why I’ll recommend this one with reservation. Order at your own risk! You can choose between 13 beautiful colors and uppers!

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumps in black and red patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumpsamazon
($61.99, Amazon)

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumps

If you’re on a tight budget and need a cheap Valentino fix, these Rockstud look-alike PU heels by Loslandifen might do the trick for you. The quality of these is nothing to get all too excited about, but they look like the real deal, are less than $40 and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumpsamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

Kensie “Fizzia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Deal: Use promo code “SALE” at checkout to get 20% off almost anything at Lord & Taylor! Offer valid through February 20th, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.

OK, last up are these loosely Valentino inspired t-strap suede heels by Kensie. If you like the design concept of the Rockstuds, but don’t want an obvious Valentino dupe, these fall-ready heels might be great alternative.

Kensie "Fizzia" Studded T-Strap Heels in black and taupe suede (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Kensie “Fizzia” Studded T-Strap Heelsls
($39.60, Lord & Taylor)

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

Image source(s): Nordstrom, VivaLuxury, Negin Mirsalehi, Fashion Hippie Loves, Atlantic-Pacific, Style Pantry, Could I Have That?, Amazon, DSW, Dillard’s, Sole Society, Lord & Taylor

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Today we’ll show you what happens when you get inspired by both Acne Studios, Sweden’s hottest fashion powerhouse, and the epitome of Italian luxury fashion, Valentino. The result is a pretty awesome ankle boot; cool like Acne and detail-oriented like Valentino! Marc Fisher LTD did just that. The basic shape of their designer-inspired shoe looks like a spitting image of Acne’s Jensen boot. The minimalistic boot design didn’t seem to be enough for Marc Fisher though and so they went on to add star-shaped stud-details on the back of their Chelsea boot which bear an uncanny resemblance to Valentino’s stud detailing from the “Starstudded” collection. Coincidence? We don’t think so, and to be honest, we don’t really care because their Acne-Valentino shoe hybrid is a beautiful and classic ankle boot that’s both versatile and eye-catching at the same time. But the best thing is, you don’t have to shell out a whopping $1.495 or even $560 to get all of this shoe goodness, no, these beauties come at a fraction of the real deals’ price: $199 now: $139.30. Admittedly, that’s still quite a price, but the quality of these imported boots looks superb aaaaaand, now listen up frugal fashionistas, Lord & Taylor is currently running a promotion where you can save 20% off most items with promo code “GIFT” (offer valid through December 24th at 11:59PM EST). This would lower the price of the Marc Fisher LTD booties down to a little over $111 and they’re definitely worth that, don’t you agree?

Copycat Math - Acne Studios Jensen + Valentino Starstudded = Marc Fisher Yalyn Studded Chelsea Ankle Boots

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P.S.: Marc Fisher LTD “Yalyn” is also available at Zappos & Marc Fisherls.

Image source(s): Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor

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Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch in black

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch
($1.395, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls & Farfetchls.

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Express Studded Border Clutch

Update (09/18/2016): Found another great Valentino Rockstud inspired clutch bag today! It’s available at Express, comes in black and costs $39.90.

Express Studded Border Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Express Studded Border Clutch
($39.90, Express)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap

Update (09/09/2016): Just spotted this lovely Valentino Rockstud dupe clutch at Forever 21 in white which is on final sale for $10. Super steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap in white (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap
($10, Forever 21)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch

Update (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Sarita" Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch in black and turquoise (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
($29.97, Nordstrom Rack)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch

Update (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large "Selma" Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutchls
(108, Neiman Marcus)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch

Update (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20!

Stylistpick "Alessia" Multi Stud Clutch in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutchamazon
(£20, Amazon.co.uk)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch

Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
($11.95, GoJane)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag

Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag in black and taupe (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
(€49.90, Buffalo)

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Update: This post has been updated on July 20, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Oh, Valentino! How much do I adore your bags, shoes and clothes! As you can see from the many, many Real vs. Steal “Rockstud” posts, Valentino’s “Rockstud” collection is still going strong and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Not only have Valentino kitten heels in their collection, kitten boots have followed now, too. And aren’t they just lovely? I could see myself wearing these fabulous booties day in, day out. If only it weren’t for the $1.375 price tag!

Valentino Rockstud Mid-Heel Studded-Harness Booties in black

Valentino Rockstud Mid-Heel Studded-Harness Bootiesls
($1.375, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, MyTheresa, Stylebop, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls & Selfridges.

Vaneli for Jildor “Korey” Suede Booties

Update (07/20/2016): Spotted Valentino Rockstud look-alike booties by Vaneli in a suede version at Jildor. Again, not the most affordable of dupes ($275!), but possibly worth the splurge (or you might try to sit it out and wait for them to go on sale).

Vaneli for Jildor "Korey" Suede Booties in black and grey (Valentino Rockstud look-alikes)

Vaneli for Jildor “Korey” Suede Booties
($275, Jildor)

Wanted “Blondie” Studded Heeled Booties

Update (05/08/2016): OMG! Check out these gorgeous, spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Wanted. Aren’t they just everything? Obsessed!

Wanted "Blondie" Studded Heeled Booties in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wanted “Blondie” Studded Heeled Booties
($229.95 AUD, The Iconic)

P.S.: Also available at Wanted Shoes.

Carolinna Espinosa “Enid” Leather Point Toe Booties

Update (11/28/2015): Spotted these Valentino inspired ankle booties by Carolinna Espinosa today and thought they’d be a great look for less alternative. They’re not exactly budget-friendly at $195, but might be worth the investment if you’re really looking for a high quality Valentino dupe.

Carolinna Espinosa "Enid" Leather Point Toe Booties in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carolinna Espinosa “Enid” Leather Point Toe Bootiesls
($195, Lord & Taylor)

GoJane Find Ur Edgy Studded Booties

Update (02/11/2015): Came across these Valentino-inspired faux suede booties at GoJane today. Love the cheerful colors here!

GoJane Find Ur Edgy Studded Booties in burgundy, black and blue faux suede (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Find Ur Edgy Studded Booties
($9.95, GoJane)

Gumzzi Studded Ankle Boots

Good thing I stumbled upon these cute and almost identical looking studded kitten heel booties by Gumzzi. No need to go broke over a pair of booties, get the Valentino Rockstud designer look for 5% of the real deal’s price instead!

Gumzzi Studded Ankle Boots in black (Valentino Rockstud Harness knockoffs)

Gumzzi Studded Ankle Boots
($74.32, YesStyle)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, Jildor, The Iconic, Lord & Taylor, GoJane, YesStyle

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It’s not often that we feature sneakers here on this blog, but when we do, they better be by none other than Valentino. Because look at these: white minimalistic low-top lace-up sneakers paired with that statement-making gold panel stripe on the front and those iconic Rockstud pyramid studs in the back = instant shoe love! This white sneaker would certainly glam up any outfit, be it sporty or not. Have you seen that price tag however? $695! For a pair of sneakers! Sorry, but that would have to be a firm pass for me, my dearest Valentino (but you know I still love you though, right?).

Valentino Open Paneled Low-Top Sneakers in white and gold

Valentino Open Paneled Low-Top Sneakersls
($695, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Lane Crawfordls, Intermix, S|Sense, Harrodsls & MyTheresa.

Topshop “Chime” Stripe Lace-Up Sneakers

If you like the concept of a gold paneled sneaker, but can’t commit to a designer shoe price tag, check out this metallic striped trainer by Topshop! Not an identical Valentino dupe, yes, but the overall design and look still feel very Valentino to me. Plus, did I mention these faux leather sneakers are $40 only? Steal deal alert!

Topshop "Chime" Stripe Lace-Up Sneakers in white and gold (Valentino Open inspired)

Topshop “Chime” Stripe Lace-Up Sneakersls
($40, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Topshop.

Aldo “Boehmer” Stripe Slip-On Sneakers

Another great Valentino Open alternative would be this glittery gold-striped slip-on sneaker by Aldo. Again, this one’s not a perfect dupe match, but it will give you the same designer sneaker look. “Boehmer” comes in either black or white leather and is currently on sale for $89.98 (down from $120).

Aldo "Boehmer" Stripe Slip-On Sneakers in white and gold (Valentino Open inspired)

Aldo “Boehmer” Stripe Slip-On Sneakersls
($89.98, Aldo)

Image source(s): Lane Crawford, Nordstrom, Aldo

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