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Real vs. Steal – Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

by Juliana on September 18, 2016

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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Update: This post has been updated on May 7, 2016. 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)

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes

Update (05/07/2016): Discovered these lovely Valentino inspired crochet espadrilles at River Island and they’re super budget-friendly as well ($36).

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes in red and black (Valentino inspired)

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes
($36, River Island)

Merona “Wendy” Crochet Espadrille Flats

Update (03/05/2016): Spotted another great and budget-friendly Valentino look for less alternative today. These crochet espadrilles by Merona come in 3 fab colors and are currently on clearance for super affordable $12.48.

Merona "Wendy" Crochet Espadrille Flats in coral, black and yellow (Valentino dupes)

Merona “Wendy” Crochet Espadrille Flats
($12.48, Target)

Aldo “Molinis” Crochet Espadrilles

Update (03/05/2016): Also found a second Valentino alternative by Aldo. How cute are these crochet espadrille flats?

Aldo "Molinis" Crochet Espadrilles in black, coral and white (Valentino dupes)

Aldo “Molinis” Crochet Espadrillesls
($24, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & Zalora.

Halogen “Serene” Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrilles

Update (05/26/2015): So in love with these beautiful Valentino inspired crochet slip-on espadrilles by Halogen! Perfect summer shoes!

Halogen "Serene" Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrilles in black, ivory and coral (Valentino knockoffs)

Halogen “Serene” Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrillesls
($79.95, Nordstrom)

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 Flatsamazon
($15.40, Amazon)

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)ls & 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 Espadrillesls
($105, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack & Revolve.

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)

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 Espadrilles
($150, Tory Burch)

Also available at Nordstromls & Shopbopls.

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

Lastly, here’s another Valentino dupe 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, River Island, Neiman Marcus, Dollhouse, Shopbop, Nordstrom, Target, Aldo, Jessica Buurman

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Update: This post has been updated on March 4, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

It’s finally summer and my feet are screaming for a summer vacation! These floral lace espadrilles by Valentino would be the perfect summer shoes because they’re flat (= comfortable) and the lace fabric makes them not only super stylish but also super airy which means no sweaty feet on hot summer days. Too bad they’re probably the most expensive pair of espadrilles I’ve ever seen (well, besides those from Chanel, of course).

Valentino Flat Lace Espadrilles in black

Valentino Flat Lace Espadrillesls
($595, Bergdorf Goodman)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Saks Fifth Avenuels & Net-A-Porterls.

Diane von Furstenberg “Cairo” Lace Espadrilles

Update (03/04/2016): Found another great Valentino alternative! These lace espadrilles by Diane von Furstenberg aren’t exactly a steal at $228, but they are 60% cheaper than the Valentino version, so it might be worth the splurge.

Diane von Furstenberg "Cairo" Lace Espadrilles in black (Valentino dupes)

Diane von Furstenberg “Cairo” Lace Espadrillesls
($228, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Revolve & Diane von Furstenberg.

Windsor Smith “Balmoral” Lace Espadrilles

Update (03/04/2016): Also came across these lace espadrilles by Windsor Smith which are a great Valentino look for less for roughly 25% of the real deal’s price.

Windsor Smith "Balmoral" Lace Espadrilles in black (Valentino dupes)

Windsor Smith “Balmoral” Lace Espadrillesls
($150, Lane Crawford)

Breckelle’s Lace Slip-On Espadrilles

Update (01/24/2015): Spotted another Valentino dupe today! By Breckelle’s and currently on sale for under $10! Total steal deal alert here!

Breckelle's Lace Slip-On Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Breckelle’s Lace Slip-On Espadrilles
($9.29, Zulily)

GC Shoes Bloomy Flat Lace Espadrilles

Update (01/24/2015): Just came across these super lovely Valentino inspired lace espadrilles by GC Shoes. Love all the fab colors and the budget price of $14.79!

GC Shoes Bloomy Flat Lace Espadrilles (Valentino knockoffs)

GC Shoes Bloomy Flat Lace Espadrilles
($14.79, DSW)

Soludos “Smoking Slipper” Lace Espadrilles

Update (01/24/2015): And how beautiful are these lace espadrilles by Soludos? Totally enamored with those. They’re not exactly a dupe, but definitely very Valentino-ish.

Soludos "Smoking Slipper" Lace Espadrilles in black and white (Valentino knockoffs)

Soludos “Smoking Slipper” Lace Espadrillesamazon
($52.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Shopbopls & Zappos.

Choies Lace Espadrilles

Update (07/25/2014): We found another great Valentino lace espadrille alternative for you! Check out these fab flats from Choies. Only $38.99!

Choies Lace Espadrilles in ivory and black (Valentino knockoffs)

Choies Lace Espadrilles
($38.99, Choies)

Stuart Weitzman “Meshuga” Lace Espadrille Sandals

Update (03/07/2014): While these lace espadrilles by Stuart Weitzman are certainly far away from being a steal at $124.99, they are still much cheaper than the Valentinos and quite pretty, too, don’t you agree? Available in black, gold and ivory lace.

Stuart Weitzman "Meshuga" Lace Espadrille Sandals in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Stuart Weitzman “Meshuga” Lace Espadrille Sandalscj
($124.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & Stuart Weitzman.

Jennifer Lopez Lace Espadrille Flats

Update (12/27/2013): Et voilà, I just happened to find another lovely Valentino Lace Espadrille dupe! Check out these fab lace flats by Jennifer Lopez. Currently on sale for $23.99 and also available in white and pink lace.

Jennifer Lopez Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jennifer Lopez Lace Espadrille Flatsls
($23.99, Kohl’s)

XOXO “Kara” Lace Espadrille Flats

Et voilà, here you go with a super similar and super affordable Valentino look-a-like by XOXO. The lace fabric isn’t quite as delicate, but at $15.95 (sale price!) you can’t expect the quality of real chantilly lace. Also available in navy.

XOXO "Kara" Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

XOXO “Kara” Lace Espadrille Flatsamazon
($215.95, Amazon)

Soludos Lace Flower Espadrilles

Another great alternative would be these espadrilles by Soludos. They’re a little more expensive than the XOXO version, but the lace on these also looks significantly better in return. Also available in off-white.

Soludos Lace Flower Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Soludos Lace Flower Espadrillesls
($50, Shopbop)

VS Collection “Lacie” Espadrille Flats

If you like the look of the jute-capped toe and want good looking lace fabric, these VS Collection espadrille flats sell for $29.99 (sale price!) and – as you can see on the picture below – come in a bunch of beautiful colors. I really, really love these!

VS Collection "Lacie" Espadrille Flats (Valentino knockoffs)

VS Collection “Lacie” Espadrille Flats
($19.99, Victoria’s Secret)

Bettye Muller Flat Lace Slip-On Espadrilles

However, if you want a good quality pair of lace espadrilles and are willing to drop some serious cash without going the full distance, these Valentino-inspired flats by Bettye Muller would be a great budget-conscious alternative! Plus, you can get them for $67. Also available in nude lace.

Bettye Muller Flat Lace Slip-On Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Bettye Muller Flat Lace Slip-On Espadrillesls
($67, Neiman Marcus)

Jessica Buurman “PAULA” Lace Patent Leather Ballerina Espadrille Flats

I also found these pretty lace espadrilles at Jessica Buurman which are probably the most identical to the Valentino originals but are also the most expensive ones at $89. Also available in white lace. Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman.

Jessica Buurman "PAULA" Lace Patent Leather Ballerina Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “PAULA” Lace Patent Leather Ballerina Espadrille Flats
($89, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, DSW, The Iconic, Choies, Zappos, Kohl’s, Macy’s, CUSP, Victoria’s Secret, Jessica Buurman

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