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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, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls & MyTheresa.

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LeAnn Rimes and Jennifer Lopez wearing Valentino Rockstud Gladiator Sandals

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Mossimo Black “Gertie” Studded Gladiator Sandals

Update (03/03/2017): Alright, I just happened to stumble upon these amazingly spot-on and super budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud gladiator dupes by Mossimo Black which are $27.99 and come in either black, white or nude. Super steal deal alert!

Mossimo Black "Gertie" Studded Gladiator Sandals in black and white (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Mossimo Black “Gertie” Gladiator Sandals
($27.99, Target)

Kaitlyn Pan Rockstud T-Strap Flat Sandals

Update (07/20/2016): OK, so Kaitlyn Pan is obviously hands down the best brand to turn to when looking for awesome yet affordable Valentino dupes. Just look at these gorgeous studded gladiator sandals. So spot-on, right? Price: $84.99 (check out the customer reviews on their other shoes to get a feeling for the brand’s product quality).

Kaitlyn Pan Rockstud T-Strap Flat Sandals in nude and black (Valentino dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Rockstud T-Strap Flat Sandalsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy (alternative buying platform for non-US based buyers).

Ash “Mumbai” Studded T-Strap Flat Gladiator Sandals

Update (05/30/2016): Spotted these not exactly steal-worthy yet still gorgeous Valentino look-alikes by Ash today. What do you think? Worth the $123.95 (sale price!) splurge or not?

Ash "Mumbai" Studded T-Strap Flat Gladiator Sandals in tan and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Ash “Mumbai” Studded T-Strap Flat Gladiator Sandals
($123.95, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve, Amazonamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Betseyville Pyramid Stud Gladiator Sandals

Update (02/19/2016): Check out these lovely genuine leather Rockstud dupes by Betseyville! Don’t they look amazing? And at $32.99 they’re quite budget-friendly, too. Love! Available in nude, black and tan (new!).

Betseyville Pyramid Stud Gladiator Sandals in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Betseyville Pyramid Stud Gladiator Sandals
($32.99, Target)

Missguided Studded Flat Gladiator Sandals

Update (02/19/2016): There’s also a bunch of super cute Rockstud gladiator flat alternatives at Missguided which retail for $40 and come in either taupe, black or nude.

Missguided Studded Flat Gladiator Sandals (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Missguided Studded Flat Gladiator Sandals
($40, Missguided)

P.S.: Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (International).

Verali “Premonition” Studded Gladiator Sandals

Update (02/19/2016): Also stumbled upon these Valentino inspired gladiator flats by Verali which are currently on sale for under $40.

Verali "Premonition" Studded Gladiator Sandals in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Verali “Premonition” Studded Gladiator Sandals
($34.98, StyleTread)

GoJane Studded Stroll Faux Leather Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): Discovered these spot-on and super budget-friendly Valentino Rockstudes at GoJane today.

GoJane Studded Stroll Faux Leather Sandals in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

GoJane Studded Stroll Faux Leather Sandals
($18.90, GoJane)

Billini “Valor” T-Strap Studded Gladiator Sandals

Update (10/13/2015): And here’s yet another spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupe by Billini. Available in black or nude faux leather.

Billini "Valor" T-Strap Studded Gladiator Sandals in black and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Billini “Valor” T-Strap Studded Gladiator Sandals
($41.98 AUD, The Iconic)

Choies Studded Gladiator Sandals

Update (07/23/2015): Spotted these lovely Valentino dupes at Choies today. They have a small heel, but everything else is pretty much spot-on.

Choies Studded Gladiator Sandals in black and red (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Choies Studded Gladiator Sandals
($46.99, Choies)

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
($15.99, Amazon)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-strap Flat Sandals

Update (03/12/2014): Accidentally discovered these pretty studded genuine leather thong sandals by Royou Yiuoer which sell for $55.99 and also come in lovely colors such as orange, nude and black. Totally love these!

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-strap Flat Sandals in nude and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-strap Flat Sandalsamazon
($55.99, 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 Sandals
($19.90, Nordstrom Rack)

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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Update: This post has been updated on March 3, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Wasn’t there a moment in every little girl’s life where she has dreamed of being a ballerina? And with ballet flats as lovely looking as these by Chloé, isn’t there still a place in every woman’s heart for that little girl’s dream? Too bad the reality of that $485 price tag keeps most of us away from making that dream come true.

Chloé Criss-Cross Ankle Strap Ballet Flats in blush pink and black

Chloé Criss-Cross Ankle Strap Ballet Flatsls
($485, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Jenna Dewan Loves Chloé

Actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum has been spotted wearing Chloé Criss-Cross Ankle Strap Ballet Flats.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum wearing nude Chloé Criss-Cross Ankle Strap Ballet Flats

Stradivarius Elasticated Ballerinas

Update (03/03/2016): Discovered another Chloé ballet flat alternative at Stradivarius today. These two-tone criss-cross ballerinas are budget-friendly (£19.99/€19.95) and look a lot like the real deal!

Stradivarius Elasticated Ballerinas in nude and black (Chloé inspired)

Stradivarius Elasticated Ballerinas
(£19.99, Stradivarius)

P.S.: Also available at Stradivarius (EU).

Stradivarius Lace-Up Ballet Flats

Update (03/26/2016): Just spotted these insanely beautiful rose pink lace-up satin ballet flats at Stradivarius and they instantly reminded me of the blush Chloé ballerinas above. I’m soooo in love with these!

Stradivarius Lace-Up Ballet Flats in rose pink satin (Chloé inspired)

Stradivarius Lace-Up Ballet Flats
(£25.99, Stradivarius)

P.S.: Also available at Stradivarius (EU).

Esprit “Bennie” Ballet Flats

Update (05/03/2015): Discovered this beautiful, nude colored Chloé ballet flat alternative by Esprit today. And the best thing? It’s currently on sale for less than $30! Steal find alert!

Esprit "Bennie" Ballet Flats in nude (Chloé knockoffs)

Esprit “Bennie” Ballet Flatsamazon
($27.99, Amazon)

Charles Albert “Cobra” Criss-Cross Ballerina Flats

Update (05/03/2015): Another cute ballet flat pair I’ve found are these faux leather ballerina flats by Charles Albert. Available for $22.99 in either black, cobalt blue or pink.

Charles Albert "Cobra" Criss-Cross Ballerina Flats in black (Chloé knockoffs)

Charles Albert “Cobra” Criss-Cross Ballerina Flats
($22.99, 6pm)

Jessica Simpson “Mandayss” Ballet Flats

Update (10/03/2014): Found another Chloé inspired (faux leather) ballet flat by Jessica Simpson today.

Jessica Simpson "Mandayss" Ballet Flats in black faux leather (Chloé knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Mandayss” Ballet Flatsamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Century 21, 6pmcj & Nordstrom Rack.

a.n.a “Mercy” Ballet Flats

Update (08/13/2014): These budget-friendly ballet flats by a.n.a are yet another great alternative to the pricey designer original above. A version with studded strap embellishments is available here.

a.n.a "Mercy" Ballet Flats in black (Chloé knockoffs)

a.n.a “Mercy” Ballet Flats
($55, JCPenney)

Corso Como “Femme” Ankle Wrap Ballet Flats

Update (04/30/2014): Yay, stumbled upon yet another Chloé ballet flat dupe today! Aren’t these Corso Como ballerinas absolutely lovely? Available in black, magenta and rose gold leather.

Corso Como "Femme" Ankle Wrap Ballet Flats in black (Chloé knockoffs)

Corso Como “Femme” Ankle Wrap Ballet Flatsamazon
($71.48, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm & Bloomingdale’s.

Jessica Simpson “Mandalaye” Square-Toe Ballet Flats

But well, well, what do we have here? The happy ending to our ballerina fairy tale maybe? These ballet flats by Jessica Simpson are a spot-on Chloé dupe yet they cost only $69. Available in blush nude, black and toffee leather.

Jessica Simpson "Mandalaye" Square-Toe Ballet Flats in nude and black (Chloé knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Mandalaye” Square-Toe Ballet Flatscj
($69, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls, ShoeMallls, Shoebuyls, Boscov’s, Dillard’sls, Macy’s, Amazon & Belk.

Steven by Steve Madden “KALOROSO” Criss-Cross Ballet Flats

I also came across these criss cross ballet flats from Steven by Steve Madden which are currently on clearance at Steve Madden. If you seize the moment, there’s a promo going on right now where you get an extra 50% off all clearance items which means these fabulous leather flats could be yours for a mere $60! Now that’s what I call a steal! Available in black and navy leather.

Steven by Steve Madden "KALOROSO" Criss-Cross Ballet Flats in black (Chloé knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “KALOROSO” Criss-Cross Ballet Flatsls
($59.99, Steve Madden)

Kenneth Cole Reaction “Pro-Time” Ankle-Strap Ballet Flats

These Kenneth Cole Reaction flats are another option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly Chloé alternative under $50. Available in black, dark grey and pewter metallic.

Kenneth Cole Reaction "Pro-Time" Ankle-Strap Ballet Flats in black (Chloé knockoffs)

Kenneth Cole Reaction “Pro-Time” Ankle-Strap Ballet Flatsamazon
($41.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj, Macy’s, Dillard’sls, 6pm, Kenneth Cole & Onlineshoes.com.

Kimchi Blue Elastic Cross-Strap Flats

One of our fabulous readers, scriibbles, pointed us to yet another Chloé inspired option! Check out these very wallet-friendly criss-cross ballet flats by Kimchi Blue for $29!

Kimchi Blue Elastic Cross-Strap Flats in black and nude (Chloé knockoffs)

Kimchi Blue Elastic Cross-Strap Flats
($29, Urban Outfitters)

Bamboo Standouts-17A Criss Cross Ballet Flats

And here’s the last of the bunch! These Bamboo ballet flats are not what I’d call a dupe, but the design is very similar and the price very affordable. Available in various other colors including nude, pink, white and turquoise.

Bamboo Standouts-17A Criss Cross Ballet Flats in black (Chloé knockoffs)

Bamboo Standouts-17A Criss Cross Ballet Flats
($28, GoJane)

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Update: This post has been updated on March 2, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I have a feeling this summer will be the summer of the espadrille. First we had Valentino’s lace espadrilles and Chanel’s iconic cap-toe espadrille flats and Céline have created their own version in form of this pony hair espadrille slipper which also comes in gorgeous leopard print and royal blue (my fave!). I couldn’t find a retail price for these, but I’m sure they’re totally out of my budget.

Céline Pony Hair Espadrille Slippers in black

Céline Pony Hair Espadrille Slippers
(Price Unknown, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Céline

Celebs such as Ashley Olsen and Jennifer Garner and style blogger Bryan Boy have all been spotted wearing Céline Pony Hair Espadrille Slippers.

Ashley Olsen, Bryan Boy and Jennifer Garner wearing black Céline Pony Hair Espadrille Slippers

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Delman “Percy” Calf Hair Espadrille Flats

Update (03/02/2017): Spotted another Céline flat look-alike today! These calf hair espadrilles by Delman are currently on sale for just $39.99 (down from $248). Steal deal alert!

Delman "Percy" Calf Hair Espadrille Flats in black (Céline dupes)

Delman “Percy” Calf Hair Espadrille Flatsamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetrocj, Bluefly & Nordstrom Rack.

Office “Leah” Slipper Cut Espadrilles

Update (05/19/2015): Found these spot-on Céline espadrille dupes at Office today. Also available in animal print.

Office "Leah" Slipper Cut Espadrilles in black (Céline knockoffs)

Office “Leah” Slipper Cut Espadrilles
(£23, Office)

Forever 21 Topstitched Ponyhair Espadrilles

Update (10/24/2014): Discovered yet another Céline ponyhair espadrille dupe at Forever 21 today. Only $23.99!

Forever 21 Topstitched Ponyhair Espadrilles in black (Céline knockoffs)

Forever 21 Topstitched Ponyhair Espadrilles
($23.99, Forever 21)

Aldo “Fesien” Slip-On Espadrilles

Update (08/19/2014): There’s also a fabulous Céline slip-on espadrille alternative available in either black, leopard print or gold for $90 at Aldo.

Aldo "Fesien" Slip-On Espadrilles in black (Céline knockoffs)

Aldo “Fesien” Slip-On Espadrillesls
($90, Aldo)

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

Tony Bianco “Chika” Pony Hair Slip-On Espadrille Flatforms

Update (08/05/2014): Here’s one more Céline designer espadrille alternative to add to the list. Found at Tony Bianco.

Tony Bianco "Chika" Pony Hair Slip-On Espadrille Flatforms in black (Céline knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Chika” Pony Hair Slip-On Espadrille Flatforms
($20 AUD, Tony Bianco)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic & StyleTread.

Steven by Steve Madden “LANII” Calf Hair Espadrilles

But imagine my happiness when I first spied this calf hair espadrille from Steven by Steve Madden. A pretty perfect Céline dupe if I may say so. And at $59.69/pair (sale price!), I might even be tempted to buy them in two colors. Available in black, blue, pink, grey, leopard and zebra.

Steven by Steve Madden "LANII" Calf Hair Espadrilles in black (Céline knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “LANII” Calf Hair Espadrillesamazon
($59.69, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Jildor, Shopbopcj & LuLu*s.

Manebi “Dakota” Calf Hair Espadrilles

Another great and stylish alternative, although slightly more expensive at $130, are these espadrille flats by Manebi which are also an almost identical Céline dupe. Available in black, leopard and blue calf hair. Love these!

Manebi "Dakota" Calf Hair Espadrilles in black (Céline knockoffs)

Manebi “Dakota” Calf Hair Espadrillesls
($130, Net-A-Porter)

Selected Femme “Agnes” Leather Espandrillos

We also discovered a great Céline dupe for all of you European Céline lovers. These espadrilles by Selected Femme are virtually identical to the Céline designer version but cost a mere €34.95 (sale price!).

Selected Femme "Agnes" Leather Espandrillos in black fur (Céline knockoffs)

Selected Femme “Agnes” Leather Espandrillos
(€34.95, Zalando)

P.S.: Also available at Bestseller.

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Spring is officially around the corner and I can’t wait to ditch all of my winter clothes and finally pull out airy dresses and open-toed sandals from their winter hiatus. But since Spring isn’t in full bloom yet, we can’t probably do without a warm coat or jacket, but we can definitely welcome the new season by lightening up our wardrobe with pastel colors for example which is what I tried to do in this week’s budget look edition. Let me know if you like it!

Budget Look - Welcoming Spring in Pastel Pink

Go Shopping:

Image source(s): H&M, Mango, Nordstrom, Amazon, Aldo, Rad., Bloomingdale’s, BagInc

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Update: This post has been updated on February 23, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I must say: Hats off to Chanel for being able to reinvent the classic ol’ granny shoe and reliven the outdated shoe while casually turning a blast from the past into a massive and worldwide shoe hype that is now gracing the feet of fashion lovers, editors and pretty much every fashion influencer under the sun. I really can’t remember how often I’ve seen Chanel’s infamous two-tone cap-toe slingbacks (or their look-alikes, respectively) lately. They are everywhere; in magazines, on blogs, social media, the streets and on the red carpet. There’s no escaping the Chanel granny shoe and I really don’t mind. While sceptical at first, I definitely have warmed up to the trend now and am loving the enormous influx of grandma inspired cap-toe shoes we’re currently seeing popping up everywhere. And while I do love the laissez-faire style of the highly popular slingback version, for Fall, I do prefer a shoe with a closed back, so these block heel pumps below would be a perfect addition to my Fall wardrobe. But whom are we kidding? This is Chanel we’re talking about and even though I don’t know what the retail price is on these beauties here, I’m quite certain my shopping budget isn’t nowhere near as opulent as it would have to be in order for me to be able to afford the real deal.

Chanel Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps in beige and black

Chanel Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps
(Price Unknown, Vestiaire Collective)

Aldo “Bellone” Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps

Update (02/23/2017): Found another great Chanel cap-toe block heel pump alternative at Aldo today. Available in bone or denim for $80.

Aldo "Bellone" Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps in nude and black (Chanel inspired)

Aldo “Bellone” Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumpsls
($80, Aldo)

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

Kaitlyn Pan Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps

Update (09/15/2016): Spotted these awesome and spot-on Chanel dupes by Kaitlyn Pan made of genuine lambskin leather which retail for $84.99.

Kaitlyn Pan Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps in beige and black (Chanel dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps
($84.99, Etsy)

J.Crew “Lena” Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps

Update (09/15/2016): Also stumbled upon these lovely Chanel inspired block-heel pumps by J.Crew which are currently on sale for $189.99 (retail price was $258).

J.Crew "Lena" Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps in nude and black patent (Chanel inspired)

J.Crew “Lena” Cap-Toe Block Heel Pumps
($189.99, J.Crew)

Ivanka Trump “Lindi” Two-Tone Block Heel Pumps

Deal: Use promo code “SIGNATURE” to get 20% off regular and sale items at Lord & Taylor! Offer valid through March 20th at 11:59PM EST.

After having so much success with their Chanel slingback dupe “Liah”, I guess Ivanka Trump decided they weren’t quite done with riding that Chanel granny shoe trend train yet and so they came out with “Lindi”, a very Chanel-esque cap-toe pump which is basically the identical sister of “Liah” but in a non-slingback version. “Lindi” comes in either beige/black leather or suede and is also available in other colors such as burgundy, black and navy (suede). Like “Liah”, “Lindi” retails for $124.95 (now on sale for $93.75); which seems like a reasonable price for such a spot-on Chanel dupe made of genuine leather. Don’t wait too long with your purchase though as I’m pretty sure these will be similarly popular as Trump’s “Liah” slingbacks, so make your order before your size goes out of stock and while you’re at it, make sure to check out “Jocelynamazon” as well, it’s the ballerina flat version of “Liah” and “Lindi”.

Ivanka Trump "Lindi" Two-Tone Block Heel Pumps in beige and black suede (Chanel dupes)

Ivanka Trump “Lindi” Two-Tone Block Heel Pumpsls
($93.75, Lord & Taylor)

P.S.: Also available at Macy’s, Amazonamazon & Nordstromls.

Image source(s): @shesalyssarenee Instagram, Aldo, J.Crew, Etsy, Nordstrom

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