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Update: This post has been updated on May 4, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Dear “Pigalle“, I know you won’t like this, but there’s a new queen in town, her name is “So Kate” aka shoe perfection and she is probably Louboutin‘s hottest and most coveted style at the moment. One look at her and you will instantly understand why. The shiny black leather, the thinning stiletto heel, the perfectly shaped arch – everything about this shoe is just perfect! Plus, while the price of $675 sure isn’t exactly a bargain, compared to what other Louboutin styles are usually retailing for, these here are on the rather budget-friendlier side of the designer shoe price range. Which is also probably the reason why “So Kate” is constantly on the verge of selling out at nearly every e-tailer. Anyway, this beauty of a high heel has definitely taken the #1 spot on my current shoe wish list and until I have saved up the neccessary $675 to bring them home, I’ll settle for a less expensive Louboutin look-a-like in the meantime.

Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in black patent

Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsls
($675, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Matches Fashionls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Miranda Kerr, Emmy Rossum, Blake Lively, Jessica Biel, Sophia Bush and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps.

Miranda Kerr, Emmy Rossum, Blake Lively, Jessica Biel, Sophia Bush and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

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Elegant Collection GE48 Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (05/04/2017): Happened to come across these fab and super affordable Louboutin look-alikes by Elegant Collection which come in either black, nude or red faux patent leather and are currently on sale for a little over $20. Steal deal alert!

Elegant Collection GE48 Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps in red, black and nude faux patent leather (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Elegant Collection GE48 Pointy Toe Stiletto Pumps
($21.99, CiCi Hot)

Also available at eBayeBay.

Mix No. 6 “Dignity” Stiletto Pumps

Update (04/19/2017): Stumbled upon this cute and budget-friendly Louboutin alternative by Mix No. 6 which come in either nude or black patent and cost $39.95.

Mix No. 6 "Dignity" Stiletto Pumps in nude and black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate inspired)

Mix No. 6 “Dignity” Stiletto Pumps
($39.95, DSW)

Steve Madden “Daisie” Stiletto Pumps

Update (04/19/2017): I also discovered these stiletto pumps by Steve Madden which actually more resemble Louboutin’s “Pigalle Folliesls” heels, but since both Louboutin styles are very similar in terms of design, the Maddens suit as an alternative here as well. Available in various colors and uppers.

Steve Madden "Daisie" Stiletto Pumps in nude and black (Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies dupes)

Steve Madden “Daisie” Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($89.95, Amazon)

Also available at Steve Maddenls.

Guoar Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (01/08/2017): Came across these Louboutin look-alikes by Guoar. These seem to be of the “Made in China”-kind of designer dupes, so you better don’t expect top noth quality here, but for $48 these might be a good So Kate alternative (customer reviews average a 4 star rating with plenty of self-submitted buyer’s photos, so you can make an informed buyer’s decision). What I really, really liked about these Loubie dupes though is the variety of colors these come in: 31 (either in faux patent, leather or suede). Love!

Guoar Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in red faux suede and black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Guoar Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($48, Amazon)

Nicole Miller Artelier “Maison” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (12/01/2016): Just spotted this amazing Louboutin So Kate dupe by Nicole Miller Artelier! It looks so much like the real deal (minus the red sole, obviously)! These stiletto pumps are currently on sale for $108.50, but you can get 20% off your purchase at Shoes.com by using promo code “SHOESDOTCOM” at checkout which will cut the price down to a little over $86 (offer expires May 7, 2017 at 4:59 AM PST). Yay! Also available in other colors and prints.

Nicole Miller Artelier "Maison" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Nicole Miller Artelier “Maison” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsls
($108.50, Shoes.com)

Also available at Amazonamazon, ShoeMetro, Bluefly, DSW, Nordstrom Rack, Overstock & Belk.

Steve Madden “Pardee” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (07/13/2016): Discovered another possible Louboutin So Kate alternative by Steve Madden. “Pardee” comes in black, red or nude leather and costs $99.95.

Steve Madden "Pardee" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in red and black (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Pardee” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsls
($99.95, Steve Madden)

Also available at Amazonamazon.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed-Toe Stiletto High Heel Pumps

Update (07/13/2016): There’s also a fabulous So Kate dupe available by Kaitlyn Pan for $99 and which also comes in nude patent. The design is spot-on, it’s made of genuine leather and if you read the customer reviews for the brand’s other designer inspired shoes, you’ll know you’ve found yourself a good designer dupe with these Louboutin-like beauties. The only drawback (if you consider it to be one) is that the sole is pink instead of Louboutin’s signature red. But everything else looks exactly like Louboutin’s So Kate.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed-Toe Stiletto High Heel Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed-Toe Stiletto High Heel Pumpsamazon
($99, Amazon)

Cosmoparis “Aelia” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (03/27/2016): Just stumbled upon these gorgeous stiletto pumps by Cosmoparis and immediately fell in love! Don’t they look just like Louboutin’s So Kate?

Cosmoparis "Aelia" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Cosmoparis “Aelia” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps
(€159.95, Zalando)

Also available at Mon Showroom & Sarenza.

Schutz “Caiolea” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (03/27/2016): Also discovered these Louboutin alternatives by Schutz which are just as fabulous. Available for $170 in various colors and uppers. Love these!

Schutz "Caiolea" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in red and black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Schutz “Caiolea” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($170, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve & Shopbopls.

Maiden Lane “Huxley” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (09/23/2015): Spotted another great Louboutin So Kate look for less alternative with a slightly sturdier heel than the original. Check out these hot sky-high stiletto pumps by Maiden Lane. They’re available in various colors (black, nude, wine red) and uppers (leather, suede, patent) for $59. Get these hotties before they sell out!

Maiden Lane "Huxley" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in black and black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Maiden Lane “Huxley” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps
($59, Gilt)

Akira Black Label “Circus” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (09/23/2015): Also happened to stumble upon these fab Louboutin look for less options by Akira Black Label. Available in nude, red and white patent faux patent leather and currently on sale for $49!

Akira Black Label "Circus" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in nude, red and white patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Akira Black Label “Circus” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpsls
($49, ShopAkira)

Madden Girl “Ohnice” Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumps

Update (07/23/2015): Spotted these fabulous and budget-friendly Louboutin So Kate inspired by Madden Girl today. They’re available in either black, nude or red faux patent leather and are currently on sale for just $34.99. Now that’s a steal deal, right?

Madden Girl "Ohnice" Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumps in black and nude patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Madden Girl “Ohnice” Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($34.99, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon #2amazon, 6pm & ShoeMallls.

Aldo “Stessy” Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/12/2015): OMG! Look at these fabulous So Kate look-alikes by Aldo! Aren’t they just aaaaaw-mazing? And they come in so many gorgeous colors. LOVE!

Aldo "Stessy" Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumps in nude, black, fuchsia and yellow (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Aldo “Stessy” Patent Pointed Stiletto Pumpsls
($90, Aldo)

Also available at Dillard’s, Zappos, Amazonamazon, 6pm, ASOS, Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls, Selfridges, The Iconic, Zalando, About You, Edited, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

LFL “Elektrik” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/12/2015): Also spotted these Louboutin So Kate inspired stiletto pumps by LFL. They come in various colors and uppers and retail for a budget-friendly $46.99.

LFL "Elektrik" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

LFL “Elektrik” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Pumpscj
($46.99, ShoeMetro)

Steve Madden “PROTO” Pointy-Toe Pumps

Et voilà, check out “PROTO” by Steve Madden! Yes, I know it’s not a total spot-on dupe and that it’s not as delicate and immaculately curved as the real deal Louboutins, but “PROTO” is probably still the best shot you’ve got at “So Kate” on a budget. At least for now. $52.47 (sale price!) and you’re wearing Louboutin for less, girl! Available in various lovely colors and uppers: black, blush, pink, white, red, yellow and natural snake. Now get your Loubie dupe before it’s too late!

Steve Madden "PROTO" Pointy-Toe Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin So Kate knockoffs)

Steve Madden “PROTO” Pointy-Toe Pumpsamazon
($52.47, Amazon)

Also available at ZooShoopjx, Steve Maddenls & Zalando.

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Update: This post has been updated on May 4, 2017. 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 $975 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
($975, Nordstrom)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Selfridges, Harrodsls & MyTheresa.

Celebrities Love Valentino

LeAnn Rimes and Jennifer Lopez wearing Valentino Rockstud Gladiator Sandals

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Oasap Studded T-Strap Gladiator Thong Sandals

Update (05/04/2017): Discovered another spot-on Valentino Rockstud Gladiator dupe today! You can buy it in various colors for $33.99 at Oasap. The red version is my personal favorite!

Oasap Studded T-Strap Gladiator Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Gladiator Thong Sandals
($33.99, Oasap)

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)

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 Sandalsls
($123.95, Shopbop)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Zappos & 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)

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 Sandalsls
($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)

Also available at Billini.

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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One of the main fashion trends I noticed this year: femininity is key! Be it color-wise in the form of blush tones and airy pastels, fabric-wise in the form of luxe silks and cozy velvets or detail-wise in the form of bows, pearls and embroideries being attached to everything lately. French fashion house Chloé has always been on the feminine side of womens luxury fashion and scalloped details have been a signature design element of theirs for years. That’s why their “Lauren” d’Orsay Pump couldn’t be possibly more en vogue this season! With its soft scalloped edges and the light beige suede, it’s the perfect shoe choice to show off your feminine side. That is, if you can afford them because the price for these darlings is steep!

Chloé Lauren Scalloped Ankle Strap d'Orsay Suede Pumps in beige

Chloé Lauren Scalloped Ankle Strap d’Orsay Pumpsls
($695, Nordstrom)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, S|Sense, Neiman Marcusicon, Net-A-Portericon, Bergdorf Goodmanicon, Barneysicon, Selfridges & MyTheresa.

Marc Fisher “Sahar” Scalloped Ankle Strap d’Orsay Pumps

Enter Marc Fisher. With their “Sahar” Ankle Strap d’Orsay Pumps, there’s no need to spend a fortune to get Chloé’s signature look for less. The block heel on these is one inch higher compared to the Chloé Lauren Pumps and the ankle strap isn’t scalloped, but otherwise it’s a pretty spot-on designer dupe for less than $90. Plus, these are made of genuine leather and I just love the other pastel colors they come in! Definitely my favorite Lauren dupe so far!

Marc Fisher "Sahar" Scalloped Ankle Strap d'Orsay Suede Pumps (Chloé Lauren dupes)

Marc Fisher “Sahar” Scalloped Ankle Strap d’Orsay Pumpsamazon
($89, Amazon)

Also available at Marc Fishericon, Shoes.comicon, Bon-Tonls, Macy’s & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Sam Edelman “Lara” Scallop Ankle Strap Pumps

If you can’t or don’t want to spend all day running around in 4 inch heels, check out these Chloé inspired block heel pumps by Sam Edelman. The heel on these is only 2 inches which is one inch less than on the real deal and two inches less than on the Marc Fisher version, so they’re probably super comfortable to wear all day. Available in various colors and uppers for $119.95.

Sam Edelman "Lara" Scallop Ankle Strap Suede Pumps (Chloé Lauren inspired)

Sam Edelman “Lara” Scallop Ankle Strap Pumpsls
($119.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Zappos, Sam Edelman & Shopbopls.

Dorothy Perkins “Dorothy” Scalloped Ankle Strap Pumps

Another super cute look for less option are these scalloped pumps by Dorothy Perkins. Same Chloé look, but at a much lower price point: €34.95 which is about 95% cheaper than the real deal. Add to cart, please!

Dorothy Perkins "Dorothy" Scalloped Ankle Strap Pumps in nude and black (Chloé Lauren dupes)

Dorothy Perkins “Dorothy” Scalloped Ankle Strap Pumps
(€34.95, Zalando)

Also available at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.deamazon, Amazon.framazon, House of Fraser & Dorothy Perkins.

Another Pair of Shoes Petrae1 Scallop Ankle Strap Pumps

Last but not least are these lovely Chloé inspired ankle strap faux suede heels by Another Pair of Shoes. They’re cute, they’re affordable and they’re available for expedited Amazon Prime shipping. Just sayin’.

Another Pair of Shoes Petrae1 Scallop Ankle Strap Pumps in dusty pink and black faux suede (Chloé Lauren inspired)

Another Pair of Shoes Petrae1 Scallop Ankle Strap Pumpsamazon
(€34.95, Amazon.de)

Also available at Amazon.framazon.

Image source(s): Nordstrom, Marc Fisher, Amazon.de

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

Valentino‘s shoe line from the “Rockstud” collection is probably the most popular here on this blog. And even though the Rockstud shoes have been going strong in the fashion community for a couple of years, there seems no sign of declining popularity with these pyramid studded, strappy Valentino shoes. We’ve written about quite a few shoe styles from the “Rockstud” family already and today we’re finally featuring the caged t-strap ballet flats. For a flat, this shoe is about as dressy as it gets; the luxe patent leather juxtaposed the shiny studded straps = perfection! But before you fall hopelessly in love, take a deep breath and look at the price tag: $975! And that’s the lower price limit for this type of Rockstud style. Other variations of the caged flat go as far up as $1.095! Now that’s a lot of money.

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flatsls
($975, Nordstrom)

Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Neiman Marcusicon, Saks Fifh Avenuels, Barneysls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, S|Sense, Intermix, Lane Crawfordls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, MyTheresa, Stylebop, David Jonesls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Valentino

Celebs such as Ashley Tisdale and Alexa Chung as well as personal style bloggers like Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Arielle Nachmani (Something Navy), Rachel Parcell (Pink Peonies) and Jessica Stein (Tuula Vintage) have all been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats.

Ashley Tisdale, Alexa Chung, Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Arielle Nachmani (Something Navy), Rach Parcell (Pink Peonies) and Jessica Stein (Tuula Vintage) wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats

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Katypeny Studded T-Strap Flats

Update (05/03/2017): Still looking for a pair of Valentino Rockstud dupes? How about these spot-on and budget-friendly look-alikes by Katypeny? They come in a bunch of colors (14!) and at $42.99 you don’t have to settle on just one color. Customer ratings average on 4/5 stars which I think is decent for a shoe under $50.

Katypeny Studded T-Strap Flats (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Katypeny Studded T-Strap Flatsamazon
($42.99, Amazon)

Topshop “Kate” Studded Pointy Toe Flats

Update (03/25/2016): Spotted these cute Valentino inspired slingback flats by Topshop today. Available for $50 (sale price!) in either nude patent leather or black leather.

Topshop "Kate" Studded Pointy Toe Flats in nude patent (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Topshop “Kate” Studded Pointy Toe Flatsls
($50, Nordstrom)

Also available at Topshop & Zalando.

Mivida Studded T-Strap Flats

Update (03/15/2016): And one more Valentino Rockstud alternative to add to the list! These studded flats by Mivida have cone studs instead of pyramid studs, but the rest of the design is pretty much spot-on Valentino. Available for $148.95 in black and white patent leather and bronze metallic.

Mivida Studded T-Strap Flats in black and white patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Mivida Studded T-Strap Flats
($148.95, Bluefly)

Kaitlyn Pan Strappy Ballerina Leather Flats

Update (10/21/2015): Spotted these amazing genuine leather Valentino Rockstud dupes by Kaitlyn Pan today. They’re not the cheapest pair of Valentino look-alikes, but the quality looks quite great here.

Kaitlyn Pan Strappy Ballerina Leather Flats in rose pink and taupe nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Kaitlyn Pan Strappy Ballerina Leather Flatsamazon
($113.99, Amazon)

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

SheIn Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats

Update (10/21/2015): Also discovered a set of budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud knockoffs at SheIn. They’re on sale for around $35 and come also in black faux leather here.

SheIn Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

SheIn Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats
($33.23, SheIn)

A similar version is also available at Oasap.

Billini “Azalea” Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats

Update (05/22/2015): OMG! Look at these perfect, spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Billini! Aren’t they just gorgeous? So close to the original and not too expensive at $39.98 AUD (sale price!). Just wish these were widely available.

Billini "Azalea" Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Billini “Azalea” Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats
($39.98 AUD, The Iconic)

Also available at StyleTreadls & Billini

Diavolina “Delight” Studded T-Strap Flats

Luckily, there are some fantastic and affordable alternatives out there for all of us Valentino-loving fashionistas on a budget. Let’s start with my current favorite Valentino steal find which is the “Delight” by Diavolina, a spot-on Rockstud flat dupe which comes in either black or nude patent. Unfortunately, at $94.98 AUD (sale price!), it’s a pricey Valentino look-alike and also rather hard to get hold of outside of Australia, but nonetheless, it’s about 90% cheaper than the real deal, so I’d still consider this to be a great steal find if you’re willing to invest in a high-quality Valentino alternative.

Diavolina "Delight" Studded T-Strap Flats in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Diavolina “Delight” Studded T-Strap Flatsls
($94.98 AUD, StyleTread)

Also available at The Iconic & Wanted Shoes.

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flats

If you’re looking for a quick and budget-friendly Valentino look for less fix however, then you’re probably best off with these pretty Rockstud flat dupes by Wild Diva. They’re spot-on with the design, come in various lovely colors and cost under $30! Total steal deal alert here!

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flatsamazon
($23.99, Amazon)

Also available at Century 21, eBayeBay, CiCi Hot, Kmart & Sears.

Betseyville “Epic” Studded Ballet Flats

Another cute Valentino alternative are these studded ballet flats by Betseyville. They’re very similar to the Valentinos, come in either black, blush or leopard print and cost only $12.48!

Betseyville "Epic" Studded Ballet Flats in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Betseyville “Epic” Studded Ballet Flats
($12.48, Target)

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flats

And lastly, may I present you these budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud dupes I found at Milanoo. Same design but a veeery different price tag (only $19.99!). Available in black, warm and cool pink as well as white faux patent leather. Happy shopping!

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flats in black and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flatsls
($19.99, Milanoo)

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

To this date Manolo Blahnik‘s “Hangisi” Cobalt Blue Satin Pumps are still one of the most requested shoes for a Real vs. Steal post on this blog. Our inbox is filled with emails from women who asked us to find a budget-friendly alternative to Carrie Bradshaw’s beautifully blue Manolos in the 2008 Sex and the City movie. And while there are quite a few wonderful Hangisi look-alikes out there, many of them run either on the rather expensive side or are simply not available anymore, so I was super happy when I came across these vivid blue satin heels by ASOS because they’re the perfect blank canvas for a DIY Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoe project. All you need – besides the ASOS shoes, of course – is a pair of sparkly shoe clips and you’re good to go! I happened to find a really cute version by this brand called Absolutely Audrey for $21.99 which will give you a very similar look to the Manolo Blahniks. The total price for this super basic DIY amounts to a little over $90 which is less than 1/10 of the real deal’s price. Now that’s what I call a real steal deal!

DIY Idea - Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Pumps

Go Shopping:

Office “On To” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Satin Pumps

Update (05/02/2017): Discovered these gorgeous satin stiletto heels by Office today and thought they’d be the perfect base shoe for the Manolo Blahnik Hangisi DIY project shown above. Available in fuchsia pink or cobalt blue satin for £68.

Office "On To" Pointed-Toe Stiletto Satin Pumps in fuchsia pink and cobalt blue (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi inspired)

Office “On To” Pointed-Toe Stiletto Satin Pumps
(£68, Office)

Also available at Office London (DE).

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, ASOS, Absolutely Audrey, Office

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