Colorful Pom Pom sandals are all the rage this summer, but if you can’t be bothered with complicated and tedious lace-up gladiator styles which take forever to get laced just right, these embellished leather slides by Schutz are a great and just as fabulous alternative – they’re super easy to put on and off which thus makes them the perfect beach or pool shoes for your summer vacation. But if you don’t see yourself spending $160 on a pair of trendy leather slides, well, we just happened to come across an absolute spot-on Schutz “Estelen” look-alike by Steve Madden. The design of Madden’s “Gypsy” is pretty much identical, even the arrangement of the embellishments is almost the exact same! The only noticeable difference here is the $79 price tag on the Steve Maddens which makes them half as expensive as the pricey Schutz sandals. Which slide-on sandals do you prefer, Madden or Schutz? And would you rather splurge or save on this shoe trend? Let us know!

Splurge or Save? - Embellished Sandal Slides: Schutz "Estelen" or Steve Madden "Gypsy"?

Embellished Sandal Slides: Splurge or Save?

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P.S.: “Estelen” by Schutz is also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels and “Gypsy” by Steve Madden can also be purchased at Zappos, Amazonamazon, Steve Maddenls.

Image source(s): Revolve, Macy’s

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Copycat Math - Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules + Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats = Patricia Green Demure Kitty Slippers

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P.S.: “Demure Kitty” by Patricia Green is also available at Nordstromls, Shoebuyls, Amazonamazon, Shoes.com & OnlineShoes.com.

Image source(s): Gucci, Zappos, OnlineShoes.com

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

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

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

Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Wrap Thong Gladiator Sandalsls
($945, 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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Kaitlyn Pan Rockstud T-Strap Flat Sandals

Update (05/30/2016): 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: $79.99 (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
($79.99, 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 Zappos, 6pm, Revolve, Amazonamazon, Jildor, Amazon.co.ukamazon & 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
($18.95, Amazon)

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

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 Sandalsls
($19.90, Alloy)

bebe “Petra” Studded Flat Sandals

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

bebe "Petra" Studded Flat Sandals (Valentino knockoffs)

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

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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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Can we talk about this summer’s hottest footwear trend for a minute? Colorful, charm-embellished Pom Pom lace-up sandals. You’ve probably seen them all over Instagram already and now that summer is approaching, the trend is slowly emerging on the streets as well. It first started with Aquazzura and Dolce & Gabbana I think; both houses came out with colorful Pom Pom shoes recently. Shortly after the “Penny Lane” lace-up gladiators by Elina Linardaki became a huge success and have started popping up on everyone’s fashion feed. And why wouldn’t they? Each pair is handmade in Greece and contrary to the likes of Aquazzura and Dolce & Gabbana, you don’t have to spend an arm or a leg to flaunt this summer’s hottest “It“-shoe.

Elina Linardaki Penny Lane Pompom Gladiator Sandals

Elina Linardaki Penny Lane Pompom Gladiator Sandals
($189, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Jildor, Revolve, Forward by Elyse Walker, Intermix, Footnotescj, Etsy, Matches Fashionls, Avenue 32, Boutique1ls & Moda Operandi.

Style Bloggers & IGers Love Elina Linardaki

Personal style bloggers and various IGers have been spotted flaunting their Elina Linardaki Penny Lane Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals.

Personal Style Bloggers & IGers wearing Elina Linardaki Penny Lane Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals

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Steve Madden “PomPom” Lace-Up Sandals

Update (07/30/2016): Steve Madden.

Steve Madden "PomPom" Lace-Up Sandals (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane inspired)

Steve Madden “PomPom” Lace-Up Sandalsls
($80, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Off 5thls & Steve Madden (CA)ls.

SheIn Multicolor Pom-Pom Lace-Up Flat Sandals

Update (07/19/2016): Spotted a couple more Elina Linardaki inspired lace-up pom-pom sandals, for example these budget-friendly ones from SheIn which cost less than $40.

SheIn Multicolor Pom-Pom Lace-Up Flat Sandals (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane look-alikes)

SheIn Multicolor Pom-Pom Lace-Up Flat Sandals
($31.99, SheIn)

P.S.: Also available at Romwe.

Glamorous Embroidered Gladiator Charm Sandals

Update (07/19/2016): Glamorous also has a lovely alternative to the pricey Elina Linardaki Penny Lane version. Price: $47!

Glamorous Embroidered Gladiator Charm Sandals (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane inspired)

Glamorous Embroidered Gladiator Charm Sandals
($47, ASOS)

Public Desire “Susanna” Aztec Pom Pom Sandals

Update (07/19/2016): And here’s a more muted version of the pom-pom sandal which can easily be over-the-top. Found at Public Desire for £24.99.

Public Desire "Susanna" Aztec Pom Pom Sandals (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane inspired)

Public Desire “Susanna” Aztec Pom Pom Sandals
(£24.99, Public Desire)

MIA “Reanna” Pom-Pom Gladiator Sandals

Update (06/21/2016): So yeah, how amazing are these Penny Lane dupes by MIA? Very, I’d say. Love, love, loooove! Especially the price (under $80)! Get these beauties before they sell out (and trust me, they will!). Oh, and there’s also a lovely non-shaft version called “Renataamazon” available (also here, here and herels) for even less.

MIA "Reanna" Pom-Pom Gladiator Sandals in multicolor (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane knockoffs)

MIA “Reanna” Pom-Pom Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($77.89, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoes.com, OnlineShoes.com, Macy’s, Heels.com, eBay & LuLu*s.

Ego “Saskia” Multi Strap Lace Up Pom Pom Sandals

Update (06/21/2016): One of my current Pom Pom sandal faves are these cute gladiator flats which I spotted at Ego for the super steal price of £24.99. These beauties also come in other color combinations and they ship worldwide, yay!

Ego "Saskia" Multi Strap Lace Up Pom Pom Sandals (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane knockoffs)

Ego “Saskia” Multi Strap Lace Up Pom Pom Sandals
(£24.99, Ego)

Zonewetwo Pom Pom Lace-Up Flat Sandals

Update (06/21/2016): Discovered these super cute and budget-friendly Pom Pom lace-up sandals by Zonewetwo at Choies. They look so similar to the pricey Elina Linardaki Penny Lanes, but cost less than $40!

Zonewetwo Pom Pom Lace-Up Flat Sandals in multicolor (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane knockoffs)

Zonewetwo Pom Pom Lace-Up Flat Sandals
($36.90, Choies)

River Island Lace-Up Leather Pom Pom Sandals

Update (06/04/2016): Spotted these $70 real leather Pom Pom sandals at River Island which would make a great Elina Linardaki look for less alternative.

River Island Lace-Up Leather Pom Pom Sandals in brown (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane inspired)

River Island Lace-Up Leather Pom Pom Sandals
($70, River Island)

P.S.: Also available at River Island (UK)ls & River Island (EU).

Chinese Laundry “Posh” Embellished Lace-Up Sandals

If spending $200 on the Pom Pom trend seems unreasonable to you and if you’re too lazy to DIY your own version, here’s a lovely and budget-friendly alternative by Chinese Laundry which will give you the same playful vacation look for $80. You better hurry though because these sandals are selling by the minute.

Chinese Laundry "Posh" Embellished Lace-Up Sandals (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Posh” Embellished Lace-Up Sandals
($80, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMallls, Amazonamazon, South Moon Under, ZooShoopjx, Nordstromls, Heels.com, Shoptiquesls, Dillard’s, Chinese Laundry & LuLu*s.

Steve Madden “Cailin” Embellished Lace-Up Flat Sandals

These embellished lace-up sandals by Steve Madden are another great, but more toned down alternative of the Pom Pom lace-up sandal. If you like the basic design concept of these, but really want those Pom Poms poppin’ on your sandals, consider adding a couple of craft store-bought Pom Pomsamazon (cost: less than $10).

Steve Madden "Cailin" Embellished Lace-Up Flat Sandals in natural tan (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane inspired)

Steve Madden “Cailin” Embellished Lace-Up Flat Sandalsls
($89.95, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstromls, Jildor & Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

Mabu by Maria BK Embellished Leather Sandals

Now these Pom Pom lace-up sandals by Mabu by Maria BK won’t give you any price advantage compared to the Elina Linardaki version, but they are just as beautiful and I wanted to include these in case the Penny Lane sandals sell out and a suitable quality alternative will be needed.

Mabu by Maria BK Embellished Leather Sandals in tan (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane dupe)

Mabu by Maria BK Embellished Leather Sandalsls
($200, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy.

Schutz “Patricia” Embellished Lace-Up Flat Gladiator Sandals

Last but not least are these super cute and playful lace-up flat sandals by Schutz. They’re missing the dangling Pom Poms, but as I wrote above, you can easily add them yourself, so if you prefer the conceptual design of these not so steal-worthy $190 now: $152 Schutz shoes, consider opting for these instead.

Schutz "Patricia" Embellished Lace-Up Flat Gladiator Sandals in tan (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane inspired)

Schutz “Patricia” Embellished Lace-Up Flat Gladiator Sandals
($152, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Zappos, Jildor, Footnotescj & Nasty Galls.

Image source(s): Revolve, The Sweetest Thing, @heartofchic/@seldacar/@mignonnegavigan/@muzungusisters Instagram, SheIn, Public Desire, Amazon, Ego, Choies, River Island, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Shopbop

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