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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, 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 $46.99 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
($46.99, 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, YOOX)

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 Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.caamazon & Etsy.

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 & Romwe.

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 Flatsls
($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 Iconicls & 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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The “Trotteur” bag might very well be one of my all-time Céline favorites besides the just as lustworthy “Box” bag which we have previously written about. “Trotteur” was first introduced in 2014, but was then redesigned the following year to include a geometrical metal buckle clasp on the flap which it didn’t have in the initial model and which made the otherwise super minimalist design stand out and be memorable enough to become a coveted “It“-bag among celebs and fashion influencers. Prices vary depending on size and materials. The small Céline Trotteur Bag in grained calfskin is officially priced at $1.850 while supersoft calfskin retails for $2.250, but you can currently get the “Trotteur” at Overstock for around $1.500 which is a really great deal on such a classic designer bag that will last you a lifetime.

Céline Trotteur Flap Shoulder Bag

Céline Trotteur Shoulder Bag
($1.499, Overstock)

Also available at Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Céline

Personal style bloggers such as Annabelle Fleur (VivaLuxury), Jacey Lenae Duprie (Damsel in Dior), Caroline Daur (@carodaur) and Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) have all been spotted carrying a Céline Trotteur Shoulder Bag.

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Melie Bianco “Olympia” Fold Over Saddle Bag

Update (05/03/2017): Just stumbled upon this amazingly spot-on Céline Trotteur dupes by Melie Bianco and had to share them with you right away! They’re available in burgundy red, black and cognac faux leather and are currently on sale for $59 (retail price: $79). Better get these before they’re gone!

Melie Bianco "Olympia" Fold Over Saddle Bag in wine red, black, cognac (Céline Trotteur dupes)

Melie Bianco “Olympia” Fold Over Saddle Bag
($59, Bloomingdale’s)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Walmartls.

Persaman New York “Irina” Leather Crossbody Bag

How could I not be biased towards these Céline Trotteur bag dupes by Persaman New York when these bags carry my name, are made in Italy and cost less than 10% of the real deal? Love, love, love!

Persaman New York "Irina" Leather Crossbody Bag (Céline Trotteur dupes)

Persaman New York “Irina” Leather Crossbody Bag
($119.97, Nordstrom Rack)

BagInc “Hana” Small Flap Leather Bag

Deal: Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

Another spot-on Céline Trotteur look-alike can be purchased at BagInc for $89 in either black, red, orange or green. It’s made of genuine leather and if you use our exclusive promo code above you will save 10% on your order at BagInc. Steal deal alert!

BagInc "Hana" Small Flap Leather Bag (Céline Trotteur dupes)

BagInc “Hana” Small Flap Leather Bag
($89, BagInc)

Be My Bags “Demure” Faux Leather Flap Shoulder Bag

Deal: Use our exclusive promo code “IN_THEIR_CLOSET” to get 5% off your order!

And lastly, a beautiful Céline look for less alternative in faux leather! This spot-on Trotteur dupe by Be My Bags comes in a variety of colors (currently: 11) and I want one in every color! Judging from the pictures, the quality looks superb and $77 (or $105 CAD) seems like a reasonable price for such a nice looking beauty of a bag. However, because we love our readers we managed to arrange an exclusive reader discount for you at Be My Bags, so be sure to use the promo code above to get 5% off your order.

Be My Bags "Demure" Faux Leather Flap Shoulder Bag (Céline Trotteur dupes)

Be My Bags “Demure” Faux Leather Flap Shoulder Bag
($77/$105 CAD, Be My Bags)

Image source(s): Overstock, VivaLuxury, @damselindior Instagram, @carodaur Instagram, The Blonde Salad, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom Rack, BagInc, Be My Bags

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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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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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Dorothy Perkins “Fraya” Tassel Mule Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Browsed Dorothy Perkins today and stumbled upon this lovely slide sandal and was instantly reminded of the Schutz version above. So cute, right?

Dorothy Perkins "Fraya" Tassel Mule Sandals in tan (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Dorothy Perkins “Fraya” Tassel Mule Sandals
($45, Dorothy Perkins)

Also available at Zalando & Debenhams.

Olivia Miller “Kaara” Embellished Sandals

Update (03/21/2017): Discovered yet another embellished sandal slide today! These cute embellished summer sandals are by Olivia Miller and cost $24.99 at Kohl’s (sale price!).

Olivia Miller "Kaara" Embellished Sandals in tan (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Olivia Miller “Kaara” Embellished Sandals
($24.99, Kohl’s)

Chinese Laundry “Palma” Flat Sandals

Update (03/21/2017): These Chinese Laundry embellished sandals may be a bit more expensive at $80, but I love their look, especially the green/turquoise version which is my personal favorite.

Chinese Laundry "Palma" Flat Sandals in pink and green tan (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Chinese Laundry “Palma” Flat Sandals
($80, Zappos)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Chinese Laundry & ShoeMallls.

Forever 21 Fringed Pom Pom Sandals

Update (03/21/2017): Also came across these fun-colored sandal slides at Forever 21 which also reminded me of the Schutz sandal above. Available in various color combinations for a steal price of $22.90.

Forever 21 Fringed Pom Pom Sandals (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Forever 21 Fringed Pom Pom Sandals
($22.90, Forever 21)

BP. “Abby” Embellished Sandals

Update (03/21/2017): Another great Schutz Estelen inspired alternative are these cute sandal slides by BP. which cost $49.95.

BP. "Abby" Embellished Sandals (Schutz Estelen dupes)

BP. “Abby” Embellished Sandalsls
($49.95, Nordstrom)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Kay” Slide Sandals

Update (01/30/2017): Spotted another awesome budget-friendly “Save” contender at Target. These embellished slides are by Mossimo Supply Co. and cost only $27.99. Steal deal alert!

Mossimo Supply Co. "Kay" Slide Sandals (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Kay” Slide Sandals
($27.99, Target)

Madden Girl “Kreed” Embellished Slide Sandals

Update (01/30/2017): Also found these slides by Madden Girl which are a great alternative to the pricey Schutz sandals are also cheaper than the Steve Madden version ($49 at Macy’s).

Madden Girl "Kreed" Embellished Slide Sandals (Schutz Estelen dupes)

Madden Girl “Kreed” Embellished Slide Sandals
($49, Macy’s)

Also available at Steve Maddenls & Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

Image source(s): Revolve, Macy’s, Dorothy Perkins, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Forever 21, Target, Macy’s

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So I think this is the first time, after more than 3 years of writing this blog, that I feature a sneaker here on In Their Closet. Of course, it couldn’t be just any ordinary sneaker for this occasion, no, it had to be a “fashion sneaker” naturally, the most popular one being the “Bekett” / “Bekket” velcro sneaker by Madame Isabel Marant at this time. Personally, I both like and hate them; I’ve never been too fond of sporty looking shoes, but these exude that cool kid vibe and how clever is the hidden built-in wedge? Genius.

Isabel Marant Bekett High-Top Sneakers in navy blue and white

Isabel Marant Bekett High-Top Sneakers
($655, Luisaviaroma)

Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, S|Sense, MyTheresa, Net-A-Porterls, Italistls, Selfridges, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Isabel Marant

Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beyoncé Knowles, Ashlee Simpson and Anne Hathaway wearing Isabel Marant Bekket High-Top Sneakers

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Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Update (05/01/2017): Just happened to discover another Isabel Marant Bekett dupe after such a long, long time! Check out Shiekh‘s Ella-02 which comes in either black faux suede or blue denim and costs only $44.99. Steal deal alert!

Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede and denim (Isabel Marant Etoile Bekett dupes)

Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers
($44.99, Shiekh)

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Update (02/24/2015): After a very long time I managed to come across this Isabel Marant Bekett dupe at Rosegal today. Super budget-friendly at under $40, too!

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers
($36.37, Rosegal)

Candie’s Wedge Sneakers

Update (07/15/2013): Also found these hidden wedge sneakers by Candie’s which are a great Marant Bekett alternative for under $25!

Candie's Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Candie’s Wedge Sneakersls
($23.99, Kohl’s)

Heart Soul “Iona” Wedge Sneakers

Update (07/15/2013): Just discovered another great Isabel Marant wedge doppelgänger! Check out this hidden wedge sneaker by Heart Soul. Also available in other color combos.

Heart Soul "Iona" Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Heart Soul “Iona” Wedge Sneakers
($16.99, DSW)

Aldo “Numata” Velcro Wedge Sneakers

Update (02/11/2013): Found yet another Bekket alternative. Check out this velcro wedge sneaker by Aldo!

Aldo "Numata" Velcro Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Aldo “Numata” Velcro Wedge Sneakersls
($39.98, Aldo)

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainers

Update (01/13/2013): Xti has also a very Isabel Marant Bekket inspired wedge sneaker version in an array of colors such as black, silver, gold, brown/white, taupe/white, etc. And these are currently on sale!

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainers in black (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainersamazon
(£45, Amazon.co.uk)

JustFab “Keena” Wedge Sneakers

Update (11/05/2012): Just stumbled upon this budget-friendly Isabel Marant Bekket look-a-like in black by JustFab. Only $54.99!

JustFab "Keena" Wedge Sneakers in black (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

JustFab “Keena” Wedge Sneakers
($54.99, JustFab)

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 “Raise Your Glass” Wedge Sneakers

Update (09/24/2012): Found a new very Isabel Marant inspired wedge sneaker at Skechers. $49.74 (sale price!) and also available in various other colors and color combinations including an all black version.

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 "Raise Your Glass" Wedge Sneakers in black and white (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 “Raise Your Glass” Wedge Sneakersamazon
($49.74, Amazon)

Xhilaration “Kahsha” Wedge Sneakers

Update (08/24/2012): And here’s another fab and super affordable Isabel Marant Bekket look-a-like by Xhilaration that looks a lot like the Steve Madden version, only this one is made of faux leather.

Xhilaration "Kahsha" Wedge Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Xhilaration “Kahsha” Wedge Sneakers
($17.48, Target)

Steve Madden “HILIGHT” High-Top Sneakers

Update (06/24/2012): The king of designer inspired footwear, Mr. Steve Madden, has now a very close Isabel Marant alternative available called “HILIGHT”. As you can see from below it comes in a variety of colors.

Steve Madden "HILIGHT" High-Top Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Steve Madden “HILIGHT” High-Top Sneakersamazon
($79.99, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Shoes.comls, Nordstromls & Steve Maddenls.

Schutz “Hanna” Fashion Sneakers

Update (07/29/2012): These wedge sneakers by Schutz lack the high-top, but otherwise they’re very similar to Isabel Marant’s Bekket kicks. Wish they were cheaper though!

Schutz "Hanna" Fashion Sneakers in blue and cream suede (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Schutz “Hanna” Fashion Sneakersamazon
($215, Amazon)

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers

Update (03/10/2012): Just stumbled upon another great Bekket alternative. These high-top sneakers by Nine West retail for $79.99 (sale price!) and are also available in baby blue.

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers in black and white (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers
($79.99, Zappos)

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers

Update (01/28/2012): Found more exact though faux suede Isabel Maranat Bekket look-a-likes by Jean Stone.

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers
($124.20, YesStyle)

Ash “Cool” Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakers

If you’re looking for Bekket coolness but for a budget price, try these suede sneakers by Ash. They do have a few differences, but overall share the same look and the hidden wedge. Available in black & white, taupe & white and pink & white.

Ash "Cool" Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakers in black and taupe (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Ash “Cool” Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakersls
($225, Shopbop)

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