Update: This post has been updated on May 8, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I have already written in length how much I love everything “Rockstud” from Valentino, so I won’t even start elaborating how I lust over these pyramid studded ankle wrap espadrilles. But the whopping $895 price tag attached to these summer shoe beauties makes them absolutely inaccessible for me. So when I spotted the non-studded ShoeDazzle “Morena” espadrilles shown below, I thought these would be the perfect fit for a DIY Valentino Rockstud project. Personally, I’m not much of a DIYer, but since this DIY idea would only require ironing on a couple of pre-glued studs, the task sounds actually manageable even for absolute DIY beginners like me. What do you think? Are these shoes worth the effort?

DIY Idea - Valentino Rockstud Double Ankle-Wrap Flat Espadrilles

Go Shopping:

Ash “Zania” Studded Ankle Wrap d’Orsay Espadrille Flats

Update (05/08/2016): Spotted the perfect Valentino Rockstud espadrille look-alikes today! They’re by Ash, come in either black, white, snakeskin or ponyhair animal print and they’re currently on sale for a little over $160 at Last Call. Yay!

Ash "Zania" Studded Ankle Wrap d'Orsay Espadrille Flats in white and black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Ash “Zania” Studded Ankle Wrap d’Orsay Espadrille Flatsls
($167.30, Last Call by Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Jildor, Amazonamazon, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon, Coggles, House of Fraser, Farfetchls, Zalando & Jades24.

Rebecca Minkoff “Gilles” Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats

Update (03/25/2016): Found a high-quality Rockstud dupe in these Rebecca Minkoff studded espadrille flats. $175, but so fab, right? Available in black, coral, white and denim.

Rebecca Minkoff "Gilles" Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Rebecca Minkoff “Gilles” Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats
($175, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve, Neiman Marcusls, Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Rebecca Minkoff & Saks Fifth Avenuels.

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles

Update (03/25/2016): And here’s another suitable and budget-friendly alternative for the Valentino Rockstud DIY project which I’ve found at Forever 21. Available in nude or black faux leather for $19.90.

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles
($19.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Halogen “Dylan” Espadrille Flats

Update (03/05/2016): Discovered these Halogen espadrilles which instantly reminded me of the Valentino Rockstuds above. Available in black or ivory leather for $89.95.

Halogen "Dylan" Espadrille Flats in ivory and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Halogen “Dylan” Espadrille Flatsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Cute to the Core “Mandy” Studded Espadrille Sandals

Update (10/16/2015): Spotted another ready-to-wear Valentino Rockstud dupe if you can’t be bordered to do it yourself. This one’s by Cute to the Core, costs $35 and comes in either black, leopard print or metallic pink.

Cute to the Core "Mandy" Studded Espadrille Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Cute to the Core “Mandy” Studded Espadrille Sandalspjx
($35, ZooShoo)

JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flats

Update (04/21/2015): If you can’t be bothered with DIY-ing, why not opt for these spot-on, ready-to-wear Valentino espadrille dupes by JustFab instead?

JustFab Kesnia Studded Double Ankle Wrap Flat Espadrilles (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flatscj
($31.96, JustFab)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, ShoeDazzle, Jildor, Amazon, Rebecca Minkoff, Forever 21, Nordstrom, ZooShoo, JustFab

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Espadrilles! These summer shoes have risen to fame in the last couple of seasons with Chanel and Valentino leading the pack of the fabulous espadrilles. We’ve already done a Real vs. Steal on Valentino’s highly popular lace espadrilles from a few seasons ago and now they’ve updated their shoe collection with a just as stylish crochet version. But as gorgeous as they are, do you actually see yourself spending $675 (!) on a pair of highly delicate espadrilles? Well, I can’t.

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles in black

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles
($675, Forward by Elyse Walker)

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes

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

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

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

Merona “Wendy” Crochet Espadrille Flats

Update (03/05/2016): Spotted another great and budget-friendly Valentino look for less alternative today. These crochet espadrilles by Merona come in 3 fab colors and retail for $24.99.

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

Merona “Wendy” Crochet Espadrille Flats
($24.99, Target)

Aldo “Molinis” Crochet Espadrilles

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

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

Aldo “Molinis” Crochet Espadrillesls
($44.98, Aldo)

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

Halogen “Serene” Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrilles

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

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

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

Dollhouse “Flirt” Crochet Espadrille Flats

Update (04/21/2015): Check out these sweet lovely Valentino inspired Dollhouse crochet espadrilles. Available in white, orange, blush and yellow for around $20. Yay!

Dollhouse "Flirt" Crochet Espadrille Flats in off-white and orange (Valentino knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Flirt” Crochet Espadrille Flatspjx
($15.40, Dollhouse)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & GoJane.

Aldo “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

Update (07/18/2014): Came across these Valentino inspired and budget-friendly crochet lace espadrilles at Aldo today. What you think? Hot or not?

Aldo "Agrano" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black and ivory (Valentino knockoffs)

Aldo “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrillesls
($19.98, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK) & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

Update (05/23/2014): Stumbled upon another lovely Valentino alternative! What do you think of these crochet lace espadrille sandals by Jeffrey Campbell? So cute, right? Available in black, white or beige.

Jeffrey Campbell "Nia" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrillescj
($105, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nasty Galls & Revolve.

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flats

Good thing is that I don’t have to spend nearly $700 when there are Valentino-inspired espadrilles like these by Rebecca Minkoff around. And while I admit these aren’t what I’d consider a steal at $67.99 (sale price!) they are still in fact $600 cheaper than the originals. Available in black, red coral, yellow and taupe.

Rebecca Minkoff "Genny" Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flatsamazon
($67.99, Amazon)

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrilles

Another great Valentino alternative are these crochet espadrilles by Tory Burch. They aren’t terribly cheaper than the Rebecca Minkoffs but in comparison to the pricey Valentinos they’re quite the good deal. Available in black and white.

Tory Burch "Abbe" Crochet Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrillescj
($150, Shopbop)

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

And here’s another Valentino alternative which is actually my personal favorite because of the price and all the lovely colors you can buy them in. $109 at Jessica Buurman. Available in black, blush, aqua and yellow.

Jessica Buurman "AGAR" Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles (Valentino knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, River Island, Neiman Marcus, Dollhouse, Shopbop, Nordstrom, Target, Aldo, Jessica Buurman

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Over the years I have fallen in love with so many Louboutins that I always thought: “Well, now he has outdone himself! I couldn’t love a shoe more!” – But then this shoe came along. The “Impera” – a truly imperial lasercut lace-up stiletto pump. So how divine could a shoe be? And even though it’s usually very hard for me to love a white heel, this one I absolutely ADORE! In both white and black leather. Just look how gorgeous these shoes look on the celebs! I’m especially in love with how Alessandra Ambrosio has worn her Loubies. Too bad they are a) sold out and b) totally out of my budget.

Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps in white and black

Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumpsls
($1.295, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls & Barneysls.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Nina Dobrev and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Nina Dobrev and Rihanna wearing Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Lasercut Stiletto Pumps

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River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels

Update (05/07/2016): Discovered another great CL Impera look-alike at River Island. Available in either black or white faux leather for $110.

River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels in white and black faux leather (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

River Island Laser Cut Lace-Up Heels
($110, River Island)

LFL “Essence” Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps

Update (06/28/2015): Stumbled upon these beautiful Christian Louboutin Impera dupes by LFL. So gorgeous, right?

LFL "Essence" Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps in nude and black patent (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

LFL “Essence” Laser-Cut Lace-Up Stiletto Pumps
($94.99, Heels.com)

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumps

Update (05/09/2015): Spotted these budget-friendly Christian Louboutin Impera look-alikes by Bolaro today. Available in either black, red and nude faux leather for a steal price of $33.99!

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Bolaro SH1646 Laser-Cut Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Pumpsamazon
($33.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at eBayeBay.

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels

Update (01/15/2015): Stumbled upon another fab Christian Louboutin Impera dupe at Choies. Available in black and cream faux leather for a steal price of $34.99.

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels in black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Choies Cut Out Tie Up High Heels
($34.99, Choies)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Rosegal.

Jessica Buurman “LOVER” Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps

Deal: Free worldwide shipping on all orders! Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and get a 10% off coupon!

These heels by Jessica Buurman don’t quite live up to the quality of the Louboutins above, but for 1/10 of the price they do come pretty close, don’t you agree? They’re currently on pre-order and I am now contemplating which color to get them in. Any advice from our fabulous readers?

Jessica Buurman "LOVER" Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps in white and black (Christian Louboutin Impera knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “LOVER” Floral Cutout Lace-up High Heel Pumps
($149, Jessica Buurman)

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So it’s been a while since we last had Monsieur Christian Louboutin starring in one of our Real vs. Steal posts and we also haven’t covered flats in a while, so why not kill two birds with one stone by showing you a pretty neat dupe for these gorgeous spikey Louboutins? Now aren’t they beautiful? The pointy ballerina shape is all elegance and femininity while the silver spikes clearly say: “You better not be messin’ with me, b***!” Too bad their $995 price tag says: “Girl, you better have some money on ya ’cause we ain’t cheap!”

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spiked Ballerina Flats in black and silver

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spiked Ballerina Flatsls
($995, Net-A-Porter)

ASOS “Lightning” Studded Ballet Flats

Luckily, we managed to come across these wonderful Louboutin look-alikes at ASOS which are a spot-on Pigalle flat dupe when compared to the real deal, but cost a mere $48 (this is less than 5% of the Louboutin’s price!). A few sizes are already out of stock, so you better grab these quick if you find yourself lusting after some spikey Louboutin on a budget.

ASOS "Lightning" Studded Ballet Flats in black and silver (Christian Louboutin Pigalle knockoffs)

ASOS “Lightning” Studded Ballet Flats
($48, ASOS)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, ASOS

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I might not be the biggest Kardashian fan in general, but for some reason I always find myself interested in their fashion and what they wear on- and off the screen. Fact is, the Kardashian sisters have really stepped up their style game in the last couple of years (which is probably mainly due to them having hired highly skilled personal stylists and MUAs) and if I had to pick my favorite Kardashian fashion-wise, it would have to be Khloè Kardashian. I love that she wears all her clothes with so much confidence and it never looks as if she is trying too hard which I think is sometimes the case with Kim and Kylie’s fashion choices. A few weeks ago Khloé wore a super sexy strapless button-front sheath dress by Cushnie et Ochs for her TV show “Kocktails with Khloé” which instantly reminded me of Liz Hurley’s infamous safety pin dress from Versace that she wore to a film premiere in 1994. I love Khloé’s look head-to-toe here and really hope that ASOS, Topshop or Missguided will come out with a budget-friendly steal option in a couple of weeks for this sexy (and sadly, very pricey) dress. What do you think of Khloé’s revealing look? Hot or not?

Khloè Kardashian wearing a black Cushnie et Ochs Strapless Button-Front Sheath Dress

Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who?Khloè Kardashian
Where?Kocktails with Khloé (Gigi Hadid episode)
When?March 17, 2016
What?Cushnie et Ochs Strapless Button-Front Sheath Dress ($1.625)

Cushnie et Ochs Strapless Button-Front Sheath Dress

Cushnie et Ochs Strapless Button-Front Sheath Dress in black and gold

Cushnie et Ochs Strapless Button-Front Sheath Dressicon
($1.625, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Shopbop, Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf Goodmanls & Net-A-Porterls.

Image source(s): @khloekardashian Instagram, Neiman Marcus

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