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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 $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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Candie’s Strappy Studded Sandals

Update (08/06/2017): Candie’s. They might be missing a strap, but the Valentino inspiration is still pretty obvious in the design, don’t you agree? On sale for $19.99 (down from $49.99) and available in black, white or tan faux leather.

Candie's Strappy Studded Sandals in black, white and tan (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Candie’s Strappy Studded Sandals
($19.99, Kohl’s)

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 Sandalsls
($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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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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Dear Steve Madden, you had me at cobalt blue! And fringes are having a good year, too. Saint Laurent put them on shoes, jackets and skirts and Aquazzura created one of the most coveted shoes of the season with their fringed-out Wild Thing heels. That’s why you couldn’t possibly go wrong with these gorgeous blue fringe heels by Steve Madden (obviously, I’m partial to the cobalt blue version, but the yellow or the purple color would be an equally great choice). And while they’re not terribly expensive ($129!) compared to the super pricey designer shoes we regularly feature on this blog, we realize not everyone can spend that kind of money on such a trendy shoe. So imagine my delight when I came across these spot-on “Fringly” dupes by Candie’s which are currently on sale for a $44.99 at Kohl’s (down from $64.99 and also available in either blue or taupe faux suede).

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Steve Madden Fringly vs. Candie's Fringe High Heels

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P.S.: If you’re a fan of the fringe style, but not so much of the blue color, Wild Diva’s Adele-177amazon is also a good and budget-friendly dupe to Steve Madden’s “Fringly” Sandal.

Image source(s): Amazon, Kohl’s

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The Gucci Huston Mary Jane Plaform Suede Pumps are a fusion of the classic Mary Jane silhouette with a 1970s take, significant both to modern elegance and the disco fashion. The soaring heel draws attention as it contradicts with the mellowness and sweetness of a Mary Jane styled shoe. As these pumps come in several hues, I have to say that every color is uniquely presented bringing a sense of disco-like glamour to the table. I admire the the plum purple hue with the deep gold piping as it is sophisticated yet retro-chic. These pumps are essentially iconic and representative of 1970s trends which are resurfacing into the modern fashion world.

Gucci Huston Mary Jane Platform Suede Pumps in purple and black suede

Gucci Huston Mary Jane Platform Suede Pumpsls
($538.99, Saks)

Jennifer Lopez Loves Gucci

Jennifer Lopez wearing white Gucci Huston Mary Jane Platform Pumps

Candie’s Platform High Heels

UPDATE (06/19/2013): Just stumbled upon these faux leather Gucci Huston look-a-likes by Candie’s. Currently on sale for $23.99!

Candie's Platform High Heels in black faux suede (Gucci Huston knockoffs)

Candie’s Platform High Heelsls
($23.99, Kohl’s)

Schutz “Elke” Suede Ankle Strap Pumps

UPDATE (07/29/2012): Came across another great but rather steep Gucci Huston pump alternative by Schutz. Available in black and beige suede.

Schutz "Elke" Suede Ankle Strap Pumps in black and nude suede (Gucci Huston knockoffs)

Schutz “Elke” Suede Ankle Strap Pumpsamazon
($192, Amazon)

Qupid Tatum-07 Velvet Ankle Wrap Platforms

UPDATE (12/05/2011): Two of our fantastic readers, Jen & Sonja, spotted this great and super cheap Huston look-a-like by Qupid. Thank you, girls! These are available in berry, black and dark teal velvet.

Qupid Tatum-07 Velvet Ankle Wrap Platforms in berry, black & dark teal (Gucci Huston knockoffs)

Qupid Tatum-07 Velvet Ankle Wrap Platformsamazon
($28.90, Amazon)

bebe “Nadia” Metallic Trim Velvet Sandals

The bebe Nadia Metallic Trim Velvet Sandal has a luxurious appeal by which it features a staggering platform heel and metallic toned velvet and piping. These sandals resemble the Gucci heels above, and really bring on the nostalgic Hollywood glamour guise that we all crave. I am fond of the peep-toe element as it compliments both cocktail attire and can be dressed down for more casual wear. These are way more affordable than the Gucci Huston Mary Jane Pumps, plus are available in dark red, black, and taupe.

bebe Nadia Metallic Trim Velvet Sandals in pink, black & taupe (Gucci Huston knockoffs)

bebe “Nadia” Metallic Trim Velvet Sandals
($139, bebe)

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Spring time is festival time! Dozens of celebs flocked to Coachella last weekend to get their live music fix and pretend like they are just a random person in the crowd. Yeah, right. Actress Camilla Belle attended a Coachella BBQ hosted by Mulberry wearing a Mulberry top and bag, cuffed denim shorts, coral sunnies and matching sandals. I really liked this casual yet stylish outfit and decided to do a look 4 less. See our budget-friendly take on Camilla’s look below.

Camilla Belle’s Casual Coachella Look 4 Less

Camilla Belle's Casual Coachella Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★½☆

Who?Camilla Belle
Where?Mulberry Coachella BBQ & Pool VIP Party
When?April 16, 2011
What?Mulberry top & bag

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