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

During the summer season, flip-flops aren’t usually my type of go-to shoes unless I am going to the beach. However, these Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals redefine the mundane flip-flop, making them an elegant semi-casual yet semi-formal summer shoe. And, of course, the stylish fashion blogger and footwear designer, Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, proves all of the statements above. As she pairs them with various outfits, these Valentinos exhibit their endless potential as a versatile summer sandal.

Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals in black

Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandalsls
($295, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, Lane Crawfordls & Farfetchls.

Chiara Ferragni Loves Valentino

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Outfit Pictures via The Blonde Salad.

Dizzy Rivet Studded Bow Flip Flops

Update (05/04/2017): Found these Valentino inspired jelly flats by Dizzy today and had to share them with you! They come in several colors and are currently on sale for under $15 at Nordstrom Rack. Steal deal alert!

Dizzy Rivet Studded Bow Flip Flops in black, nude and pink (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Dizzy Rivet Studded Bow Flip Flops
($14.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Forever 21.

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandals

Update (01/29/2015): Spotted another fabulous and super budget-friendly set of Valentino sandal dupes! Check out these lovely jelly sandals from Wild Diva Lounge. So close to the real deal and under $30! Steal deal alert!

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandals in nude, black and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandalsamazon
($26.29, Amazon)

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

Bakers “Caged” Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals

Update (01/25/2014): Found another Valentino-inspired studded bow jelly sandal! By Bakers. Available in white, black and nude for $29.95!

Bakers "Caged" Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals in white, black and nude (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

Bakers “Caged” Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandalsamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

Guess “Lolany” Studded Jelly Sandals

Update (07/13/2013): And here we go wit yet another fabulous and very affordable Valentino Rockstud Jelly Sandal look-a-like. I really love these super similar studded bow jelly sandals by Guess which are available in either black or white PVC.

Guess "Lolany" Studded Jelly Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

Guess “Lolany” Studded Jelly Sandals
($19.50, Zappos)

Not Rated “Pool Party” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals

Update (04/06/2013): Not Rated has also a super fabulous Valentino look-a-like sandal available! I especially love the hot pink version and the price of $26.99 ain’t too bad either!

Not Rated "Pool Party" Studded Jelly Thong Sandals in black and fuchsia pink (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Not Rated “Pool Party” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals
($26.99, DSW)

Chinese Laundry “Lucky One” Studded Bow Thong Sandals

Update (04/06/2013): Look at these studded bow thong sandals by Chinese Laundry! Yet another wonderful Valentino for less alternative. Available in black, white and nude!

Chinese Laundry "Lucky One" Studded Bow Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Chinese Laundry “Lucky One” Studded Bow Thong Sandalsamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flops

Update (02/21/2013): Came across an even more affordable Valentino look-a-like today! Check out these studded jelly flip flops by Wet Seal! Only $12.90 and also available in nude. Love these!

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flops in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC look-a-likes)

Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flopsamazon
($12.90, Amazon)

Dizzy “Fusion” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals

Update (02/12/2013): Found another amazing and almost identical Valentino Rockstud sandal look-a-like! Check out the “Fusion” by Dizzy for $19! I’m in love! Available in black, mint, nude and red.

Dizzy "Fusion" Studded Rubber Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Dizzy “Fusion” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals
($19, Forever 21)

Ivanka Trump “Natty” Studded Rubber Thong Sandals

Update (02/12/2013): Ivanka Trump also has a very Valentino inspired studded rubber thong sandal which comes in various beautiful colors and costs $21.99 (sale price)!

Ivanka Trump "Natty" Studded Rubber Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Natty” Studded Rubber Thong Sandalsamazon
($21.99, Amazon)

Steve Madden “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals

Splurging $295 on PVC footwear that can only be worn only during one part of the year is quite the extravagant price to pay. Thanks to Steve Madden, the “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandals are the perfect budget-friendly alternative to the Valentinos above. Priced at $29.98, they are almost identical to its designer counterpart with only minor differences that are hardly even noticeable.

Steve Madden "JIFFFY" Studded Jelly Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud PVC knockoffs)

Steve Madden “JIFFFY” Studded Jelly Thong Sandalsls
($29.98, Steve Madden)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, The Blonde Salad, UrbanOG, Zappos, Amazon, Wet Seal, Lori’s, Piperlime, Steve Madden

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Real vs. Steal – Zara Studded Sandals

by Irina on March 12, 2014

We have received quite a few requests to find a dupe for these super stylish and totally sold-out studded high heels sandals from last year’s Zara S/S 2013 collection, but for a long time we didn’t come across anything even remotely similar to present you. Well, that was until now. Just keep reading to discover a fab find for a steal of a price.

Zara Studded Sandals in black

Zara Studded Sandals
($99.90, ZARA)

Celebrities Love Saint Laurent

Style bloggers such as Lola Mansíl have been spotted wearing Zara Studded Sandals.

Lola Mansíl wearing black Zara Studded Sandals

Outfit Pictures via Lola Mansíl.

Not Rated “Bloody Mary” Studded T-Strap Sandals

Et voilà! Here you go: a pretty obvious knock-off of the Zara heels by Not Rated which retails for roughly $60 (that’s $40 less than the Zara original) and comes in either black, brown or tan. Yeah, you’re welcome.

Not Rated "Bloody Mary" Studded T-Strap Sandals in black (Zara knockoffs)

Not Rated “Bloody Mary” Studded T-Strap Sandalscj
($59.99, Heels.com)

P.S.: Also available at Searscj.

Image source(s): Zara, Lola Mansíl, Heels.com

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Update: This post has been updated on January 05, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

I discovered Ash only last December when I was looking for the perfect knockoff of a pair of Martin Margiela sandals that I had been in love with for the better part of a year. Aptly enough, it was InTheirCloset that eventually led me to the Holy Land, so to speak. Ash shoes are really well made and definitely have a strong point of view. I love these “Lovely” Studded Wedge Sandals, for instance. I will say that they look more fall than summer to me, but there are already so many little outfits dancing in my head at the mere thought of owning these. The rich black is hot, as is the harness and studding. Here’s the thing, though: while Ash shoes are priced rather “reasonably”, they are still out of my sad little budget.

Ash Lovely Studded Wedge Sandals in black suede

Ash Lovely Studded Wedge Sandalscj
($230, Shopbop)

Moda In Pelle “Prune” Wedge Sandals

UPDATE (05/26/2011): Came across another Ash Lovely look-a-like by Moda In Pelle.

Moda In Pelle "Prune" Wedge Sandals in black suede (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

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(£79.95, Javari.co.uk)

Steve Madden “Tarin” Wedges

UPDATE (01/05/2011): Reader Jennifer informed us about these Ash look-a-likes by Steve Madden. Available in black or ivory. Thanks, Jennifer!

Steve Madden "Tarin" Wedges in black (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Tarin” Wedgescj
($52, 6pm)

Gianni Bini “Cassie” Sandals

UPDATE (01/05/2011): Found another Ash knockoff by Gianni Bini. This one is either available in grey or nude.

Gianni Bini "Cassie" Sandals in grey (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “Cassie” Sandalsls
($99.99, Dillard’s)

Gabriella Rocha “Akella” Wedges

UPDATE (11/08/2010): Just came across another Ash knockoff by Gabriella Rocha. Available in black or tan.

Gabriella Rocha "Akella" Wedges in black (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Gabriella Rocha “Akella” Wedgescj
($68, Zappos)

N.Y.L.A. “Placido” Stud Wedges

If you, too, have a mopey little budget, but love the look of the Ash wedge sandals, we may have found just the shoe. These “Placido” wedges by N.Y.L.A. look basically identical to the originals with a slightly less exaggerated heel. I’m fairly certain that once on no one would be able to tell the difference. I know there’s not a drastic difference in price, but just consider all the things you could buy with that extra hundo! Available in black and tan.

N.Y.L.A. "Placido" Stud Wedges in black (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Placido” Stud Wedgesamazon
($60, Amazon)

Luichiny “Pass Ive” Studded Wedges

Now here’s a slightly different take on the studded wedge, albeit an equally as ferocious one. These “Pass Ive” wedges by Luichiny boast a super high wedge and a cord bottom and we still have the awesome harness and the studs. Even more affordable than then the N.Y.L.A’s, these are also available in a ton of colors (and by ton I mean 4: black, grey, camel & cognac suede).

Luichiny "Pass Ive" Studded Cork Wedges in black (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Luichiny “Pass Ive” Studded Wedgesls
($54, Shoebuy)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Not Rated “Hot Spot” Stud Wedge Sandals

If you’re a blingy kind of girl (aka the more embellishment, the better!) then these “Hot Spot” wedge sandals by Not Rated might just be for you. The general feel and shape of the sandal is the same as our Ash pick but there’s a lot more gold studding and detailing. These are also a true steal at only $33. Available in black, tan, grey & red suede.

Not Rated "Hot Spot" Stud Wedge Sandals in black suede (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Not Rated “Hot Spot” Stud Wedge Sandalsamazon
($50.81, Amazon)

Liliana “Misana” Gladiator Studded Wedges

If you’re like me you sometimes look at your closet and wonder how in the world you managed to amass so many pairs of black shoes. Well then who are we to suggest you buy yet another pair? If you’re loving the look of the Ash wedges but were wishing for a different/more summer friendly color, then wish granted! I love the cognac color of these Liliana “Misana” Gladiator Studded wedges. It feels light for summer but rich for fall. And guess what? This is our cheapest pick of the bunch! These retail for only $21.97!

Liliana "Misana" Gladiator Studded Wedges in tan (Ash Lovely knockoffs)

Liliana “Misana” Gladiator Studded Wedgesamazon
($21.97, Amazon)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Javari, Zappos, Dillard’s, REVOLVEClothing, Amazon, Shoes.com, AmiClubWear

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Hello hotcakes! Man, these Rock & Republic Romy Chain Strappy Sandals are sssssmokin’ hot, are they not? There is nothing I love better than black leather, a lethal heel, and straps and chains all over the place. If mama were a shoe, this one might be me.

Rock & Republic Romy Chain Strappy Sandals in black

Rock & Republic Romy Chain Strappy Sandalsamazon
($199.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj & CoutureCandycj.

Selena Gomez Loves Rock & Republic

Selena Gomez in Rock & Republic Romy Chain Strappy Sandals in black

Not Rated “Big Sin” Chain Sandals

If you haven’t noticed, Lanvin put chain-ankle heels on the map this year. So I’m not surprised to see Rock & Republic’s totally rock-n-roll take on this trend. Now you can join the chain gang for a measly $59—and while the price tag hardly registers, it doesn’t mean this shoe won’t. Oh no. There’s a reason why Not Rated named this pair “Big Sin.” All I have to say about that is at least your conscience will be clear when you open your monthly credit card statement. Available in black and purple.

Not Rated "Big Sin" Chain Sandals in black (Rock & Republic Romy knockoffs)

Not Rated “Big Sin” Chain Sandalsamazon
($59, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoes.comls & Zapposcj.

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