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Update: This post has been updated on May 13, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

We have featured many, many shoes and bags from Valentino’s “Rockstud” family already, but must embarrasingly admit that we have missed out on the most popular style yet, the 4 inch high heel t-strap version as seen below. Sorry, guys! So what could possibly be said about this shoe that hasn’t been said before? It’s THE SHOE by Valentino and you’ve probably seen it like a gazillion times in your Instagram feed, in fashion magazines and on the feet of your favorite celebrities and fashion bloggers. But despite the medial Valentino overexposure I am still just as much in love with the Rockstud heels as they day I first saw them! These heels ooze pure elegance and they’re so versatile, too! Dress them up with a lacey LBD or down with some distressed denim, you will look flawless either way! If you can afford them, that is. $995 is not exactly pocket money.

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap High Heel Pumps in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap High Heel Pumpsls
($995, Nordstrom)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Intermix, Farfetchls, Selfridges, Harrodsls, MyTheresa, Stylebop, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Valentino

Various personal style bloggers such as Negin Mirsalehi and Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific) have been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pumps.

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Pink Inc “Saint” Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Came across these fabulous and spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Pink Inc today. They come in various colors and uppers, cost $199.95 AUD (approx. $150 USD) and also come in a low heel version. Love, love, love these!

Pink Inc "Saint" Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumps (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Pink Inc “Saint” Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumps
($199.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Also discovered these Valentino inspired mid-heel pumps by Jessica Simpson which look like they could be a rebranded version of the BCBGeneration/Sole Society pumps. They also cost $69.95 and come in the cutest colors! Total steal deal alert!

Jessica Simpson "Dameera" Studded T-Strap Pumps in nude and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Update (12/05/2016): Just found out that Sole Society restocked the “Tiia” heel in both black and nude patent, so if you missed out on these fab Valentino Rockstud dupes the first time round, now’s your second chance to snag these pretty pumps.

You might recognize these studded t-strap heels by Sole Society because we have already featured them in the Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels Real vs. Steal post a while back. That’s because they look like a hybrid between the 4 inch Rockstud and the kitten heel version and could work as a look for less alternative for either of the Rockstuds. And at $69.95 they’re quite affordable, too! Score!

Sole Society "Tiia" Studded T-Strap Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels
($69.95, Sole Society)

Also available at Nordstromls & QVCcjcj.

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps

Update (12/05/2016): “Darron” by BCBGeneration is yet another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative which costs $69.95 and comes in various colors and uppers including a gorgeous leopard version. Get this one while it’s still available!

BCBGeneration "Darron" Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Also available at eBayeBay.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumps

Favorites first! My personal fave Valentino Rockstud dupe comes from Kaitlyn Pan and I think you’ll have a hard time finding better and more spot-on Valentino look-alikes than the ones they have to offer. I’ve been following Kaitlyn Pan’s product catalogamazon for several months now and they have hands down *the* best-looking designer dupes I’ve seen in a very long time. Sure, these $113.99 heels are not the cheapest Valentino dupes around, but look at the 165 customer reviews raving about their Valentino look for less heels (make sure to also check out the customer’s own photos) and you’ll know this money will be a smart investment as you’ll get a good high-quality dupe that will last you for a while. And did I mention these Rockstud knockoffs come in 19 colors? I simply want them all!

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumpsamazon
($113.99, Amazon)

Also available at Etsy for non-US based customers.

Arturo Chiang “Gracen” Pointy Toe Studded Pumps

Another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative are these studded t-strap pumps by Arturo Chiang which come in various colors including black, nude, red, navy and gold. The heel on these is half an inch shorter than the real deal and they’re not quite as spot-on as the Kaitlyn Pan version, but they do happen to be cheaper and are also made of genuine leather, so that’s quite a steal deal if you ask me. A couple of sizes are already out of stock, so you better hurry if you find yourself fancying a pair.

Arturo Chiang "Gracen" Pointy Toe Studded Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Arturo Chiang “Gracen” Pointy Toe Studded Pumps
($59.99, Dillard’s)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumps

Here’s another super spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupe for you! It’s by a brand called Royou Yiuoer which obviously is a pretty bad word play on Roger Vivier and is most likely an Asian brand. The quality of these Valentino knockoffs looks pretty decent as does the price of $59.99 for genuine leather pumps, but it’s a relatively new brand to me and the shoes have received only one customer review yet (which gives them 5 stars though), so that’s why I’ll recommend this one with reservation. Order at your own risk! You can choose between 13 beautiful colors and uppers!

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumps in black and red patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumpsamazon
($59.99, Amazon)

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumps

If you’re on a tight budget and need a cheap Valentino fix, these Rockstud look-alike PU heels by Loslandifen might do the trick for you. The quality of these is nothing to get all too excited about, but they look like the real deal, are less than $40 and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumpsamazon
($32.99, Amazon)

Kensie “Fizzia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Deal: Use promo code “SUPER” at checkout to get 20% off regular and sale items at Lord & Taylor! Offer valid through May 15th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

OK, last up are these loosely Valentino inspired t-strap suede heels by Kensie. If you like the design concept of the Rockstuds, but don’t want an obvious Valentino dupe, these fall-ready heels might be great alternative.

Kensie "Fizzia" Studded T-Strap Heels in black and taupe suede (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Kensie “Fizzia” Studded T-Strap Heelsls
($49.50, Lord & Taylor)

Image source(s): Nordstrom, VivaLuxury, Negin Mirsalehi, Fashion Hippie Loves, Atlantic-Pacific, Style Pantry, Could I Have That?, Pink Inc, The Iconic, Amazon, DSW, Dillard’s, Sole Society, Lord & Taylor

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Update: This post has been updated on May 13, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

We’ve already written multiple times about the items of Valentino‘s famed “Rockstud“-family and as you might remember, up until now I loved every single bag or shoe that came out with the unmistakably studded silhouette. However, when Valentino brought out a “kitten heel” version of their iconic Rockstud high heels, I wasn’t too impressed at first. Sure, I did love them from the front, but the side view? Not so much. Kitten heels just aren’t my cup of tea and probably will never be, but seeing them on the gorgeous bloggers and celebs below, at least I realized that there are women who can get away with wearing kitten heels (skinny girls with beautiful long legs specifically). What still kept me cringing about these kitten heels though is the hefty price tag of $995!

Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heelsls
($995, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Selfridges, MyTheresa, Farfetchls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers, Celebrities Love Valentino

Style bloggers such as Julie from Sincerely Jules, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, Magdalena from Hoard of Trends and celebs such as AnnaSophia Robb and Giovanna Battaglia have all been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels.

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Pink Inc “Sphinx” Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Came across these lovely 3″ Valentino Rockstud dupes by Pink Inc today. The strap arrangement is a little different, but the Valentino influence is obviously undeniable! They’re not cheap at $199.95 AUD (approx. $150 USD), but they’re made of genuine leather and look like high-quality designer dupes, so might be worth the investment. Also available in nude or all-black patent leather and in a 4″ high heel version.

Pink Inc "Sphinx" Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Pink Inc “Sphinx” Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps
($199.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps

Update (05/13/2017): Also discovered these Valentino inspired mid-heel pumps by Jessica Simpson which look like they could be a rebranded version of the BCBGeneration/Sole Society pumps. They also cost $69.95 and come in the cutest colors! Total steal deal alert!

Jessica Simpson "Dameera" Studded T-Strap Pumps in nude and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Jessica Simpson “Dameera” Studded T-Strap Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

J. Renee “OlyviaToo” Studded Heel Sandals

Update (01/13/2017): Just spotted these fab Valentino Rockstud kitten heel pump look-alikes by J. Renee and had to share them with you as they are currently on sale for a steal-worthy $31.99 (down from $129.95, this is a saving of more than 75%). Super steal deal alert!

J. Renee "OlyviaToo" Studded Heel Sandals in black patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

J. Renee “OlyviaToo” Studded Heel Sandalsamazon
($31.99, Amazon)

Also available at 6pm & Nordstrom Rack.

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps

Update (08/01/2016): Stumbled upon these gorgeous and spot-on Valentino Rockstud kitten heel dupes by Royou Yiuoer which are quite affordable at $59.99 and come in a variety of 14 different colors and uppers. Love, love, love!

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumpsamazon
($59.99, Amazon)

Billini “Jacinda” Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps

Update (01/29/2016): Spotted these lovely Valentino Rockstud dupes by Billini today. Available in black or nude for $99.95 AUD.

Billini "Jacinda" Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Billini “Jacinda” Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps
($99.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Update (12/17/2015): Now look at this pretty Valentino inspired kitten heel by Sole Society which has just been restocked and is now also available in nude patent! Isn’t it gorgeous? And at $69.95, it’s budget-friendly, too!

Sole Society "Tiia" Studded T-Strap Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Sole Society “Tiia” Studded T-Strap Heels
($69.95, Sole Society)

Also available at Nordstromls & QVC.

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumps

Update (11/06/2015): If you’re willing to invest more in a more exact Valentino Rockstud dupe, then check out these virtually identical kitten heel pumps by Kaitlyn Pan. They’re made of genuine leather and are available in various colors for $113.99.

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumps (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumpsamazon
($113.99, Amazon)

Also available at Etsy for non-US based customers.

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps

Update (11/06/2015): “Darron” by BCBGeneration is yet another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative which costs $69.95 and comes in various colors and uppers including a gorgeous leopard version. Get this one while it’s still available!

BCBGeneration "Darron" Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Darron” Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Also available at eBay.

BCBGeneration “Niro” Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps

Update (08/11/2015): Well, hello there, darlings! Just stumbled upon these lovely Valentino kitten heel dupes by BCBGeneration.

BCBGeneration "Niro" Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps in black and red (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Niro” Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps
($69.95, DSW)

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumps

Update (07/19/2015): I also spotted these low-heel Valentino dupes by Loslandifen. They come in an amazing array of 14 (!) colors and are currently on sale for $39.99! A high heel version (4,5 inches) can be found hereamazon.

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumps in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumpsamazon
($39.99, Amazon)

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps

Update (07/19/2015): Also discovered these cute kitten heel Valentino look-alikes by JY Shoes which are available in either black, nude or blue faux patent leather for under $40.

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps in black, nude and blue patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel knockoffs)

JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps
($31.90, YesStyle)

Jessica Buurman “CARA” Studded High Heel Pumps

Update (01/04/2015): Just happened to stumble upon this set of lovely Valentino Rockstud kitten heel look-a-likes at Jessica Buurman. So similar to the real deal, aren’t they? Available for $129 in 15 (!) different colors and uppers. I loooove!

Jessica Buurman "CARA" Studded High Heel Pumps in red, black and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “CARA” Studded High Heel Pumps
($129, Jessica Buurman)

G-small Studded Kitten Heels

If you’re really into the kitten heels of the Valentinos above though and are explicitly looking for kitten heels, these here by G-small are pretty much identical but don’t have the designer shoe price tag. Steal deal alert!

G-small Studded Kitten Heels in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud Kitten knockoffs)

G-small Studded Kitten Heelsamazon
($56.99, Amazon)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps

Another great Valentino Rockstud alternative are these super fabulous kitten heels from Oasap. Available in various color combinations with price points from $50 to $70.

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps (Valentin Rockstudd Kitten knockoffs)

Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps
($49.99-$72.99, Oasap)

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps

I also stumbled upon this super cute calf hair Valentino dupe by Gumzzi. Not a steal at almost $100, but the Valentino Rockstud look is spot-on.

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps in black calf hair (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps
($97.90, YesStyle)

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Update: This post has been updated on May 2, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Don’t get me wrong: I loooooove high heels with utmost passion, but when summer is blazing its heatwaves upon us, the last thing I would think of wearing are high heeled shoes. A good flat sandal that you can easily slide in and out of and walk in for hours is absolutely essential in the summer; especially if you’re planning to go on vacation. Flip flops would be an obvious choice here, but aren’t we so over them by now? That’s why I am absolutely smitten with these backless knotted sandal leather slides by Joie. I love their minimalistic yet chic design (made in Italy, btw) and the supple cowhide leather; these would go with almost anything in my wardrobe. And while they’re not terribly expensive at $125, we understand that many of you are on a budget, so we made it our mission to find some great alternative options for much less. Just keep on reading.

Joie a la Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals in black and brown

Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandalsls
($125, Shopbop)

Also available at Zappos, Amazonamazon, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Joie, Nordstromls, DSW, Neiman Marcusls & Bloomingdale’s.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Joie

Celebs such as Reese Witherspoon and various personal style bloggers have been spotted wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals.

Reese Witherspoon, Risa (Really Risa) and Jessie (Diary of Ambitions) wearing Joie A La Plage Nice Knot Thong Sandals

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Dorothy Perkins “Frazer” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Here’s another absolutely fabulous and spot-on Joie Nice dupe to add to the list. It’s by Dorothy Perkins, comes in either black or white faux leather and costs $25. Love these!

Dorothy Perkins "Frazer" Knotted Thong Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Dorothy Perkins “Frazer” Knotted Thong Sandals
($25, Dorothy Perkins)

Also available at Debenhams, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals

Update (05/02/2017): Also found these fabulous leather sandals by Pieces which are obviously inspired by Joie as well. Made of genuine leather, price: £32.

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals in black and nude (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Pieces Knotted Thong Leather Sandals
(£32, Pieces)

Also available at Bestseller.

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals

Update (04/20/2017): Today I browsed the Charlotte Russe website and came across these steal-worthy Joie sandal look-alikes which come in either rosegold or faux snakeskin are just $9.09! Steal deal alert!

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Charlotte Russe T-Strap Slide Sandals
($9.09, Charotte Russe)

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals

Update (03/28/2017): Spotted another Joie Nice inspired set of thong sandals! These here are by Massimo Matteo, they’re made of genuine leather and cost only $45! Also available in various other colors.

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Massimo Matteo Thong 17 Sandals
($45, Zappos)

Merona “Malia” Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2017): Check out these amazing Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Merona which are super budget-friendly ($19.99!) and come in either black, tan, silver or raspberry red. Absolutely love this designer dupe steal find!

Merona "Malia" Thong Sandals in black and tan (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Merona “Malia” Thong Sandals
($19.99, Target)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Discovered these spot-on Joie Nice dupe sandals by Rock & Candy today which are available in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $25! Major steal deal alert! This sandal is also available with a 1,25″ stacked heel here if you need some extra height.

Rock & Candy "Blaney" Thong Sandals in black and orange (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Rock & Candy “Blaney” Thong Sandals
($24.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals

Update (12/14/2016): Also found these knotted summer sandals by Wanted which are a spot-on dupe of the Joie originals. They’re a little pricey at $129.95 AUD, but once they go on sale these might be a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal. Available in tan, white, silver and leopard.

Wanted "Munn" T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals in tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage dupes)

Wanted “Munn” T-Bar Knotted Flat Sandals
($129.95 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another very affordable Joie Nice alternative today! How cute are these knotted t-strap slides by Old Navy? Available in black, cognax or white faux leather for $24.94.

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals in cognac brown and black (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Old Navy T-Strap Slide Sandals
($24.94, Old Navy)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Here’s a fab Joie Nice look-alike by Lucky Brand which is available for less than 1/3 of the price of the real deal. Available in black, tan, blue and watermelon pink leather.

Lucky Brand "Ari" Thong Sandals in black, tan and blue (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Lucky Brand “Ari” Thong Sandals
($35.99, 6pm)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Shoes.comls.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/22/2016): Forever 21 now has a lovely non-suede Joice Nice dupe stocked! Available in black, tan, white and gold faux leather for a very budget-friendly price of $12.90! Steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals in black, tan and white (Joie Nice A La Plage knockoffs)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Thong Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Spotted these amazing and spot-on Joie Nice look-alike sandals by Steve Madden. Available for $19.80 in various colors. Made of genuine leather. Love these!

Steve Madden "Olivia" Knotted Thong Flat Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Steve Madden “Olivia” Knotted Thong Flat Sandalsamazon
($19.80, Amazon)

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandals

Update (03/09/2016): Also discovered these Joie dupes by Rebels which are currently on sale for $20.95. There’s also a very cute cow-hair version available for a little over $30.

Rebels "Paitlyn" Knotted Thong Sandals in tan and gold metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Rebels “Paitlyn” Knotted Thong Sandalsamazon
($20.95, Amazon)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals

Update (03/06/2016): These Alex + Alex thong sandals have an extra back strap, but the overall design is obviously inspired by the Joie sandals above.

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Alex + Alex Leather Thong Sandals
($69, Gilt)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides

Update (03/09/2016): Also love the fun colors of these Joie inspired flat sandals by Maiden Lane. So many colorful options! Love it!

Maiden Lane "Gia" Thong Slides (Joie A La Plage Nice dupes)

Maiden Lane “Gia” Thong Slides
($19.99, Gilt)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals

Update (12/13/2015): Spotted these lovely faux suede Joie Nice dupes at Forever 21 for a steal price of $12.90. Love every one of the colors!

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals (Joie Nice Plage dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Suede Sandals
($12.90, Forever 21)

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

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals

If you’re on a really tight budget, then these cute thong sandals by Mossimo Supply Co. are probably your best option. The design is spot-on, they come in three different colors (black, brown and white) and they can be yours for less than $15! Only downside? These are made of PU leather, so no promises regarding durability and/or sweaty feet here.

Mossimo Supply Co. "Ainsley" Knot Thong Sandals in black and cognac brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Mossimo Supply Co. “Ainsley” Knot Thong Sandals
($13.98, Target)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals

If you’re willing to invest a little more for a genuine leather option, check out these chic summer sandals by Sole Society. Again, these are pretty much a spot-on dupe compared to the Joies above (plus, I love that these are made of genuine leather). The price of $29.98 (sale!) ain’t too bad either (that’s less than half the price of the real deal).

Sole Society "Sarena" Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandals in black and platinum metallic (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Sole Society “Sarena” Knotted Slip-On Thong Sandalsls
($29.98, Sole Society)

Also available at Nordstromls.

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals

Another look-for-less option would be these huarache sandals by Naya. They have a very similar design and come in various color combinations (and are genuine leather, too), plus they’re currently on sale for a budget-friendly $44.99.

Naya "Crescent" Huarache Sandals in black and brown (Joie A La Plage Nice knockoffs)

Naya “Crescent” Huarache Sandals
($44.99, 6pm)

Also available at Amazonamazon.

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Update: This post has been updated on April 3, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Now that Christmas is only 2 days away I know you’re probably super busy shopping for last minute gifts (guilty as charged!), wrapping presents and finalizing your Christmas menu, but there’s always some time to appreciate a beautiful shoe, right? This red suede fringed block-heel beauty by Aquazzura might look familiar as we’ve featured its 4″ stiletto heel sibling in a previous Real vs. Steal post. But as much as we love a sky-high stiletto high-heel shoe, even the comfiest of them still isn’t comfy. Wearing high heels is painful, often exhausting, sometimes even downright dangerous (hello, cobblestone pavement!), so I’m super happy to see mid-heeled block-heels taking the wheel in the footwear trend scene right now. Because happy feet = happy me! And these Aquazzura sandals are a prime example that show that block-heeled shoes can look just as sexy and beautiful as their high-heeled counterparts. Too bad these beauties cost a whopping $785 though! Luckily, we’ve found a few budget-friendly alternatives that will give you the designer look for a fraction of the price.

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandals in red suede

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandalsls
($785, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Shopbopls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Selfridges, Luisaviaroma & Lane Crawfordls.

Sole Society “Sera” Fringe Strap Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Spotted these amazingly similar fringe block heel sandals at Sole Society which look just like the real deal, but cost only a fraction of the price. Available for $89.95 in red, taupe or blue suede.

Sole Society "Sera" Fringe Strap Heeled Suede Sandals (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Sole Society “Sera” Fringe Strap Heeled Sandalsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Sole Society & QVCcjcj.

JustFab “Jean” Fringe Block Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Also discovered these budget-friendly Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes at JustFab. They come in 4 colors (taupe, red, black and yellow) and can be yours for as low as $9.99 (first item purchase for JustFab members). Stea deal alert!

JustFab "Jean" Fringe Block Heeled Sandals in red and yellow faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

JustFab “Jean” Fringe Block Heeled Sandals
($9.99, JustFab)

BP. “Karla” Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Another great Aquazzura alternative are these block heel sandals by BP. which are made of genuine leather and retail for $59.95. They miss the fringe detail on the front strap, but the overall design is still quite similar to the designer version above. Available in blush, blue and black suede.

BP. "Karla" Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals in blush and blue (Aquazzura Wild Thing City inspired)

BP. “Karla” Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandalsls
($59.95, Nordstrom)

Spurr “Aisha” Fringe Block Heels

Update (01/28/2017): Stumbled upon another lovely Aquazzura Wild Thing City alternative today! “Aisha” by Spurr looks a lot like the real deal, comes in 3 colors (coral, black and pink blush microsuede) and costs $41.97 AUD!

Spurr "Aisha" Fringe Block Heels in coral and blush pink micro suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Spurr “Aisha” Fringe Block Heels
($41.97 AUD, The Iconic)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals

May I introduce you to “Saige” by Athena Alexander? A gorgeous and spot-on Aquazurra Wild Thing City dupe available in either red, grey or black faux suede for $97.95. No need to spend $800 if you can have the exact same designer look for under $100, right?

Athena Alexander "Saige" Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals in red faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandalsamazon
($97.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Zappos, 6pm & DSW.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals

My favorite Aquazzura Wild Thing alternative however is this one by Kaitlyn Pan. Why? Well, first off: it’s just as spot-on as the Athena Alexander version, but it is made of genuine suede and also costs $13 less ($84.99). Plus, the available colors (red, blue = my fave, tan and black) are absolutely gorgeous, too.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals in red (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandalsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Sole Society, JustFab, Nordstrom, The Iconic, Amazon

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

Great flats are hard to find. Especially ones that will look chic even with work attire. These ballerinas by Valentino are perfect to wear with chic cigarette pants to the office and look just as fantastic with leggings and a tunic on the weekend. The studs give them a little bit of a vampy edge while the color makes fair-skinned legs look longer. There is even a tiny hint of a heel to balance them out and provide an extra bit of polish. But even though they are quite gorgeous, they are also a little too expensive for everyday flats. The concept is not completely lost though; there are at least a couple inspired-by versions out there for way less. Keep scrolling down for more tips and info on where to find them!

Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats in nude patent

Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flatsls
($745, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Harrods, MyTheresa, Selfridges, Net-A-Porterls & David Jonesls.

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Whitney Port wearing black Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flats

Katypeny Studded Pointed Toe Flats

Update (03/29/2017): Stumbled upon yet another awesome set of spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes today! They’re by a brand called Katypeny and come in a variety of 16 different color combinations which are all made of faux leather. Price point: $35.99 – $39.99. I wouldn’t expect the highest product quality, but customers seem to be mostly satisfied with their $40 designer alternatives.

Katypeny Studded Pointed Toe Flats (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Katypeny Studded Pointed Toe Flatsamazon
($35.99, Amazon)

Dame Rose Studded Patent Ballet Flats

Update (11/28/2016): Just discovered these Valentino Rockstud deadringers by Dame Rose. They’re spot-on and currently on sale for $73. But hurry, only few sizes are left!

Dame Rose Studded Patent Ballet Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Dame Rose Studded Patent Ballet Flats
($73, Yoox)

SheIn Pointed Toe Studded Flats

Update (07/20/2016): Spotted another very pretty and very budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud alternative today! Available at SheIn in either black, white rose or hot pink faux patent leather for $23.99! Yay to this steal deal!

SheIn Pointed Toe Studded Flats in patent faux leather (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

SheIn Pointed Toe Studded Flats
($23.99, SheIn)

P.S.: Also available at Romwe.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Ballerina Leather Flats

Update (02/19/2016): Well, hello there, super mega perfect Valentino Rockstud dupes! Kaitlyn Pan strikes again. Absolutely adore these spot-on genuine leather ballet flats which are currently on sale for a little over $100 which I think is a fair price for this kind of quality shoe! Also available in various other colors and uppers.

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Ballerina Leather Flats in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Ballerina Leather Flatsamazon
($103.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy (alternative buying platform for non-US based buyers).

INC International Concepts “Zabbie” Pointed-Toe Flats

Update (02/19/2016): These studded flats by INC International Concepts offer the Valentino look without being an identical knock-off. Available in black or nude for a little over $60 (sale price!).

INC International Concepts "Zabbie" Pointed-Toe Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

INC International Concepts “Zabbie” Pointed-Toe Flats
($62.65, Macy’s)

Roberto Festa 6005 Pointed Toe Studded Flats

Update (02/19/2016): Also spotted these amazing Valentino inspired Italian flats by Roberto Festa. At $298 they are everything but a steal (now on sale for $149!), but they are almost $450 $596 cheaper than the real deal and they’re made in Italy afterall, so the quality should be superb. Also available in other colors (Yoox).

Roberto Festa Pointed Toe Studded Flats in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Roberto Festa 6005 Pointed Toe Studded Flatscj
($149, Footnotes)

P.S.: Also available at Jildor & Yoox.

Skechers “Cleo” Studded Ballet Flats

Update (02/19/2016): A more rounded Valentino Rockstud inspired alternative is available by Skechers for under $40.

Skechers "Cleo" Studded Ballet Flats in black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Skechers “Cleo” Studded Ballet Flatsls
($37.95, Shoebuy)

Bongo “MaryKate” Studded Ballet Flats

Update (08/08/2015): OMG! I just spotted these cute Valentino Rockstud ballet flat dupes by Bongo and went almost hysteric when I saw the price. $14.99, people! I think this has to be our cheapest steal find yet. Better snap them up quick, all sizes are still available as I am writing this.

Bongo "MaryKate" Studded Ballet Flats in black and red faux patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Bongo “MaryKate” Studded Ballet Flats
($14.99, Kmart)

Spurr “Bambi” Studded Ballet Flats

Update (08/08/2015): Also discovered these super spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Spurr which come in either nude or black faux patent and retail for $39.95 AUD.

Spurr "Bambi" Studded Ballet Flats in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Spurr “Bambi” Studded Ballet Flats
($39.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Steve Madden “Lansingg” Studded Point-Toe Flats

Update (06/28/2015): Spotted a Valentino inspired studded flat at Steve Madden today. Available in either black or nude shiny faux leather for $69.99.

Steve Madden "Lansingg" Studded Point-Toe Flats in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Lansingg” Studded Point-Toe Flatsls
($69.99, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

Billini “Crush” Pyramid Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats

Update (05/22/2015): More Valentino Rockstud flat look-alikes! Aren’t these pointy studded flats by Billini absolutely amazing and spot-on? And the price seems to be reasonable as well. Love!

Billini "Crush" Pyramid Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats in black, nude and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Billini “Crush” Pyramid Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats
($79.95 AUD, The Iconic)

P.S.: Also available at Wanted Shoes.

Pink Inc “Bishop” Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats

Update (05/22/2015): Another lovely Rockstud dupe are these flats by Pink Inc. They’re made of genuine leather and hence are more expensive compared to the faux leather Valentino dupes.

Pink Inc "Bishop" Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Pink Inc “Bishop” Studded Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats
($169.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Diavolina “Miranda” Pyramid Studded Pointed Flats

Update (05/19/2015): Stumbled upon these spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Diavolina today. Available in various colors for $79.98 AUD (sale price!).

Diavolina "Miranda" Pyramid Studded Pointed Ballet Flats in black, nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Diavolina “Miranda” Pyramid Studded Pointed Flatsls
($79.98 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic & eBayeBay.

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats

Update (04/12/2015): Discovered these fab and spot-on Valentino Rockstud flat look-alikes by Wild Diva Lounge today and instantly had to share them with you.

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats in nude, black and yellow faux patent leather (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Pippa-36 Pyramid Stud Ballerina Flats
($16.99, Shiekh)

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

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats

Update (01/06/2015): Here’s another set of lovely pastel-colored Valentino Rockstud dupes by Fanyo for under $20.

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats in pink, mint, black and white (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Fanyo Studded Patent Flats
($19.71, YesStyle)

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Flats

Update (01/06/2015): Discovered these fun-colored and super affordable Valentino Rockstud look-alike flats at Charlotte Russe.

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Flats in neon pink, neon yellow, nude and black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Flats
($12.99, Charlotte Russe)

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats

Update (09/21/2014): Stumbled upon these cute and super budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud ballet flat dupes at GoJane today. Available in various colors for $20! Yay!

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats in nude and black (Valetino Rockstud knockoffs)

GoJane Studying Pyramids Faux Leather Flats
($20.70, GoJane)

Jessica Buurman “CARRIE” Studded Ballet Flat Sandals

Update (01/25/2014): Found another great Valentino ballet flat dupe at Jessica Buurman! They’re currently on sale for $109 and come in a variety of colors including lavender (my personal fave!), white, pink, green, yellow and more.

Jessica Buurman "CARRIE" Studded Ballet Flat Sandals in black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “CARRIE” Studded Ballet Flat Sandals
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats

Update (08/15/2013): Check out these Valentino Rockstud dupes by Ken up which are currently on sale for $38.17 and come in either nude or light blue PU leather.

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats in nude and baby blue patent (Valentino knockoffs)

Ken up Rockstud Ballerina Flats
($38.17, Chicwish)

Sole Society “Martine” Stud Detail Flats

Update (04/13/2013): Just stumbled upon these cute and budget-friendly Valentino look-a-likes by Sole Society! Aren’t they lovely? Also available in snakeskin.

Sole Society "Martine" Stud Detail Flats in black and burgundy patent (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Sole Society “Martine” Stud Detail Flats
($49.95, Sole Society)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats

Update (03/27/2013): Forever 21 have also great Valentino Rockstud flat alternatives which come in 3 different colors. Only $24.80!

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Flats
($24.80, Forever 21)

Nine West “Surrender” Studded Flats

Update (12/27/2012): Just came across these fab Valentino inspired flats by Nine West.

Nine West "Surrender" Studded Flats in red and black (Valentino knockoffs)

Nine West “Surrender” Studded Flats
($39.99, Nine West)

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flats

This first version by C Label has the same studs as the original as well as the beautiful overall shape and construction. The small difference is their slightly higher heel which I love because even though flats are phenomenal for long days on your feet, that extra half inch goes a long way. But that definitely wouldn’t change how you’d wear them; they would still be perfect with skinny or tailored boot cut trousers and a feminine blouse for work. Just throw on a colorful cardigan and instantly feel inspired by a fresh new take on a little 1950’s glamour.

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

C Label Hudson 10 Studded Ballerina Flatsamazon
($11.99, Amazon)

GoJane Studded Flats

The second option we found is from GoJane, and at under $25 for the pair, you can be sure you’re getting a steal. This style works especially well when worn with jeans and a tee for running errands or grabbing brunch or coffee over the weekend with friends. The cut of the shoe is the exactly same as the designer version, the only difference is the hardware and studs, which are more modest in design. But while the other styles might be dressier, these still look sharp and classic; plus your feet will thank you for giving them a day of rest once in a while.

GoJane Studded Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

GoJane Studded Flats
($23.40, GoJane)

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