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For someone who has always loved the delicacy of high heels and feminine silhouettes when it comes to shoes, lately I’ve been finding myself strangely gravitating more and more to tougher, more masculine footwear for some reason. So much so that I recently decided to take the plunge and went on to buy my very first pair of black, Doc Martens-like lace-up combat boots a few weeks ago and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since! I wear them with black skinny jeans, ripped denim, a flowy knit dress, a cute A-line skirt, you name it; everything seems to kind of work with these boots that will toughen up any look in an instant with their rough and functional design. And if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know I have a soft spot for everything Alexander McQueen. So how could I not love these super badass silver studded metal cap-toe boots? They’re definitely not for the faint of heart and certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I guess this is one of the main reasons I find myself so drawn to them! These heavy boots look like they could easily be part of a funky steampunk cosplay costume. But in a good way! Now that we’ve established the fabulousness of these boots – have you seen that price tag? $1.995! One grand per foot! Sadly, this kind of pricing doesn’t exactly fall into my personal shoe shopping bracket.

Alexander McQueen Hobnail Studded Lace-Up Cap-Toe Ankle Boots in black and silver

Alexander McQueen Hobnail Studded Lace-Up Cap-Toe Ankle Bootsls
($1.995, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Nordstromicon, Net-A-Portericon, Neiman Marcusicon, Bergdorf Goodmanicon, Farfetchicon, Browns Fashion, Italist, Alexander McQueen, Harvey Nichols, Stylebop, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Jeffrey Campbell “Gustine” Studded Cap-Toe Boots

Jeffrey Campbell to the rescue! Now look at these stud-adorned combat lace-up boots here! Aren’t they just so crazy cool? I love the oversized buckles! They’re not identical dupes of the McQueen boots above, but certainly similar enough to double as a great, look for less designer alternative if you can’t afford or simply don’t want to spend 2k on a pair of boots. These darling here might not be a steal at $179.95, but they are over 90% cheaper than the real deal which – I would say – you could consider a steal deal in comparison! Some sizes are already sold out though, so you better be fast if you want to get ahold of these stylish studded biker boots!

Jeffrey Campbell "Gustine" Studded Cap-Toe Boots in black and silver (Alexander McQueen Hobnail dupes)

Jeffrey Campbell “Gustine” Studded Cap-Toe Bootsls
($179.95, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Browns Fashion, Nordstrom

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Real vs. Steal – Céline Rodeo High Ankle Boots

by Irina on September 12, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on September 12, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I feel like lately ankle boots have become the new high heels. Heeled booties? Yes, please! But favorably with a block heel, so the boots stay wearable and the heel height stays manageable. We know by now that French fashion house, Céline, can get away with pretty much anything and everything and still easily maintain that understated coolness vibe. Case in point: their latest “It“-shoe of the moment, the Rodeo High Ankle Boot; a very loooong and very pointy Western-style ankle boot with a wooden block heel and heavy, brass-colored studs along the sole. At first, I wasn’t much of a fan of the boot when I saw it on its own, but once the blogger and street style outfits started rolling in featuring these Cowboy-style infused booties, I was instantly won over: these boots have some serious iconic shoe potential. And if you can afford them, by all means, invest in them! If you can’t, however, just keep on reading to find more budget-conscious options that will give you a similar Céline Rodeo boot look.

Céline Rodeo High Ankle Boots in black

Céline Rodeo High Ankle Boots
(£1.200, Vestiaire Collective)

Also available at The RealReal.

Style Bloggers & Fashion Insiders Love Céline

Personal style bloggers and fashion insiders such as Pernille Teisbaek, Amanda Shadforth (Oracle Fox), Sara Escudero (Collage Vintage) and Jennifer Grace (Native Fox) have all been spotted wearing a pair of Céline Rodeo High Ankle Boots.

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Cape Robbin Kelsey-19 Slip-On Western Bootie Mules

Update (09/12/2017): Came across these slip-on bootie mules by Cape Robbin and instantly thought of the Céline boots above. These are available in black, white and snakeskin faux leather for just $28.99.

Cape Robbin Kelsey-19 Slip-On Western Bootie Mules in black (Céline Rodeo inspired)

Cape Robbin Kelsey-19 Slip-On Western Bootie Mulesamazon
($28.99, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack.

Jeffrey Campbell “Walton” Studded Boots

Update (02/01/2017): Discovered these amazing Céline Rodeo dupe boots by Jeffrey Campbell! They’re available in various colors and retail for $168.

Jeffrey Campbell "Walton" Studded Boots in black (Céline Rodeo dupes)

Jeffrey Campbell “Walton” Studded Boots
($168, Free People)

Also available at Karmalooppjx, Nordstromls, Revolve & Zalando.

BCBGeneration “Jonnie” Stud Detail Block Heel Booties

Update (12/14/2016): Spotted another Céline Rodeo inspired ankle bootie by BCBGeneration. It’s not quite as extreme in its features as the real deal, but close enough to give you a similar look. Available in black leather as well as mink and wheat suede. Currently on sale for $35.99 at Amazon.

BCBGeneration "Jonnie" Stud Detail Block Heel Booties in black (Céline Rodeo dupes)

BCBGeneration “Jonnie” Stud Detail Block Heel Bootiesamazon
($35.99, Amazon)

Also available at ShoeMetrocj, Nordstromls, BCBGenerationls, Sole Society, Revolve & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Office “Levi” Studded Western Boots

I love Office‘s shoes! There I said it. I own several pairs of Office shoes and love them all to death! The quality is pretty decent, the prices are fair and the collections are all very up-to-date and with a lot of designer inspired, budget-friendly options in between. “Levi” is quite obviously inspired by Céline’s Rodeo boots without being a blatant knock-off, plus it’s quite affordable at £64. And it’s also available in a non-studded version if studs aren’t exactly your thing.

Office "Levi" Studded Western Boots in black (Céline Rodeo dupes)

Office “Levi” Studded Western Boots
(£64, Office)

P.S.: Also available at Office London (DE) & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Jessica Buurman “Casse” Studded Wooden Heel Ankle Boots

Deal: Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order!

However, if you want to get as close to the real deal as you can while being on a budget, you might want to consider these spot-on Céline Rodeo boot dupes by Jessica Buurman. They’re a total dead-ringer for the Céline boots and cost “only” $139 instead of £1.200. Consider us sold!

Jessica Buurman "Casse" Studded Wooden Heel Ankle Boots in black (Céline Rodeo knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Casse” Studded Wooden Heel Ankle Boots
($139, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Céline, @pernilleteisbaek Instagram, Oracle Fox, Collage Vintage, Native Fox, Amazon, Urban Outfitters, Dillard’s, Office, Jessica Buurman

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

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.

Style Bloggers and Celebrities in Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels

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J. by J. Renee “Odanda” Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps

Update (07/02/2017): Stumbled upon these fab and budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud look-alike pumps by J. by J. Renee which come in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $50 at Nordstrom Rack. Steal deal alert!

J. by J. Renee "Odanda" Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps in red, black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

J. by J. Renee “Odanda” Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps
($49.97, Nordstrom Rack)

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 versionls.

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 Pumpsls
($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 $64.99 (down from $129.95). Super steal deal alert!

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

J. Renee “OlyviaToo” Studded Heel Sandalsamazon
($64.99, 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 Pumpsls
($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 Amazon.caamazon & Etsy.

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 $29.90! 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
($29.90, 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 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.

Personal Style Bloggers 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 versionls. Love, love, love these!

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

Pink Inc “Saint” Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumpsls
($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 Amazon.caamazon & Etsy.

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 $30 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
($29.90, Amazon)

Kensie “Fizzia” Studded T-Strap Heels

Deal: Use promo code “FOURTH” at checkout to get 25% off clearance and 20% off regular and sale items at Lord & Taylor! Offer valid through July 4th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Exclusions may apply.

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 a great alternative.

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

Kensie “Fizzia” Studded T-Strap Heelsls
($99, Lord & Taylor)

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

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

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, Intermix, 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 $42.99 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
($42.99, 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, Bluefly)

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 Etsy (alternative buying platform for non-US based buyers).

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.

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 Flats
($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 Iconic & 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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