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

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.

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LeAnn Rimes and Jennifer Lopez wearing Valentino Rockstud Gladiator Sandals

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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 Sandals
($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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Update: This post has been updated on May 10, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Anyone remember these Zara flats? For a couple of weeks, these were the no. 1 shoes on Instagram and it seemed like everyone and their mom owned a pair. If they look somehow familiar to you, you’re absolutely right as they are a beautiful hybrid of Isabel Marant’s studded Leo flats and Aquazzura’s Christy lace-up flats (see another lovely Isabel Marant and Aquazzura hybrid example here). I’m not sure how much they retailed for, but I guess probably somewhere around $80. Now that isn’t expensive for a pair of chic flats and probably also the reason why these babies were sold out in no time at Zara. I tried my best to score them, but no such luck! Boohoo!

Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats in black

Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats
(Price Unknown, Vestiaire Collective)

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Various personal style bloggers and IGers have been spotted wearing Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats.

Style Bloggers and IGers wearing black Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats

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Athena Footwear “Danielle” Lace-Up Flats

Update (05/10/2016): Steal deal alert! Check out these fabulous lace-up flats by Athena Footwear which are available in either black, nude or denim and are currently on sale for under $20. Yay!

Athena Footwear "Danielle" Lace-Up Flats in black (Zara dupes)

Athena Footwear “Danielle” Lace-Up Flats
($19.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Billini “Adrienne” Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (04/15/2016): Found another great and budget-friendly Zara dupe today! This one’s by Billini and it’s available in black or nude faux leather for $79.95 AUD.

Billini "Adrienne" Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black (Zara knockoffs)

Billini “Adrienne” Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats
($79.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Verali “Stella” Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats

If you weren’t lucky back then as well, here’s your second chance, ladies: these chic eyelet-studded lace-up flats by Verali are a spot-on Zara dupe and they are available in either black or tan for just $79.95 AUD. Yay!

Verali "Stella" Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats in brown and black (Zara dupes)

Verali “Stella” Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats
($79.95 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic.

Pedder Red “Joey” Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flats

Another great alternative would be these suede lace-up flats by Pedder Red. They’re probably more expensive than the original Zara version, but the quality looks pretty good here, so they might be worth the splurge. Available for $165 in various colors and uppers.

Pedder Red "Joey" Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Pedder Red “Joey” Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flatsls
($165, Lane Crawford)

P.S.: Also available at Lane Crawford (UK)ls.

Image source(s): eBay, Fashion by MNP, Instagram (@raquelnunez8, @claraalonsonet, @yasmin_dxb, @gvp_loves, @zaratolouboutin), Nordstrom Rack, The Iconic, Styletread, Lane Crawford

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