Real vs. Steal – Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats

by Irina on May 3, 2017

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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