So I know you guys will love today’s Real vs. Steal feature because you guys love anything Valentino Rockstud! They almost seem to be your favorite kind here on this designer dupes blog and I certainly can’t or won’t blame you because I do too still love anything Valentino Rockstud despite having seen what must have been hundreds of Rockstud shoes, bags and accessories over the last years. And these 2,5″ block-heeled gladiator sandals are no different, I simply love them! Like really, really, really love them! And I especially love them in this gorgeous cognac brown color with the golden pyramid studs, but they do come in several other colors as well and are also available with a higher 4″ block heel. But this particular one pictured below stole my heart right on the spot! I feel like this Valentino sandal could easily become my most beloved and quite possibly also my most worn shoe in the summer because it’s both fabulous yet also super practical due to its manageable heel height. However, I then took a quick peek at the price tag and instantly kissed this designer shoe dream goodbye. $1.045? Definitely not my kind of shoe shopping budget!
Valentino Rockstud Block Heel Sandals, $1.045 || Neiman Marcus
Kaitlyn Pan Studded Block Heel Open Toe Sandals
I seriously can’t say enough nice things about Kaitlyn Pan shoes! I’ve featured them here on this blog various times already because I’m personally convinced that they make some of the most beautiful, fair priced, high quality designer shoe dupes out there (with a major focus lying on Valentino shoes here)! Case in point: look at this gorgeous Valentino Rockstud sandal dupe! Absolutely lovely, wouldn’t you agree? Now you should be aware that while most of Kaitlyn Pan’s shoes are made of genuine leather, this one is not. This one is faux leather, costs $79.99, comes in 4 colors and 92 raving customer reviews would probably agree with me that this would be an amazing shoe buy! Definitely my personal dupe favorite!
Kaitlyn Pan Studded Block Heel Open Toe Sandals, $79.99 || Amazon
Jessica Simpson Annida Studded Cage Sandals
A close runner-up are these studded block heel sandals by Jessica Simpson however! The design is almost identical with the only noticeable difference being the block heel which is slightly thinner and taller on the JS version (3¼”). Price: 69.99, made of faux leather and available in either brown or black.
Jessica Simpson Annida Studded Cage Sandals, $69.99 || DSW
GC Shoes Valentine Studded Block Heel Sandals
Want Valentino for under $50? Then check out these studded gladiator heels by GC Shoes! Not quite as refined or spot-on as the other two designer dupes above, but certainly still very nice Rockstud look-alikes overall, especially considering the affordable price of $49.99. Available in black, gold or silver blue.
GC Shoes Valentine Studded Block Heel Sandals, $49.99 || DSW
Also available at JCPenney.
Linzi Tessa Studded Gladiator Block Heeled Sandals
Last up are these lovely Valentino-inspired block heel sandals I discovered at Linzi which are also a fantastic look for less option for all you European Valentino Rockstud lovers out there. What I love most about these is the variety that they come in: 17 different versions are available! So many lustworthy colors, uppers and you can choose either between gold or silver studs. Love, love, love!
Linzi Tessa Studded Gladiator Block Heeled Sandals, £35 || Linzi
Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Amazon, DSW, JCPenney, Linzi