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, $745 || Nordstrom
Nina Armando Macey Pyramid Studded Pointed-Toe Flats
Update (04/22/2019): Spotted yet another Valentino Rockstud flat dupe! This one is by Nina Armando, it comes in black leather, is super spot-on in terms of Valentino’s iconic Rockstud design and costs AUD $199 which might be on the pricey side for a dupe, but is still considered a steal in comparison to the high-end designer real deal.
Nina Armando Macey Pyramid Studded Pointed-Toe Flats, AUD $199 || The Iconic
Mix No. 6 Almandra Studded Flats
Update (02/16/2019): Just look at these beautiful and almost identical Valentino Rockstud flat dupes by Mix No. 6! So close to the real deal, but so affordable at $44.99! Love, love, love these studded faux patent leather flats which also come in a nude color.
Mix No. 6 Almandra Studded Flats, $44.99 || DSW
Dorothy Perkins PU Holly Stud Flat Pumps
Update (02/16/2019): Another fab and budget-friendly Valentino look for less option are these PU patent flats I discovered at Dorothy Perkins which cost only $37 and also come in a wide fit. Yay!
Dorothy Perkins PU Holly Stud Flat Pumps, $37 || Dorothy Perkins
Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Ballerina Leather Flats
Update (02/16/2019): 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, $103.99 || Amazon
Royou Yiuoer Studded Pointy Ballerina Flats
Update (12/19/2017): Royou Yiuoer strikes once again! Found these super spot-on Valentino flat dupes at Amazon which come in 17 different colors, uppers and finishes, are made of leather and cost $69.99. Looks like this could be quite the designer dupe deal!
Royou Yiuoer Studded Pointy Ballerina Flats, $69.99 || Amazon
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: $69.99. I wouldn’t expect the highest product quality, but customers seem to be mostly satisfied with their $70 designer alternatives.
Katypeny Studded Pointed Toe Flats, $69.99 || 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, $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, $23.99 || SheIn
Also available at Romwe.
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, $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.
Roberto Festa 6005 Pointed Toe Studded Flats, $149 || Jildor
Also available at 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, $37.95 || Shoes.com
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, $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, $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, $69.99 || Steve Madden
Also available at Steve Madden (CA).
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, $79.95 AUD || The Iconic
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, $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 Flats, $79.98 AUD || StyleTread
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, $14.99 || Shiekh
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, $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 by Charlotte Russe.
Charlotte Russe Studded Pointed Toe Flats, $12.99 || Nordstrom Rack
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, $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. Use promo code XOXOJESS for 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman (limited time offer).
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, $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, $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, $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, $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, $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, $23.40 || GoJane