There have been so many variations of Valentino’s Rockstud shoes by now, I seriously lost count a long while ago. It’s very obvious that the Rockstud collection is one of Valentino’s if not their biggest breadwinners, so each season they’ll make a few changes to the most popular signature styles, release a new color or two, change up the heel heights, add or remove a strap here and there et voilà, the Rockstud shoe family has grown once again! This slide-on flat mule is Valentino’s newest take on their classic Rockstud pump. If you haven’t noticed yet: mules have become a major shoe trend during the last few years (think Gucci Princetown for example), so Valentino decided to finally incorporate that trend for their newest Rockstud seasonal releases. With all the straps, classic Rockstud styles are usually rather time-consuming and complicated to put on, so these backless mules are a major deviation from the usual Rockstud design M.O.. And I must admit, I do like these slide-on flats a lot as I think the mule design is a clever way to make the Rockstuds more of an easy-to-wear summer shoe option. The potential clientele Valentino is trying to tap with these? Maybe the fab soccer mom on the go, I’m not sure. From personal experience I can say this: I do own a pair of Rockstud dupes of the cage flat version and even though I think they’re super fabulous and comfortable, putting them on definitely takes some time and hence rules them out for me in the summer most times as I prefer not having to fumble with my shoes in the summer heat.
Valentino Rockstud Slide-On Flat Mules, $775 || Matches Fashion
SheIn Studded Decor Point Toe Mule Flats
Update (01/05/2019): Made a fantastic Valentino dupe find discovery today! Check out these spot-on Rockstud slide look-alikes I spotted at SheIn! Almost identical to the pricey designer originals. And did I mention the price? $23! Super steal deal alert!
SheIn Studded Decor Point Toe Mule Flats, $23 || SheIn
Also available at Romwe.
Marc Fisher Amazie Studded Slip-On Slide Flats
If you’re not keen on spending $775 for a pair of designer mules, but you do love the concept of having a fancy easy-to-put-on summer flat à la Rockstud, check out these studded slip-on slides by Marc Fisher which are obvious dead-ringers for the Valentinos above. They do not come in any of the real deal color combinations unfortunately, but apart from that, they’re almost identical and are a lot more affordable at $79 (now on sale for $31.60). Steal deal alert!
Marc Fisher Amazie Studded Slip-On Slide Flats, $39.50 || Marc Fisher
Image source(s): Matches Fashion, Valentino, Harrods, SheIn, Macy’s