We’ve already written multiple times about the items of Valentino‘s famed “Rockstud“-family and as you might remember, up until now I loved every single bag or shoe that came out with the unmistakably studded silhouette. However, when Valentino brought out a “kitten heel” version of their iconic Rockstud high heels, I wasn’t too impressed at first. Sure, I did love them from the front, but the side view? Not so much. Kitten heels just aren’t my cup of tea and probably will never be, but seeing them on the gorgeous bloggers and celebs below, at least I realized that there are women who can get away with wearing kitten heels (skinny girls with beautiful long legs specifically). What still kept me cringing about these kitten heels though is the hefty price tag of $995!
Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels, $995 || Saks Fifth Avenue
Also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Forward by Elyse Walker, Net-A-Porter, Matches Fashion, Barneys, Selfridges, MyTheresa, Farfetch, Browns Fashion, Luisaviaroma, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.
Style Bloggers, Celebrities Love Valentino
Style bloggers such as Julie from Sincerely Jules, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, Magdalena from Hoard of Trends and celebs such as AnnaSophia Robb and Giovanna Battaglia have all been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels.
J. by J. Renee Odanda Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps
Update (07/02/2017): Stumbled upon these fab and budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud look-alike pumps by J. by J. Renee which come in various colors and are currently on sale for less than $50 at Nordstrom Rack. Steal deal alert!
J. by J. Renee Odanda Studded T-Strap Pointy Toe Pumps, $49.97 || Nordstrom Rack
Also available at J. Renee.
Pink Inc Sphinx Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps
Update (05/13/2017): Came across these lovely 3″ Valentino Rockstud dupes by Pink Inc today. The strap arrangement is a little different, but the Valentino influence is obviously undeniable! They’re not cheap at $199.95 AUD (approx. $150 USD), but they’re made of genuine leather and look like high-quality designer dupes, so might be worth the investment. Also available in nude or all-black patent leather and in a 4″ high heel version.
Pink Inc Sphinx Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Pumps, $199.95 AUD || The Iconic
Jessica Simpson Dameera Studded T-Strap Pumps
Update (05/13/2017): Also discovered these Valentino inspired mid-heel pumps by Jessica Simpson which look like they could be a rebranded version of the BCBGeneration/Sole Society pumps. They also cost $69.95 and come in the cutest colors! Total steal deal alert!
Jessica Simpson Dameera Studded T-Strap Pumps, $69.95 || DSW
J. Renee OlyviaToo Studded Heel Sandals
Update (01/13/2017): Just spotted these fab Valentino Rockstud kitten heel pump look-alikes by J. Renee and had to share them with you as they are currently on sale for a steal-worthy $64.99 (down from $129.95). Super steal deal alert!
J. Renee OlyviaToo Studded Heel Sandals, $64.99 || Amazon
Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps
Update (08/01/2016): Stumbled upon these gorgeous and spot-on Valentino Rockstud kitten heel dupes by Royou Yiuoer which are quite affordable at $57.99 and come in a variety of 14 different colors and uppers. Love, love, love!
Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Kitten Heel Slingback Pumps, $57.99 || Amazon
Billini Jacinda Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps
Update (01/29/2016): Spotted these lovely Valentino Rockstud dupes by Billini today. Available in black or nude for $99.95 AUD.
Billini Jacinda Studded T-Strap Kitten Pumps, $99.95 AUD || Billini
Sole Society Tiia Studded T-Strap Heels
Update (12/17/2015): Now look at this pretty Valentino inspired kitten heel by Sole Society which has just been restocked and is now also available in nude patent! Isn’t it gorgeous? And at $69.95, it’s budget-friendly, too!
Sole Society Tiia Studded T-Strap Heels, $69.95 || Sole Society
Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumps
Update (11/06/2015): If you’re willing to invest more in a more exact Valentino Rockstud dupe, then check out these virtually identical kitten heel pumps by Kaitlyn Pan. They’re made of genuine leather and are available in various colors for $113.99.
Kaitlyn Pan Slingback Kitten Heel Leather Pumps, $113.99 || Amazon
BCBGeneration Darron Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps
Update (11/06/2015): Darron by BCBGeneration is yet another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative which costs $69.95 and comes in various colors and uppers including a gorgeous leopard version. Get this one while it’s still available!
BCBGeneration Darron Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps, $69.95 || DSW
BCBGeneration Niro Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps
Update (08/11/2015): Well, hello there, darlings! Just stumbled upon these lovely Valentino kitten heel dupes by BCBGeneration.
BCBGeneration Niro Studded Strappy Kitten Heel Pumps, $69.95 || DSW
Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumps
Update (07/19/2015): I also spotted these low-heel Valentino dupes by Loslandifen. They come in an amazing array of 14 (!) colors and are currently on sale for $29.90! A high heel version (4,5 inches) can be found here.
Loslandifen T-Strap Studded Mid-Heel Pumps, $29.90 || Amazon
JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps
Update (07/19/2015): Also discovered these cute kitten heel Valentino look-alikes by JY Shoes which are available in either black, nude or blue faux patent leather for under $40.
JY Shoes Studded Strappy Pointy Pumps, $31.90, YesStyle
A similar version with a higher heel is available by Gottabe.
Jessica Buurman CARA Studded High Heel Pumps
Update (01/04/2015): Just happened to stumble upon this set of lovely Valentino Rockstud kitten heel look-alikes at Jessica Buurman. So similar to the real deal, aren’t they? Available for $129 in 15 (!) different colors and uppers. I loooove!, Use promo code XOXOJESS for 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman!
Jessica Buurman “CARA” Studded High Heel Pumps, $129 || Jessica Buurman
G-small Studded Kitten Heels
If you’re really into the kitten heels of the Valentinos above though and are explicitly looking for kitten heels, these here by G-small are pretty much identical but don’t have the designer shoe price tag. Steal deal alert!
G-small Studded Kitten Heels, $56.99 || Amazon
Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps
Another great Valentino Rockstud alternative are these super fabulous kitten heels from Oasap. Available in various color combinations with price points from $50 to $70.
Oasap Studded T-Strap Pumps, $49.99-$72.99 || Oasap
Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps
I also stumbled upon this super cute calf hair Valentino dupe by Gumzzi. Not a steal at almost $100, but the Valentino Rockstud look is spot-on.
Gumzzi T-Strap Studded High Heel Pumps, $97.90 || YesStyle