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: $995! And that’s the lower price limit for this type of Rockstud style. Other variations of the caged flat go as far up as $1.125! Now that’s a lot of money.
Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats, $975 || Net-A-Porter
Also available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifh Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Forward by Elyse Walker, S|Sense, Lane Crawford, Selfridges, Harrods, MyTheresa, Stylebop, David Jones, Bluefly, 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.
Gillaro Studded Pointed Toe Cage Flats
Update (01/05/2019): Spotted these cute and spot-on Valentino Rockstud flat dupes made of genuine leather by Gillaro which come in beige, black and white and look just like the real deal. The price? $56.91.
Gillaro Studded Pointed Toe Cage Flats, $56.91 || YesStyle
Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointy Flats
Update (12/14/2017): Came across these fabulously spot-on Rockstud flat dupes by Royou Yiuoer which come in a variety of 13 colors, are made of leather and cost $55.99. Definitely among my Valentino look for less favorites!
Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointy Flats, $55.99 || Amazon
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 $69.99 you don’t have to neccessarily settle on just one color. Customer ratings average on 4/5 stars which I think is decent for a shoe under $70.
Katypeny Studded T-Strap Flats, $69.99 || 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, $50 || Nordstrom
Also available at Topshop.
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 $89 in black and white patent leather and bronze metallic.
Mivida Studded T-Strap Flats, $89 || YOOX
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, $113.99 || Amazon
SheIn Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats
Update (10/21/2015): Also discovered a set of budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud dupes at SheIn. They cost $22 and come also in black faux leather.
SheIn Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats, $22 || SheIn
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, $39.98 AUD || The Iconic
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, $94.98 AUD || Styletread
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 $40! Total steal deal alert here!
Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flats, $38.95 || Amazon
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, $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 $26.99). Available in black, warm and cool pink as well as white faux patent leather. Happy shopping!
Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flats, $26.99 || Milanoo