I have already written in length how much I love everything “Rockstud” from Valentino, so I won’t even start elaborating how I lust over these pyramid studded ankle wrap espadrilles. But the whopping $895 price tag attached to these summer shoe beauties makes them absolutely inaccessible for me. So when I spotted the non-studded ShoeDazzle Morena espadrilles shown below, I thought these would be the perfect fit for a DIY Valentino Rockstud project. Personally, I’m not much of a DIYer, but since this DIY idea would only require ironing on a couple of pre-glued studs, the task sounds actually manageable even for absolute DIY beginners like me. What do you think? Are these shoes worth the effort?
- VALENTINO: Valentino Rockstud Double Ankle-Wrap Flat Espadrilles, $795
- SHOEDAZZLE: ShoeDazzle Morena Wraparound Ankle Strap Espadrilles, $14.98
- STUDS: 100pc Hotfix Iron-On 8mm Flat Back Pyramid Studs, $1.72
275 Central Sedil Studded Espadrilles
Update (03/14/2019): Found another amazing Valentino dupe today! Apart from the spacing of the studs and the round clasp, these studded ankle wrap espadrille flats by 275 Central look almost identical to the Rockstud real deal, wouldn’t you agree? They come in black or white leather and cost $195 which I think is a tad expensive for a pair of espadrilles, but they’re still $600 cheaper than the Valentinos, so might be worth the investment. Or you could try to score them on sale later in the season.
275 Central Sedil Studded Espadrilles, $195 || Jildor
Marc Fisher Graze Espadrille Flats
Update (01/03/2019): Spotted these Valentino inspired studded espadrille flats by Marc Fisher which would be a great look for less alternative to the pricey Rockstud espadrilles above. Available in various colors. These don’t have the two-fold ankle-wrap straps, but otherwise the overall design is almost identical.
Marc Fisher Graze Espadrille Flats, $49.98 || DSW
Fashion Thirsty Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles
Update (04/25/2017): No need for DIYing if you can buy the same designer look for under $20! Check out these studded espadrille flats by Fashion Thirsty which come in various colors and cost only $24.99. Steal deal alert!
Fashion Thirsty Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles, $24.99 || Amazon
EGO Belfast Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles
Update (04/25/2017): Also found these super similar studded espadrille flats by EGO which look just like the designer real deal. They come in various colors and uppers (search Nel for the faux suede version) and cost only £19.99. Worldwide delivery available, by the way.
EGO Belfast Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrilles, £19.99 || EGO
Maiden Lane Studded Ankle-Wrap Platform Espadrilles
Update (04/25/2017): Another Valentino inspired alternative are these espadrilles by Maiden Lane. They have a taller platform, so this might be your way to go if you want to add height without compromising on the comfort. Available in nude or black for $109.
Maiden Lane Studded Ankle-Wrap Platform Espadrilles, $109 || Gilt
Ash Zania Studded Ankle Wrap d’Orsay Espadrille Flats
Update (05/08/2016): Spotted the perfect Valentino Rockstud espadrille look-alikes today! They’re by Ash, come in either black, white, snakeskin or ponyhair animal print and they’re currently on sale for under $80 at Amazon (sale price). Yay!
Ash Zania Studded Ankle Wrap d’Orsay Espadrille Flats, $79.99 || Amazon
Rebecca Minkoff Gilles Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats
Update (03/25/2016): Found a high-quality Rockstud dupe in these Rebecca Minkoff studded espadrille flats. $175, but so fab, right? Available in black, coral, white and denim.
Rebecca Minkoff Gilles Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats, $175 || Shopbop
Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles
Update (03/25/2016): And here’s another suitable and budget-friendly alternative for the Valentino Rockstud DIY project which I’ve found at Forever 21. Available in nude or black faux leather for $19.90.
Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles, $19.90 || Forever 21
Halogen Dylan Espadrille Flats
Update (03/05/2016): Discovered these Halogen espadrilles which instantly reminded me of the Valentino Rockstuds above. Available in black or ivory leather for $89.95.
Halogen Dylan Espadrille Flats, $89.95 || Nordstrom
Cute to the Core Mandy Studded Espadrille Sandals
Update (10/16/2015): Spotted another ready-to-wear Valentino Rockstud dupe if you can’t be bordered to do it yourself. This one’s by Cute to the Core, costs $35 and comes in either black, leopard print or metallic pink.
Cute to the Core Mandy Studded Espadrille Sandals, $35 || ASOS
JustFab Kesnia Espadrille Flats
Update (04/21/2015): If you can’t be bothered with DIY-ing, why not opt for these spot-on, ready-to-wear Valentino espadrille dupes by JustFab instead?
JustFab Kesnia Espadrille Flats, $31.96 || JustFab
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