We have featured many, many shoes and bags from Valentino’s “Rockstud” family already, but must embarrasingly admit that we have missed out on the most popular style yet, the 4 inch high heel t-strap version as seen below. Sorry, guys! So what could possibly be said about this shoe that hasn’t been said before? It’s THE SHOE by Valentino and you’ve probably seen it like a gazillion times in your Instagram feed, in fashion magazines and on the feet of your favorite celebrities and fashion bloggers. But despite the medial Valentino overexposure I am still just as much in love with the Rockstud heels as they day I first saw them! These heels ooze pure elegance and they’re so versatile, too! Dress them up with a lacey LBD or down with some distressed denim, you will look flawless either way! If you can afford them, that is. $995 is not exactly pocket money.
Valentino Rockstud T-Strap High Heel Pumps, $995 || Nordstrom
Also available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Net-A-Porter, Intermix, Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetch, Selfridges, Harrods, MyTheresa, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.
Style Bloggers Love Valentino
Various personal style bloggers such as Arielle Charnas (Something Navy), Negin Mirsalehi and Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific) have been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pumps.
Mix No. 6 Liraven Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumps
Update (09/18/2018): OMG-OMG-OMG! I think I’ve just found my favorite Valentino Rockstud dupe for under $50! It’s the Liraven pump by Mix No. 6, it looks a lot like the pricey real deal (with one extra strap), comes in black or nude faux patent leather and costs only $49.99. Steal deal alert! Be sure to grab your pair ASAP because I’m sure these designer dupe darlings will sell out quickly!
Mix No. 6 Liraven Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumps, $49.99 || DSW
Also available at DSW (CA).
Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumps
Update (09/18/2018): Favorites first! My personal fave Valentino Rockstud dupe comes from Kaitlyn Pan and I think you’ll have a hard time finding better and more spot-on Valentino look-alikes than the ones they have to offer. I’ve been following Kaitlyn Pan’s product catalog for several months now and they have hands down *the* best-looking designer dupes I’ve seen in a very long time. Sure, these $113.99 heels are not the cheapest Valentino dupes around, but look at the 165 customer reviews raving about their Valentino look for less heels (make sure to also check out the customer’s own photos) and you’ll know this money will be a smart investment as you’ll get a good high-quality dupe that will last you for a while. And did I mention these Rockstud knockoffs come in 19 colors? I simply want them all!
Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Slingback High Heel Pumps, $113.99 || Amazon
Dune London Catelyn Studded T-Bar Pumps
Update (09/07/2018): How cute are these Valentino Rockstud inspired heels by Dune London? They cost $125 and come in either nude/black or nude/nude leather.
Dune London Catelyn Studded T-Bar Pumps, $125 || Dune London
Public Desire Ida Studded T-Strap Stiletto Heels
Update (12/27/2017): Spotted these lovely and very similar Rockstud dupes at Public Desire today! They’re very affordable at £29.99 and come in nude, baby blue and burgundy faux patent leather. Absolutely love these!
Public Desire Ida Studded T-Strap Stiletto Heels, £29.99 || Public Desire
Siren Adora T-Strap Stud Pointy-Toe Pumps
Update (10/25/2017): Discovered another gorgeous and super spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupe from Australia! Check out these awesome studded look-alike pumps by Siren! So close to the real deal, right? Available in black, white, red and nude for $199.95 AUD. Absolutely love these!
Siren Adora T-Strap Stud Pointy-Toe Pumps, $199.95 AUD || Siren
Pink Inc Saint Studded T-Strap High Heel Pumps
Update (05/13/2017): Came across these fabulous and spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Pink Inc today. They come in various colors and uppers, cost $199.95 AUD (approx. $150 USD) and also come in a low heel version. Love, love, love these!
Pink Inc Saint Studded T-Strap High 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 cost $69.99 and come in the cutest colors! Total steal deal alert!
Jessica Simpson Dameera Studded T-Strap Pumps, $69.99 || DSW
Also available at Stein Mart.
Sole Society Tiia Studded T-Strap Heels
Update (12/05/2016): Just found out that Sole Society restocked the Tiia heel in both black and nude patent, so if you missed out on these fab Valentino Rockstud dupes the first time round, now’s your second chance to snag these pretty pumps. You might recognize these studded t-strap heels by Sole Society because we have already featured them in the Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels Real vs. Steal post a while back. That’s because they look like a hybrid between the 4 inch Rockstud and the kitten heel version and could work as a look for less alternative for either of the Rockstuds. And at $69.95 they’re quite affordable, too! Score!
Sole Society Tiia Studded T-Strap Heels, $69.95 || Sole Society
BCBGeneration Darron Studded Strappy Slingback Pumps
Update (12/05/2016): 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
Arturo Chiang Gracen Pointy Toe Studded Pumps
Another fabulous Valentino Rockstud alternative are these studded t-strap pumps by Arturo Chiang which come in various colors including black, nude, red, navy and gold. The heel on these is half an inch shorter than the real deal and they’re not quite as spot-on as the Kaitlyn Pan version, but they do happen to be cheaper and are also made of genuine leather, so that’s quite a steal deal if you ask me. A couple of sizes are already out of stock, so you better hurry if you find yourself fancying a pair.
Arturo Chiang Gracen Pointy Toe Studded Pumps, $59.99 || Dillard’s
Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumps
Here’s another super spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupe for you! It’s by a brand called Royou Yiuoer which obviously is a pretty bad word play on Roger Vivier and is most likely an Asian brand. The quality of these Valentino dupes looks pretty decent as does the price of $59.99 for genuine leather pumps, but it’s a relatively new brand to me and the shoes have received only one customer review yet (which gives them 5 stars though), so that’s why I’ll recommend this one with reservation. Order at your own risk! You can choose between 13 beautiful colors and uppers!
Royou Yiuoer Studded T-Strap Pointed-Toe High Heel Pumps, $59.99 || Amazon
Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumps
If you’re on a tight budget and need a cheap Valentino fix, these Rockstud look-alike PU heels by Loslandifen might do the trick for you. The quality of these is nothing to get all too excited about, but they look like the real deal, are less than $30 and come in a variety of beautiful colors.
Loslandifen Studded T-Strap PU High Heel Pumps, $29.90 || Amazon
Kensie Fizzia Studded T-Strap Heels
OK, last up are these loosely Valentino inspired t-strap suede heels by Kensie. If you like the design concept of the Rockstuds, but don’t want an obvious Valentino dupe, these fall-ready heels might be a great alternative.
Kensie Fizzia Studded T-Strap Heels, $29.99 || Amazon
Image source(s): Nordstrom, Dune London, Public Desire, Siren, Nordstrom Rack, Pink Inc, The Iconic, Amazon, DSW, Dillard’s, Sole Society, Lord & Taylor