During the summer season, flip-flops aren’t usually my type of go-to shoes unless I am going to the beach. However, these Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals redefine the mundane flip-flop, making them an elegant semi-casual yet semi-formal summer shoe. And, of course, the stylish fashion blogger and footwear designer, Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, proves all of the statements above. As she pairs them with various outfits, these Valentinos exhibit their endless potential as a versatile summer sandal.
Valentino Rockstud PVC Thong Sandals, $345 || Nordstrom
Capelli New York Studded Bow Flip Flop Sandals
Update (03/29/2019): Another day, another Valentino Rockstud dupe! This one comes from Capelli New York, is available in black and nude and costs less than $20. Steal deal alert!
Capelli New York Studded Bow Flip Flop Sandals, $19.95 || Amazon
Victoria Adames Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals
Update (03/02/2019): Spotted another almost identical Valentino Rockstud PVC sandal dupe! It’s by a brand called Victoria Adames, they cost approx. $25 and the jelly sandals come in a variety of colors including black, red, navy, white and fuchsia.
Victoria Adames Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals, $24.90 || Amazon
Kaitlyn Pan Studded Bow Thong Flip Flops
Update (08/18/2018): Just discovered that Kaitlyn Pan, my favorite brand for Valentino Rockstud dupes, now has a dupe for the PVC thong sandals. Price: $49.99. Available colors: black and nude.
Kaitlyn Pan Studded Bow Thong Flip Flops, $49.99 || Amazon
Royou Yiuoer Studded Bow Flip Flop Sandals
Update (12/05/2017): While these flip flop sandals by Royou Yiuoer may not be made of rubber, the overall look of these thong sandals still reminds me of the Valentinos above, so if you’re looking for a durable alternative that won’t fall apart after one summer, you might want to take a closer look at these darlings.
Royou Yiuoer Studded Bow Flip Flop Sandals, $66.99 || Amazon
Dizzy Rivet Studded Bow Flip Flops
Update (05/04/2017): Found these Valentino inspired jelly flats by Dizzy today and had to share them with you! They come in several colors and are currently on sale for under $20 at Nordstrom Rack. Steal deal alert!
Dizzy Rivet Studded Bow Flip Flops, $19.97 || Nordstrom Rack
Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandals
Update (01/29/2015): Spotted another fabulous and super budget-friendly set of Valentino sandal dupes! Check out these lovely jelly sandals from Wild Diva Lounge. So close to the real deal and under $20! Steal deal alert!
Wild Diva Lounge Joanie-43a Studded Thong Bow Flat Sandals, $18.99 || Amazon
Bakers Caged Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals
Update (01/25/2014): Found another Valentino-inspired studded bow jelly sandal! By Bakers. Available in white, black and nude for $29.95!
Bakers Caged Studded Bow Jelly Thong Sandals, $29.95 || Amazon
GUESS Lolany Studded Jelly Sandals
Update (07/13/2013): And here we go wit yet another fabulous and very affordable Valentino Rockstud Jelly Sandal look-alike. I really love these super similar studded bow jelly sandals by GUESS which are available in either black or white PVC.
GUESS Lolany Studded Jelly Sandals, $19.50 || Zappos
Not Rated Pool Party Studded Jelly Thong Sandals
Update (04/06/2013): Not Rated has also a super fabulous Valentino look-alike sandal available! I especially love the hot pink version and the price of $26.99 ain’t too bad either!
Not Rated Pool Party Studded Jelly Thong Sandals, $26.99 || DSW
Chinese Laundry Lucky One Studded Bow Thong Sandals
Update (04/06/2013): Look at these studded bow thong sandals by Chinese Laundry! Yet another wonderful Valentino for less alternative. Available in black, white and nude!
Chinese Laundry Lucky One Studded Bow Thong Sandals, $29.95 || Amazon
Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flops
Update (02/21/2013): Came across an even more affordable Valentino look-a-like today! Check out these studded jelly flip flops by Wet Seal! Only $12.90 and also available in nude. Love these!
Wet Seal Studded Jelly Flip Flops, $12.90 || Amazon
Dizzy Fusion Studded Rubber Thong Sandals
Update (02/12/2013): Found another amazing and almost identical Valentino Rockstud sandal look-alike! Check out the Fusion by Dizzy for $19! I’m in love! Available in black, mint, nude and red.
Dizzy Fusion Studded Rubber Thong Sandals, $19 || Forever 21
Ivanka Trump Natty Studded Rubber Thong Sandals
Update (02/12/2013): Ivanka Trump also has a very Valentino inspired studded rubber thong sandal which comes in various beautiful colors and costs $21.99 (sale price)!
Ivanka Trump Natty Studded Rubber Thong Sandals, $21.99 || Amazon
Steve Madden JIFFFY Studded Jelly Thong Sandals
Splurging $295 on PVC footwear that can only be worn only during one part of the year is quite the extravagant price to pay. Thanks to Steve Madden, the JIFFFY Studded Jelly Thong Sandals are the perfect budget-friendly alternative to the Valentinos above. Priced at $29.98, they are almost identical to its designer counterpart with only minor differences that are hardly even noticeable.
Steve Madden JIFFFY Studded Jelly Thong Sandals, $29.98 || Steve Madden
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