I love a good pair of shoes. Austin gave me my first pair of Valentino Rockstuds 4 years ago for a birthday present and they are still my favorite shoe. Since then, I’ve purchased another pair of white flats and they have been a pair that I wear frequently. I’m much more of a “flats” girl now, but the heels still hold a special place in my heart!
After posting the Valentino’s over the years, I’ve had several emails, comments and messages asking if I knew of any “similar styles” at a more budget friendly price. Up until now, I honestly didn’t. While there have been several versions of “studded flats”, I’ve never found one that was so similar. A few weeks ago a sweet reader (hi, Melissa!) emailed me about these Rocktsud dupes. I was immediately taken back by how similar they were to the real deal. So much, that I decided to order a pair for myself and give them a little test run. Since this is a request I get so often, I figured you all might want in on this amazing find as well!
COLOR + SIZE
I ordered the Caged Ballerina Leather Flats in the color “Poudre Patent”. Valentino’s are known to run small, so I ordered a 1/2 size up in these just to be safe. I found the 8.5 to fit perfect!
When I opened the box I could not believe how similar the color was to my Valentino Heels in Poudre Patent. Though it’s not exact, you can see the similarities in the photos below. As far as the studs go, they were identical. From shape, size and placement, they were exactly like my original Valentino Rockstuds.
So let’s talk comfort. Valentino’s are known for being a somewhat uncomfortable shoe. They get better after wearing several times, but it can take a while. These shoes arrived just as we were leaving for Vegas so I decided to take them along. It was a risky move on my part because we were doing a lot of walking. You guys- I wore these for 12.5 miles and did not have one blister. Yes, 12.5 miles (my friend tracked our walking on her fitbit). My feet did hurt towards the end of the day, but that would have been normal from just being on our feet the entire day. I wore them again the next day and had zero issues.
In terms of quality, I need to keep wearing them to make a final decision. My initial take is that they look and feel just like the real deal. While I’m not 100% they are made from real leather, they sure do feel like it. They are sturdy and appear to be made well, however only time will tell.
My overall take on these shoes is pretty positive. I am honestly just shocked at how close these look to the real thing. I’m all for investing in quality, but if you are wanting to test this trend without breaking the back, then these might be your best bet.
Thanks for reading! xx Ashley