The Rockstud Pump by Valentino
I know I’m a little slow on the uptake with these in the eyes of the blogging world, considering the Valentino Rockstud pumps have been out since 2010 (Valentino since the 1960s), but whatever. My blog (as well as personal style) is still relatively new, and I only now decided that I actually like them. Anything with studs takes me back to my high school punk days, and I don’t really wear anything with studs now (except for a Tylie Malibu bag I picked up from Hautelook awhile back) so at first I looked right over this look. I really only started seeing the style around on cheap fashion sites like Charlotte Russe, but I also saw them adorning the feet of fashion bloggers everywhere. Assuming they couldn’t possibly be rocking something so cheap if they were such a hot item, I finally looked into it, found out about Valentino’s beautifully colorful 2015 Resort collection on Purseforum, and realized their true beginnings. D’oh. Well whatever, I am more of a contemporary, rather than a high couture, kind of girl anyway.
The look of the Rockstud is finally kind of rubbing off on me, now that blogging has kind of opened my eyes to other possibilities for styling myself for photo shoots. However, these are Valentino, and retail at about $995. No surprise, no skin off my back (remember…I don’t hate the high prices, I admire the art!). But there are a few other options out there. Wild Diva has a few copycats scattered around cheaper sites like Charlotte Russe (Red or Black) and UrbanOG (in Leopard, Camel or Black), Sole Society (a favorite of mine) has a more toned-down rendition in a variety of pretty colors. I’m not usually one of cheap knockoffs because they’re just that: cheap, and often fall apart. I prefer items by quality brands that are simply inspired by designer labels, like the Sole Society pumps, which you know will last for awhile. But hey, if you’re just looking for a quick pop to an outfit for an event or a season, why not?
Check out more styles inspired by the Valentino Rockstud Pump below: