I’ve finally found it – a nearly perfect copycat to the covet-worthy Valentino Rockstud pumps. I’ve wanted the Valentino beauties for about forever now, but with a pretty hefty price tag, it just never really seemed attainable. I’ve seen a few copies here and there that were o-kay; mostly the trouble was, they tried too hard.
But then came the Sam Edelman Ollie T-strap Pumps, and I was sold. They are perfectly similar to the Valentino Rockstuds, but not too similar; a.k.a., just right. The Sam Edelman version has a similar pointed toe silhouette with a three strap buckle closure and a comfortable low heel, plus those studs. There are obviously some differences, but I think this budget-friendly version has the desired effect.
UPDATE: Just found the BCBGeneration Darron Pump, one of the best Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes I have seen to date. They come in a variety of colors, have a 3½” covered heel, all of the right style and studs with a fun twist on the strap design, and according to reviews, are totally comfortable.