Valentino Rockstud Pumps (and its lookalikes)

August 06, 2012

Life is funny sometimes. Really, just when you think you've already explored every option and resigned yourself to a lesser recourse, the opportunity to walk down the original path springs up.

My shoe story illustrates this anomaly quite well.

A little less than a year ago, I became quite consumed with the idea of owning a pair of Valentino studded pumps. I was open to either black or "poudre" (powder) and was negotiable on the height of the heel. After months of fruitless search, I was even amenable to the idea of paying full price. Alas, it seemed I was a beat behind the fashion phenoms and I couldn't for the life of me locate a pair in my size.

I then began what is known as the "ebay scramble" - what one does when she realizes that she missed out on something she didn't know she need or wanted. When my ebay search came up empty, I was disappointed and thought all hope was lost (I know...they are just shoes). At around the same time, my friend M, who is well connected and has lots of other fashion-conscious friends, was in a similar dilemma. She called in a favor and got us both on the waitlist for Valentino lookalikes that one of her friends was planning on ordering from a Chinese website (sort of like ebay/amazon in concept...sells candles, cars, and everything in between). It was my first experience ordering from the website and I had no idea what to expect but when the dusts had settled I was feeling pretty excited about finally owning shoes that are similar to the studded pumps.

Almost immediately after I remitted payment for my lookalikes, it was like the stars aligned and nearly every major department store received more stock of the Valentino pumps. I felt ambivalent about my previous purchase and was angry at myself for not waiting just a bit longer. I did quickly place an order for a pair of poudre 4-in pumps from Nordstrom's.
To be honest, the shoes were underwhelming for $900 and I returned them the day I stumbled upon and purchased a pair of mid-heel studded pumps on sale at Neiman Marcus (a past season popback).
I should address my purchase from this Chinese seller and why I would caution you against ordering. While the store admits that the shoes are not authentic Valentino's (shoes do not come with the signature red Valentino box, dust bag, or authenticity cards) and are merely great dupes, it does emphasize how well they replicate the design down to the tag. I have always frowned upon the practice of wearing and buying counterfeits (though luxury makers will have to try harder to convince me that my shoe purchase directly supports terrorism and human trafficking) and for the most part regret my purchase of these shoes as I do want to support innovation and great designs.
the "lookalikes
I would say my real and fake Valentino's look like twins - mostly the same but with slight dissimilarities. However, when you have to look closely to find the difference, that's probably too close for comfort and crosses the line from "inspired by" to "straight up copied."
can you tell which pair is real?


It's definitely not my first offense - though I consider it my most egregious. I routinely shop at Forever 21, whom I consider the king of duplicating designs, wear Steven Madden shoes, and have owned Marc Jacobs bags that "draw inspiration" from Chanel and Dior. At what point does close copying cross the line - or has fashion become just a regurgitation of past trends?

I've thought about just trashing these shoes but I admit I hate "wasting" perfectly good clothes/shoes/accessories. I could donate them but I didn't want to inject good counterfeits into the second-hand market where unsuspecting people could mistaken them for the real thing. After a lot of deliberation, I decided to keep and wear them. I won't attempt to pass them off as the real deal, will be honest about their origins, and is somewhat prepared to deal with any criticism that might come with wearing designer dupes.

I won't be posting the link to the shoe seller on the blog because I am not sure how I feel about this whole thing yet - but if you are interested and want to take a chance, write me and I'll send along the link. You will need a friend with a chinese credit card and an address in China (or a website that will order on your behalf for a fee) - and while these shoes are returnable, it'll probably cost you more to return them than what you will spend on the shoes themselves. I spent about $150 in all on two pairs which is not "cheap" by any standards. The seller no longer sells these shoes, as far as I have been made aware.

I am curious though - and not that your opinions will necessarily sway me in one direction or another - but what would you do with these Valentino lookalikes?

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63 comments

  1. can you link me to the ones from the chinese website?xx

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  2. Wow can't tell the difference. Would really like to get a link to the chinese seller of the Valentino Rockstud, pretty please?

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  3. Do you know any other sellers that sell the same shoes? Would love to order these but I can't trust any seller!

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  4. Even though they don't have them any more, can you please share the website...perhaps they have other things?

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  5. can you link me to the chinese website?Do you know any other sellers that sell the same shoes?please...
    matina

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  6. I would definitely keep the shoes! So many shoes are knock off's of some designer in some form. I feel like it's better to get a great pair of knock off's that look identical to the designers rather than a not so hot copy cat. Because they are basically the same thing, one just put more effort into it. Its fashion. And you shouldn't have to spend 1000$ to have a pair of shoes you love.

    xo Sarah
    www.sincerelysarah.co

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  7. CAN YOU PLS LINK ME THE CHINESE WEBSITE? I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO OWN ONE.

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  8. Can you send me the link please?

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  9. Could you send me the link please?
    Would love a pair.

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  10. Can you send me the link please? Thank you very very much.
    Hanna

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  11. hi, please could you send me the link??? thank you so much !!!! =)

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  12. Will you please message me the name of the vendor? I am pretty sure I know which website that was used. Thanks!

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  13. Please send me the link,,, sorry can't afford $900+. Thanks!

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  15. Please can you send me the link too..pretty please with studs on top ;)

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  16. Please I want the link as well... thank you..xxxx

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  18. Could you please send me the link? Thanks so much! Xx

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  19. Send me the link, please!

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  20. AnonymousMay 08, 2014

    send me the chinese website please!!!

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  21. AnonymousMay 21, 2014

    Could you send the link to my email please? hanamobasseri@yahoo.com thank you!

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  22. Could I please be sent the link to the website! :)

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  23. Could I please be sent the link to the website! :)

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  24. pleaaseeee

    Could you send the link to my email please? ffiliz.erdogan@gmail.com
    thank you!

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  25. Could you please send me the link! labarberaa@gmail.com

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  26. Hi,

    If you are able to forward me the link that would be amazing.

    karlaw23@gmail.com!
    Thanks,

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  27. Hello! If you could pls share the link with me that would be great, thank you in advance! sffarooqi@gmail.com

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  28. Could you e-mail me the link please? AshleyTaylorTakai@gmail.com

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  29. AnonymousJune 04, 2014

    please e-mail me the link! :))) panic_tanja@hotmail.com

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  30. AnonymousJune 04, 2014

    Can you share the website with me, please? Thank you.
    chris.madison3@aol.com

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  31. can you send me the link? j_jandi@yahoo.com

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  32. Hi there! I was hoping that you could email me the link!
    My email address is maggiedoxtader95@gmail.com

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  33. AnonymousJune 05, 2014

    Hi! would you not mind to send me link on my email kovacic.post@hotmail.com. i m fighting with idea to buy real one. But after having a baby i do not think its good idea to spend 900$ for shoes.thanks

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  34. Hi, can you please send me a link on email bojana.vujasinovic3@gmail.com Thank you so much in advance. :)

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  35. Can you please send me a link to? hannash92@gmail.com
    Thank you sooooo much:)

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  36. AnonymousJune 08, 2014

    PLEASE SHARE THIS WEBSITE FOR THE ROCK STUD LOOK A LIKES TKX SHOEWHORECM@GMAIL.COM

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  37. Please email me the link at anaria2001@yahoo.com

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  38. AnonymousJune 27, 2014

    Can you please send me the link? Thank you. Rachelj444@live.com

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  39. I would love the link! Thanks! Alitaylorwright@comcast.net

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  40. Alitaylorwright@comcast.net link please!

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  41. Can u send the site link to clarkkena77@gmail.com. Thx

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  42. Can you send me the link please? Thanks! ;-)
    egiovanoli@gmail.com

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  43. AnonymousJuly 10, 2014

    Could you please send the link to the Chinese website?

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  44. Could you please send me the link? :) my email is mkincso@hotmail.com Thank you!!!

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    1. Hi, did you ever get the link? and buy the shoes?

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  46. Please send the link to Lisa.stinauer@gmx.at thanks a lot

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  47. Would love the link also please, wrjohnson17@gmail.com

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  48. delhia.limandas@yahoo.fr ! thx

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  49. AnonymousJuly 24, 2014

    Could you please send a link talbots40@hotmail.com

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  50. Can you please send the link to me to at carl@carlpresley.com.au

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  51. Hi gorgeous, could you please send me the link? sakaribennett@redinkhomes.com.au xxx

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  52. "Inspired" uses similar design elements and styling cues, but makes no attempt to copy the label or "fool" people into thinking that they're something that they're not. "Counterfeits", "Knock-Offs", and "Replica" items do. So Steve Madden, Forever 21, etc...all good. They're just stylish!

    But as soon as you see a duplicated label, you know that it's wrong. If I catch a whiff of a fake item on someone, I automatically assume that all of their designer stuff is fake, and that they're trying to be pretentious. I'd send them back or at least stencil "FAKE" all over them, and wear them ironically with rippd boyfriend jeans! Now that would be cool, honest, and make a statement! And yes, the counterfeit industry is full of all kinds of ties to criminal activity and unregulated child labor--remember, what they are doing is illegal...ask yourself what kinds of groups like to get involved in mass illegal activities? But wear your real Valentinos with pride...they're a bonafide, high-end designer item!

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  53. Please tell me the link of a good chines website.
    christina.netzer@cotta.li
    Thx so much

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  54. Can you please send me the link
    Newsmejia@hotmail.com

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  55. Can you send me the link? brunalp7@gmail.com

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  56. Would you please send me the link as well, I'm interested in what else the website sells. My email is kefemeyer@gmail.com. Thank you.

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  57. Can you send me the link as well please? Nebskers74@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  58. Its not inspired IT IS A FAKE WITH A FAKE VALENTINE LABEL. Can you say ghetto?

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  59. Wow can't believe how many people wants to buy this fake shoes

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  60. AnonymousMay 28, 2016

    Hi, could I also please have the link the website? :) thank you!

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  61. Hy , can you send the link to may email please.. gracias randi8669@hotmail.es

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  62. Can u please send me the link?
    Cliciasantos@icloud.com

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