By now you should know that I love to find a good deal and with that said, can not bring myself to spend close to $1,000 on shoes. I do splurge on gadgets and electronics though. So when I heard my community of fashion bloggers talking about the Valentino Rocskstud Dupes, I had to see what the hype was about.
Okay, so here is the tea. There is a company by the name of Kaitlyn Pan who designs shoes from scratch. They use real leather and is based in China. They retail the Rockstud dupes for $100. $1000 versus $100… easy math for me. (If you need a custom pair of shoes created, they can do that too!)
So what’s the difference between a knock-off and a dupe? The bloggers claim that a knock-off has the brand’s logo on the item and claim to be the real deal, the dupes don’t have the other brand’s logo and doesn’t claim to be that designer. It’s similar to how Steve Madden and Aldo recreate your favorite celebrity shoe. Now the great thing about Kaitlyn Pan is that their shoes are real leather so essentially they should last longer and look better in person.
I had to buy a pair to see it for myself:
The first difference that I spotted was the heel color. In my Kaitlyn Pan’s my heels are a covered leather and in the Valentino’s they are brown. I must admit, the gold hardware in person is absolutely gorgeous. They feel comfy and are beautiful. What is the likelihood that someone will ask to look at the bottom of my shoes?
As a grad from Fashion School, I understand the hard-work that designers put in to creating their original work. But in the universe of fashion, things are copied all the time. The fast retailers create dupes of popular items in a matter of days! When the Rockstuds first came out, I thought they were going to be a fad. They have been around now for years. I guess if you spend $900 on a shoe, you will wear them season after season. I am content on rocking these dupes for a while because my coin needs to go to more important things.
Head over to their site, they are having a 40% off sale right now! Here are some cute sandals below: