At one point or another, we’ve all felt like the odd man out. Everyone else seems to agree that something is great, and you just don’t know what you’re missing. I’m here to say that it’s okay to feel this way–in fact, it’s more than okay. Even this fashion writer can’t get on board with some of the most gushed-about shoes of the season.

Last year, it was Birkenstocks (in case you were wondering, my negative feelings are still the same), and this year, I can’t get on board with flat platform sandals. I try to keep an open mend about new styles and trends, and I always try to imagine new trends blending into my wardrobe in some way. For example, while last year’s androgynous slides may not fit into my personal style, I am quickly becoming a fan of the dressed up slides we talked about a few weeks ago

I’m always a supporter of comfortable footwear, but no matter how comfortable everyone tells me flatforms, are I will be shallow and say the aesthetic of the shoe is enough to keep me away.

With so many footwear trends happening right now, are there any you just aren’t into?

Buy you Valentino Studded Leather Sandal through Net-a-Porter for $1,395.

Vanessa Hudgens was recently spotted popping out of a downtown apartment building in NYC in a pair of Valentino Rockstud Noir Pumps. This is a very sleek look for Vanessa, and maybe her extended stay in the Big Apple is forcing her to reassess her Coachella-fied boho style. You can find Vanessa’s exact pumps for $1,095 at Neiman Marcus.

It looks like Vanessa is also carrying a beige Chanel Classic Flap Bag with gold hardware. That’s her sister Stella trailing behind her with a black Céline Nano Luggage Tote. Vanessa is currently starring in a Broadway revival of the musical “Gigi”, which means we’ll be seeing her around town a lot over the next several months.

Shoes: Shoe of the Week: Valentino Rockstud Patent Leather Kitten-Heel Pumps

Price: $995 via MyTheresa

Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: Valentino Rockstuds have come a classic and are just as popular now as when they debuted in 2010. This signature staple gets a cheery spring update that we can’t help but covet!

Luxury lookalikes are inevitable. As trends trickle down from luxury to contemporary to commercial venues, along the way, imitations are made. This happens across all channels of fashion, and at one time or another, most of us have looked for a way to wear trending styles without spending big bucks. Although, when a brand’s signature elements are copied, like Christian Louboutin’s red bottoms, Casadei’s blade heels or Valentino’s studded straps, when does “inspiration” become straight-up copycatting?

A few days ago, someone tweeted us a picture of cage flats from Target asking us if we’ve seen this design. You can see for yourself the many (many) similarities between the real Valentino pair and the pair from Target. Aside a couple details, they’re nearly identical in execution.

Let’s hear what you think: has this neo-Rockstud design gone a bit too far?


Valentino Rockstud Caged Ballerina Flat
$975 via Neiman Marcus

Valentino  Rockstud Caged Ballerina Flat

Target Betseyville Epic Studded Ballet Flats
$35 via Target

Target Betseyville Epic Studded Ballet Flats

This year appears to be set on a the revival of the 70s, as we’ve already seen with platform pumps’ growing popularity, but what also brings us to that conclusion is Valentino’s 1973 Chevron print. We should have known the 70s were going to be making a comeback after we got an exclusive look at this Valentino Resort collection months ago.

Some things are better left in the past, but Valentino’s chevron print isn’t one of them. The bold kaleidoscopic can be found on everything from the infamous Rockstud (which you all know I have a soft spot for) to the new plexiglas heel.

I’ll admit my love for the chevron print grows stronger every day–it’s just so playful and bold! I have a strong inkling we’re going to be seeing a lot more celebrities street style stars wearing these shoes through the end of Paris Fashion Week.

Reese Witherspoon was recently spotted running errands and dropping by her Beverly Hills office in a pair of off-white Valentino Rockstud Slingback Pumps with beige trim. It’s amazing how preppy rockstuds can look when paired with a navy sweater pulled over a button-up shirt and skinny jeans. You can find Reese’s exact pumps for $995 at Nordstrom.

Reese is also carrying her favorite new handbag, The Row 12 Satchel, which we saw her carrying for the first time last week. You can find her satchel for $2,850 at Net-A-Porter. If you haven’t yet acquainted yourself with the majesty of Reese’s personal bag and shoe collection, you can do so here, here and here.

Here’s Nicky Hilton, looking every bit the heiress as she walks around NYC in a pair of black Valentino Rockstud Pumps. It seems so painfully obvious that Rockstuds and leopard print would look amazing together, and yet I haven’t seen many celebs attempt to combine the two. You can find Nicky’s exact shoes for $1,095 at Ssense.

Nicky Hilton has, without a doubt, some of the largest and most enviable collections of designer shoes and designer bags we’ve ever seen. You can check out her shoe stash in “The Many Shoes of Nicky Hilton,” and you can take an extensive gander at her handbag stash in “The Many Bags of Nicky Hilton” and “The Many Bags of Nicky Hilton, Part 2” on PurseBlog.

A few things come to mind when you think of Valentino, but for me, it’s the Rockstud pump. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative directors of the brand, rocked the footwear world with their edgy Rockstud kitten-heel back when it debuted in 2010 and now, four years later, the Rockstud pump is as popular as ever and has been adapted in various heel heights and materials.

I wore these pumps for days, and whether I was taking a stroll in the park or at the office, my shoes definitely made a statement. Next up in our shoe endeavors is the Valentino patent leather slingback pump, and below is how it measured up in this edition of TalkShoes Testimonials.

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