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.

Shoes: Valentino Rockstud Calf Hair Ankle-Strap Pump

Price: $1,375 via Bergdorf Goodman

Why They’re the Shoe of the Week: Rockstuds + calf hair + leopard? It’s like Valentino read our minds! Red pumps are a must-have for winter, and the combined elements of this pump make it all the more alluring. I don’t know about you, but I’d be making excuses to wear these pumps all season long.

A while back, we showed you photos from our trip to the Valentino Resort 2015 preview. After perusing the collection, many of you were eagerly awaiting the arrival of these beautiful shoes. Finally, you can pre-order them!

Right now Barneys has ten styles available for pre-order, which is the most I’ve seen from any retailer so far. More of the resort shoes will be trickling in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to keep on eye out. In the meantime, check out the gallery below to see all the shoes available for pre-order now!

Add a little bit of pink, a little bit of red, a splash of green and loads of Rockstuds, and what do you get? The Valentino Multicolor Rockstud Pump, that’s what. We first got a glimpse of this multicolor design a few months ago when Emma Stone stepped out wearing a pair. As much as I love anything and everything Rockstud-related, I wondered how I would wear this shoe if it somehow magically appeared in my closet.

If someone placed these beauties in my closet, I would make them the focal point of my ensemble, because this autumnal shoe makes a statement all on its own. I chose to keep my outfit slouchy and sleek, just adding a simple necklace to jazz things up. Since the Internet is now my closet, why not throw in the matching Rockstud shopper for some extra arm candy to match whats going on at my feet? Now to get my hands on a pair of these shoes, and I’ll be all set!

Shoe:Valentino Rockstud Patent Sandal

Price:$995 via Bergdorf Goodman

Why It’s the Shoe of the Week:Maybe it’s the sexy allure of a beautifully crafted Rockstud pump, or this patent leather’s sugary shade, but we dare to say that this pump has perfection written all over it!

There are two words to describe Valentino Resort 2015: bold and glamourous. Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took to the brand’s archives this season, and we got an exclusive invite to go to the Valentino showroom to see the results of their work.

The Valentino showroom was like walking into a life-size kaleidoscope, with a room full of rich colors, stripes and bright-colored camouflage prints. The striped design was taken from a collection shown in 1973, and today, the highly skilled Valentino artisans hand-painted it onto all kinds of shoes. The groovy print looks anything but dated; it has been adapted to fit into the modern footwear realm with plexi heels and minimalist sandals. Of course, no Valentino collection would be complete without a few pairs of Rockstuds.

Also present in this collection is Valentino’s new butterfly camouflage, which manages to feel spring-appropriate without looking overly sweet. With a collection as vivid and fun as this one, we can’t wait to see what the brand has prepared for its Spring 2015 collection.

Check out all of our photos below.

Here’s Emma Stone, leaving CBS Studios in NYC with BF Andrew Garfield after doing a little promotional legwork for The Amazing Spiderman 2. As you can clearly see, Emma’s wearing Valentino Rockstud Pumps, but these Rockstuds are special because this is a brand new colorway for the popular style, which means it’s from either pre-fall or fall. As you might suspect, these new multi-colored pumps are not available online just yet, but all things rockstudded and Valentino can be found at Intermix.

Were you aware that you can get Rockstudded rainboots, espadrilles, and sneakers? I was surprised by the wide variety of items Valentino has incorporated into its fan-favorite line. I mean, Rockstud cuff bracelets and boots seem obvious, but the original magic of the Rockstud line was co-opting punk-rock detailing on to more fussy, feminine pieces like handbags and pumps. But espadrilles? Sadly, espadrilles will never be punk.

Here’s Miranda Kerr out and about with her little boy Flynn in NYC, wearing a charming tri-tone red pair of Valentino Scalloped Leather Pumps and carrying an oversized denim Chanel Canvas Logo Tote. (Miranda is usually a lot more cheery with the paps, but here she looks a little miffed to be caught off guard while on mom duty.) A kitten heeled version of this shoe like Miranda’s is not currently available online, but you can find a slightly taller version for $895 at Net-A-Porter.

As a supermodel, Miranda is no stranger to sky-high platform pumps like these Saint Laurent Janis Pumps we saw her wearing for a photoshoot last week, she does seem to prefer to wear more modest heels, boots and flats during her downtime. Perhaps that’s why she agreed to strip down in a steamy new ad for the Reebok’s Skyscape Running Sneakers? (Available for the highly reasonable price of $65 at Zappos.com.)

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