If you’ve been around for a while you’ll know my style is a mixture of high street with luxury. I work hard so I’ll happily treat myself to something expensive if I absolutely love it and know it’ll get plenty of wear. Although before I splurge I (nearly) always make sure I do my research. There have been a couple of moments I’ve purchased something on a whim and occasionally it works out but mostly it doesn’t. There is nothing worse than spending a significant amount of cash on something that either doesn’t offer value for money or ends up being poor quality. That being said, I thought I’d start honestly reviewing some of my designer pieces just in case there’s anyone out there thinking of investing in the same or something similar.
I steered away from the Valentino Rockstuds for a long time. Firstly, I thought they’d be a short-lived trend and secondly, they are so expensive I just didn’t think I could justify it. Having said that the Rockstud lives on season after season and prices continue to creep up so evidently this shoe is here to stay.
The classic pointed Rockstuds come in 3 heights; flat, 65mm and 105mm. I have the flat pair in patent fuchsia with light gold hardware.
Outfit Details: Top – Rebecca Taylor (similar HERE and HERE) | Shorts – Urban Outfitters (similar HERE) | Shoes – Valentino (similar here & here) | Bangles – JCrew (similar HERE) | Twilly (worn in hair) – Hermes (similar HERe & here)
These are incredibly versatile which is why I’ve styled them in this post with two very different outfits. The first is a super casual daytime look and the other is more of an evening look and these shoes work perfectly with both. They can literally be worn with pretty much anything; shorts, dresses, turned up jeans or tailored trousers. As they’re a statement shoe I much prefer them in a bold colour as it makes them really pop which is exactly what this shoe should do! In terms of the potential wear you can get from these, they definitely offer good value for money.
Happily, these shoes only needed minimal breaking in. If I wear them all day and there’s a lot of walking involved then I do get some rubbing. I don’t think will stop happening, no matter how much I wear them but thankfully it’s managable. I’ve heard the heeled versions are incredibly comfortable and very easy to walk in due to the ankle strap support.
I usually wear a 36 -36.5 and with these I took a 36.5. My advice would be to size up half a size as it will prevent rubbing. I have a quite a wide foot and these fit really well especially around the toebox, so I do wonder if a slimmer foot could potentially be swimming in these. If your foot is very slender I would recommend taking your usual size. Although, it is worth bearing in mind that the leather is quite stiff and doesn’t seem to give. Mine haven’t stretched at all which is impressive considering the extensive wear they’ve had.
Outfit details: Dress – House of Holland (similar HERE) | Shoes – Valentino (similar here & here) | Twilly (worn in hair) – Hermes (similar HERe & here)
I would definitely recommend the patent version as they’re very hardy. Mine look almost as good as new and I’ve worn them a huge amount. Even the nude leather straps look exactly like it did when I first bought them, they haven’t darkened or stained at all. The only thing I found disappointing was on my first wear I noticed the sole at the tip of the toe had chipped away. In the end, this hasn’t caused any issues but I was just shocked this would happen on the very first wear.
I bought these from the Harrods Winter Sale earlier this year. As much as I love these shoes and even though I have sung their praises, I still wouldn’t spend the £600+ on them they currently retail for. As gorgeous as they are, in my opinion no pair of shoes is worth that kind of money. If you have the Rosckstuds on your wish list I would definitely wait for the sales. Even 30% off makes a big difference. You’d probably be lucky if you managed to bag a bigger discount than that as these shoes are still in high demand and once they go on sale they sell out pretty quickly.
If there’s anything in particular you’d like to read an indepth review of, be it shoes, bags, clothes or accessories, that you’ve seen appear on the blog just let me know. I’m always happy to share my thoughts and tips on anything that might be of interest to you lovelies!
Photographs taken by Jessy Papasavva1