ACCESSORIES

My Honest Review of the Popular Valentino Rockstud Slide Sandals

Are They Worth The Money??

I’ve done a couple of specific designer product reviews (all linked below) and they’ve been a huge hit. So for my next review, I thought I’d tackle the popular Valentino Rockstud Slide Sandals. Especially with spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, these shoes will get pulled out of the closet more and more…and you may be wondering, “Are they worth the money”?? I’m breaking it all down for you below…

My Honest Review of Golden Goose Sneakers
Honest Review of Veja Sneakers
My Honest Review of the Balmain Blazer
My Honest Review of the Burberry Trench Coat
5 Rare Luxury Designer Dupes You NEED: Look Expensive On A Budget With These Pieces

Valentino Rockstud sandals in beige paired with white knit tank dress, valentino rockstud sandals review

Valentino Rockstud Slide Sandals

There are quite a few style options available in the “Rockstud” lineup. They have everything from espadrilles to flats to bags and more. The Rocktud styles are iconic and easily what Valentino is known for as well as what differentiates them from other designers. The ones I bought are the slide sandals. But some of the other popular shoe styles you may recognize are the T-Strap Pointed Toe Pump, Espadrille Wedge, and the Jelly Thong Sandal (the one with the bow).

Shop more by Valentino here.

Valentino Rockstud sandals in beige paired with white knit tank dress

Sandals Break-In Time

Break-in time is a big deal for me…I don’t have time for uncomfortable shoes! Like you, I’m a busy mom, wife, juggling a thousand things. There was basically NO break-in time for these Valentino sandals. I wore them once or twice and they were broken in. I wouldn’t say that they’re the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever put on my feet but they’re still comfortable and the block heels make them easy to walk in, which is a win in my book!

Puff Sleeve Dress, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a green puff sleeve tie front dress by Petersyn with Valentino sandals, Mansur Gavriel pouch bag, Julie Vos bracelets, and Aligheri necklaces in Telluride, Colorado

Valentino Sandals EU Sizing and Fit

They come in Italian sizing, which can be confusing. Most stores will give you a size breakdown but I still want to give you examples in case you’re confused…

EU 36 = US 6,
EU 38.5 = US 8.5,
EU 40 = US 10
…and so on.

My usual shoe size is 7.5 so I ordered the EU 37.5. Nordstrom’s site suggests that if you’re between sizes, to size up 1/2 a size.

The sandals don’t have a ton of cushion so even after a few wears, they don’t really mold to your foot like sandals with extra cushion would. So if you order a pair of these sandals and they feel too small, I suggest returning them and ordering 1/2 a size up.

Puff Sleeve Dress, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a green puff sleeve tie front dress by Petersyn with Valentino sandals, Mansur Gavriel pouch bag, Julie Vos bracelets, and Aligheri necklaces in Telluride, Colorado

How To Find Discount Valentino Shoes

I know these shoes are VERY expensive so I wanted to share ways that you can pick up a pair for less.

These sandals rarely go on sale so finding them at online consignment, resale, and/or discount stores. You can check RueLala, Vestiare Collective, and Gilt for flash sales. Find big selections at Farfecth, Net-A-Porter, SSENSE, and MatchesFashion. Or shop places like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s.

If you still don’t want to spend the money, there’s a look-a-like pair by Tuckernuck that I’ve tried and they look VERY similar! The Tuckernuck pair is also very comfortable (maybe even more comfortable)! Find more dupes below…

Puff Sleeve Dress, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a green puff sleeve tie front dress by Petersyn with Valentino sandals, Mansur Gavriel pouch bag, Julie Vos bracelets, and Aligheri necklaces in Telluride, Colorado

THE VERDICT: Are They REALLY Worth The Money???

These Valentino sandals are gorgeous, versatile, and a great piece to have in your wardrobe. If you have the budget, they’re definitely worth the money. They’re easy to get on and off, the block heel makes them easy to walk in and more comfortable to wear for an extended period of time.
That being said…I did find a look-a-like that’s almost identical and just under $200. Which is still a little expensive but if you love the look and don’t want to spend the $775, the $198 Tuckernuck pair is a better option. I personally think they’re even more comfortable than the Valentino pair. I’m linking more look-a-likes below…

Valentino Rockstud sandals in beige paired with white knit tank dress

Valentino Shoe Dupes & Look-A-Likes

I’m linking a few more dupes below but the Tuckernuck sandals are easily the best option I’ve tried. The color is a little different than the Valentino pair but I’d have to get out a magnifying glass to see any real differences.

What do YOU think?? Do you have a pair and love them and think they are worth the money?? Or do you think it’s still WAY too much to spend on sandals? Please share in the comments below. To get my blog posts delivered directly to your inbox, along with some awesome freebies, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Erin Busbee signature

How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
Join the Conversation

3 thoughts on “My Honest Review of the Popular Valentino Rockstud Slide Sandals

  1. I love this series. You give such great reviews to help me maximize my budget. Rockstars are definitely on my list now.

    Harriett
    @ladyhattie

Comments are closed.

Explore More

Posts You'll Love
BASICS

One of THE BEST Ways to Wear Your White Jeans With Confidence!

Sharing long tops to wear with white jeans this summer! Plus, everything you need to…
Read Post
Shop
BASICS

How To Style A Chic Boyfriend Blazer For Spring & Summer

Find out how to style a boyfriend blazer with jeans! Including a gorgeous Alice +…
Read + Shop
Shop
Amazon
Shop
Amazon
Shop
Amazon
Shop
Amazon
Shop
Walmart
Shop
Mind

Interested In Manifestation? Here’s Where to Start & What To Know!

This is the manifestation for beginners guide...Learn how it works and how to manifest the…
Read + Shop
LIFESTYLE

10 Best Travel Destinations for Foodies in the United States

Itching to travel? We’re showcasing the 10 best travel destinations for foodies in the US.
Read Post