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The Rockstud.  Just the name alone put me right off.  ‚ÄúRock‚Äù a word that can be naffly attached to
stuff that is the antithesis of anything genuinely rock n‚Äô roll.  ‚ÄúStud‚Äù in my mind maps on to men who might be
called Chad or scarily tanned and shiny chest pecs.  Put the two together though and in
Valentino‚Äôs world, it apparently equates to a shoe and accessory jackpot.  In China (my new barometer for trend
popularity), in Beijing and Shanghai, I counted at least twenty versions of the
Valentino Rockstud shoe on teensy tiny feet, walking along the streets, on
their way to work, the mall or to slurp some soupy buns.  Some could well have been fakes but most were
definitely real.  I rarely ever see
designer shoes schlepping around on yer’ average streets numbering into double
figures so this is testament to the fervent popularity of what is a simple
formula – an elegant pointed flat or heel dotted with pyramid studs that are
perfectly judged in their size, proportion and spacing, as they snake their way
round the curve of the tip and up along the ankle straps.  The stud has come to represent Valentino‚Äôs rejuvenation
and reboot under  Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.  Tellingly, both had previously
headed up Valentino’s accessories department so investing in the longevity and
popularity of their successful studded wares makes absolute sense.  The Rockstud now graces a plethora of
shoulder bags, totes, clutches with that tell-tale hand strap, gloves and of
course on the shoes, which collectively has elevated Valentino accessories from
lady-lady no man’s land to fashion’s most wanted.

I’ve succumbed having been fortunate to
lose my Rockstud shoe virginity to this particular pair, adorned with Valentino
red studs to match the leather.  I
thought I was going to be bitching about the kitten heels by the end of the day
but upon wearing them, I found them to be mighty comfy and I think Nam from
Street FSN”s videographer (Nam has a hugely popular documentary series in
Korea) can prove it as I ran down the streets outside Missoni in Milan,
manically looking for taxis.  There‚Äôs a
poise and elegance to the shoes that somehow makes it ok to wear, say a garish Phenomenon
men‚Äôs shirt with them.  

This limited edition shoe basically begs
the question as to what other colour combos and finishes this stud can go on to
become.  Valentino‚Äôs soon to be launched online Shoe Room (still not live yet as I go to post) will exclusively sell the all-red ones, but imagine
what a customizable Rockstud shoe (much like Prada’s espadrille brogue ordering
service) could yield.  I‚Äôd be there in a
flash, demanding the studs in matte neon yellow or oxidised bronze matching
up with hot pink and nude patent leathers. 
There goes my louche taste, tainting what is a well-conceived piece of
design.  Valentino's Shoe Room should meet most Rockstud fans' more conventional needs.  

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_AKS7170Le 21√®me | Adam Katz Sinding - Wearing Phenomenon shirt, vintage yellow leather pleated skirt, Rag & Bone Pilot bag


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Comments (39)

  1. erika says:

    these shoes are to die for….I took a pic of you (or it’s better to say of your shoes :) outside Dolce & Gabbana, you can find it here:
    http://lensanythingelse.blogspot.it/2012/09/details-from-milan-fashion-week.html
    p.s.=I really love how you styled them!!!

  2. Absolutely love how you styled these shoes!
    xoxo
    Fashion Agony blog

  3. The rock studded shoes and vintage focused outfit works so well, it keeps the whole thing really cute and girly. What a fab look!

  4. Marcia says:

    I’m not a hard core(you see what I did there? No? Okay) Rockstud fan, but I love how it wraps around the feet and how elegant it is. All red ones are pretty chic. But I like the idea of a neon pair.

  5. L.L. says:

    I would like to suggest that henceforth we will not use ‘rock’ as a verb, in the sense “She totally rocked those leggings.”
    Hurrah for low heels that are comfy AND stylish!

  6. Helen says:

    Fab shoes, I’ve got the Rockstud shoulder bag – shoes next!

  7. Joshua says:

    These shoes can be a good gift to give someone. They are fabulous.

  8. Fatastic use of the shoe and studs. @Joshua, you’re right these would make an amazing gift as they’re a real signature piece.
    Thanks,
    Peter @ Valley Optics
    http://www.valleyoptics.co.uk

  9. Sabrina says:

    I love these shoes! And the way you styled them is just wonderful! Love it!
    x
    Sabrina
    apixiesviewonfashion.com

  10. Katie says:

    What an innocent look – until you get to those shoes. They scream personality.

  11. deuxchambres says:

    Where are you located? I’m digging the setting of this photoshoot.
    xo

  12. Ondine Burke says:

    I am desperately needing these shoes in my life.
    http://dottedblazer.blogspot.co.uk/

  13. vanessa says:

    The outfit really works with them ,It’s the kinda shoe that could go one way or the other. In ur pics it definateley works, and I would love to see these in a range on different colours :),
    http://www.vanessalucy.blogspot.co.uk

  14. Tara says:

    Brilliant styling – I love how there is a definite contrast between the rough-and-ready street used as a backdrop and the kooky prim-and-properness of the outfit.
    Best Wishes,
    Tara

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  16. I love studs!!! They always add a touch of edge to any piece. Personally, I always believe in matching hard & soft edges, this is the perfect way to do so! Great post!
    Love, Jamie Herzlinger
    http://jamieherzlinger.com

  17. Those red shoes really rocks! They are actually brilliant. Where will find such? I’m just in love with them!

  18. Noe Farrell says:

    Just as the name; really rock-stud no doubt. I just love the design, really impressing. They really fit her and gives her a very beautiful look!

  19. Wow, wow, wow!!! Very impressing shoes. I really love the design, the color, the heel and the girl wearing them really looks smart and elegant! When are they out on sale? I just feel like I was the one wearing them!

  20. Sari Purdy says:

    I want those shoes. The red pair is just but stunning!

  21. The shoes are fabulous. I love them! They are stunning!

  22. Although everybody uses this for pretty much everything, I’d say those shoes do rock.
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  23. Couldn’t agree more on the use of ‘rock’ preceding any description of a shoe or fashion item. It’s up there with ‘Edgy’ and ‘Trendy’.
    These kittens heels are delicious though and now I want to introduce them to my feet and watch the sparks fly. Meow…

  24. Rosemary says:

    I’m really divided about these shoes; while my heart says yes, my brain says “stop loving things on the basis of the internet telling you to” …
    And on another, slightly more suspicious note, I find myself wondering: Did Valentino gift you with these shoes? They seem to have given them to a lot of bloggers as gifts, in this exact colourway, and I wonder why, if that’s the case, you didn’t say so. If that’s not the case, feel free to ignore me or (worse!) moderate the hell out of this comment. I just wondered; if you did buy them, you might be the only blogger in the world to pay Valentino for the luxury of wearing their product since 2008.

  25. OMG!! I am jealous, I want those shoes in that color, it will do wonders in my closet. Lust, want, need!
    And that vintage skirt is to-die-for. I love the combinationl. I think tea length looks great worn with this style pump.
    Love it!
    Now, let me go do my research now.
    xx
    Yanique
    Trendsetter Vintage

  26. so fabuous! I Love these shoes and the outfit you put them with!
    http://lestyleengineer.blogspot.co.uk/

  27. Sweet Perdition says:

    unos zapatos increibles! la falda es lo mas!
    pasate por mi blog que tengo nuevo outfit
    http://sweet-perdition.blogspot.com.es/

  28. I would really like your post, it would really explain each and every point clearly well thanks for sharing.

  29. These Valentino are so so adorable!

  30. God I am desperate for a pair of these. I want them to be nude though, perhaps in the higher heeled version…*sigh*
    I couldn’t wear the red but they look amazeballs on you Susie.
    xxx
    http://www.rachelcragg.com

  31. He is a California kid, having attended high school at El Dorado Hills. He went on to play college ball at Cal where he averaged 21.6 ppg in his last season before declaring for the draft in 2008. His 21.6 ppg was the best in the Pac-10 that year; better than the likes of O.J. Mayo and Kevin Love (the NBA’s Most Improved Player last season) who were also in the conference.

  32. The name does create all sorts of wrong images but the shoes – they are gorgeous!!

  33. i haven’t been on your blog for aaaages.. so now I’m going to have to obsessively stalk it for the next few days to catch up on everything!
    i love the colours of your outfit, especially with the background! woah, they really compliment each otherüí´
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