The Best Valentino Rockstud Inspired Shoes

Hey, lovelies! Today I have some really exciting news for which I’m very happy too! After many months of research and endless product review reads, I can confidently claim that I found the best Valentino Rockstud inspired shoes.

Valentino Rockstud Inspired Shoes

You may now be thinking that this review is going to be one of the many others you’ve already read since you are in the hunt for the perfect Valentino look-a-likes and you are pretty sure that at the end of it you will be disappointed with some ugly -pathetically trying to steal Valentino’s shine- suggestions. But, I guarantee you that is not it. Keep reading if you want to leave this post with a new pair of shoes!

Why all this hype?

With the Rockstud collection being one of the most iconic of the Valentino since its launch in 2010, it’s no wonder why these shoes are always in high demand within all the fashionistas of the world. Their popular Valentino Garavani Rockstud pumps have attracted many fans as well as haters. Many adore them and see them as a work of art (here is the part where you can raise your hand), where others find them extremely ugly (if you are one of those, I guess you are here by mistake so you can quietly leave and I’ll never tell anyone ? ). Celebrities, princesses and popular fashionistas rock them till this day and according to many stylists, their popularity rises to their convertibility from formal to casual and to being timeless and bold at the same time.

With a 995$ price tag, it’s certainly a piece you will think a million times before you purchase (if you have the ability and determination to make some serious savings first) or you’ll never buy at all. If you think it doesn’t worth it or want to spend this money on something else and only admire it from afar is up to you and no one can judge it! However, if you still crave it, I’m about to take you out of this dilemma and provide you with one more choice.

That choice would be the Kaitlyn Pan Pointed Toe Studded Sandals

Kaitlyn Pan Shoes pink

The Best Valentino Rockstud Inspired Shoes

When I first saw them on Amazon I was like: “Probably one of the thousand poorly made shoes that try to recreate the Valentino Rockstud vibe in a pathetic attempt”. But then, I looked at the price. “115$? Hmm… That’s fairly expensive for a bad quality shoe”, so I gave them one more chance and read all the reviews below. With a 4,6 out of 5 stars score and almost 465 satisfied customer reviews, I got persuaded that this is it. Finally, my research was a success!

So which was my next step? Do I purchase them without any second thoughts or do I double-check them continuing my research? Well, I admit I still haven’t cleared in my head my thoughts on the legal look-a-likes/dupes matter, but on the other hand, I was so curious to compare them to the original ones and test their quality, so I purchased them as a gift for my sister. She is always the one I ask to test drive stuff I’m not very certain about. 😛

How did the test drive go? you may ask. Let me tell you it was a huge succes!

The Brand

You can find the Kaitlyn Pan shop on Amazon where you’ll discover a range of popular shoe look-a-likes. The Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots, the Miu Miu lace-up ballerina flats, the Chanel Mademoiselle slingback heels and of course the Valentino Rockstud pumps are some of them. They are a China-based company that claims all of their shoes to be handmade.


The shipping costs to Greece were about 20$, but I admit you need a lot of patience because they arrived after about 2-3 weeks.


The shoes come in a white Kaitlyn Pan box, with two dust bags for each shoe (don’t expect something fancy though), two heel caps and some pyramid studs.

kaitlyn pan box


Their shoes are made of genuine patent leather. The insole material is from genuine lambskin because of its breathable nature and the lining is of microfiber leather (synthetic material). The outsole is a simple anti-slip rubber. The stitching, the stud placement, the quality of the leather and the overall shape of the shoe left me in awe. I never expected a look-a-like to be so close to the original design and especially with the 1/9 of the original’s price! Not even a trained eye can spot any differences, except only by touching them (the original’s shoe straps are from napa leather which is softer and pricier). Other than that, I couldn’t find any flaws.

kaitlyn pan rockstud inspired shoes

rockstud inspired shoes


I didn’t have the chance to wear them outside of the house because my sister wanted to rock them first in public, however, for their 10-inch heel, they were pretty comfortable. I admit I found the anti-slip sole pretty slippery my self, so I would probably suggest some sole pads. One last thing is that I expected the straps since they are not made of napa leather, to be harsh on the skin and cause blisters, but that didn’t happen at all.

kaitlyn pan rockstud pumps


They run true to size and fit as expected.

So are the Kaitlyn Pan Rockstuds worth it?

My answer would be “Hell yeah!”. Now you can have something extremely similar to the real deal (which most importantly doesn’t claim to be the real deal), with a very reasonable price tag. The amazing reviews, their impeccable quality, and style are exactly what made me want to check them out and probably buy a pair for myself in the future too (still debating on that though!). Let’s be fair here: why being on a budget should exclude anyone from rocking trendy pieces?

On the left is the Kaitlyn Pan and on the right the Valentino kaitlyn pan shoes vs valentino shoes
On the right is the Kaitlyn Pan and on the left the Valentino kaitlyn pan vs valentino
The blue one is the Valentino  kaitlyn pan and valentinoSource: Amazon reviewers

My Rating:

  • Price: 10/10
  • Comfort: 9/10
  • Sizing 10/10
  • Quality: 9/10
  • Packaging: 8/10
  • Shipping: 7/10


Overall, I would say they are the best Valentino Rockstud Inspired shoes that exist out there. One last thing I really enjoyed about them is that they don’t claim to be the real deal with Valentino tags and box, which is something very important to me (more opinions on that matter in a post to come).

I really hope you are leaving this post excited, happy for not seeing ugly Valentino inspired shoes once again and thinking about purchasing a new pair! If you do, don’t forget to tell me your thoughts and your experience with them in the comments section below!



The seller decided to shut down their Amazon shop, but they now have their own website, from which you can find many different designs and you can even customize your own pair. If you are looking for an affordable high-quality pair, I recommend you take a look at their selection.






(*Disclaimer: The links of the products are affiliate links which means that when you buy something through them I earn a little commission, which keeps this blog running. That, of course, doesn’t affect the price of the product.)



    • Kate
      March 8, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      I love my Valentino’s too! Thank you for stopping by!

  1. Jacqueline
    March 7, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    I need some shoes for a wedding I’ll be attending later this year and these look great!
    However, when you mentioned, ‘ a China-based company’ manufactures them, my heart sank as I purchased a pair of shoes from eBay a couple of years ago and even though I ordered my size when they arrived, I knew straight away that they wouldn’t fit.

    The size advertised used the Chinese size guide (even though the company that was selling them was UK based), without explicitly saying so.

    Are the measurements metric?

    • Kate
      March 8, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      Hello dear Jacqueline!
      Yes the measurements are metric and the shoes are true to size. If you read the comments, most people are saying that they fit perfectly. If you are looking for an affordable but super pretty shoe to buy, don’t hesitate to give them a shot!

    • Kate
      March 8, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      I know right? I was pleasantly surprised when I received them! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Dianne
    December 10, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Wow looking at these shoes side by side you really can’t tell the difference! Just goes to show that the only difference is the price tag and what a whopping difference it is. It’s very hard to justify spending $995 on a pair of shoes so thanks for this great find $115 Is a much better option for a identical shoe!

    • Kate
      December 10, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Hello dear Dianne,
      My thoughts exactly. It’s the first time that I find something such a good quality with a really low price.

  3. Nathalie
    December 10, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    Hello Kate! Interesting blog and interesting post! This is all VERY helpful as I have still a lot of things to learn about shoes! What I found the most helpful in this post is that I can trust the Kaitlyn Pan brand on Amazon. If their Valentino Rockstud inspired shoes are that good, the rest of their collection probably is too! And I can really tell from your review that you know what you are talking about! One question to you as a shoe expert: which shoes would you recommend to someone who is ecologically conscious? Thanks a lot in advance. Nathalie 

    • Kate
      December 10, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      I haven’t seen up close anything else from their collection, but I’m pretty sure that if they are the same quality and cut with the Valentino Rockstud inspired shoes, some of the things that I loved in them, they will be worth purchasing.
      Hmmm that’s a great question, but to be honest, I haven’t done any research on the matter yet, but finding ecologically conscious fashion brands is something that I have in my future plans, so I will keep you posted when I have an answer.
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  4. Juhi
    December 10, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Hey Kate. I’ve been looking for these shoes literally everywhere and I couldn’t find a decent pair for this price. I was ready to give up (of course I couldn’t afford to buy the 1000$ Valentino pair) when I stumbled upon your website. I’m going to order them now! Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Kate
      January 29, 2019 / 10:57 pm

      You should definitely order them then! You won’t regret it 😉

  5. Helene
    December 10, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    It’s a pleasure and a great relief to know that you don’t have to spend a fortune in getting the original Valentino, yet getting a unique and closer pair in terms of quality. It’s so hard to tell the difference.

    • Kate
      January 29, 2019 / 11:01 pm

      Haha, yes exactly! 🙂

  6. Tiffany
    January 15, 2019 / 6:02 pm

    I purchased these in kitten heels version and find that they’re really slippery. In fact, I was confused of the sole material but it turned out that I didn’t remove the plastic protective film that was on the leather sole. Upon removal, it’s definitely not slippery at all, not sure of the 10-inch version.

    • Kate
      January 29, 2019 / 11:01 pm

      Hello dear Tiffany,
      When removing the plastic film they are definitely not as slippery as before. Of course, since they are 10-inch heel shoes they are not the most comfortable and stable pair of shoes you’ll ever find, but for their height and cut I find them really good to walk in. I hope I helped 😉

  7. Emme
    June 13, 2020 / 3:30 am

    Thanks for this post! Which color is the Kaitlyn Pan shoe on the left (the photo with the caption “ON THE LEFT IS THE KAITLYN PAN AND ON THE RIGHT THE VALENTINO”) – I can’t tell if it’s nude patent or poudre patent.

    • Kate
      June 14, 2020 / 7:55 pm

      Hi Emme. thanks for stopping by! I think it is the poudre patent.

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