August 1, 2017

My Favorite Designer Dupe

In the summer of 2012 I left the corporate world to return to school full time. Going from working girl to student mode was a HUGE change! Over a two year span I studied full time to complete my Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

Upon completion of my MBA, I decided to get a job in retail while I looked for a new corporate job. Luckily, I was hired on at Nordstrom in Calgary. Being the fashion obsessed gal that I am, Nordstrom was the perfect fit for me!

I worked in the designer shoe department for four months. I learned so much! Not only about all of the different brands but also the craftsmanship that goes into the design and construction of designer shoes.

I must confess my brief stint working at Nordstrom turned me into a bit of a shoe snob. Haha!  Basically, I just learned to recognize and appreciate a well designed shoe.

Typically, I won’t spend more than $500 on a pair of shoes or boots, for a few reasons: 1) this works for my budget and 2) there are a lot of great quality shoes in the $100-$300 range.

Since working at Nordstrom I’ve been obsessed with the look of Valentino Rockstuds. However, I just cannot justify the $1,000 price tag. Thankfully, I stumbled upon the perfect designer dupe.

I purchased these caged ballerina flats from Amazon. Crazy right!? Check them out here ⇒ Kaitlyn Pan Flats

Here are a few of the reasons why I just can’t get enough of this designer dupe:

  • Quality is identical to the actual Valentino Rockstuds (in my opinion)
  • With a price of $114 USD they are super affordable
  • Lots of style and color options to choose from (I also really love these ones ⇒ Kaitlyn Pan Block Heels)

If you’ve been swooning over the Valentino Rockstuds, but just can’t make the financial commitment then I highly recommend you consider purchasing from the Kaitlyn Pan line of studded shoes on Amazon. Your bank account will definitely thank you!

The flats I’m wearing are the Poudre Matte with Gold Studs. I recommend going up half a size if you order any of these studded shoes. I’m pretty much always a size 7, but with designer shoes I like to size up half a size. I ordered the 7.5 and they fit perfectly!

You can shop my entire look at the bottom of the post. If you purchase a pair of these shoes, please let me know. I would love to know if you like them just as much as I do.

Happy shopping!


Shop The Look

Top: Old Club Monaco, Similar, Similar | Shorts: Old Joe Fresh, Similar, Similar | Bag: H&M | Shoes: Amazon


  1. You just made my day with this post!! Love it.

  2. These are such great dupes! I love the colour of them, so pretty!!

  3. Alexandria says:

    Congrats on pursuing your MBA! I love this look as well!

  4. Super cute! I’d prefer them in heels – at least a small heel – because my feet don’t do well in solid flats!

  5. They are ADORABLE!!! Although sadly I think $100 shoes may still be out of my budget right now. haha

  6. Those flats are adorable! Such a pretty neutral color too that would pair well with many outfits.

  7. Who hoo! I love a good designer dupe. These shoes are AMAZING! Love the neutral color and the way you paired it with the whole outfit!


  8. I love those Valentinos but I would never spend $1000 on them either, haha! These are such cute dupes, they look exactly the same!

    – Brenda

  9. Love these dupes! Your whole look is so cute!

    Lee Anne

  10. Omg you’re absolutely rocking those studded flats! So cute !

  11. Cute outfit! Love your shoes!!

  12. I love these flats! And really just the whole outfit 🙂 What kind of camera do you use?

    • Thanks Lauren! I actually work with a photographer that takes all of my shots. I honestly have no clue which type of camera she uses. I will definitely ask her though and post a reply here. 🙂

  13. Wow!! What a steal!! I think I am definitely going to need to get these! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about them babe!!

  14. Oh wow that’s a great find! I have a close friend who is obsessed with the valentino shoes but again that price tag is steep. Will be sharing this dupe with her. She’ll love it.

  15. Molly | Miss Molly Moon says:

    These look gorgeous–that’s such a great deal! I sure do love a good dupe.

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  16. I have had my eye on these for a while but I was so nervous about taking the leap to buy them. You have helped reassure me that it is a must! Thanks for the review. Love the look you put together.

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