For most brands, a distinctive, successful line of shoes or bags can be expected to remain popular for only a couple of years before it needs to be moved to the back burner in favor of what the brand hopes will be its Next Big Thing. With designers producing four collections a year, consumers need constant newness, and it’s rare that anything jumps the tracks to become a classic. But maybe Valentino has done it.

It’s hard to declare anything a true “classic” that’s debuted in the relatively recent past, and Valentino’s first Rockstuds graced their first runway five years ago next month, during the brand’s Spring 2011 show in Paris. At the time, I wasn’t into the line at all, but they’ve long since won me over. Ever since then, Valentino has been making the bags and shoes in a seemingly never-ending stream of colors, sizes, shapes and combinations. There is a Rockstud for everyone, and those who buy one bag or pair of shoes seem often to keep going.

The line’s popularity just keeps chugging along, and although Valentino has introduced lots of designs that aren’t reliant on the look in the past few seasons, the Rockstuds show no signs of going away or losing consumer favor. Although we occasionally hear from people who are sick of the studs’ ubiquity, plenty of other consumers continue to vote with their dollars. After all, for every classic, there are contrarians who are ready and willing to tell you they don’t know what all the fuss is about.

I’ve seen this discussion go down everywhere from my Twitter mentions to an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and I’m betting all of you have some thoughts on whether the Rockstuds have yet managed to transcend their seasonal roots. Personally, I’m not sure enough time has passed to tell definitively, but if I had to pick a side, I’d guess we’ll be seeing Rockstuds and chic arms and feet for a long time to come.

You can satisfy all your Rockstud needs with the ample selections at Neiman Marcus, Saks and Barneys.

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anon
anon
6 years ago

I don’t think enough time has passed to tell yet, they could be though. Rockstuds are definitely the future staple for the studded look. Right now, it’s still a very trendy look.

Blondissima777
Blondissima777
6 years ago
Reply to  anon

I think they will stay one of Valentino’s signature design’s and evolve as time passes. They will have a few rockstud staples (flat, kitten, 4 inch), just like Chanel has a basic Chanel flat, but then the rest will be the main collection. Some with rockstuds or a variation of it, others without.

This is the perfect example, from the 2016 spring/summer collection:

http://www.lindelepalais.com/en-US/product/45570

I think they’re super flattering, edgy and sexy. To each it’s own. I plan to be 102 and stroll around with my walker and my Rockstud flats lol
Bury me wearing my leopard kitten ones, a pair of skinny jeans, a white shirt and a fun Fendi bag 🙂

And for those who think the leather in their bag looks cheap: I’ll agree to disagree; I think it’s buttery soft and my small tote is the most comfortable bag I own. I barely feel like I have a bag under my arm, because the leather is so light and pliable, like a leather shirt. That’s not leather by any means.

The only leather I have that is softer to the touch, but not as pliable and the bag weighs a ton, is my Celine Phantom bag. So unless I want to sit there and pet my Celine, my Valentino rockstud is a much more comfortable bag.

And I’m sorry, but I find comparing rockstuds to bedazzling similar to diamonds vs zirconia.

I’m yet to see a bedazzled anything that I’d consider chic or ever felt the need to bedazzle anything. I’m happy with my platino rockstuds just as they are 🙂

Kate
Kate
6 years ago
Reply to  Blondissima777

I agree completely with your entire comment. My Rockstud totes are squishy, buttery, super soft nappa leather, and they’re extremely lightweight. I do have to baby them more than my other bags, though. I find that the shoulder straps frequently need repairs.

Blondissima777
Blondissima777
6 years ago
Reply to  Kate

The “glove soft” leather tote is more delicate than the thicker leather ones, but it’s lighter and a lot more confortable as well. I haven’t had to fix anything on mine yet, but I assume that in order to keep the straps soft and pliable, they probably use a more delicate glue than on the thicker leathers (if by repairs you meant the straps split). Also, keep in mind that something glued will never stay together as long as something sewn together, especially if it’s something that is constantly bending like straps.

Lily
Lily
6 years ago

I personally feel like the Rockstuds, especially the shoes, will disappear within the next few years.

Hailey~FurnishMyWay
Hailey~FurnishMyWay
6 years ago

I agree with Anon and Lily when they say that the rockstuds may pass, especially on the shoe front. But, then again, Valentino has hit the nail-or should I say stud-on the head with this long lasting trend.

Y Ajayi
Y Ajayi
6 years ago

I wouldnt buy a pair. Everytime I come close, I just can’t do it. Maybe I just don’t like them.

Jerri R
Jerri R
6 years ago
Reply to  Y Ajayi

Agree. Looks like something Aldo will copy any time now.

Smithy
Smithy
6 years ago

Too trendy….too imitated.

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Denise
Denise
6 years ago

I am so sick of those shoes! Every discount brand has made a knockoff version and i’m tired of seeing it everywhere. They just don’t appeal to me.

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Porshgirl
6 years ago
Reply to  Denise

well theymake loubie knock outs too.Does that mean christian Louboutin should stop producing his classics?

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Unapologetic
Unapologetic
6 years ago

I think these bags are just tacky. I think Christian Louboutin has made some really nice studded pieces but these are not edgy or exciting. I was looking at these bags the other day and was thinking how cheap they look and feel. It’s like someone bought a boring tote and tried to bedazzle it at home. I could picture my grandmother buying one of these to try to feel young and hip but classic? No Ma’am!

Jp23
Jp23
6 years ago

I enjoy these shoes I have a couple pair! they hurt my feet though. I think the style has promised longevity, if it’s not forever they will definitely be an iconic shoe of our time.

Yazi
Yazi
6 years ago

Nope. Trendy, not classic. There are tons of imitation/fakes for a fraction of the price and you can hardly tell the difference.

lavinia
lavinia
6 years ago

I most of all like the shoes, I like the tote bag. Yes I think it will last for much time 🙂

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