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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.

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  • anon

    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

      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:

      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

        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

        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

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

  • 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

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

    • Jerri R

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

  • Smithy

    Too trendy….too imitated.

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  • Denise

    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

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

  • Unapologetic

    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

    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

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

  • lavinia

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

  • Maya

    I think they have become one by now:) Love the shoes (that rock chic glamour!), love some of the bags but I find the totes to be too small for some reason…

  • I thought about this before investing in a pair of Rockstud flats. It’s a classic style. they’re ladylike, modern and edgy. And they match with a lot of outfits, they spice up a casual outfit with jeans and they’re perfect for a night out. So yes, Rockstuds are here to stay! And now I’m craving a pair of Rockstud pumps too…

  • Jess

    I think their time is over soon. It’s like the luggage tote or the Trapeze bag. They’re still nice but I do not really want to see them anymore.

  • Marlène

    I never really liked any bag and I don’t think the shoes will last forever, at least not the pumps.

  • cdawgcoop

    No. They could have been a classic, but they are not. “Bloggers” ruined them. Every so-called style star on Instagram is linking to the ‘likeit to lick it’ (as many call it) affiliate program.

  • Sparkletastic

    I really thought these would be gone sooner than they have. So maybe they have some staying power.

    I have always been very neutral on them as a design. They’re ok. I’m not motivated to purchase but they looked nice with some people’s outfits early on.

    But now, I’m reeeeaaallly tired of seeing them. Because of the overexposure it feels like someone is trying too hard when they are wearing them. That’s not fair because people buy what they love but, that’s how rockstuds come across to me now.

  • FashionableLena

    Everyone keeps saying that they see them everywhere. The only time that I see them is online and in stores. With the exception of shopping at what my 11y/o dubs the “fancy mall”, I don’t see them in the wild.
    As far as staying power goes, they’ve been around a while. I actually really like the sandals with the chunky heel.

  • Dylan Propst

    No, they aren’t. Currently, there’s a big “uptown grunge” trend, so the studs make sense. Fast forward 5 years and they’ll be left in the dust. The only “classic” bags are those which have withstood the test of time, such as the Classic Flap, the Birkin, the Lady Dior, etc.

    In my opinion, if the bag was released within the past 20 years, it isn’t a classic.

  • Veit Bui

    Valentino have always been weak on the bag commodity. They might hit trend level for a season or two but don’t last as long as other brands. The Rockstud bags are too heavy on details. A bag with loaded details will not look great a few seasons down, but a pair of shoe is different. For me the Rockstud heels perfectly nailed what is called “classic statement”.

  • Jess

    I see the Rockstud shoes EVERYWHERE on social media, magazines and websites like these, but I don’t see them that often on the street where I live. It’s for that reason I love them still and have 3 pairs. I also find them very comfortable. Reality vs Media. Two very different things. So I wouldn’t say they’re classics just yet.

  • Sabrina

    Nope. Won’t ever be classic, I’m already sick of them.

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  • Roxanne Nguyen

    Really.. people who are saying that they are “so sick of those shoes” and etc. Have you guys ever tried them on your feet? You probably haven’t. Because they are so gorgeous and feminine that you got to have them in every color, just saying.