While I don’t think there are any rules when it comes to style, I think everyone has their own personal guidelines on which they rely. (These “rules” usually make getting dressed a little easier, honestly.) For me, it’s simple: I wear what I like and I keep things classic. With that in mind, I’m usually not someone who jumps all over a trend. I find that they’re usually fleeting (that’s what makes them a trend, after all), and I almost always regret it when I invest my money in something only to find that I’ve grown tired of it a month later. This is how I initially felt about Valentino’s Rockstud shoes. The shoes hit the street style scene by storm a few seasons ago and before I knew it, it was as if everyone had studs on their feet. I was certain that these would be a flash-in-the-pan shoe – a trend that wold be over almost as quickly as it started. I was wrong. They’ve managed to outlast my predicitons, and now I own not one, but two (!) pairs. It was my first pair – the black leather double ankle strap flats – that changed my mind about the Rockstuds. Not only were they surprisingly comfortable (a must for flats!), but the ankle-straps added such a unique detail that I wasn’t used to having on my usual ballet flats. They’re a dressy ballet flat (so are these) – one you can wear with jeans on a Saturday or with an LBD for cocktails. Once I realized how much I loved that pair, I was on to a heel. These t-strap pumps have become one of my very favorite shoes. I wear them all the time (so much, in fact, that I’m seriously considering buying them in ivory). Again, they’re comfortable (shocking, I know), and those little studs just add a special, unexpected detail on an otherwise classic heel. They look equally as sharp with a tailored pencil skirt as they do with my cropped leather pants. Who knew I would end up loving this shoe so much? Proof that I should never say never!
Photos by Molly Miller
This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.