Cult status, devoted fan-base, iconic iterations, from the runway to the red carpet, it’s hard to imagine a time when the Rockstud didn’t rule in the shoe stakes. Making an innocent debut on the Valentino Fall 2010 runway, artfully scattered upon those now-ubiquitous caged slingbacks, the neat pyramid studs broke new ground, forming a footwear franchise that continues to deliver season after season.
Reimagining the Valentino woman in the now, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the-then duo at the helm of the Italian fashion house, remained true to the core classicism of the brand, masterfully juxtaposing this with new contemporary codes to forge forward into a new fashion landscape.
"We like atypical beauties, and we defend the idea of individual beauty. Our work is to understand women and to grasp their different dimensions. Our woman is multidimensional, like Rome – our city – which is imperial, baroque, romantic, neorealist and modern," explains Pierpaolo Piccioli.
A worthy addition to the fashion lexicon, Rockstud has become synonymous with style with an edge. Hitting the sartorial sweet spot, it can now be found sweeping the entire shoe spectrum, from the highest high of the now-iconic 100 or its 65 midi heel twin, on a court shoe iteration, through to open-toe options in chunky heel or gladiator sandals, to neat ballet flats, boots and even sneakers, in a seemingly infinite prism of colour-ways, textures and embellishments.
Adored by A-listers and the sartorially savvy – early adaptors include Emma Stone and Diane Kruger – the staying power of Valentino Rockstud shoes has to be in their sheer versatility as the ultimate go-with-any-outfit style, plus their gloriously addictive seasonal makeovers nailing the total covetability-factor each and every season.