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Valentino is a brand that is far from prosaic. The mere mention of the name conjures to mind the romantic and glamorous rouge dresses the label is known for. These have become too iconic for Valentino, that any red gown is automatically compared to that of the label’s. Of course, the Italian luxury house goes beyond dresses meant to kill to create all sorts of apparel and accessories, but the same philosophy applies—boring is unforgivable.
Let’s be honest, though—stunning and jaw-breaking designs aren’t meant to be in season all the time. Anyone’s wardrobe can benefit from the basics that can go far and still look amazing when partnered with different pieces, regardless of what may be fashionable at the moment. The challenge is completely different when compared to that on the other side of the spectrum; the versatility of wardrobe staples often requires them to be less pronounced, and the options become repetitive. Valentino’s then duo of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo then took it upon themselves to reimagine basics, such as the white sneakers, by trying on different perspectives through which they can see the pieces. This resulted in Valentino’s Rockstud Untitled capsule.
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Release Year: 2016
The Valentino Rockstud Sneakers in white are a nod to the currently fashionable but essentially very basic white sneakers. A single look is all it takes to know that these are far from your ordinary kicks. The Rockstuds which are now staples to most Valentino pieces serve as accents to the shoes. They also read “11 Untitled” on the tongue, which corresponds to the number of Valentino garbs and accessories included in the capsule.
White looks good with almost anything, but Valentino takes these sneakers a level higher by pairing it with gold, resulting in a very luxurious spin on your classic white sneakers. The studs come in both gold and white, the latter’s inclusion leading to a more balanced appearance. Nothing can prevent the gold ones from glistening when reflecting light though, so you’ll stand out with them on even when you’re not trying too hard. The fashion house makes no compromise on comfort, too. The shoes are adequately cushioned to make each step pleasurable, and the materials appear premium, as one would expect from Valentino.
These Valentino Rockstud sneakers are expensive, as is expected with the name that goes with it, and are even pricier than the popular Gucci Aces, another white sneaker with luxurious origins. The pyramid studs also require more thought in mix and matching, but it is not a complete deal breaker as the white color balances it out.
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