Monday, November 11, 2013

Leather & Studs

*** Update on 11/13/2013: If you're still interested in the Valentino Rockstud pumps even after my experience below, I've updated the top of this page with several styles and colors at a 20% discount ***

I knew when I bought my Rockstud pumps that I was mostly paying for the Valentino name, as the quality wasn't 10x nicer to justify the price tag. What I didn't expect was for one of the buckles to fall apart on me after only a handful of wears! I'm guessing I was tugging really hard on the strap because the next thing I knew, the prong fell off the bar and onto my hands. Who knew there was an inner Hulk in me (and what horrible timing for that discovery)? Luckily I managed to hook the prong back onto the bar by studying the inner-workings of the other buckles, so a trip to the cobblers was not needed. Whew!
leather jacket, drapey blouse
leather jacket, drapey blouse, studded heels
sunglasses: Walmart aviator (similar)
lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in wink for pink (sold here)
necklaces: Forever 21 wishbone (similar); Forever 21 initial pendant (sold here)
jacket: Zara jacket with zips (this season's sold here; similar)
jeans: LOFT knit denim leggings (sold here)
bag: Longchamp large Le Pliage (sold at Nordstrom / Bloomingdale's / NM)
shoes: Valentino Rockstud (sold at Nordstrom / NM / BG / Saks; similar)

15 comments:

  1. You look great in Valentino shoes. They should make better quality shoes at that price.

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    1. Call me cynical, but I've long given up on equating quality with price. With everything mass produced now, I think those days are over. It's all about supply vs. demand, right? If people are willing to fork out $$$ for these shoes, then I certainly don't blame the supplier for marking up the price. Heck, if I was in business, I'd do the same!

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  2. they are great shoes but thats so disappointing in the quality!

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  3. That's ridiculous that they'd break so soon after you got them!

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    1. I hope my pair was that one bad apple that barely passed quality control because I'd hate for others to experience the same problem!

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  4. Oh dear! I'd take the shoes back to the store and get another pair!

    www.petitestyleonline.com

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    1. Do you really think they'd let me exchange for another pair? I bought it from Neiman Marcus and don't have much experience with their customer service. I think it's more likely they'll have the on-site cobbler fix the shoe over giving me a new pair?

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  5. Good thing you were able to fix it, I would be utterly upset if I paid for something that expensive and the quality didn't live up to its price/name. And I would've probably wrote them a looong letter...haha

    -Linh N.
    Linnnerzism

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    1. Believe me, I was super pissed at first. Then... well, I got over it, haha. I'll hold off on the letter (for now), but won't hesitate if (god forbid) another buckle breaks.

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  6. Omg, I can't believe the prong fell off! I would've definitely expected higher quality given the price. Good thing you were able to fix it!

    cute & little

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  7. I'd definitely take it back to the store, NM has really great customer service and for shoes at that price point they should definitely replace!

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    1. Thank you, those are the words I needed to hear. Sometimes I'm just so lazy and hate even the slightest confrontations that I'll just put up with things... especially since I "fixed" the buckle. I wonder if I should take it apart to show NM? Will definitely report back!

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  8. What! I would be so mad if that happened to a pair of shoes so expensive :( Glad you were able to fix them yourself though!

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    1. I WAS pissed! But then I started blaming myself... if only I hadn't tugged so hard, etc etc. :(

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