Mette-Marit’s Rockstar Princess Shoes

A long time ago I saw pictures of Crown Princess Mette-Marit on a visit to San Francisco and I fell in love with a gorgeous pair of edgy heels she was wearing by Valentino. Recently I also noticed Crown Princess Mary wearing the same Valentino shoes and I came to the conclusion that they were a royal favorite. But they are not cheap, averaging about $1,000 a pair, so I was hoping to find a less expensive alternative. Well, I was browsing in my local mall doing some research for a blog I am going to write on shoes for Spring 2016 when I saw a pair of shoes that I was convinced were the same ones by Valentino that I admired on Mette-Marit. But when I picked them up, much to my delight, I realized they were actually made by Arturo Chiang and are a fraction of the price. But unless someone were to examine your shoes really closely they would never be able to tell the difference because they look so much alike. When  I came home I found a link for them on line and I wanted to share them with my lovely readers. 🙂

Here is a picture of Mette-Marit wearing the heels I love. I like them because they are a good t-strap, which makes them easier to walk in in my opinion, and they have the edgy design along the strap that gives it a rock and roll vibe while still being modest. They are called “rockstud heels” and are perfect modern princess shoes. Contemporary but elegant.

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark also has a pair of Valentino rockstud heels and she LOVES them. She has worn them many times.

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These shoes are also popular with movie stars such as Reese Witherspoon. Here are some pictures courtesy of the Daily Mail of her dressed casually in jeans and wearing a pair of rockstud heels. She actually has multiple pairs in many different colors but I think these were the clearest pictures. I don’t normally post paparazzi pictures on this blog but I am making an exception with these just because I like seeing that these shoes can be worn casually, not just with business casual or professional clothing. I think it helps illustrate how versatile these heels are. Mary even wore them to a semi-formal event with a lace dress in the picture above.

So now that you have seen some ladies wearing these cool shoes here are some examples of Valentino rockstud heels and where to find them. Here are some black and white ones:

Find them here for $1,100:

http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=490432682&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And here is a light pink version similar to what Mary wears.

Get them here for $1,000:

http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=506417013&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And they are available in lots of other colors, too.

And here is the lookalike pair by Arturo Chiang for only $89.99. Pretty similar, aren’t they? I think they look the most like Mary’s pair that she wears all the time. They come in two colors, “adobe”-which is sort of like a nude, this is the adobe color in the picture below- and black. I’m thinking I need a pair! They are so reasonable and look so similar to the Valentino ones!

Find them here:

http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509254633&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Stay tuned for my larger blog post on cool shoes for Spring/Summer 2016! And if you haven’t seen it yet I have written a post on handbags for Spring that you can find here. I’m also putting together a Spring makeup post with new trends for 2016 so please remember to ‘like’ My Frugal Lady on Facebook for all of our new articles and other cool things. ❤

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

Throwback Thursday: Kate in Australia

In anticipation of the Cambridge’s official tour of India, I would like to look back on a pretty white with blue floral pattern L.K. Bennett dress that Kate wore when she, her husband, and baby George visited Brisbane on their official tour of Australia. It has become one of her most popular looks.

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Kate’s L.K. Bennett dress that she wore during her visit to Brisbane in April of 2014 has since sold out. However, I have found a lookalike dress for those who may want to replicate Kate’s floral look for Spring. L.K. Bennett has produced a new dress that is very similar in it’s silhouette with the floral design concentrated in the waist giving it a figure flattering shape. However, this floral dress is multicolored, as opposed to just blue and white. I am thinking of writing about some predictions for Kate’s tour of India in April and I say this dress may be a safe bet. It looks like something that Kate would wear so I would be surprised if she already purchased it and has plans to wear it this Spring. Once Kate wears a dress it sells out within 48 hours so if this is  dress she may wear and you like it, too I recommend ordering it now before it sells out.

L.K. Bennet Multicolor floral dress

You can find it here:

http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=506596805&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I personally love how colorful this dress is because you can mix and match it with accessories of many different colors. The pattern has shades of orange, blue, and black in it so you could wear black shoes or a bag, or add some color with orange or blue accessories. I hope that Kate does wear this dress. I think it would look great on her, especially if she wore some colorful accessories.

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady