I can remember in 2008 (yes, I am going to get year specific here) when gladiator sandals were starting to merge onto the scene. My initial thoughts were, ‘guuuuurlllll you goin’ to a toga party?’ (Because that is completely how I articulate my thoughts). I was too judgmental. Like any new trend, we evaluate the lasting power. Who knew with the skinny jeans? Bootleg jeans are now the new mom jeans, and mom jeans are the new Topshop best seller! Gladiator sandals can be subtle or “in ya FACE.” These sandals are quite versatile, they always look cool and boho, and they give those flip flops a rest. We all know flip flops are sloppy and we should limit them to the poolside and gym shower. They are fungus protectors, not fashion. I think the versatility and effortlessness is what makes gladiators a favored sandal choice. We are going on almost 8 years now, gladiator sandal. You go Glen Coco. Snaps for you! Here are my four different takes on the gladiator for four different types of women. I would wear them all, but it would’t be the first time I have been told “it’s like you’re four different people, Hannah!”
1. Steve Madden “Plato” Sandal, $46.86. These “pop-a-color” sandals are super fresh. I am really fond of the tangerine hue. There is also something about these sandals that reminds me of the salt water sandals I used to wear when I was little, but much more modern and sophisticated. Can we just comment on he name as well… Plato? Get it? Greek philosopher! So fetch.
2. Stuart Weitzman Nappa Leather Gladiator Sandals, $398. These bad boys are daaaarrrrring. I think “gladiator inspired” is too lenient for these sandals – hashtag: Russel Crowe. I used to be afraid of the gladiators that came up so high, but now I think they are supes amaze. I can just see these paired with little bohemian tunic dresses and beachy waves – a spring and summer staple for the boho ladies.
3. Tan Metal Heel Gladiator Sandals, $38. These need a new name, but these are a sophisticated take on the gladiator. Never too much, and very classy, these sandals would be very versatile in any lady’s wardrobe. Also, a tribute to the petite women, these sandals will offer that relaxed bohemian feel, but still offer that little bit of height you lose with flats (your feet will also thank you for the arch support, real flat sandals all day can make your pups bark!)
4. “Cachetta” Metalic Gladiator Sandal, $995. I loved these before I knew they were Louboutins! These are just so luxe and visually interesting. The straps almost mimic bangles for your feet. The gold sheen and the beautiful lines make these gladiator sandals truly remarkable. I do not think I can justify the almost 1k price tag, but I can appreciate the design and visualize possible outfits in my head.