If all roads lead to Rome, then all spring/summer shoe trends lead to the gladiator sandal. On spring 2014 runways, models for Altuzarra, Versace, Acne, Alexander Wang, Tom Ford and others wore the strappy styles in looks that were bold, to-the-knee and paired with feminine dresses and prim pencil skirts. Think a warm-weather version of the knee-high boot. The fashion-forward may be willing to rock the tall, chunky style, but most women are likely to prefer something a little more dainty. Either way, now is the time to give gladiator sandals a try. When in Rome, right?
Pick Your Style
Go flat. Ease into the trend with a strappy flat gladiator style. They pair nicely with a maxi dress, shorts, rolled-up jeans, skirts – you name it. I like a python-style print or a fun, bright color to bring a little oomph to your summer basics. So much fancier than a flip-flop, right?
Go medium. For a less in-your-face, but still sexy and trendy vibe, opt for gladiator styles that rise to the ankle. Since you’re not going for a knee-high look, you can rock details – think printed leathers, grommets, buckles and different colors- into the look. I like a stacked heel, but you’ll find stilettos and wedges, too. This shoe can be paired with anything from an LBD to a business suit to boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt. Just leave the toga for the “Animal House” crowd, OK?
Go tall. If you like to take a fashion risk, make a statement with runway-worthy gladiators. Look for styles in neutral shades – think black, tan, gold or nude tones. For a sexier look, go for a heel. To tone things down, check out flats. This is a look that definitely works better on thinner legs and is best juxtaposed against a ladylike dress or pencil skirt. Remember you want diva, not dominatrix.