Okay, gladiators. I think it’s one of those love or hate pieces where you either take the dive, or keep your distance. It’s definitely a trend that’s been circulating on and off for years, and with summer in full swing, it’s on. Let’s discuss… Pros: they can make your entire outfit (see below the LBD scenario), they’re fun, strap you in for an easy glide or stride
(seatbelt kind of thing?), and add a nice embellishment and sense of style. Cons: can be ‘chunky,’ overboard, the association of gladiator sandals pairing with skinny legs (while they do look fabulous on Kate, we can look just as fab), and some are masculine looking…
Final decision? It’s a go. If you are on the fence and want to experiment, start basic! Once you master a few straps, you can gradually begin to work your way up the leg.
What’s your favorite way to style them? Specific occasion? Gladiator go-to? Tell all!
Or go with our summer gladiator inspiration!
By Alexis Bendjouia
Shop the look
1: black jersey dress: T by Alexander Wang; snake sandal: Kurt Geiger; black strappy sandal: Steve Madden; knee-high sandal: Sophia Webster; suede with coral sandals: Giuseppe Zanotti; silver studded sandal: Jeffrey Campbell; blue fringe: Gucci; black ribbed dress: A.L.C.
2: Kenneth Cole ‘Houston’ sandal
3. snake gladiator: Stuart Weitzman; animal top: 3.1 Phillip Lim; jersey tee: Karl Lagerfeld; black shorts: Etsy; white dress: Mango; pink sandals: Valentino; beige sandals: BCBGeneration; tropical shorts: H&M (similar); orange sandal: Stuart Weitzman; sporty sandal: Opening Ceremony x Teva (for hikers if you ask me…)
4. silk blouse: Equipment; silk shorts: Saloni; striped print shorts: IRO; peach sandal: Modcloth; gold sandal: Christian Louboutin; black cutout dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim; five finger ring: Eddie Borgo; playsuit: Zimmerman; studded sandal: Ivy Kirzhne