Fashion Trends

The New Gladiator Sandals and How To Wear Them

Dating back to Ancient Rome, gladiator sandals have been around for centuries from Greek goddesses and warfare to becoming a spring/summer fashion essential of today. From designer collection shows for this spring season, these strappy sandals come in a variety of different leg lengths, cutout sizes, lace ups and colours. With Rodarte’s thigh high snakeskin platforms, Alberta Ferretti’s criss cross fringe pumps to Valentino’s thinly tied wrapped around flats, it’s easy to find the perfect pair and add a warrior touch or a Grecian style to your looks. Here are ways to wear gladiator sandals for spring!

Stuart Weitzman ‘Gladiator’ Sandals – $562.48

These knee-length sandals are to be worn with shorter dresses and skirts. Just like in Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 2015 collection, Sarah Burton had the models strutting in above the knee garments with laced up gladiator styles wrapped under. You can also pair these with shorts and culottes, allowing the sandals to be your focus point.

1 Alexander McQueen

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Schutz ‘Erlina’ Lace Up Sandals – $263.12

For a subtle touch of your inner warrior, try wearing a lower length of gladiator sandals paired up with a flowy dress, longer pants or maxi skirt. You can even try wearing sandals of an opposite pattern, texturing or colour just to add excitement to your look. See this look from Chloé spring 2015 runway with denim on denim outfit and blush tone suede sandals laced up reaching the ankle.

2 Chloe

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Onademar Sandals – $186.18

If you’re the simple type, a barely there sandal with skinny straps can easily bring your look to a Grecian goddess and romantic appeal. With both Michael Kors and Valentino designing flat sandals with majority flesh exposed, these gladiators are an upgrade from just basic flip flops. You can certainly pair them up with any relaxed day time look of any length of hem, from a shirt dress to a long skirt.

3 Valentino

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Ancient Greek Sandals ‘Clio’ Platform Sandals – $361.79

Adding a bit of height and buckles, pair up a multistrap platform sandal and buckle up with these ancient Greek inspired sandals. For his spring 2015 collection, Roland Mouret added a hardware feature of buckles to an already colourful strappy sandal. You can also go for Peter Pilotto’s footwear look or chunkier sole platforms. Pair them up with a simple dress to add effect and focus to your feet.

4 Peter Pilotto

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Nicholas Kirkwood Serafin Leather Sandals  – $1079.52

When wearing gladiator sandals in the evening, it requires a metallic pair to steal the show. At Balmain’s spring/summer 2015 show, models were seen walking around in strapful leather sandals with gold detailing.  Add some spark in your look of a body hugging dress, skirt or even an evening suit when combining a bit or a lot of gold for the daring.

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