I love a sexy shoe, as you well know. And one of the fiercest looks, in my opinion, is a gladiator sandal. Now, hold up. I can hear some of you already, telling me that this is a hideous pick. Some of you put gladiator sandals in the same category as dollar store flip-flops, and comfort-first Crocs. You think they’re all flat, tan and boring.
But I think that maybe you just don’t know the gladiator sandal that well. This look keeps coming back for a reason, and that reason is it works. Plenty of women rate this among their faves. There’s lots of variation with this style. It can work for any size and any age. All of these sandals also have that sexy, strappy thing going on. In a gladiator sandal, you always look like you are in control and mean business. Whether you’re petite or plus-sized, there’s a gladiator sandal that will work for you.
Havana Gladiator Sandals
The Havana sandal by Free People is so elegantly simple that it looks positively historical. I can practically see it gracing the feet of a Greek or Roman soldier on the march. My favorite thing about this sandal, aside from its look, is how accommodating it is. Because there’s no closure, there’s really no limit on the calf size to wear this shoe. I never skip leg day, so that’s a big plus for me.
Ravello Wedge Sandals
The Ravello wedge sandal hits low on the leg. It’s available in three colors, including a standard black, but I love the metallics. A low gladiator sandal is a great choice for anyone. It’s forgiving. You don’t have to worry about lots of buckles, zippers and calf size. They’re also the most versatile type of gladiator sandal. I love wearing something like this with my jeans. The shiny straps attract attention to my pedicure. And they add just a little sass to my outfit.
Strappy Gold Rose Sandals
Sometimes, though, you want a little more sparkle. The Strappy Gold Rose Knee High is a great way to accessorize a little black dress, or little floral dress, or any dress, really. The shiny straps draw lots of attention to your shapely legs. This sandal adds a touch of sexiness to any look. Of course, since it’s about knee high, it’s a good idea to measure your calves before ordering. If you have too much muscle or too little, it might just not work for you.
Taos Gladiator Sandals
A good sandal that hits at mid-calf and has some embellishment is the Taos sandal by Carlos Santana. This shoe adapts beadwork, based on traditional Southwestern designs, and marries it with the strappy gladiator look. Girl, in my mind this is a match made in heaven. This is a great choice for those days when you want to look a little artsy and boho. It’s also a good selection for those of you who attend music festivals. Pair them with cute denim short and show off those sexy legs.
Chesta Stiletto Gladiator
Designer Vince Camuto is known for his extreme gladiator sandals, even going over the knee with designs like this Chesta stiletto gladiator. For me, with all the black straps going on, and that heel? It’s plenty sexy. At four inches, this sandal is also giving you some serious height. (Know your limits, and don’t say I didn’t warn you, mmkay?) This sandal is as come-hither as it gets. And while that’s not for everyone, if you’re the type of woman who can get away with rocking some dangerous, sexy Catwoman-type look? I say, get yourself a pair of these.
So what do you think? Which is your fave? And, gladiator haters, have I changed any of your minds? Let me know what you really think below!