Shoes are a weakness of mine. I can literally walk into a store and see about 50 pairs I would like to buy. However my funds usually never allow for this splurge, leaving this on-going shoe torture as the cross I bear. So, of course as this Fashionista walked by, my eye line shot to her feet. Her outfit was already to die for, but her gladiator-heeled sandals were basically calling my name. I have a certain affinity for gladiator sandals; I once had a pair that I wore so often the soles eventually fell off and I had to retire them to their final resting place in shoe heaven (AKA my trash can). Still to this day I have yet to buy another pair. I swear this is completely out of respect, not the fact that my rent is usually due.
These gladiator heeled sandals are such a great update to the usual flat soled gladiator sandals. The heel makes them so much classier and formal. Heels are always great at elongating an individual’s legs, so this style of gladiator is great for shorter girls who run the risk of looking stumpy. Give me a flat sole and my legs may look thick, hook me up with a heel and my stems are looking longer than Gisele Bundchen’s.
I’m not the only one who is obsessed with this shoe trend. Gladiator sandals were seen stomping down runways all over fashion week. Rebecca Minkoff showed off a pair of shin-guard look alike knee-high gladiators, while Derek Lam revealed a cream colored heeled option. Well known designers such as Stuart Weitzman also offer the more standard version we’re used to; black and flat soles.
The great thing about gladiator sandals is that they can be paired with really anything. This Fashionista did a great job of pairing hers with awesome printed harem pants. The monochromatic color scheme of all her major pieces (blazer, tank top etc.) really help to tie the gladiator sandals in nicely. Her use of a simple silver statement necklace is also just enough to add a little pop to her outfit.
How To: Want to rock this look yourself? Step one is finding your perfect pair of gladiator sandals. ALDO and Nordstrom offer a ton of affordable gladiator styles. Whether you want an ankle, mid-calf, heeled or knee-high version, they have it! Step two is finding the perfect outfit to pair with your shoe. Personally, I love pairing gladiator sandals with high-waisted denim shorts, a cute crop top and boho wavy hair. I also love pairing gladiator sandals with a cute floral baby doll dress.