Here in the glorious city of Chicago, the summer heat is finally approaching. It’s time to break out a fresh pedicure in a fierce pair of sandals. What better way to do that then a pair of gladiators? Gladiators have always been a summer staple for me. You can rock them with a fun shift dress, like this Fashionista, or with a pair of high-waisted shorts. This Fashionista rocks a pair of calf high gladiators. If you want to be bold, you can opt for a pair of knee-high gladiators, and you can always go with the classic ankle. Pair them with dresses, rompers, shorts or jeans. You really can’t go wrong.

The most important thing with these shoes is finding the right pair. Gladiators made out of cheap material will fall apart and not fit the way you want them to. Of all the fashion advice in the world, the most important piece I can give you is to know what to splurge on. I have learned that shoes are one of the most important items to splurge on. When you are walking around all day, you want a pair of shoes that are going to be comfortable and not get ruined after a few wears.

What’s your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I love to look cute running around town, but I try to keep things practical. These gladiators are really comfortable. I love this dress because it lays well, and I don’t have to worry about readjusting.”