Gladiator Sandals: The It Shoe for Spring & Summer

By Thursday, March 12, 2015 2 Permalink

Yes, it is still technically winter, and many of you are still getting pounded by snow. But as I mentioned in last month’s swimsuit post, now is the time to expose some skin! Ok well maybe not now, but really really soon. By saying that you need to expose a bit of skin what I’m really saying is that your toesies need to be free. Your feet are absolutely dying for some freedom after spending so much time in clunky rain boots and snow boots and thick socks and footsie pajamas. And it will be spring everywhere soon (I promise), so paint those toenails cause it’s time for sandal shopping.

If over-the-knee boots were the IT shoe for fall and winter, gladiator sandals are the IT shoes for spring and summer. They’re fun, they’re sexy, they make a statement, and most important they’re fit for almost any occasion. Today I’m going to show you four different styles of gladiator sandals that might be right for you. Word of caution on these; if you’re looking into anything strappy and leather you want to make sure that the straps are both well fitted and reasonably thin. Loose straps look, well, dumb. And thick straps can very easily make you look and feel clunky. They’re called gladiator sandals but you should not be stomping around like you’re actually wearing armor. More like floating on a cloud, feeling like a sexy badass.

Black Sandals for Spring Summer| Gladiator Sandals 2015

Schutz Billa Suede Gladiator Sandals // Matiko Eldora Lace Up Gladiator Sandals // Schutz Lina Lace Up Sandal

These are the sexiest option of the bunch but like other black shoes they’re also the most appropriate for a fancier nighttime outfit. Think romantic, edgy style.

Gold Sandals for Spring Summer| Gladiator Sandals 2015

Steve Madden ‘Agathist’ Leather Ankle Strap Sandal // Loeffler Randall Starla Sandals // Faryl Robin + Free People Vegan Tie Up Sandal

For the whimsical approach go for gold, they’re more goddessy than gladiator. While these aren’t leg climbing gladiators, the gold makes just as much of a statement as the taller varieties.

Brown Sandals for Spring Summer| Gladiator Sandals 2015

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Rae Sandal // Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Tall Suede Sandals // Splendid Crete Flat Sandals

Brown gladiator sandals feel like the most natural choice and definitely have the true gladiator feel. They’re perfect for this year’s spring summer trends, specifically white lace and embroidered dresses.

Colorful Sandals for Spring Summer| Gladiator Sandals 2015

Free People Sunever Sandal // Free People Cypress Tall Sandal

And for those free-spirited bunch, the ones who really want to stand out or just flippin’ love color, there are some bright gladiator options. These are just insanely fun and would be a great go-to sandal for daily wear.