Why These Are The Best Summer Sandals

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While we love Italy’s architecture and cuisine, we are equally grateful to the city for inspiring our favorite summer footwear trend, the gladiator sandal. The ancient style shows no signs of disappearing thanks to jaunts down countless Spring 2015 runways (including the likes of Chloe, Isabel Marant and Giambattista Valli). What makes the style so timeless? The neutral color palette, comfortable and breathable straps and the dash of edginess they offer any outfit probably have a lot to do with it. Most fashion girls consider the leather gladiator to be summer’s answer to the black ankle bootie. Team a short gladiator sandal with an ethereal bohemian dress, or go bold and rock a knee-high pair with a peasant blouse and high-waisted shorts.

All Photos: Courtesy of Chloe

Tasseled Leather Roman Sandals

$100

Zara

The Tasseled

Kori Lace-Up Leather Sandals

$580

Ancient Greek Sandals

The Geometric

Suede Gladiator Sandals

$590

Miu Miu

The Wrap Around

Bellflower Tall Sandal

$148

Free People

The Beaded

Fantine Leather Gladiator Sandal

$175

Cynthia Vincent

The Neutral

Backview Tall Sandals

$535

Stuart Weitzman

The Edgy

Sierra Gladiator Sandal

$295

Loeffler Randall

The Fringe

Cutout Lace-Up Gladiator Sandal

$65

Topshop

The Lace Up

Conca Gladiator Knee High Sandal

$395

Calypso St. Barth

The Suede

Erlina Sandal

$200

Schutz

The Animal Print