Spotted on too many spring catwalks to count—think Valentino, Chloe, Erdem and others—the knee-high gladiator sandal has made a comeback in a big way. Among the many strong options we’re dying to get our hands on this season, this brown leather pair from Valentino is at the top of our lists. These knee-grazing, barely there stunners not only go with just about every dress and skirt in your warm-weather wardrobe, they add instant polish and cool-girl vibes to your beat-up cutoffs (talk about a festival-season must). Need a little something while you save up for the real deal? Zara’s super-similar sandal is just as chic and totally affordable—like, under $200 affordable. (You’re welcome.)
Availability: Valentino Aphrodite Leather Sandals ($1345).
ParallelUniverseLeather Gladiator SandalsZara, $159
Our favorite way to style knee-high gladiators? With a striped shift dress, round sunnies and minimal jewelry.