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The Evolution Of Gladiator Sandals Proves That The Style Is Timeless

They date back to 1000-700 BCE.

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Ancient Greeks invented gladiator sandals between 1000 to 700 BCE. The lace-up shoe has persisted throughout time, as you can find the style readily available today from the likes of Valentino and Stuart Weitzman. Ahead, study up on the evolution of the gladiator sandal.

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1000 - 700 BCE

For the Ancient Greeks, gladiator sandals weren’t about fashion, they were for utility. The shoe’s design was simple: they tied a basic sole to the foot with rope cords. A small portion of the population also decorated their footwear using colored dyes. Print Collector/Hulton Archive/Getty Images