Don’t Sleep On Gladiator Sandals This Summer

Lace up and strap in.


Gladiator sandals have quite a history behind them, from origins in Ancient Greece to peak popularity in the 2010s. Now, in 2022, they are having yet another moment. Shop 12 right-now takes on the classic style ahead.

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Rockstud Leather Sandals
Valentino’s signature studs line this ultra-flat, caged sandal, giving it a down-to-earth punk vibe. Consider pairing the luxury fashion house’s Rockstud with a roomy white tee, high-waisted black Bermuda shorts, and plenty of chunky gold jewelry.
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Yup, 2022’s gladiator sandal trend isn’t solely (ha  — see what I did there?) relegated to flats. STAUD’s Nicola style takes the shoe to teetering new heights.
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With their ornate golden baubles, Tory Burch’s Capri lace-up sandals push summer’s anklet trend one step further. Because why should you limit yourself to a chain or beaded strand on a lone ankle when you can decorate both feet so glamorously?
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Lou Sandals
Made in partnership with Ocean Sole, a Kenya-based marine conservation organization, Chloé’s Lou design is eclectic and bohemian. Pick one of the sole’s many colors — perhaps butter yellow or royal blue? — and piece together the rest of your look with that hue in mind.
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Pearl Sandals
These leather-strapped, pearl-adorned sandals from Altuzarra represent everything the now New York-based label is lauded for: a nomadic and boho sensibility, sleek lines, and a feminine feel.
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A breezy shift dress in white is just the thing to pair with these blood-orange leather beauties. Now all you need is an Aperol spritz to match.
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Rick Owens
Spartan Sandals
Rick Owens’ Spartan sandals provide an easy opportunity to nail the summer goth trend. As for styling an outfit to go with the zip-up leather pair, anything in black will do.
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Brother Vellies
Tyla Sandal
For when wanderlust strikes and you need to escape the humdrum of your day-to-day, slip into Brother Vellies’ zebra-printed Tyla Sandal. Adding safari-chic khaki is only an option (but heartily recommended).
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Ancient Greek Sandals
Esperida Sandals
Just when you think you’ve seen all possible iterations of a lace-up gladiator — boom! — there’s this clunky-cool number from Ancient Greek Sandals. It’s such a fun, less-expected piece to anchor all your midi skirts (silky or denim).
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Master the daytime disco trend with Roger Vivier’s caged silver sandals that go all the way up to the knee. As for styling these high-shine shoes, go for a flirty mini dress — or skirt! — silhouette.
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Gia Borghini
Short Lace Up Sandal
Vibrant, mood-boosting, surprisingly delicate — these lace-up heeled sandals from Gia Borghini’s collab with the ever on-trend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley offer everything you need out of a summer party shoe. Team these with your favorite feel-good dress and head out for an evening of debauchery.
Paco Rabanne
Wedge Gladiator Sandals
If a barely-there sandal isn’t up to snuff for you, look for a gladiator with an uber-chunky base and hefty straps. Paco Rabanne’s Wedge style, for one, is a pair statement dressers will gravitate toward.
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