Once a key component of mid-2000s fashion, women’s gladiator sandals have returned in all their strappy, lace-up, not-so-subtle glory. See: Zendaya in the latest Valentino campaign, models on the Balmain runway, and tons of influencer Instagram posts as proof.
It’s unsurprising, given the prominent mid-aughts resurgence across all categories, from clothing to music to beauty. But as with every revival, there is always a little bit that has changed. 2022’s version of the footwear takes the 2007 gladiator sandal and adds its own modern twist. And with their evolution, a once-controversial (OK, still pretty controversial) type of footwear feels a little less polarizing.
This time, the criteria for what defines a ‘gladiator sandal’ is loosened: Grommets are optional, perhaps even discouraged; straps can be dainty and ultra-thin, not just thick and made of leather; they can be two-toned or feature crystal-cut appliqués versus the standard black and brown (though those are still prominent too); and the soles range from flat to flatform to kitten heels and treaded styles. Essentially, there’s a version for an outfit or occasion.
Here, find 13 women’s gladiator sandals that will have you reconsidering the trend this spring and summer. Put them on display with a Miu-Miu-style micro-mini, or let them peek out from a pair of cropped mom jeans for some added interest. The options are endless.
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