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Buy Yourself Nice Gladiator Shoes May 7, 2009

Gladiator sandals

Gladiator Sandal-Boots

How grand and shoe-like they sound. Yet they can be best described as pieces of string holding your foot.

Gladiators. What grand images they throw up in your mind – strong men in arenas facing challenges larger than life. But shoes? Yes, these are the flat soled sandals that you can imagine the Romans wear under their Togas. And they are no more adorning the legs of muscular men. Now, they are fashion statement for women.


gladiator sandals

Gladiator Sandals

Essentially, gladiator shoes are  sandals with pieces of straps holding them to your foot – and climbing up, your calves as well. Elegant way of covering up men’s legs in an era devoid of trousers.

Today, they have evolved into classic wear for women, ranging from ankle length to boots.

gladiator shoe and dress

Gladiator shoe & Appropriate Dress

Sure, they look nice. In fact, on a good pair of legs, they look lovely. When worn with the correct dress. And dress it has to be. A skirt or a frock. Originally meant to be worn with a Toga, even today the beauty of gladiator shoes can only be set off by dresses with flair, elegance and essentially, a hemline.

Essentially, there is no point in wearing gladiator shoes, unless the calf is visible. Jeans and even shorts are a complete no-no for these age old style statements.

But then, though beautiful, gladiators can be overdone. The traditional gladiators are flat soled with leather straps and buckles to hold ones feet in place. These are rarely worn in their traditional format any more. Nowdays, we prefer modifications which modernise and beautify the original more than the original. However, certain such designs are quite horrific. 

Gwyneth Paltrow Gold Gladiators

Gwyneth Paltrow Gold Ugly Gladiators

Gladiators now are also made with heels. Wedge and pencil, that is quite O.K. However, when the gladiator style meets the bondage, that is when one needs to be careful. Also, gladiators are the fine line between style and not knowing style. To succumb to wearing gladiators, one should be confident of the pair picked up, and how its worn. Celebritites like Gwynneth Paltrow known for her choice of gladiators, have famously gone wrong as well. Not only did she wear them with trousers, they were gold in colour, with an unflattering design!

There are designers making fashionable yet ugly bondage gladiators. There are designers making terribly ugly normal gladiators. And then there are the embellished gladiators, which are just plain ugly.

Gladiator shoes elicit a lot of reaction. They are a style statement, and as with any such statement, they are either loved or hated. There are those who hate gladiators. However, there are many more people like me, who love gladiator shoes.

Gladiator shoes are back this summer. So ladies, buckle up. Get those summery dresses out. And enjoy these Roman Beauties. Because this is one shoe that is stylish while being flat, and so utterly suitable to Indian roads 😉


31 Responses to “Buy Yourself Nice Gladiator Shoes”

  1. […] Original post by misshoe […]

  2. exmiasententia Says:

    I LIKED the first pair in the photo!! Nice design! And you are right, on a nice pair of legs they would look awesome!
    But about the advice to indian ladies – you need to further highlight that fine line between gladiator and bondage shoes!!
    Most of the places , they sell ugly gladiators in India and more like the bondage shoes. Even in the high profile stores like M*tro !
    Wholesome article! You saved your audience from making a gaffe by wearing them with jeans or shorts 😉 You know significant number of them would have done it! 😀

  3. misshoe Says:

    I agree. Like I said, there is a fine line between classy and not-happening. With the Indian love of bling, most shoe shops unfortunately serve up jazzy versions of the gladiators, which do not look nice.
    And I certainly hope some ladies do not couple them with saris/ salwar kameezes. That would be humorous. 🙂

  4. atanarjuat Says:

    Any shoe that requires ‘summery dresses’ to be worn and calves showing is alright by me. Its a flirty combination and needs the right attitude to go with it too.
    Now the important thing is for it to be a well turned ankle. If not, with thick ankles and hairy (OMG) calves, I’d rather they wore the standard salwar kameez (yuck!).

    • misshoe Says:

      ROFL. Though I hope no one with hairy legs would venture to show them off! *dies imagining*

      And I thoroughly agree on the attitude.

  5. bella Says:

    Can you please tell me where i can get gladiator heels in mumbai, preferably in the suburbs. I’v searched alot but just cant seem to find them.

    • misshoe Says:

      Hi Bella,
      Try some of the bigger showrooms for good designs – like Metro, Regal, Mochi. These would house ankle-length gladiators and I remember seeing some rather nifty designs in Metro Shoes, Infinity Mall, Andheri.
      If you want the calf length gladiators, I think you will have to travel South. One of the best places would be Atria Mall with its plethora of international brands like Charles and Keith, Aldo and Nine West.
      Apart from that you can scour the tiny nooks of Colaba causeway for the leather shops. They will have some affordable options, though limited choices.
      Gladiators are usually a little off-beat and not available in street shops like Linking Road (Bandra).

  6. bella Says:

    Thank you so much!! I hope i get them atleast now.

  7. sugardeity Says:

    Loved it! got one awesome leather gladiator sandal today 😀 really in these days!

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