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Choosing and Styling Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator sandals were a huge shoe trend last spring and summer and they’re not showing any signs of going anywhere as we head into the warmer months of 2015.

When it comes to gladiator sandals there are an extreme amount of options available and it’s definitely not best to take a one-size-fits-all approach to these statement-making shoes.

So how do you know what options are going to work best for you?

Consider these tips:

  • If you have long, thin legs or very thin ankles, the best thing you can do is choose a pair of sandals that have lots of bold colors and details. This is going to draw attention to your legs and make them look a bit fuller and wider, which can be good to balance a body with thin legs.
  • If you love the look of a very dramatic gladiator sandal but you want it to be something that’s wearable on a day-to-day basis, think about the color and material you select. A basic black or brown sandal will work well in a variety of situations, and suede also makes bolder gladiator sandals seem less dressy and more subtle for daytime wear.
  • On the other hand, if you want a gladiator sandal that seems dressy or appropriate for evening wear, metallic like gold, silver or rose gold work well.
  • If you want a casual look that’s not too over-the-top it’s definitely not wise to go with a heeled gladiator. Heeled gladiators can be difficult to pull off, so be cautious when going with this type of option. The one time a heeled gladiator can look great without being “too much” is if you pair them with some cropped or ankle pants.
  • If you have short legs, choose a gladiator sandal that’s thin, dainty and simple. This will help lengthen your legs and you won’t run the risk of wearing a shoe that’s overwhelming on your legs.
  • Unless you have very long legs, a gladiator that ends at the ankle or just below the start of your calf isn’t likely to be your best option. Sandals that end around this area can cut your leg off even more and make it appear shorter. Instead, consider a gladiator that ends at a lower place on your foot, or one that extends up your leg to draw the eye up and lengthen the leg.
  • As for styling gladiators—if you’re pairing them with a dress make sure to create balance. If you’re wearing an ornate or pattern-filled dress, go with simple, subtle gladiators. If you’re wearing a very simple spring or summer dress, particularly one in a solid color, you can go with more detailed or eye-catching gladiators. Gladiators also look great with maxi dresses to create a carefree, boho look and style.

Do you love gladiator sandals? If so, what are your favorite styles and how do you choose the options that work best for your body? How do you style your favorite pair of gladiators?