Springtime always brings with it a plethora of footwear trends to display your feet and legs. From flat sandals to vertiginous platform wedges, barely-there flip-flops to ultra-strappy gladiators, shoe designer have found a lot of ways to use a little bit of material. As with everything in fashion, the straps and cut-outs of summer do occasionally get taken to their logical extreme – if straps on the foot are good, why can’t straps up the leg be better?
Whether you call them sandal-boots, cutout boots or extreme gladiator sandals, they’ve been not-so-quietly creeping into retailers since spring arrivals started a couple of months ago. We’ve taken the liberty (as we are wont to do) of searching the deep, dark corner of luxury shopping to find the most extreme examples of this trend and assembling them below. Some are hotly anticipated runway pieces (Altuzarra + Gianvito Rossi), others are leg-sweat waiting to happen (Givenchy). Not all of them are attractive, but a few are stunning. They’re all worth a look, though.