Warmer weather brings out your usual summer suspects: lace-up sandals, flat sandals, thong sandals, wedges. This season, it looks like we have another shoe to add to the list: knee-high gladiator sandals. In the last few seasons we’ve seen knee-high gladiators emerge more prominently in the luxury footwear market; this season, it looks like the higher, the better.
Gladiator sandals, both the short and tall versions, have been in and out of the shoe spotlight for several years. We saw knee-high sandals begin to emerge in spring 2013, and last year, the trend continued. While it looks like Spring 2015 will also feature the knee-high gladiator, I think these sandals will not only be a summer staple, but also a good option for spring. Because the silhouette of the gladiators are reminiscent of a thigh-high boot, they feel very appropriate to wear as we begin to transition into summer. While the most obvious choice is to pair these towering gladiators with shorts, they are also great to wear with maxi and mid-length skirts.
The change I’ve also noticed from last year’s versions to this years is the new versions are a bit toned-down and don’t have such a dominant “cage” design to them. Instead, you’ll see more lace-up and wrap-around styles, and, aesthetically speaking, they look much more attractive both on and off the foot. The only downside to these strappy gladiators is the equally high price tag that goes along with them.