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Brace for battle or the beach with gladiator sandals April 15, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Fashion.

Walk like a Roman in this spring’s ubiquitous look: the gladiator sandal

Sexy and bohemian, these showstoppers come in a range of leathers, from brown suede to imitation snakeskin. With hardly any heels, they can be as comfortable as flip-flops, but nowhere near as understated.

And none are more dramatic than Stuart Weitzman’s pale gold knee-high version, which look like space-age moon boots redesigned for warmer climes. Made of shiny, elasticized gold leather, the studded bands go from toe to knee, accentuating the curve of the calf ($250; www.stuartweitzman.com).

Prepare for battle, or the beach, with Giuseppe Zanotti’s gladiator sandals, designed and produced in Italy. They come in rich red with gold buckles and studs, adjustable ankle straps and half-inch heels ($524; www.zappos.com).

For a sleeker, more modern look, try Tod’s Matisse gladiator sandals in shiny silver faux python print. Elegantly shaped, these basic flats come in suede or calfskin and feature thick ankle straps with engraved silver buckles ($445-$675; www.todsonline.com).

Some models blend the gladiator style with other popular sandal features. Michael Kors’ woven-leather thongs, in black or metallic gray, have thick straps that thread through a gold ring and ankle ties that wrap up the calf ($175; www.michaelkors.com).

Those going for the goddess look should check out Hollywould’s Dillon thongs, strappy sandals in gold and silver or silver and coral with long leather ties that crisscross the ankle and lace up nearly to the knee for a supersexy look ($185; www.ilovehollywould.com).

Loathe to give up your plastic flip-flops? Try a rubber gladiator in black, bronze or silver from Marc by Marc Jacobs ($98; www.zappos.com). Then strut your stuff all the way to the Forum.

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