Goddess dressing is unmistakably trending, so it comes as no surprise that the gladiator sandal is also seeing a resurgence as a standout footwear trend for summer. The infamous shoe has taken on many forms over the years, from Paco Rabanne’s Space Age chic modettes of the 1960s, to the bohemian-centric designs patented by Kate Moss and Sienna Miller’s iconic festival style during the 2000s. This season, we saw the best gladiator sandals come to life with surprisingly fresh interpretations.
At the forefront of the movement was the Valentino show, where the majority of the collection was styled with a flat, knee-high lace-up that varied from smooth leather texture to the infamous rockstud adorned. Alberta Ferretti solidified the trend, offering silhouettes like the standout flatform, in a range of heights and highly pigmented colors that felt very of the moment. Even Christian Dior tested the trend with a sparkly, metallic closed-toe version.
No matter your style preference, keep things contemporary when searching for the perfect pair by mixing in modern elements like corded rope lace-ups, bauble charm embellishments, or craft-infused detailing to give your look that modern edge. Even stilettos are not off limits! If you prefer to keep things minimal, try a classic sandal in a metallic tint or something with a chunky, substantial sole in lux leather for your everyday go-tos.
Shop the 25 best gladiator sandals below.