with Susan Wagner
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I”m always looking for an alternative to flip flops for summer; I want a shoe that’s easy to wear and lightweight but a little dressier than a rubber thong. This year, there are some great gladiator sandals out there, and they’re the perfect option.
Type Z “Noteworthy,” $98 at Zappos
I know what you’re thinking — you’ve seen the Extreme Gladiators, the ones with the four-inch heels and the straps that come up to the knees. Most likely, you’ve only ever seen those on celebrities, because who wears anything like that in real life? No one, that’s who.
You don’t have to look like Russell Crow to wear a gladiator sandal. You just need to find the right shoe, and keep a few simple tips in mind.
Neutrals work for everyone. Choose a leather that is the same tone as your skin, for the longest leg line. Even a strappy sandal is less intrusive when it blends in with your skin.
Steven by Steve Madden “Aviva,” $118 at Nordstrom
Slim straps are the most flattering. If you’re concerned about drawing attention to your ankles, look for sandals with super slim straps.
daniblack “Wanda,” $134 at Zappos
Keep it at the ankle. Sandals that wrap around right at the ankle bone flatter virtually everyone; sandals that wrap around the calf flatter virtually no one. Easy.
Steve Madden “Sysco,” $49 at Piperlime
Gladiators are the perfect sandal option with shorts (keep the hem at the knee or slightly above) and with dresses and skirts (again, keep hems at or above the knee). But a great gladiator sandal also works well with a maxi dress — it’s a fun compliment to the extra-long skirt.
Will you be sporting the gladiator look this summer?
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