The gladiator footwear trend has evolved from its past as a sweet summertime sandal and turned into a sexy high heeled shoe trend. Notable designers like Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Salvatore Ferragamo and Jean Paul Gaultier all sent models strutting down the run way in super sexy dominatrix inspired gladiator boots. Some boots had traditional braided elements while featured edgy leather with studded accents. Designers aren’t the only ones loving this trend either, Anne Hathaway recently donned a stunning pair of black knee high gladiator boots on the red carpet at the premier of her new movie, proving that this trend really has star power.

For a somewhat casual way to rock the super sexy gladiator boot trend we suggest looking for a nude pair of boots and pairing them with a knee length skirt and a simple blouse. The shoes will be the central point in this outfit even though they are in a neutral color.  For a daring yet sophisticated way to rock this trend we suggest pairing a black leather pair of gladiator booths with a jewel toned high-lo dress. The unique uneven cut of the dress will show off the boots and just the right amount of skin.

Try The Trend Tips

The gladiator boot trend is one that we highly recommend you add to your shoe wardrobe, and to help make sure you put your best foot forward here are a few key tips.

Sometimes gladiator boots can shorten the look of the legs so make sure you only wear them when paired with outfits that elongate the lines and silhouette of the body.

Even though flat gladiator sandals are around we don’t like them near as much as heeled sandals, mainly because the flats make the leg look far to short when paired with the gladiator straps.