July 10, 2007

SS07 Last Call: Gladiator-ish Sandals

Gladiator sandals have been 'in' for the past few summers. But it seems like this may be the last summer gladiators are 'in'. I've never been into gladiator sandals -not because I don't like the design, but because I'm only 5'2" and flat sandals are not at all flattering for short people.

However, in my last trip to Top Shop, I got tempted by these silver sandals and finally bought a pair. I've only worn them a few times and I have to say they are pretty perfect for supermarket trips or when I'm really not bothered, just as an alternative to flip-flops.

Just when you thought gladiators sandals had ended last year, Balenciaga extended the trend to this summer with this pair of heavily studded sandals from its SS07 collection.

This sort of T-bar sandals are a big hit this summer. It seems like everyone is wearing them! But if you have wide feel (like me) then you should probably avoid them. (This pair is by Top Shop.)

Patent leather is all the rage this season -there are now even patent leather gladaitor-ish sandals. Not sure I like them though. This pair is by Aldo.

Anthropologie has a lot of gladiator-ish sandals. I love this white pair. It's plain but not boring. On a second though, it sort of looks like the Balenciaga pair without all the studs doesn't it?

Another nice and comfortable-looking pair by Anthropologie.

This kind of sandals feels too bohemian for me. (This pair is from Urban Outfitters.) I like the more city-chic type, like the ones I chose above more.

As a last note, I just wanted to show that gladiator sandals look really terrible with winter clothes. Look at Mischa's outfit on the right -I love her Juicy white coat and skinny jeans combo, but those gladiator sandals really ruined the outfit. But on the left, the gladiators look relatively ok with that ourfit.
So yes, even though gladiator sandals are fading, I'm just discovering how comfortable they are. Oh well. What do you think? So you think the trend of gladiator-ish sandals will end this summer?

42 Comments:

Blogger satin pump said...

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7/10/2007 3:04 AM  
Blogger The Stiletto Effect said...

i agree, next summer gladiators are gone!

first time i saw this style of flat sandals i didn't like them, because i found it kinda ugly. But this summer, i started to like this style and i think topshop have some cool ones.

altough i'm not tall so, i don't use flat shoes or flat sandals often.

those from Anthropologie are also great!

I love the ones you bought, amazing colour :)

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7/10/2007 4:12 AM  
Blogger Juliet said...

I'm also short and my style is quite feminine, so i never was a big fan of those.
happy they're gonna be gone.

7/10/2007 6:53 AM  
Blogger Shopaholic D said...

I thought they'd be out last year...haha. hey, if they stick around another year, they wouldn't be the worst trend for footwear.

:) D

7/10/2007 8:09 AM  
Blogger Geisha said...

Since I'm pretty short as well (exactly the same height as you or a 1/2 inch shorter) flat sandals like those DO NOT look cute on me. And I just don't like the style at all! Even though I really like the ones you boght because they aren't too gladior-ish, just sort of.
Anyways, I really think they are bound to be out by next year. I hope :)

7/10/2007 10:40 AM  
Blogger Geisha said...

*bought **gladiador

7/10/2007 10:41 AM  
Anonymous jaqui said...

i don't think that ALL flat sandals look bad on short girls. i feel that they can look more awkward wearing 3" espadrilles versus a simple flat sandal. avoiding sandals with ankle straps is key, as i feel they segment the leg line.

7/10/2007 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

They look ok enough but I just don't like them. What other types of footwear would you suggest for short girls? I need something that's comfy enough for walking around all day in (for uni).

7/10/2007 6:40 PM  
Blogger glamour girly said...

I agree they will probably be out, and I love your new ones and the white ones from Anthropologie.

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7/10/2007 9:46 PM  
Blogger Kira Fashion said...

the sandals are so fashion !

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7/10/2007 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Randelle said...

Hah! I'm wearing some silver T-Straps RIGHT NOW. ;)

7/10/2007 10:34 PM  
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7/10/2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger sara said...

I like Gladiator Sandals a lot, but you're right they're totally ment for summer clothes.

Those Balenciaga ones I think are absolutely gross.
I also have wide feet so my feet in t-bar sandals aren't that great.

Those patent leather sandals by Aldo are nice, but I really don't like Aldo shoes, they're all really cheap (looking).

I like the white by Anthropologie, but idk about the second pair.

I absolutely love the sandals from Urban Outfitters, they kind of look like the ones Mischa is wearing on the right.

About your question I acutally think when summer comes around again they'll be a new big sandal everybody must have, probably not to different than the leather ones

7/10/2007 11:32 PM  
Blogger penelope said...

d aldo ones are jus plain weird.
anyhow.
i <33333 gladiators ever since i watched d movie!!!
haha.
kinda sad that they're gna be tres lame super soon.. but,
maybe patents will last. it'll come back!!!!!
i <333 patent more than glads.
sadly=p

7/11/2007 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

am also short and live in a city where i walk around alot so was wondering if you have any recs for stylish but comfortable shoes for short girls!

7/11/2007 3:18 AM  
Blogger Henna said...

Shopbop has a cute pair too by cocobelle. They've got the studs and seem pretty similar to the Balenciaga ones which are on everyone right now.

7/11/2007 5:26 AM  
Anonymous Discovery Bay Gal said...

I'm short too and these shoes do not flatter me at all. However, if one must wear them, they seem best when they are more on the hippy/60s side, with small studs, or "Keep it simple, stupid" styles.

7/11/2007 7:51 AM  
Anonymous cool_g_irl said...

hmm, nice collection, especially the red strips sandal.

7/11/2007 8:43 PM  
Blogger chrissynb said...

I am short too but I still love flats and sandals are so nice when you live in a hot and humid country like India......All the sandals are so nice and I hope they don't go out too soon.

7/12/2007 7:49 PM  
Blogger The Shoptarte said...

Seeing that it doesn't really show on Resort 2008's collection I doubt it's coming back!

Anyway I'm so used to having a little heel that I actually can trip wearing flats because I keep 'digging' into the ground. Glad Fall's coming so off with those flats!

7/15/2007 2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have been searching for a pair of these and i fell in love with both of the anthropologie ones! now i just have to choose between them..

1/22/2008 8:51 PM  
Blogger Sofie said...

For some reason, I am really into gladiator sandals this spring, after rolling my eyes for the last two summers at them. I did have to find ones with a small platform. WWhen will designers get that most people like a 1" platform. I wish Old Navy would bring out a platform non-wedge flip-flop again. They look better on everyone than the wedge!

3/02/2008 10:42 AM  
Blogger Meemo said...

It looks like gladiators are back for another season... although I have never been drawn to the trend, some styles this season have been catching my eye, but I think that I will hold off, because after this season, I am pretty sure they will go out of style.

I disagree that flat don't work on shorter women, although I think it looks better if the woman has a leaner frame.

3/17/2008 10:17 PM  
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4/11/2008 1:51 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

haha==it's almost summer '08 now, and gladiators are everywhere!! you can never predict fashion, i guess.

4/22/2008 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

it's almost summer 2009 and gladiators are STILL in. more than ever. I guess it takes a while for a fashion to really set in.

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6/15/2009 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gladiators: stronger than ever.

I'm not going to buy them though, too much for the eye to take in. I'm not a fan of these, however, there are people who can pull them off.

6/21/2009 9:18 AM  
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