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How to Rock: The Gladiator Trend

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By now, you’ve probably noticed that gladiator style shoes are back as one of the hot trends for spring/summer. 

Recently, I got an ‘Ask The Style Medic’ question about how to rock the trend. Kita asks:

“It looks like gladiator sandals are back in style this year and I really want to try a pair but I’m not sure how to style them. How do I wear this style without looking silly?”

I hear you girl! Gladiators were hot last year too and I wanted to give the look a try but I didn’t want to go all in so I opted for a neutral, ankle height pair to ease into the trend.


Sunglasses – ASOS | Dress – Thrifted | White Jeans – Old Navy (similar

Necklace – Stella & Dot |  Clutch – Lodis (similar) | Gladiator Sandals – Shoedazzle

How to Rock: The Gladiator Trend | The Style Medic

‘Ansel’ is similar to the style above

This year, I’m going all in with the trend in a knee high, strappy pair.

Here are 5 tips and tricks for rocking the gladiator trend and some of my fave options from the folks at ShoeDazzle that’ll have you looking and feeling like a goddess:

  • LBD to H-O-T: Take a little black dress from basic to bangin’ with a strappy high heel pair for a chic night out look or dress it down with flats for a more casual feel

How to Rock: The Gladiator Trend | The Style Medic


  • Who wears short shorts?: You do! Pair your favorite denim cutoffs, romper or mini skirt with a pair of knee-high gladiators for a laid back vibe

How to Rock: The Gladiator Trend | The Style Medic


  • Maxi-mize your look: A pair of fly gladiators look effortlessly chic when paired with a maxi skirt or dress (especially one with side slits)
  • Let your shoes be the star:  Gladiators have plenty of drama on their own so keep the rest of your outfit and accessories simple

How to Rock: The Gladiator Trend | The Style Medic


  • Wrappers delight: For ladies with short legs, keep the wraps of styles with straps that wrap around your leg/ankle,below your calf so they don’t visually cut your leg off and make them look shorter. If you’ve got long stems and want to wrap high on the leg, wrap once around the ankle, then once right below the knee to keep the straps from sliding down during the day

How to Rock: The Gladiator Trend | The Style Medic


However you choose to rock the trend, if you rock it with confidence you’ll look great!

What say you? Are you gonna rock the gladiator trend? Which of these styles tickle your fancy?

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T. Espinoza is CEO at The Style Medic. She's the Diva next door, the girlfriend who always looks Fab but doesn’t spend a bundle. She works with the active, focused Diva who wants to look fly, save time and most of all, save money. T. can help you streamline your wardrobe, maximize your budget and take your style from flat-lined to FABULOUS!


  1. Keisha


    I love this look but it’s one I haven’t tried to pull off since I’m bow legged and practical. Maybe I will purchase a pair this year and strut my stuff!
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    • Yes! You should totally try it and strut your stuff. There are definitely some less Greek goddess looking options that might be worth checking out.

  2. tyra


    Love the gladiator look and how you paired it with the skinnies. Loving that for the summer.

  3. Janelle


    YESS, they’re back ? History always repeat.

  4. I liked gladiators when they first came out but thought they required more leg than I had to give. Over the years I’ve moved on and come to love them. I’ve not had really tall ones though, I should get a pair that goes to my knees.

  5. I love a gladiator sandals and I own a few different pairs. I usually stay with the ankle/mid calf length but I may try a different look this summer.

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