How to Wear Gladiator Sandals (Part 1)

How to Wear Gladiator Sandals (Part 1)

Gladiator sandals have been around for a long time. As the name implies, this footwear trend was designed based on the guild of gladiators in the Roman Empire. These sandals are known for their signature straps and they have this antique feel that makes them beautiful and somewhat special (if you are into antiques).

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Most people, if not everyone likes to wear gladiator footwear in whatever form they come. Gladiator shoes come in several forms: they come in heels and sandals; they come as ankle-length, mid-calf length, knee-length and some are even thigh-high. Gladiator shoes also come in different colours, and they come with and without embellishments.

Embellished gladiator sandals
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Gladiator sandals are one of the shoe trends for the year 2020; hence it might be necessary for you to know how to wear or style this type of footwear so that you can be all slays when it is safe enough to go out.


How to Wear Gladiator Sandals

Consider your height

Ankle length gladiator sandals

One important thing to consider when picking a gladiator sandal to wear is your height or physique. Gladiator sandals come in varying forms and length; hence your physique would determine which type would fit best. If you have a petite stature, you might want to consider wearing the ankle-length or mid-calf length version of the sandals as opposed to the knee-length or thigh-high length. This is because you’re at risk of cutting your length in half (which is not flattering) if you wear the longer variations of the sandals.

Knee-high gladiator sandals
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If you are on the taller side however, you can choose to wear whatever length of gladiator you desire. However, the knee-length and thigh-high length variations would fit best: they’d help elegantly accentuate your long legs.


Consider the occasion

Block heeled gladiator sandals
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The good thing about gladiators is that you can dress them up or down to suit the occasion. For a casual occasion, you can choose to wear the ankle-length or the mid-calf length. For a dressy occasion, you can go for the knee or thigh-high length. In the case of a formal outing, like your workplace, you can also wear the glad sandals: just make sure it is of average length and has a little bit of heel, preferably a block heel.


Consider the width of the straps

Ankle length gladiator sandals
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While there is no rule set in stone about how to wear gladiator sandals, you might want to consider the width of the straps. If you have thick legs, wearing thin-strapped gladiators would be better. It would help give your legs the illusion of length. If you have slender legs, wearing sandals with a wide or semi-wide strap might be better. It would balance nicely against your slender legs.



Whether you choose a wide strapped glad sandal or a thin-strapped one is entirely up to you. As I said earlier, there is no rule set in stone when it comes to wearing these sandals. You should, however, consider what would flatter your physique the most when getting a pair.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

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    I love this, I have always been a lover, glad.sandal but for the fact that I do not really know how to rock it. makes me feel like it doesnt fit me and i shouldnt be wearing it. Since I got tips here, I will give it a trial again.

    1. Ikeoluwa

      I’m glad to hear that you’ll be giving it a trial again😁

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    Ennie Silver

    I have always been scared to ‘glad’ it up ’cause of my height or what to wear it with. Will you tell us how to wear it? With jeans or what?

    But thanks for this post. I am more confident about the gladiator sandals.

    1. Ikeoluwa

      Yes, I’ll surely tell you what to wear it with in my next post. Keep your eyes peeled

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    Awesome tips, thank you. I’ll definitely put these into consideration the next time I’d be rocking a gladiator sandal

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