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Gladiator Sandals for Men [Trend Alert]

March 7th, 2012

gladiator sandals for men

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To be honest, I think gladiator sandals are underestimated and even banished by some people for no good reason. Yes, wearing a sends you back to the times of Emperor Nero of Rome, who had gladiators fight to the death in the arena for his own amusement.

But are gladiator sandals all that bad?

To answer that question, let’s analyse them for a moment:

Gladiators sandals are nothing more than regular sandals with a twist. They go higher up the foot and have more intricate models.

Will this trend catch in 2012?

This might have been a trend back in the days of Julius Caesar but what about nowadays?

I think the trend started as early as 2007 when gladiator sandals appeared in one of Chanel’s collections (for women). For men, gladiator sandals made their way starting around 2009-2010.

Here’s a photo of a guy wearing a white pair with A SUIT! Not the way I recommend them to be worn but – hey – it’s the catwalk.

mens white gladiator sandals in 2010

In 2011 they seem to have gone a step further and became even more present. Could 2012 be the year where they really take off?

Why should men wear gladiator sandals?

One thing is for sure: even if 2011 was their best year, gladiator sandals for men will not completely disappear in 2012. This means that, if you want to try a pair just for trend’s sake, you may do so.

And even if you’re not a trend follower, you may still like the simplicity of gladiator sandals, especially in casual situations. Which brings us to the next question:

Where can you wear them?

Gladiator sandals are an extremely casual type of footwear, in the same league with regular sandals and espadrilles.

This means you can wear them at the beach and even in the city on very hot days.

Bad times to wear them include bars, clubs, dinners (formal or informal) and every other situation that’s more formal.

Dos and dont’s

The first thing to keep in mind when wearing them is this: no socks with gladiator sandals. Yes, the rule still applies and it makes perfect sense.

How to match them

men style ebook

if you’ve been a serious style student of mine (did you get all your style materials I’ve put up for you?), you can answer this question on your own. Since a good pair of gladiator sandals is made entirely of leather, you can match it with other accessories such as:

  • leather belts
  • (leather) bracelets
  • men’s bags
  • wallets

On top of that you want the rest of your outfit to be in sync with your shoes. For example, you can wear a pair of brown gladiator sandals with a pair of khakis that you can roll up for a more relaxed look.

Can you think of other ways to wear this type of sandal?

Shoes versus sandals

The title of the article mentions sandals but there are also gladiator shoes. As you might expect, they have a sturdier construction yet, all my advice in this article applies to both gladiator sandals and shoes.

Here’s a photo just so you can notice the difference. These gladiator shoes are from Alexander McQueen:

alexander mcqueen gladiator shoes

Lookbook

Ok, let’s see some cool examples of outfits that include gladiator sandals.

Gabriel from Zurich is wearing them with a simple pair of shorts, a t-shirt and a pendant:

… while Filippo from Milan is wearing them with a dress shirt. Notice how he matched the sandals with his bag:

Here’s another interesting attire. it all starts with a simple pair of shorts and a white polo but the accessories are in the spotlight:

Here’s one last photo, my favorite. Brown gladiator sandals, dark blue blazer, striped blue and white t-shirt. Also notice the accessories, all coordinated:

gladiator sandals with dark blue blazer and striped t-shirt

photo: http://theunderstated.tumblr.com

Would you wear gladiator sandals? Why or why not?

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  1. March 11th, 2012 at 01:33 | #1

    An important question left unanswered: Where can you find affordable mens gladiator sandals?

    I spent all of 2011 searching to no avail- one thing I’ve found is they’re virtually never in stores. Macy’s, Herbergers, Yonkers, Saks- even actual shoe brands like Aldo’s. You can find women’s gladiators everywhere- and I wouldn’t be opposed if they weren’t always so delicately thin-strapped and clearly meant to be female. Still, turning online renders pretty standard results: you can either find tacky costume gladiators/cheap mesh, or you’ll stumble upon $100, $200, $300+ from major designers.

    So that begs the question: Is it possible to find affordable, attractive mens gladiators for under $50?

  2. March 11th, 2012 at 12:46 | #2

    I haven’t seen them either around here. I don’t know about under 50 bucks but I’m hoping to find decent pairs at around $60-$70.

    If that doesn’t happen, I’ll keep my eyes open in August and September for discounts on those $1-200 pairs.

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