Must-Buy: Gladiator Sandals Under $100
Though recent years have seen the gladiator sandal creep up to the knee (see: Kourtney Kardashian, who’s famous for corseting her poor calves in uncomfortable-looking lace-ups), the best iteration is the most basic: a still-elaborate lacing of the foot that ends with a simple knot at the ankle.
One of my favorite pairs of gladiator sandals comes from Waltzing Matilda, a Wayne-based leather-goods company that strips the Roman sandal to its utilitarian essentials—butterscotch Horween leather, hand-tacked golden nails, a loopy crisscross of laces. They are at once primitive and beautiful, perfect for the urban hippie or the pavement-pounding glamazon warrior. And at $178, they’re not totally wallet-breaking either! (Buy them here, or visit the adorable Wayne boutique, which nabbed a spot on our 50 Best Shops list!)
Luckily, it’s not impossible to find lace-ups that ring in under the $100 mark. Here are six worthy options to consider right now. I promise: You won’t miss those boring rubber thong sandals at all.
Time to shop! (clockwise from top left): Loeffler Randall sandals, $75 at Amazon. Klare sandals, $79.95 at Steve Madden. Pom-pom sandals, $67 at Etsy. Franco Sarto sandals, $88.95 at Shoes.com. Alize flats, $70 at Aldo. Silver Roman sandals, $59.90 at Zara.