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8 Strappy gladiator bargains

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Hottest trends in gladiator sandals

Gladiator sandals are the hottest trend for spring and summer. Celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Halle Berry and Heidi Klum have all been spotted in these strappy, cool sandals. Don’t have their supersize budgets to spend on shoes? Check out eight great strappy gladiators that won’t leave you strapped for cash.

Named for their ancient Greek- and Roman-inspired styling, traditional gladiator sandals were a flat and strappy shoe with a t-shape in the front. Today's trendy gladiator sandals feature fun embellishments, including studs, buckles and fringe, and have even morphed into heels.

1Metallic gladiatorsHottest trends in gladiator sandals

Katy Perry is wearing a hot trend in gladiator sandals: metallic! Besides making your toes twinkle, the color goes with everything. Check out the Metallic Gladiator Sandals from Forever 21 for $17.80.

2Embellished gladiatorsHottest trends in gladiator sandals

Colorful stones, cool studs, jewels and other fun details are all the rage in gladiator sandals. These Pierre Dumas gladiators ($35) feature stone embellishments and adjustable side buckles. The jeweled gladiators are Two Lips Glamour Pewter ($47.90) from Zappos.

3Heel gladiators

Hottest trends in gladiator sandals

Traditional gladiator sandals are flat, but today's look has evolved. Cage-style sandals are the evolution of gladiators we saw a few seasons ago, says Jene Luciani, style expert for Today and author of The Bra Book. "The difference this time is that they have wedges and heels! It's all about the height," she says. Check out the Dolce by Mojo Moxy Intense for the perfect gladiator style shoe with a platform heel. Sexy!

4Knee-high gladiators

Hottest trends in gladiator sandals

Knee-high gladiators are bold and ultra-cool… if you can pull them off. Mary Kate Olsen was spotted wearing Chanel knee-high gladiators ($1250), but you can look just as chic in the Convertible Gladiator ($78) from Victoria Secret. These versatile sandals feature detachable straps so you can wear them tall or short.


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