I’ve been keeping an eye out for gladiator sandals since last year. I’ve loved this style since 1985, when I had a pair of flat white gladiators. I felt so chic when I wore them with my Guess ankle-zip jeans and oversize blouse! I’ve been searching for a photo that shows me wearing those shoes for a while now, but I’ve been unsuccessful. As a consolation prize I will share this delightful 1983 photo of me and my Capezio jazz shoes.
I’d like to point out my oh-so-flattering pinstriped and pleated jeans and gray plaid LeSportsac. If I had to sum up this look in one word, that word would not be “elegance.” My normal policy is “never say never” but I truly believe I will never want to wear jazz shoes again. You youngsters go ahead and revive the jazz shoe if you want, but I will sit that one out.
Here are the shoes I like nowadays. I’m really loving these shoes from Acne Jeans because they are giving me a good, non-jazz shoe, ’80s flashback feeling. They are like a combination of my old gladiators and a pair of cut-out Peter Fox booties that I wore around the same time. Very tempting!
$550 on eLuxury
I do prefer a higher wedge heel than the Acne pair. These would work.
Harper Wedge Gladiator Sandal
$405 on Shopbop
These Jean Paul Gaultier gladiators are made of denim.
These space-age gladiators are, as the website puts it, “only for the fashion diva.” I must be a fashion diva because I think they’re amazing.
I think if I’m going to do it, I should do it right and get a crazy, head-turning, tall pair. I might even wear flats if they were as awesome as these Gaultiers.
$1,425 on eLuxury
They remind me of Talitha Getty.