High leg gladiator sandals: they’re back

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Brace yourselves, folks: we thought high leg gladiator sandals would be a one-season wonder when they appeared on our radar last summer, but it looks like we were wrong. The gladiators have lived to fight another day, and we have to say, while we love the high heeled, low-fronted versions, we're not liking the styles shown above any more now than we did before.

What about you? Are you willing to give the high leg gladiators another chance (maybe you liked them last year, too?) or do you think we should throw them to the lions and make them fight to the death?

Juicy Couture gladiator sandals, $295; Anna Sui blue studded gladiators, £420; Gold high leg gladiators, £70, New Look

23 Comments

  • April 1, 2009

    Veronika

    well I kinda like the black ones.. but I wouldn’t wear them:D I’d only wear them if they were low fronted. the hieght is just ridiculous.

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  • April 1, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    Ditto Veronika. I still have a similar pair of lower fronted ones which I bought in the nineties and used to wear with hippie skirts.

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  • April 1, 2009

    Evelyn

    This defeats the whole idea of sandals, doesn’t it? Having you feet and legs all strapped up in leather (or vinyl) seems restrictive and sweaty.
    Bring on the strappy little sandals (and summer), please!

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  • April 1, 2009

    kelly

    Please tell me this is an April Fool!

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  • April 1, 2009

    MarieJ

    Throw them to the lions!

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  • April 1, 2009

    Carol

    No.
    Nothing more to say than “No”.

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  • April 1, 2009

    gokarm

    occasionally I pick up a pair of ankle length gladiators and as I’m considering them, my mind is playing out exactly how I get these muther-effer’s on. And I promptly place them back on the shelf. I can’t see these boots without thinking about the 10 minutes out of my life it’d take to strap the dang things on and how uncomfortable I’d be all day after all that effort. Not to mention they’re inappropriate for nearly every occasion if you’re over 18.

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  • April 1, 2009

    Natasha

    These horrid things just won’t go away! The impracticality aside, they are just plain ugly!

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  • April 1, 2009

    bf

    barf.

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  • April 1, 2009

    Kathleen

    I’ve only ever seen the Olsen twins or Rihanna wear these, and they can pull it off…but they’re super rich. On we regular folks, these boots would look totally out of place.

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  • April 1, 2009

    Janet C

    If those silver ones stopped at the ankle strap I’d LOVE them. But as boot/sandal/heel/Glad/whatever? Not so much.

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  • April 1, 2009

    chocoholic

    I don’t mind the plainer knee high versions that are more “gladiator” looking.
    But I’d stick to the ankle versions myself.

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  • April 1, 2009

    Melanie

    Reminds me of something a female “Wrestlemania” contestant would wear …

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  • April 1, 2009

    Bethany

    I like the ankle-high gladiators myself, because I can be sure they’ll stay on my feet if I have to run (just in case). These, however, are just overboard.

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  • April 2, 2009

    Riali

    I actually quite like the high gladiator sandals that are plain, classic, strappy leather flats, without the studding or diamond patterns or whatever. (Like these Chanel ones: http://www.nitrolicious.com/blog/wp-gallery/1106/chanel_cruise_06/chanel_cruise_001.jpg)
    The overly elaborate ones, however are awful, awful, awful.

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  • April 2, 2009

    Riali

    oops, I screwed up that link. Silly brackets. Here: http://www.nitrolicious.com/blog/wp-gallery/1106/chanel_cruise_06/chanel_cruise_001.jpg

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  • April 6, 2009

    Fran

    Just say no! Throw them to the lions

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  • April 12, 2009

    jennifer

    I have three pairs of high leg sandals, two flat one heeled from last year and i can’t wait for the sunny days so i can wear them!! They rock. Not sure about the metallic and blue however. But a nice plain leather pair. Show some wild some ladies

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  • May 6, 2009

    courtneydoes

    get over it! these shoes look great on the right person. obviously not EVERYONE can wear them (even the ankle gladiators can make the wrong leg look like a stump) but the juicy couture flats are fabulous! I’m getting a pair-people who don’t understand these sandals a boring

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  • May 6, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Courtney: “people who don’t understand these sandals a boring”
    Yeah, and people who get so worked up over the fact that not everyone has the same taste in shoes as them are crazy. Seriously, get over it.

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  • May 8, 2009

    Abigail C

    Personally I think out of three sandals the black one is the best one. Unlike the silver and the blue, the black one is more practical. I own a pair similiar to the one Mary Kate (or Ashley, I forget which one) Olsen had and I think they’re amazing because worn correctly they can make your legs look hella long. Granted not everyone can wear the sandal but appreciate good sandals when you see it. Yes they are crazy and different but isn’t that what fashion is all about? There are much worse-looking shoes out there and the knee high gladiator sandal is far from it.

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  • June 24, 2009

    meme

    i love them! jus bought me a pair and they are the perfect fashion accessory! if worn right….now hareem pants on the other hand…….

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  • February 21, 2010

    Leigh

    There Hot. I Think they look gorgeous in summer with a little floral dress. they are a fashion statement and will only look good if you wear them right! x

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