How to Choose Gladiator Sandals for Your Height

9th May 2014 / By Marissa Rubin


Love them or hate them, it’s time to embrace gladiator sandals! These stylish sandals are a must-have this season and they’re surprisingly easier to wear than you may think!

The Long and Short of It
With so many styles and varieties out there, it’s important to consider your height, leg shape and foot shape to make sure you are purchasing your most flattering pair.

Foot shape: Flat-footed ladies look best in heeled gladiators or wedge ones that add height, shape and support to the foot—avoid traditional flat sandals. If you have an arch, you can rock any style—lucky ladies!

Height and Leg Shape:

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Short girls should opt for ankle-strap gladiators and ones with fewer, thinner straps that allow for more of your skin to show. You’ll also want to pick a style in nude, taupe or a metallic shade as these lighter hues will blend in with your skin tone and elongate your legs.

Heeled gladiators are also flattering on shorter women, as well as those with muscular calves and thicker ankles because they lengthen your legs and draw the eye upward.

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This trend seems to be made for tall girls, so they have the most options. While the ankle-length gladiator looks great on them, it’s the mid-calf and knee-high styles that really make a wow statement. Those with long legs or skinny calves can also wear pairs with thicker straps and play with novelty details like buckles, bold or dark color, and pattern.

Styling Tips
When wearing mid-calf or knee-high gladiators remember to dress simply and keep the focal point on the sandal. Stick to a solid, shorter length dress, skirt or shorts in black, white or neutral to show off your legs and shoes.

Ankle-strap gladiators are the most versatile. The flat styles are a sophisticated alternative to flip-flops, and look perfect with a tee and cutoffs, a flippy skirt, a colorful sundress or even a maxi.  While the heeled versions look great with skinny jeans or slouchy boyfriends that are cuffed right at the ankle. They can also dress up your day or evening look when paired with a mini, a belted shirtdress, pencil skirt or tailored shorts.

So strap up and find the pair that’s right for you! Shop gladiator sandals now.

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