Not exactly Spartacus

Rosabel by Coach

This is “Rosabel,” a gladiator sandal from Coach (now apparently retired for the season) that sells for around $150. I honestly don’t understand the appeal of these things — they seem kind of bulky to me — though I have to admit, they look pretty nice here on Hayden Panettiere. This is apparently one of those times when I must yield to a higher authority, so Venessa Estrellado of Divavillage.com explains how to work these shoes:

Flat gladiator sandals are just as decorative as high heeled stilettos, and they offer more steady comfort. You can work the sandals as a proxy to dress shoes for an evening wardrobe; just make sure they’re attire appropriate looking. [S]hift, baby doll, trapeze and a-line dresses look the best with gladiator sandals.

Possible drawback:

Gladiator sandals are harsh on the feet if you’re flat footed or have super conscious of having long feet (even though we think big feet are beautiful!). If that’s the case with you, try gladiator inspired heels instead. You’ll have the gist of the style, but with footwear that actually works fashionably. But if you’re proud of your foot size, then we urge you to sport flat gladiator sandals proudly!

I have no idea what size Hayden Panettiere (isn’t this Italian for “Baker” or something?) wears, but since she’s on the short side, I have to assume she’s probably not being harshed by these shoes.





5 comments

  1. Nina »

    13 November 2007 · 1:16 pm

    I’m starting to get just a tad concerned over you shoe fetish, as of late. ;)

  2. CGHill »

    13 November 2007 · 2:33 pm

    We all need eye candy, and I’m not allowed anything even vaguely resembling a sugar rush. :)

  3. Lynn »

    13 November 2007 · 9:41 pm

    I can’t understand why anyone would pay $150 for those. They’re okay. I might pay as much as $30 for them if they didn’t have the strap between the toes.

  4. CGHill »

    15 November 2007 · 10:19 am

    Trini also complained about the strap; she won’t wear even the flippiest of flip-flops for that very reason.

  5. Andrea Harris »

    15 November 2007 · 8:54 pm

    I actually love gladiator sandals and would like to buy a pair. Living in Florida helps. On the other hand, I’ve found that driving a stick necessitates (at least for me) footwear that is rather less exposed. I have a pair of Walmart flats I call my “driving shoes.”

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