Gladiator shoes or flats are the newest rage to hit the fashion circles. They are chic, versatile and for women who love to experiment, well, one can carry them off with aplomb and élan.
They have a historic origin and were primarily worn by both men and women in ancient Greece and Rome. They are funky and can be teamed up with different outfits and accessories. The shoes have distinct straps and are formed in the shape of a ‘T’.
While Ancient Romans wore gladiator flats made up of pure leather, modern day gladiator flats come in an umpteen range of colours, materials and designs. From leather to suede to plastic, women can feast their eyes on the wide variety that is available. Those on a shoe-string budget can opt for simple, chic and casual designs in suede or plastic. These trendy shoes come in a vast array of colours of which black is the most sought after. The black gladiator flats have undergone a sea change in their looks and designs. They are no longer simple and straightforward, with the focus now being on style rather than comfort. Black is a neutral, universal colour and one can experiment with it in several ways.
Black Knee High Gladiators Flats
A new creation to hit the malls is the knee high gladiator flats. The straps almost touch the knee and are worn by celebrities and models world over. The knee high flats can be worn with very short denim shorts or cut offs as well as short skirts. Ensure that the skirts u wear have added volume as they enhance the look of the gladiators. Team your shorts with a ganjee for the casual, hip look. Your skirts and shorts can be colours of grey, black, blue and red. Sun dresses an inch above the gladiators also go well. The only glitch in wearing knee high gladiators is that you have to have super toned legs.
Ankle Length Gladiators Flats
These come till the ankle and can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes. These can be worn with long skirts, capris, denims and short skirts and dresses. They have universal appeal and look good on all kinds of legs. They also come in heels and look very pleasing to the eye. These can be made funky with embroidery and studs for a more elegant look.
Calf Length Gladiators In Black
The calf length black gladiators are a bit tricky as they only come up till mid calf. They only look good on women with very slim and toned legs. Stockier women cannot carry them off as they tend to make legs look plump. These look good with capris and short pants in grey, blacks and blues.
Tips To Keep In Mind
If you have short and plump legs, it is a good idea to avoid wearing them. Do not wear socks, leggings or stockings with gladiators. Do not wear knee length black gladiators with long dresses. They are meant to be shown off. Since gladiator flats are strictly casual, you can team them with beaded earrings, necklaces and sling bags for the bohemian look. M
ake sure that your legs are waxed and toe nails scrupulously clean and polished. It is a good idea to get a pedicure done before you wear them. The thumb rule is broad straps for broad feet and thin straps for thin feet. Stick to buying one to two pairs in black and another neutral colour.