There’s no denying that you can change the overall look of an outfit merely by changing your shoes. I feel the two items that pull an outfit together are shoes and purses. So, depending on your mood, your unique style and your fashion preference, whatever shoes you slink your feet into can truly alter your garment appearance.

For those of you that feel brave, a bit daring and enjoy pushing fashion to its limits, I suggest you take a walk in gorgeous gladiator style with great gladiator sandals and boots.

A gladiator was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals and condemned criminals. Gladiators offered spectators an example of Rome’s martial ethics and, in fighting or dying well, they could inspire admiration and proper acclaim. Characteristics sought after to depict true gladiators are strong, brave, aggressive and one’s who never back down!

A sandal is an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes around the ankle. Sandals can also have a heel. Usually people wear sandals in warmer climates or during warmer parts of the year in order to keep their feet dry and cool.

Rule the runway in gladiator shoe cool!

Gladiator Games Fun Fact: The origin of gladiatorial combat is open to debate. There is evidence of gladiator events in funeral rites during the Punic Wars of the 3rd century BC, and thereafter it rapidly became an essential feature of politics and social life in the Roman World. The gladiator games lasted for nearly a thousand years, reaching their peak between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD. The games finally declined during the early 5th century after the adoption of Christianity as state church of the Roman Empire in 380.

Regardless of sport, fashion always finds a way to make it all about the look!

Get hooked on the tough, rough gladiator sandal look!

The gladiator’s oath as cited by Petronius (Satyricom, 117): “He vows to endure to be burned, to be bound, to be beaten, to be killed by the sword.”

Okay, that’s a bit too intense for me. But dressing to kill in killer looking gladiator shoes is permissible in by book!

Sandal Fun Fact: The word sandal is derived from the Greek word sandal. The ancient Greeks distinguished between baxeae, a sandal made of willow leaves, twigs, or fibers worn by comic actors and philosophers; and the cothurnus, a boot sandal that rose above the middle of the leg, worn principally by tragic actors, horsemen, hunters and by men of rank and authority. The ancient Egyptians wore sandals made of palm leaves and papyrus.

Release your inner fashion beast and give your feet a fierce gladiator feast!

Images of gladiators could be found throughout the Republic and Empire, among all social classes. Walls in the 2nd century BC “Italian Agora” at Delos were decorated with paintings of gladiators. Mosaics dating from the 2nd through 4th centuries AD have been invaluable in the reconstruction of combat and its rules, gladiator types and the development of munus.

Throughout the Roman world, ceramics, lamps, gems, jewelry, mosaics and wall paintings offer the best evidence of the clothing, props, equipment, names, events and rules of gladiatorial combat.

What’s still with us to remind us of gladiator times even today? Gladiator shoes to take us all the way!

Gladly walk a mile in gladiator sandal style!

Gladiator Fun Fact: Some Roman reenactors attempt to recreate Roman gladiator troupes. Some of these groups are part of the larger Roman reenactment groups, and others are wholly independent, though they might participate in larger demonstrations of Roman reenacting or historical reenacting in general. These groups usually focus on portraying mock gladiatorial combat in as accurate a manner as possible.

Gladiator fights have been depicted in a number of peplum films (also known as “sword-and-sandal” movies). This is a genre of largely Italian made historical epics (costume dramas) that dominated the Italian film industry from 1958 to 1965.

Dare to dress dramatically by stepping into gladiator sandals and gladiator boots. A real forward stepping fashion hoot!

For a fashion look that is bold, sassy, daring and brave offset your clothes with gladiator sandals that are all the rage!

“Those are some spectacular gladiator boots that you have on! My oh my!”

“Yes. They go sky high they nearly hug your thigh.”

“And dare I say it was your lovely face that caught my eye.”

“I know my gladiator boots make one stop and stare. You don’t have to lie.”

“I think I’ll head to the mall right now and get me a brand new tie.”

“Aw come on, it’s me you’re talking to. It’s gladiator boots that you want to buy!”

Combat your fear of dressing demure and modest. Do something daring and place a pair of gladiator sandals in your closet!


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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