Gladiator shoes and gladiator sandals are incredibly cool. Much like “gladiators” themselves, gladiator sandals add edge, swagger and a stylish toughness to any outfit.

A gladiator (swordsman) 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 popular acclaim.

A sandal is an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps going over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankle. Sandals can also have a heel.

Combine the gladiator look with a sandal (or boot) and you have a shoe that fits splendidly with dresses or pantsuits.



Gladiator Fun Fact: The origin of gladiator combat is open to debate. There is evidence of it 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. Its popularity led to its use in ever more lavish and costly games.

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.

Gladiator games may have ended, but gladiator shoes will walk with us until the end of time.



Gladiator sandals, shoes and boots get their distinct look by having an open-toed T-bar shoe with multiple straps running across the foot in a style designed to resemble the footwear of ancient Roman gladiators. Whether the straps fit low like a sandal, or run up the entire calf to the knee or the thigh, everyone will notice your glorious gladiator shoes as you walk on by!

Glad to be wearing and walking in gladiator sandals!




Sandals Fun Fact: The oldest known sandals (and the oldest known footwear of any type) were discovered in Fort Rock Cave in the state or Oregon in the United States. Radiocarbon dating of the sagebrush bark from which they were woven indicates an age of at least 10,000 years.

Due to the openness of the shoe, many people wear gladiator shoes in warmer climates or during warmer parts of the year in order to keep their feet cool and dry. Of course, the cool look of gladiator shoes makes them an ideal choice of footwear for most any occasion in all types of weather. A true fashion diva will wear her gladiator boots in the rain or the sun…as the shoe is simply too rocking and fun to take a pass on!



Gladiator Sandal Fashion Tip: Gladiator sandals, shoes and boots look outstanding when worn with clothing that consists of chains, beaded jewelry and leather. The overall aesthetic appeal is off the charts glamour, as well as provokes a tender toughness that says “I’m all that…and then some!” These fabrics, garments and jewelry worn together capture the true image and aura of the gladiator times!

Gladiator shoes tie all of this together: comfort in warm weather, a fierce look that can’t be denied, a look that says I’m confident and provides the wearer an excellent fashion choice!




Gladiator Sandal Fun Fact: Gladiator sandals and shoes may have a sole made from rubber, leather, wood, tatami or rope. The sandal may be held to the foot by a narrow thong that generally passes between the first and second toe, or by a strap or lace, variously called a latchet, sabot strap or sandal, that passes over the arch of the foot or around the ankle. Gladiator sandals and shoes may or may not have a heel (either high or low) or a heel strap.

I find gladiator shoes that tie up the entire calf to be slinky, sensual and stunning!



Gladiator Fun Fact: In 216 BC, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, late consul and augur, was honored by  his sons with three days of ‘gladiator munera’ in the Forum Romanum, using twenty-two pairs of gladiators.

Though gladiator times seem violent and hostile as spectator entertainment, gladiator shoes bring joy and fashion entertainment to every wearer, as well as to those who see your sensual gladiator footwear.


Oh I would walk five-hundred miles, and I would walk five-hundred more, if I had slinky, sassy, gladiator shoes on my feet fit to adore!

“The gladiator boots slinking up your legs look edgy and sexy. I’m a fan.”

“They do give off a glamorous appeal that says, “Do not mess with me, man!”

“You definitely have confidence to wear them, and ooze with fashion flair.”

“It takes a sassy, strong woman to wear them on her own or on a dare.”

“Your gladiator shoes makes you look like you could truly hold your own in the fashion world.”

“Yes, they give me the toughness of a man with the sensual, sexy, aura of a girl.”

Gladiator Shoes: Wear them: make your feet glad! You’ll never be so glad to step out!


Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. 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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