In honour of this season’s most daring, dom accessory, Hit List takes to the fashion arena with the sexiest, flirt-to-the-death gladiator sandals on the market.
Office Forum Gladiator White Leather Sandals
First out of the gates are wedged sandals by the always reliable Office. The white leather plays the to the monochrome trend, but is more airy in the face of heat than heavy black. And unlike some sandals that seem to fall apart at first step, these strappies are comfortable and sturdy, providing a surprising amount of support.
Available for £48 from Office.co.uk
Marios Schwab Black Gladiator Sandals
Black, strappy and full of fringe. Who needs 5-inch heels to romp around when the metal buckle and funky fringe can play up any summer dress or tailored suit? Though they may be flats, it’s clear these Marios Schwab sandals are the party-hard players of the bunch.
Available for £245 from Avenue32.com
Acne Gladiator Chunky Sole Sandals
Acne prevailed in making a dominatrix dream shoe fit for the more coy among us. The up-to-the-knee layered straps of jet black PVC make for an imposing structure, but the chunky, sparkled platform soles give comfort and support — in addition to bad-ass sex appeal. These boots are made for walking all over…
Available for £850 from Shoescribe.com
Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Wedges in Truffle
The heel is low, but these warm brown gladiator cut out boots by Stuart Weitzman ensure that class is knee-high. The woody, natural leather colour brings the sensuality of the gladiator heel without making a harsh or crass statement.
Available for £300 from Stuartweitzman.com
River Island Cut Out Low Wedge Gladiator Sandals
The cut out low wedges by River Island bring a little sexy to a very ethereal design. The wedge is just high enough, and the rough cut leather makes the gladiator design sweeter and less intimidating.
Available for £40 from Riverisland.com
Acne Lila Nude Gladiator Heels
While they’re not pushing boundaries like the PVC bad boys above, these Lila Nude ankle boots by Acne make a statement all of their own. The straps add some biker chic to the sweet nude colour, and the enormous pink jelly heeled soles bring funk back to the present.
Available for £450 from Acne Studios
Topshop Rafferty High Gladiator Sandal
While lower on the price scale, Topshop managed to create one of the more chic heels of the bunch. The Rafferty design consists of peach, salmon pink and black colour-bloacked straps crisscrossing over the sole. Add that daring gold metal stiletto heel, and you’ve got a seriously sophisticated design.
Available for £62 from Topshop.com
Words: Elise Marraro (follow Elise on Twitter @PardonMe_Lissie)