This might be showing my age, but do you remember the ballet flats with big bows from the brand Sam & Libby popular back in the1980’s? I sure do, because I rocked them daily with my flowered leggings and big hair bangs!! Major flashback. Well the brand has recently been brought back to life by being sold at Target and their newest selection of styles are amazing (no more girly bows though) and the price point is just as nice.
I have a thing for the gladiator sandal because I find they look so chic and way more interesting as compared to a boring flip flop or slip on. And since sandal weather is finally upon us (except for a weird recent cold snap here in Georgia but I’m hoping it’s on it’s way out!) I decided to treat myself to a new pair. These Sam & Libby lace up gladiators above with tassels just spoke to me when I tried them on in store and were surprisingly SO comfortable, I almost considered asking if I could pop off the security tags and wear them out of the store! I used to beg my mom to do that as a kid when she would take me shoe shopping – I had to wear them at that moment and put my old shoes worn into the store in the box! Anyone else feel me??
Flashback History Bit : Gladiator sandals aren’t a new trend – oh no no no. The ancient Roman gladiators were the first ones to sport these lace up beauties way back in the day. And they were usually men that work them, but oh well. They are basically a shoe that says “courage and strength” never go out of style:) Think this sculpture made of the popular Apollo featuring his lace up sandals thought to have been created between 325 and 350 BC. So gladiator sandals are old school!!
I love the way these sandals look with girly dresses or with cut offs and a simple tee like these images above. They’re a very versatile and cool look. Although Kourtney Kardashian looks so amazing in the ones that go up to the knee, I can’t get into the height of those. I’ve tried the super tall ones and I feel like my legs are stuck in a cage and I start to feel suffocated. But the ones that go to the ankle, I can totally rock those all day long! Target is currently offering a buy one pair get the 2nd 50% off right now on shoes online, so you can shop my black Arianna sandal here, $29, and also treat yourself to the sand color at half off!!
Shop the Gladiators below to find the perfect ones for your feet this summer!