Ask the Bean: Fighting the Gladiators

May 27, 2009 • Fashion


Dear Bean:

I see them everywhere, but I just can’t get into the trend of
gladiator sandals. I adore new shoe trends, especially in the summer,
but is there any of this type of trend out there that doesn’t look

Trend Wary

Dear Wary:

I agree, gladiators have taken the sandal trend by storm. However,
some sandals are a little too similar in my opinion to those worn
during the Ancient Roman era. That look is fantastic for that of a toga party, however for an afternoon of shopping or happy hour attire, it should be kept in the costume bin.

Yet some designers have taken the inspiration of the gladiator sandal to create some amazing pieces of footwear.
Finding them and differentiating them between past and future can
promise a quest, but its successful completion is a just reward for the

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