Strap Up For Spring’s Gladiator Boot Battle


No swords or shields needed to accessories these arena ready shoes; marching down the runway for spring 2013, calf climbing gladiator boots turned spectators' heads on their own. Leading designers like Versace, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler all seemed to forget they weren't showing at the colosseum, strapping up their models in leathery, meticulously crafted gladiator inspired sandals with sky high heels and sexy detailing. This trend's a tough one and we can see how many would be adamant in their stance that only should Rome burn again would they even consider rocking such obscure footwear. But Anne Hathaway in those lavish vegan leather gladiator boots byTom Ford's Spring 2013 collection at the New York premiere of Les Mis last December may change minds. By pairing her knee high, bondage looking heels with a gown featuring a softer material and perfectly tailored silhouette, the intensity of her shoes is offset. Keep in mind Anne's smart styling if you're daring enough to dress up a pair of gladiator boots this spring. Wear them with classic pieces and feminine shapes, like a fitted pencil skirt, flirty shift dress, or mid calf A- line mini, all in neutral or organic feeling textures and materials that pair nicely with leather.

1. Altuzarra Leather Gladiator Over-The-Knee Boots, available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $2,715
2. Jimmy Choo Mogul Tall Cage Gladiator Boot, available at Neiman Marcus for $1,495
3. Giuseppe Zanotti Lace-Up Suede Gladiator High-Heel Sandal, available at Bergdorf Goodman for $1,195
4. Versace 110MM Leather Gladiator Sandal Boots, available at for $2,053
5. Giuseppe Zanotti 150MM Leather Gladiator Wedge Boots, available at for $2,950
6. Funtasma by Pleaser Women's Gladiator Sandal, available at for $36.99 – $74.99
7. Funtasma Women's Goddess-118/GPU Knee-High Boot, available at  for $64.52
8. Lavish Gladiator Sandal, available at for $148