Go Greek: Gladiator Shoe Trends for 2009

Take a cue from those sexy Spartans and let our feet look fabulous in a pair of gladiator sandals. From flats to heels we showcase the must-have styles and how to wear them for every occasion. Look like a Greek goddess now!
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 27, 2009

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Take a cue from those sexy Spartans and arm your feet with a fabulous pair of gladiator sandals. From flats to heels, we showcase the must-have styles and how to wear them for every occasion. Look like a Greek goddess now!

By Qianna Smith

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Studded gladiators are the best thing to happen to a tough-girl chic wardrobe. Known for her edgy approach to fashion, Rihanna does not disappoint in this studdly Balmain pair.

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Greek chic mixed with rebellious rocker makes these gladiator sandals absolutely fabulous. Get studly and step your shoe game up this summer.

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Janet Jackson gets a helping hand while in London. Take “Control” of your style and rock a pair of boyfriend jeans with a strappy gladiator heel.

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Beyoncé makes these tall gladiator sandals look über fierce. Take a cue from the globetrotting fashionista and get Greek chic by pairing this style of shoe with a leg-baring jumper or sexy shorts.

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From calf length to just below the knee, mile-high gladiators are one of the most dramatic fashion statements you can step into this season.

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Run your errands in style with a functional flat gladiator sandal. Ciara takes a stroll to the posh Kitson boutique in West Hollywood for some afternoon shopping fun.

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The gladiator sandal has quickly become a mainstay for any fashionista’s wardrobe. This flat style is the perfect compromise between comfort and style for the woman who hides from heels.

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Actress Vanessa A. Williams has been a fashion diva since her days on “Melrose Place.” Get style wise like the TV star and add a strong gladiator shoe with soft and flirty dress to add some edge to your look.

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Wedges offer a fashion-forward silhouette while giving your entire foot solid support. Pair any of these gladiators with a wrap dress, peasant skirt or capri pants.

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Actress Sanaa Lathan sports a pair of zipper-front gladiators on the red carpet. Zipper accents are a hot trend for both summer and the coming fall.

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