Somewhere down the line, some of my girlfriends got in their heads that gladiator sandals were only for fashion folk. Intimidated by the many straps, they'd turn to their Jack Rogers thongs season after season, despite my urging that, "seriously, they're so easy to wear!"
If my words didn't put them at ease, I'm hoping these outfits will — proof that from the office to the weekend, these sandals are just as versatile as any of Summer's other sandals (and a lot more stylish, too!).
For work: For the office, keep the rest of the look polished with a blouse tucked into a pencil skirt and look to a heeled gladiator to keep the ensemble just as elevated. Note: a flat sandal is going to shorten the leg and make the outfit a lot more casual.
Zara Shirt With Pleated Back  ($36), Tanya Taylor Peggy Floral-Print Pencil Skirt  ($525), Dolce Vita Open-Toe Gladiator Sandals  ($159)
For date night: What's easier than throwing on a breezy dress and a pair of cool sandals? Gladiators help to temper the sex appeal of a bustier dress, making it a perfect option for a day or dinner date.
H&M Cotton Dress  ($25), Pierre Hardy Cube-Print Cotton-Canvas Pouch  ($198), Chinese Laundry Take Down Gladiator Sandals  ($90)
For the weekend: We love the idea of making our lazy-weekend look cooler with a jumpsuit and a pair of walkable gladiator flats, instead of the usual flip flops.
Topshop Moto Blue Jacquard Jumpsuit  ($120), Loeffler Randall Steph Gladiator Sandals  ($225)