>> I usually find gladiator boots, gladiator sandals and the like to be really unflattering. This pair of gladiator boots by Marc Jacobs, however, I really like. The gladiator reference is more nuanced -- they almost look more like motorcycle boots with big cutouts. They can also transition the seasons -- they'd look great with colored tights peeping through the cutouts for fall, or with bare skin peeping through for spring. These gladiator boots escape the kill -- this time around, at least.