The Gladiator Prevails

My Gladiators don't come equipped with a sword and 6-pack abs (a la Russell Crowe), but they are a spicy sandal option that can easily transform everyday basics from conventional to distinctive. These striking lace-up, strappy leather sandals are a Summer must have.

Sandals: Cynthia Vincent Dress: Gap (on sale) Sunglasses: STEAL at Target Necklace: Stella & Dot

Sandals: Cynthia Vincent Dress: Gap (on sale) Sunglasses: STEAL at Target Necklace: Stella & Dot

I really wanted to find a flip flop alternative for the hot summer months. Don't get me wrong, my 3 year old Thora Tory Burch flip flops will still get some mileage over the next couple of months, but I was on the hunt for a statement making something. Then, these Gladiators came into my life! I have bigger legs, and these Cynthia Vincent lace-ups are perfect because they are adjustable. Once the straps were right (that took some time), I was able to use the back zipper and now get them on and off with no problem. They are on sale here, but I found some other fun options here, here, and here.

Sandals: Cynthia Vincent

I loved putting on this very simple Gap t-shirt dress and adding a bohemian vibe with these shoes. I wore this outfit to run errands, swim practice, and then out for a girl's night dinner. I was comfortable all day, and felt put together. The tall Gladiator sandals even look great with a pair of cut off shorts and t-shirt. I also like them with midi and maxi length skirts and dresses ( like here and here). I have also paired them with my favorite romper here.

Dress: Gap (on sale)

Dress: Gap (on sale)

If the tall Gladiator sandal makes too much of a statement for you, there are lots of shorter options available. I found some super cute options here, here, and here. On the days you're convinced that heels or wedges might make your feet fall off, these are the answer. Your feet will thank you!

Necklace: Stella & Dot Watch: Fossil (similar here) Bracelets: Kendra Scott Chevron ring: Stella & Dot "X" ring: Baublebar

Necklace: Stella & Dot Watch: Fossil (similar here) Bracelets: Kendra Scott Chevron ring: Stella & Dot "X" ring: Baublebar

I added this bold boho-esque Stella & Dot necklace that has quickly become a new favorite. It has additional pieces you can add to make the pendant longer if you like. I love versatility! You can see the necklace in more detail here. I added some extra stack rings and bracelets to pull it all together. I am all about the stacking!

Ending the day with a GNO with some of my favorite people!

Ending the day with a GNO with some of my favorite people!

The Gladiator sweeps the summer flip flop battle for me this year. I encourage you to try a pair (especially while you are hitting up the Memorial Day sales this weekend!). Go bold for the win!

Wishing you all a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend with family and friends!

xo,

jack

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