Sandals are the obvious choice when the sun comes out. But flip-flops in an urban environment is a big no-no in my book (especially on men). We know you love the convenience, but footwear made for the beach just doesn’t go with city sidewalks. So what’s a gal to do? Try the latest iteration of the gladiator sandal—flat and fashionable. Take your pick from this lineup:
Cult favorite line Ancient Greek Sandals (pictured, above)—antique-inspired footwear handmade in Greece—has finally arrived in Denver. The Ikaria gladiator in natural-hued leather flaunts adorable Mercury wings.
Find It: $235, Max, 264 Detroit St., 303-321-4949, maxfashion.com
A minimalist interpretation of a classic gladiator, this chic caramel-colored pair by Loeffler Randall is accented with silver metallic leather.
Find It: Selma sandal, $225, Goldyn, 2040 W. 30th Ave., 720-489-0580, shopgoldyn.com
This nubuck leather version by Gentle Souls showcases a caged look; the ankle tie allows for an adjustable fit.
Find It: $195, Garbarini, 3003 E. Third Ave., 303-333-8686, garbarinishop.com
Known for her handcrafted Los Angeles-made accessories, Calleen Cordero’s studded, chocolate brown design is a favorite for its simple lines and wide straps.
Find It: Onda sandal, $379, Moxie, 5936 S. Holly St., Greenwood Village, 303-694-0773, moxieinstyle.com
The cutouts, slight wedge, and metallic leather all afford these Donald Pliner‘s a modern edge while maintaining that familiar gladiator silhouette.
Find It: Delite Distress metallic leather sandal, $228, Scarpaletto, 1436 Larimer St., 303-321-5771, scarpaletto.com