Gladiators have never been so chic. As the trend has fought its way through the years, the height of the shoes has grown steadily, evolving from simple flats to elaborate knee-high booties. On days when you need to let your inner warrior out of her cage, there’s no better alternative. Don’t even think about wearing boots in the summer. These knee-grazing numbers will give you the look of strength without an accompanying heat stroke.
Alexander Wang Martha Cutout Leather Knee Boots: For the modern, urban gladiator. Even if she doesn’t win the battle for the subway seat, she’ll be relatively comfy standing atop these thick black heels. On NET-A-PORTER for $1,200.
Altuzarra Leather Gladiator Over-the-Knee Boots: The Ancient Romans may not have worn stilettoed sandals like these, but fashion has come a long way! At Saks Fifth Avenue for $2,715.
Jimmy Choo Mogul Studded Suede Cage Sandals: With these thin, laced-up straps, the sex appeal of caged shoes is on full display and so are your gams! Don’t worry – even if you’ve been skipping the gym, these heels will have your calves looking perfectly toned. On NET-A-PORTER for $1,495.
Versace Caged Stiletto Heels: Who better to take on the gladiator style than a storied Italian house like Versace? The cages may not go all the way up to your knees, but with the hefty pointed platform and the Medusa medallions, this shoe is just as loud and proud. On Shopbop for $2,150.
Stuart Weitzman Sandals: All right, let’s include one flat option. The gilded cages are just what we need to make up for the missing height of a heel! At Bloomingdale’s for $398.