Before Valentino featured gladiator sandals on his Spring/Summer 2015 catwalk, they were a favorite of Carly Simon–in the 1960s. That’s my favorite thing about old trends, they never really leave us. Even when they spiral out of fashion, they are destined to make a comeback.
In the late 60s and early 70s, gladiator sandals were the perfect match for mod girls and hippies alike. They disappeared in the 80s and 90s, and made a brief comeback in the late 2000s before vanishing in the wake of Birkenstock-inspired sandals. Featured in Spring/Summer 2015 collections of Valentino and Chloe, among others, the strappy style is now flying off shelves at Barneys and Bergdorf, poised to take the throne as the shoe of the summer.