The best thing about fashion? No one can predict which styles will die a quick (often merciful) death and which will follow us around for years. Witness Uggs, leggings, and, just to be seasonally appropriate, gladiator sandals.

Gladiator sandals have grown on us, mostly because the styles you see on the street are modified from the runway styles that frightened the children last year. Still, remember whose legs you’re dressing here: Models can wear knee-high sandals, because they’re genetic freaks. Mere mortals like us? We need to make sure we pick styles that flatter our gams.

There trendy gladiator sandals will keep you in step with style and not make your legs look stumpy.

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1. Anni Gladiator Sandal by Madeline

Update last year’s summer wardrobe with these wearable, chic sandals. The snake-skin print makes them very of-the-moment. (No actual snakes were harmed in the making of these shoes.)

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2. Spartacus Sandals by ModCloth Inc

The buckles on these Roman-inspired gladiator sandals make them extra comfy for wide feet. As an added bonus? They’re vegan friendly.

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3. Madden Girl Sicilliy

Not totally in love with the gladiator sandal silhouette? These simple black gladiator-inspired sandals give a hint of trendiness without overwhelming your summer work attire.

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4. Baby Phat Amber

Then again, sometimes you just want to dress up. These blinged out gladiator sandals from Baby Phat come in gold or silver and will definitely get you noticed.

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5. Women’s Mossimo Petrova Gladiator Sandals

Got short stems? These heeled gladiator sandals are flattering to the most petite figure and comfy enough to wear all day long.