There was a time, not even that long ago, when the casual flat gladiator sandal morphed into a true summer staple, as the shoe style effortlessly prolonged its controversial existence over many seasons. The spring 2013 runways witnessed the revival of the iconic gladiator-inspired sandals, but only as they came back infused with even more of an outstanding and edgy quality to their already epic design.

Featuring bold concepts, high heels and cool cut-outs, the new renditions blurred the line between cut away boots and gladiator heels, especially as the two were already closely inter-related. If you’re ready to make a statement this spring, nothing will top the feeling of marching the streets in daring gladiator heels. Extreme, tough yet surprisingly feminine, the gladiator heels appear to be the fashion industry’s newest obsession. With that in mind, here are the best picks of the season. Find your perfect match and get ready to combat spring.

Alexander Wang – Martha cutout leather knee boots

You cannot mention the most striking cut away boots of the season without automatically thinking about Alexander Wang’s ultra-sleek spring 2013 renditions. Complementing a memorable collection that put an emphasis on dissection, the black leather knee boots represent a smart alternative that will only enhance your spring and summer wardrobe.

Alexander Wang – Martha cutout leather knee boots

Altuzarra – Embellished leather cage sandals

Altuzarra is another major designer that influenced the revival of the cut away boots for the spring of 2013. His unique interpretation of the trend resulted in a crystal-embellished brown-leather cage rendering that effortlessly highlights a feminine, yet tough looking aesthetic.

Altuzarra – Embellished leather cage sandals

Gianvito Rossi – Gladiator sandal

Black appears to be the ultimate common denominator in what regards the cut away boots trend this spring, tying together the full spectrum of styles. Gianvito Rossi’s rendering of the boots accents the multi-strap stiletto heel design with a buckle fastening at the knee.


Gianvito Rossi – Gladiator sandal

Brian Atwood – Electra leather cutout knee-high boots

Daring, seductive and highly fashionable, featuring unique cutouts and a slim heel, Brian Atwood’s black leather knee-high boots can easily transition your look in between seasons. Asserting a higher level of fearlessness, the boots are definitely a stand-out choice.


Brian Atwood – Electra leather cutout knee-high boots

Acne – Asia canvas knee-high boots

Displaying Acne’s deliberate simplicity, keen on emphasizing individuality by following a minimalist direction, the Asia canvas knee-high boots are the manifestation of the sandal and classic work boot crossing paths and joining forces. Coming together as a sculptural whole, this style is equally cool and straightforward, making for a remarkable trend approach.

Acne – Asia canvas knee-high boots

Jimmy Choo – Mogul studded suede cage sandals

You can trust Jimmy Choo’s vision to always be fashion forward and outstanding. Giving the cut away trend his own interpretation, Choo envisioned a black studded suede cage sandal design that is fierce, without loosing its glam and grace potential.

Jimmy Choo – Mogul studded suede cage sandals

Versace – Leather gladiator sandal boots

Straight from the catwalk, carrying across the glamazon aesthetic into the spring of 2013, the Versace gladiator sandal boots in nude come as a refreshing and softer alternative to all the dark takes on the trend. Pair the gladiator heels with a lightweight dress and accent the summer spirit with footwear that is envisioned to intrigue and excite.

Versace – Leather gladiator sandal boots

Proenza Schouler – Lace-Up knee-high gladiator sandal

Proenza Schouler chose textured leather to inject the cut away boots trend with a new and refreshing attribute. Featuring a lace-up front and a tonal architectural heel, the boots are enough of a statement, being fairly easy to style. Make the most of them this season.

Proenza Schouler – Lace-Up knee-high gladiator sandal

Tom Ford – Strappy buckled sandal boots

Tom Ford explored the contrast between restraint and sexuality this season, introducing the cut away boots to a series of bondage influences. Translating the subtext to an ultra-feminine and alluring interpretation, the boots gained a “forbidden” appeal. Tone down the bold style with a sleek pencil skirt and a silk button down, or an evening gown featuring a high slit.

Tom Ford – Strappy buckled sandal boots

BCBG Max Azria – Lynx high-heel snake-embossed sandal

If you care for your gladiator heels to distinguish themselves through a unique concept and exquisite detailing this season than BCBG Max Azria’s depiction might be the closets version you can get. The carefully placed cutouts and allover snake pattern are the main ingredients that turn the sandals into a mush-have item this season.

BCBG Max Azria – Lynx high-heel snake-embossed sandal

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