It wasn’t that long ago when the fashion world fell madly in love with the gladiator sandals, marking the debut of a hauntingly controversial affair that would last for years. While some may still hold a grunge against the summer-ready shoe trend, others moved on and are now ready to embrace a slightly different approach, keen on emphasizing the edginess of the cutaway detailing, especially when it comes to boots.

The gladiator boots were spotted all over the spring 2013 runways, being carried across within various luxurious reinterpretations and asserting what appears to be another stand-out footwear trend. Calf-high or knee-high, playing upon classic notes or rather cutting-edge features, the cutaway boots represent the equivalent of a well-chosen little white dress that’s meant to be flaunted during the beautiful days of spring and summer.

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In all honesty, the gladiator boots may be quite difficult to pull off successfully, but making a statement while wearing them it’s quite worth the trouble, especially once you get the hang of the several aesthetics that work wonders when paired with the cutaway details.

Gladiator boots: taking cues from the runway

Altuzarra’s major spring 2013 runway presentation explored the collision between femininity and masculinity, resulting in multiple country-club chic aesthetics, topped with edgy translations of the gladiator boots. A buttoned down shirt, a high-waisted pencil skirt and a cape-like spring jacket are the key elements that defined an ultra elegant statement.

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Gladiator boots on the runway at Altuzarra S/S ’13

Alexander Wang’s monochromatic athletic-chic silhouettes were all about structure and wide-cuts, so it’s no wonder they were accessorized with the equally striking pairs of inventive knee-high gladiator boots, built-upon a series of black leather hard-edged fragments.

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Cutaway boots on the runway at Alexander Wang S/S ’13

Proenza Schouler envisioned a game of contrasts for spring and summer 2013, mixing the femininity and fluidity of a printed chiffon dress, with the hard and edgy undertones featured by the black leather lace-up cutaway boots. A refreshing take on spring and summer’s evening essentials.

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Cutaway shoes on the runway at Proenza Schouler S/S ’13

Colorful, bold, effortless and confident, this is how the Versace woman is envisioned for the upcoming spring and summer 2013 season. The glamazon looks relying on silky minis and cross-body bags found a match in the heeled gladiator boots, complementing the essence of an ideal summer festival wardrobe.

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Cutaway boots on the runway at Versace S/S ’13

Tom Ford made his spring 2013 collection all about restraint and sexuality, exploring the depths of “chastity and perversity”, a paradox close to Ford’s signature aesthetic. The cutaway boots to the leg were the subtext that linked the line-up to a series of bondage influences, all toned down by the elegant notes seen in the nude turtleneck, gorgeously paired to a blush pencil skirt.

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Gladiator shoes at Tom Ford S/S ’13

The above inspiration from the runways shows just a few ways you can bring the gladiator shoe into 2013. The key you’ll notice with all of them is the detail. Now, it’s about something unique and special; something that goes beyond the flat sandal style that became over-saturated a few season’s ago; something that’s a true summer statement.

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