Selena Gomez, Rihanna, And Rita Ora Prove The Gladiator Boot Is Back!

Selena Gomez in NYC on April 24, Rihanna on a plane on April 20, and Rita Ora in London on Feb. 16.
Photo: Getty Images/Rihanna’s Instagram

Hi, world! Remember gladiator sandals? Heh, well, they’re back. In case you forgot, between 2005 and 2008 these strappy shoes we ALL the rage. Whether they were low-top, high-top, studded, tasseled, bedazzled or anything in between, everyone wanted their hands (er, feet?) on a pair. Eventually, they made their way out of the fashion world, and we haven’t looked back—until now. We can’t stop spotting celebrities wearing the strappy, Roman-inspired shoes as of late (see: Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Rita Ora), and we need to discuss. I mean, we have to admit we’re not too surprised at their comeback considering they were all over the Spring/Summer 2013 runways—everyone from Alexander Wang to Proenza Schouler decked out their models in knee-high gladiator shoes. The only difference is that this time around we’re supposed to refer to them as “cutaway boots.” Got it? Got it.

On Wednesday, Selena stepped out in a KILLER set of black Brian Atwood peep toe boots paired with a leather-trimmed Burberry trench coat. She kept her ensemble super simple with her statement-making shoes, which we love. Last week, Rihanna showed off her strappy white Alexander Wang boots with a black frock and backward Boy London hat, and, back in February, Rita was spotted at London Fashion Week wearing an ornate gold-embellished cape paired with a satin patchwork asymmetrical dress and—you guessed it—Jimmy Choo gladiator heels. So, what do y’all think—are you going to partake in the gladiator shoe resurgence? Let us know in the comments below!

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