“ Brand: Shoe Zone / Type: Sandals „
Review of Shoe Zone Gladiator sandals
I love gladiator sandals. Perhaps I shouldn't admit this, but I wore them when they were in fashion the first time around and have never really got over my love of them. I purchased my Shoe Zone version around 2 years ago and am still wearing them.
Shoe Zone has stores up and down the UK. They are definitely a 'cheap' shoe shop and I have found their products a little hit and miss, these gladiator sandals fall into the former category!
For anyone unfamiliar with gladiator sandals this type of footwear is loosely based on the sandals worn by gladiators in ancient Rome. They are usually flat soled with straps which criss-cross the foot and the ankle.
Shoe Zones version has a little zip at the back of the heel and the portion that fastens around the ankle is secured by a bronze effect buckle. The sandals are really eye catching; they consist of 10 straps, linked by a central strap which runs straight down the front of your foot. Some of the straps are crossed, whilst others are straight.
Colour wise these gladiators are dark brown, bronze, silver, pink, yellow and orange. The central strap is studded with bronze edged holes. This might sound like an awful mis-match of shades, but as the sandals are most definitely casual, the colour scheme really works. The straps all have different textures, smooth and snakeskin effect and I think they look a bit 'hippy-ish' and they go very well with the ethnic style of summer clothing I prefer.
As a strict vegetarian, I prefer not to wear leather footwear, so I am happy to note that these gladiator sandals are constructed of 100% man made materials.
The sandals are very comfortable to wear, the soles are sturdy enough to protect your feet against rough ground, and the soles are very lightly ridged. I wouldn't describe it as non-slip, but I had had no issue with slipping when wearing these sandals. They are quite lightweight which adds to the comfort of my feet, as I hate heavy footwear in hot weather!
The strappy sandal lets your feet breathe in hot weather and they are easy enough to get on and off. I have had no problems with these sandals rubbing my feet or causing any discomfort. I tend to wear my sandals with skirts or long dresses and I think they go well with these. I have occasionally worn them with jeans, but I prefer Crocs or trainers with any style of trouser.
These sandals are only available from Shop Zone outlets. The company seem to modify their gladiator sandal style every so often, so I am unsure whether this particular version is still sold.
When I purchased my sandals they cost around £15.00 and as with most of Shoe Zone's women's range, are available in sizes 3-9. I believe the store also stock similar sandals in children's sizes, but not having youngsters anymore, I can't really comment!
~~**My Thoughts and Conclusion**~~
I have owned my current pair for 2 summers now and although I haven't worn them daily, they are still in good wearable condition. Considering I paid in the region of £15 for my sandals, I feel this represents wonderful value for money.
I have fairly wide feet and have found that these sandals fits me very well, I bought them in a size 8. My feet actually measure at a 7, but I do find with cheaper shoe ranges, I often have to go up a size. Shoe Zone is no exception to this!
All in all, I cannot recommend these sandals highly enough. I appreciate that they are not to everyone's taste but I love them. I feel they are a winner for holiday wear as they are casual, yet smarter than trainers, flip flops or Croc style shoes. You could wear these during the day with casual clothes, yet they also lend themselves to more dressy occasions. I have worn mine on the beach and when walking the dog, yet they also go well with a long dress for evenings out.
I consider these sandals to be very versatile, hard wearing and excellent value for money and am happy to award them a 5* rating.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 September 2012
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The big problem with these sandals is that they are so common, at least two of my close fruiends have a pair and another has a very similar design. The main reason is that they look so damn good when they are worn, plus they are nice and comfortable as they are a flat soled sandal, I wore mine a lot on a recent holiday especially in the evening when going or a meal or just a drink.
Described as a gladiator sandal I think they are a nice combinations of an Egyptian and Aztec design with the styling of the sandal reminding me of Egyptian sandals while the bright colouring that incorporates red, yellow, brown, black, silver, orange and bronze leather strips some with patterns and others with studs on them. There are ten strips in all held in place by a centre strap and the sandal comes up to my ankle.
These are a light sandal which are very comfortable to wear, I described them as a flat sandal however they do have a very slightly raised heel but it is hardly noticeable to be honest. They are comfortable to walk in and I have never had a problem with any rubbing or tightness. Plus as they are very open they are not at all sweaty and your feet get to breath.
These are also very cheap at just under the £15 mark and they seem pretty well made however the back zip with runs up the back of the sandal does seem to be a bit stiff on one of the sandals and I'm a bit worried it will snap or break. Having said that they survived my holiday and they still look in great condition.
Women's Gladiator Sandals
These sandals are flat to the floor, bar a half cm heel, if you can call it a heel. There is an awful lot going on with this sandals, very brightly colored and straps all over the place.
The main color of these sandals is brown, with yellow, pink, orange, silver and a bit of bronze.
The sandal comes up to the ankle and is made up of ten individual straps four of which are crossed. Holding all the straps in place there is a long strip that runs down the top middle of the sandal from ankle to toe, this is decorated with bronze colored studded holes. The top strap that sits around the ankle is fastened with a bronze colored buckle. The back of the sandal is a solid piece of material, which sports a zip placed centre back which runs the whole height of the sandal, from heel to ankle.
Most of the sandal straps are made from a synthetic snake skin print, some of the straps are threaded with silver and the front strap sports little bronze studs.
The sandals are made from 100% synthetic materials.
The sandals can be purchased from Shoe Zone and they cost £14.99
They can be bought in sizes 3 - 9 for women and size 10 - 6 for girls.
Shoe Zone sell a variety of gladiator style sandals in many different color combinations.
I bought these sandals after I'd seen a college of mine wearing a pair. I was instantly drawn to them because of the bright colors and I loved the style. I've had these sandals for a couple of years now and for the past two summers I have lived in them. As I suffer from RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) especially in my feet, I am quite limited as to what is comfortable for me to wear. As these sandals have support for the back of my feet, they are ideal. I find them very comfortable and can walk for quite a while in them, which for me, is quite a bonus as I usually can't walk particularly far.I'm not usually one for bright things as far as clothing and shoes go, but when I saw these I instantly liked them. I know this particular style of sandal is of an acquired taste, and a lot of people think this type of sandal should be left for the children to wear. But I have to disagree I'm afraid, I think anyone who may have a problem in the feet department would benefit from a pair of these sandals, I can keep them on for ages and they don't bother my feet at all, unlike other sandals I have had in the past. I love flip flop style sandals but, alas can't wear them anymore due to the lack of support for my feet.
The sandals do feel a little loose around the straps and at first I thought I needed a smaller pair but as time has gone on, I actually like the fact they let my skin breathe and are not strapped tight to my feet. So after a couple of years of wear I can say they have lasted well.
However, I was a little upset the other day, as to put them on and take them off, I don't use the buckle at all, I use the zip at the back and they just slip on and off very easily, but as I was saying, the other day, I went to put them on and sadly the zip on the back of one of the sandals snapped in half, I can still use the zip but it's quite tricky now to zip and unzip that particular sandal. I'll keep going with the sandals for as long as I can, then I will purchase another pair. They are extremely comfortable and I wouldn't want to be without them now. I'm giving them 5 stars because they have lasted well, are very comfortable and personally I think they look nice as well.
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My eleven year old daughter bought these herself when she went on her very first shopping trip, just her and her tween friends. If I'd have been with her I probably wouldn't have let her buy them as I think they're so ugly, but she loved them straight away and has had months of wear out of them so she probably did the right thing.
I'm not a fan of Gladiator sandals, unless you have the legs of Gisele Bundchen then they're never going to look as good as they do on the catwalks. However, being a child has its advantages as an eleven year old can get away with a lot more than an adult. At that age it's fine (encouraged) to be a fashion victim.
I've had to ask her input for this review and she just loves the sandals, it's obvious as she talks about them! They look much different to the plain black Gladiators you can buy, I don't think the colours stand out enough to be cutting edge but having the multi-coloured straps does give the sandals a bit of character. I like the way Shoe Zone have given the straps different textures as well as different colours, but by keeping the back, front strap and sole black the sandals still look traditional enough to not look weird.
The sandals go up to just above the ankle bone and Alice tells me they're very comfortable. The sole doesn't look very padded, but touching it with my hand I can tell there is a good amount of cushioning underfoot. The sandals are produced from man made materials, which is to be expected from the low price. They haven't caused any rubbing or pain while walking and the back panel feels soft and leathery, this back part is shaped to contour the ankle and that gives the sandals a comfortable fit.
The sandals do up with a zip at the back and buckle on the thick top strap. I don't know if this is usual for Gladiator sandals but the zip and buckle combination works well, having the sandals fasten in this way means you can open them up quite widely for putting them on which is good for children.
I'm amazed at how well these sandals have lasted. She bought them in May (it was my birthday, I remember the day!) and wore them solid for three weeks, since the summer turned wet she's been wearing them at least three times a week and they still look in fantastic condition. The staps have aged nicely and time has made them more comfortable to walk in according to my daughter. And she loves her shoes nearly as much as I do, so definitely knows her stuff!
These Gladiator sandals are available in sizes from a child's 10 to an adult's 6, the sizing is a bit on the large side but this is usual with any type of strappy sandals. It shows how shoe-educated Alice is that she knew to buy a size smaller in this style and got it right without even trying them on in the shop. Good girl!
£12.99 from Shoe Zone.