I’m a petite woman, over 45, and I really like those knee-high gladiator sandals. Do you think they are age appropriate? Jane
Knee high gladiators are real statement piece. They attract a lot of attention because they are unusual and send a sexy message.
They look best worn with very short skirts or very short- shorts, which is not a look a lot of mature women embrace.
Only you can decide if they are “age appropriate.” Myself, I would vote no to knee-high gladiators at 45+.
If you still on the fence about wearing them, there are other things to consider besides age. For example, it’s also about your body. Your legs have to be pretty darn good. Also, do these suit your personality and the image you want to project? Finally, you need to have the right attitude to look cool in these. Confidence is key.
For the average middle age woman I would suggest tweaking the look this way.
I’m more likely to suggest a low gladiator sandal or wedge, or a high-heeled gladiator that comes up to the ankle only or just above the ankle. This way you get the sexy vibe without going overboard and possibly looking desperate.
Above are a few you could try. I’ve although thrown in some knee-high ones that are more on the refined side if knee-high is what you want. Too many buckles and lot of hardware and these starts looking too trendy and costume like on a mature gal.
Thanks for writing in Jane!
*This post was originally published in 2010 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.