Over at Cafe Mom they posted the question Should women over 40 wear gladiator sandals?
I’ve got to tell you.. we I was very surprised they even asked this question. (And surprised at some of the answers!)
Gladiator sandals were new a couple of years back, but now they are mainstream. Why wouldn’t a woman over 40 wear them? They’re nothing racy about most gladiator sandals. Of course, there’s always extreme versions out there, like the high heeled, knee high dominatrix types worn by 19 year old models who pair them with mini skirts, or skimpy shorts. But really, how many do you see of those off the runway?
The Gladiator question caught my eye because it was kind of like asking, should women over 40 wear high heels? Of course you should, if you want to. You don’t stop being stylish because of a number. Why not look fashionable and sexy no matter what your age?
Whether it’s high heels or gladiators, the trick is to looking chic is to simply find a pair that is a little more refined and tasteful. You can get away with a wilder, crazy version of a shoe when you are young and experimental, but after 40 you need a tamer pair, or you’ll look tough and desperate.
Here are some of my favorite picks for gladiators: