Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals

In the past gladiator sandals have been flat-soled and open-toed shoes that feature several straps of leather crisscrossing around the leg, usually with lots of flimsy ties. However over the past seasons, they have continued to transform. Jesus sandals was a term often used by people who did not feel these sandals flattered any fashionista’s style. Designers have been evolving the gladiator sandal and are now offering us upgraded versions. Gladiator sandals can now be found in various styles from chic high heels to contemporary flats.

Two of my recent favorite gladiator styles are by the celebrity designer Stuart Weitzman. SW pieces are handcrafted in Spain and are made of high quality material and natural leather, all boasting a soft cushioned sole. Both of these models are an epitome of comfort and style.

  1. Stuart Weitzman Backview Gladiator Sandal
  2. Stuart Weitzman Women’s Gladiator Sandal

Stuart Weitzman Backview Gladiator Designer Sandal
Stuart Weitzman Women’s Backview Gladiator Sandal

The Backview Gladiator: These Stuart Weitzman sandals update the gladiator profile in sturdy pebbled leather. This style has velcro closures and elastic straps offering a comfortable and customized fit. It boasts studded matte finish metal accents, has a 1″ stacked heel and a rubber sole.

Here are some convenient features about this style:

  • Leather/Textile
  • Imported from Spain
  • Leather/Textile sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 15.5″ from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 1″
  • Low-heel gladiator sandal featuring open-back shaft with elasticized straps and hook-and-loop closures
  • Metallic studs along sides of shaft
SW Backview in black
Stuart Weitzman Backview Gladiator

The Original Gladiator: These Stuart Weitzman gladiators are more traditional in style. The designer has perfected this gladiator sandal with knee-high length and metal accents. This style is made of leather and elastic straps which makes them conform the the individual’s leg offering luxury with comfort.

Here are some convenient features about this style:

  • 50% Leather, 50% Elastic
  • Imported from Spain
  • Leather sole
  • Heel measures approximately 1″
  • Boot opening measures approximately 15.25″ around
  • Stuart Weitzman perfects this gladiator sandal with knee-high length and metal accents
gladiator sandals in black
Stuart Weitzman Gladiator – Black
gladiator sandals in gold
Stuart Weitzman Gladiator – Cava

Both of these styles are extremely comfortable and are suited to be worn all day. Despite being thin, the sole feels soft, supportive, and well cushioned. These can be easily cleaned by a gentle damp wipe. The black is a matte finish, and the “cava” color is a soft golden hue with gold hardware. Quick tip, i’ve found that they go on sale quote often on Amazon – so  if you don’t need them by a specific date, please do watch the price on Amazon as you maybe able to save up to $200 if you happen to catch them when they are on sale. Also, if you happen to be a Prime Member with them, shipping is absolutely free for both purchases and returns. Feel free to enjoy being a prime member for free for 30 days – i’m providing a link below for Amazon Prime Free Trial.

The designer Stuart Weitzman’s has said “I design shoes to make women happy”. I can confirm that when I have an SW pair on, I feel happy knowing I look stylish and also feel comfortable. These two luxe gladiator styles also happen to scream posh warrior princess  which most girls won’t mind identifying with – these celebrities certainly don’t! Enjoy the images below with model Chanel Iman who styled her gladiators in a fashionable bohemian garb. Reality star Kourtney Kardashian and actress Ashley Tisdale looks polished while being casual. The last image is the designer Stuart Weitzman himself next to supermodel Giselle who he worked with while launching the Spring 2015 collection which included these glamourous yet fierce gladiators.

Chanel Iman Wearing Stuart-Weitzman Backview Gladiator Sandals
Chanel Iman Wearing Stuart-Weitzman Backview Gladiator Sandals

 

Kourtney Kardashian wearing Stewart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals
Kourtney Kardashian Wearing Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals

 

Ashley Tisdale Wearing Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals
Ashley Tisdale Wearing Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals

 

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Designer Stuart Weitzman & Supermodel Giselle

 

Menswear Inspired Look

Though I thoroughly enjoy dawning frilly frocks and gowns, at times I get my fashion inspiration from menswear. Its easy to look natural, effortless, yet put-together with clothes that have a slight androgynous vibe. The key to pulling the look off is often pure tailoring and proportion, paired with feminine accessories. Think pinstripes, blazers, oxfords, collared button down shirts and tailored trousers- styled with a chic, feminine twist.

Here I’ve kept my look fairly simple. The key piece to this ensemble is the oversized silky plaid  pattered long sleeve button down shirt I purchased from Forever 21 a few months ago. Its easy to feel comfortable and freely move around in this billowy top which is another advantage from menswear inspired fashion.

Though I was not able to locate this exact shirt, below you may find a few similar plaid shirts to achieve a similar look:

Joie Women’s Nyree Silk Chain Plaid Print Long-Sleeve Blouse

PAIGE Women’s Audrey Shirt In Clifton Plaid/Wicker Floral Combo

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Close up of the button down long sleeve plaid shirt
Close up of the button down long sleeve plaid shirt

The other clothing pieces are fairly simple and basic to not take away from the shirt. I have on a pair of solid black opaque leggings bye a brand called Hue which I also wore in a previous post. These have been washed numerous times and have not faded or pilled. Under my shirt, I’m wearing a black formfitting camisole.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Hesh Boot
BCBGMAXAZRIA Hesh Boot

I would like to point out the booties I chose to wear called the “Hesh Boot” by BCBGMAXAZRIA. Despite having a four inch heel, these shoes are quite comfortable to wear as they have a lightly cushioned footbed. Here’s a closeup so you can check out the details – high heels, rubberized sole, and 100% leather exterior with an open toe design.

A statement necklace which I purchased from Target last holiday season and  red lipstick give just the right amount of feminine touch to this menswear inspired outfit. Though my exact necklace isn’t available anymore, I’ve included a fun colorful statement necklace example which isnt too over the top.

 

All Black with a Pop of Pink

Although most of my wardrobe consists of basic staples in shades of black, I still try to create outfits which show my style and personality. Since I work in an office all day where impromptu meetings are often called, I strive to dress comfortable yet still polished to an extent. Luckily my office dress code is very business casual which gives me a lot of flexibility. Here is an example of what I wore to work a couple of weeks ago when the weather was a little cooler.

Duri wearing Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots
Wearing Stuart Weitzman 5050 over the knee boots – a must have item for your closet

As I mentioned in a previous post, a pair of black comfortable over the knee boots are a wardrobe staple for every girl. My favorite ones are the Stuart Weitzman 5050’s – They are extremely comfortable, and true to size. I can walk miles in these and it feels like I’m walking on butter. These boots are offered in several colors and finishes, but the black napa leather is my favorite option. The leggings I’m wearing are super soft, stretchy, and opaque which is must- especially when your top isn’t long enough to cover your entire butt. These leggings by Hue have a wide waistband which offers comfort with style and stays in place all day; no pulling and tugging required! The basic black tee is light weight and hasn’t faded after going through at least twenty wash cycles. Its by a brand called Three Dots which can be found in most department stores and Amazon. It is great on its own or as base shirt for layering and it is available in over thirty colors! I own a few other colors besides the black one I’m wearing here, and they have all kept their original color and shape after multiple washes. Lastly, this Armani Exchange jacket is one of my favorites. Its a mix of faux leather and a jersey knit which makes it very comfortable and easy to move around in. I bought mine at the Armani store in Pasadena, Ca.

Armani Exchange Jacket
Close up of the jacket – Armani Exchange mixed media moto jacket

Notice the small pop of pink? Pink hello kitty crystal earrings, pink nail polish, and the pink gloss help me show my girly side. I have had these earrings for over two years now and they have yet to loose their shine. At just under $20 bucks, they are quite a steal. I tend to keep my makeup fairly simple for work; neutral eye shadows, a quick swipe of pink blush, and some pink lipgloss complete the look.

Hello Kitty cute earrings
Hello Kitty Earrings add a pop of pink to the all black ensemble

Here is what I’m wearing if you wanted to get a similar look:

  1. Top: Three Dots Women’s Short Sleeve Mid-V Neck Tee
  2. Jacket: Armani Exchange Mixed Media Jacket
  3. Leggings: Hue Women’s Ultra Leggings with wide waistband
  4. Over the knee boots: Stuart Weitzman Women’s 5050 Over-the-knee boot
  5. Earrings: Pink crystal hello kitty earrings
  6. Nail polish: Loreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Enamel, Pink Me Up
  7. Lipgloss: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop
Cute Hello Kitty Crystal Earrings
Hello Kitty Earrings – Large 3/4″ Kitty Stud Earrings

P.S – This particular Armani Exchange jacket is sold out currently, so I found a few similar “mixed media” options.

XOXO Juniors Beaded Sleeve Faux-Leather Moto Jacket

BCBGeneration Women’s Mixed Media Wool Jacket with Leather Sleeves

French Connection Women’s Fast Jacket

BCBGMAXAZRIA Women’s Donna Mixed Media Moto Jacket with Leather Sleeves

 

French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Fit-and-Flare Dress

I wanted to share one of my favorite dresses here. Honestly, this dress is a staple for every girl’s closet. It can be easily styled for the office, or for a night out. The minimalistic design along with the figure flattering silhouette is perfect for all body types. Here’s the fabric composition: 62% Polyester, 33% Viscose and 5% Elastane. It feels like weighty yet soft cotton with a slight stretch, hiding any imperfections perfectly.

It can be easily dressed up or down with other accessories and is appropriate for all seasons. I have worn it with leggings, jacket, and my favorite over-the-knee boots in fall and winter. Summer time requires no additional clothing staples; put on a pair of your favorite strappy sandals and instantly feel like a starlet.

French Connection blue dress
Feather Ruth Classic Dress in whisper blue color

It’s available in a few different versions to fit your style- one with a plain boat neck, another with a cutout in the front, and one with a sexy open back.

French Connection designer Dress in black, white, and blue
French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Fit-and-Flare Dress in black, white, and nocturnal

The first classic version is a fit-and-flare dress with an arched waistline and pleated skirt. It’s a sleeveless boat neck with a zipper closure. I have this dress in black, white, and blue. Yes, I loved it so much that I had to get in three different color!

Find them all here: French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Fit-and-Flare Dress

French Connection Feather Ruth Classic Cut Out Fit and Flare Dress in black
French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Cut Out Fit and Flare Dress in black

The second version has a cut out detail in the front. Be forewarned ladies, this dress is a bit less modest as the cut out is strategically placed to show some cleavage. Though I didn’t feel comfortable with this version due to the cutout, it may be suitable for someone else.

French Connection Red dress
French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Fit-and-Flare Dress with open back style in a rich red color

Find this version here: French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Classic Cut Out Fit-and-Flare Dress

The newest version of this dress has a plain boat neck with a sexy cut out in the back. It’s simply beautiful.

It can be found here: French Connection Women’s Feather Ruth Fit-and-Flare Dress

I feel elegant in this simple yet standout dress every time I wear it. A word of advice, French Connection tends to run 1 size small, so a size 6 in most brands is a size 8 in French Connection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!