I live in Austin: a city that could easily be classified as trendy. If something is going on in fashion, Austin ladies are aware of it and rock it with the best of them. However, sometimes this is a bad thing--a very, very bad thing--case in point: the gladiator sandal.
It started out innocently enough but now they are EVERYWHERE and they are UGLY. I know, I know. If you own them, you probably greatly disagree. But I have seen many adorable outfit completely ruined by the oafish gladiator sandal.
I was fully prepared to accept the fact that this was my own problem and maybe they ARE cute, I'm just lame. I have to admit that I have feet that would make this style even more unattractive: long and skinny. I wear an 8 which is not huge for a lady but the shape of my foot would accentuate the flat weirdness of these shoes.
I personally feel the cutest with a dress and a pair of cowboy boots but I understand the need for shoes that allow the feet to breathe a bit more during the summer. I also understand how great it is to not have to kill your feet toddling about trying to look hot in a pair of heels but--there just HAS to be another way.
The finaly straw for me was when my friend of over ten years, A, a very hot and fashionable girl-commented on them when we were having one of our phone bitchfests. Now that I have backup I just have to come forward and say confidently: ladies, they are fugly. I'm sorry. Please, take the kitten heels and ballet flats back out of your closets. Your adorable, flirty dresses will thank you...and so will I.
Oh, and when I think 'When in Rome' I don't want to think hideous sandals, I want to think this: