I've always been pretty blasé about the existence of gladiator sandals. I've never found them particularly offensive nor have I ever felt the urge to go out and buy a pair. I picked these up at a thrift store in Alabama on the move from LA to PA. Since it was the middle of winter at that time, I put them aside to sell in the store once the weather turned warm. When I was getting dressed this morning something made me think of them and I pulled them out of storage. What'd ya know?! A perfect fit. I think I've just found my new summer sandals. Oh, and they're made by company named Razzmatazz which I think makes them even better.