How to Style Strappy Heels & Gladiator Sandals

If you are not sure what strappy heels and sandals are, you may have a better idea when you their another name: gladiator shoes. They come in a lot of different forms, from heels with a few extra straps that covers up to the ankle area, to heels that has straps that cover all the way to the knees. If you style them right, they can add a great touch of elegance to your outfits. I am about to show you some of my favorite ways to wear these elegant looking strappy shoes.

Strappy Heels with Black Leather Jacket & Midi Skirt


Very often, all-black outfits make you look dark and cold, but that is not the case when you wear something feminine like the black strappy heels. For this outfit, you can pair the heels with a black leather jacket and a split midi skirt. This is a perfect example of how to dress in a way to look both cool and ladylike.

Wear with Black Shift Dress

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Another big advantage of wearing strappy heels is that it has so much details that you can put them together with a very simple outfit and already look well dresses. As an example, you can simple wear a black shirt dress with black strappy heels that has straps covering up to the mid-calf area.

Black Mini Dress & Strappy Heels

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Here is another outfit idea that involves a dress and strappy heels. The heels for this outfit idea cover up to the ankles and they look perfectly matched with the black mini dress. While typical heels or sandals will still look great with the dress, the strappy heels gives an extra touch of elegance.

Gladiator Sandals with Long Sleeve Tee & Denim Shorts

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Having shared a few formal looking outfit ideas, I just want to show you that the strappy style doesn’t belong to formal outfits only, they indeed work equally well with causal outfits. As an example, for a typical summer and spring outfit that consists of a long sleeve t shirt and denim shorts, you can complete the outfit with nude strappy sandals. You can see the value of the strappy sandals when you imagine wearing this outfit with white sneakers as the choice for shoes. Sneakers look nice and casual with the outfit while the sandals can make the outfit look chic.

Strappy Sandals with White Tee & Green Mini Skirt

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To look refreshing, you can wear light weight strappy sandals. I think it is fair to call these strappy flip flops. Keep the color tone of the outfit light and refreshing by wearing a white t shirt and a green mini skirt. I can see this a very comfortable looking outfit for causal hangouts.

Heels with Black and White Striped T Shirt & Pencil Skirt

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Black strappy heels look good in a black-and-white outfit. For example, you can wear a long sleeve black and white striped tee and a black midi pencil skirt with the heels. This can be a good business casual work outfit.

Blue Strappy Heels with White Vest Top & Floral Skort

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Strappy heels usually comes in black, white and nude. It can be fun to style heels with bright colors like the royal blue heels in this outfit. Usually, when you have to style an item with bright and eye catching color, you want to keep the color combination as simple as possible. Using this outfit as an example, build the outfit around the colors of blue and white. Simple wear the strappy heels with a white vest top and a white and blue floral skort.

White Blouse and Cream Flare Skirt

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For another chic look that is suitable for work, you can pair the already feminine strappy heels with other ladylike items. For example, you can wear a white shirt with a cream flare skirt. This outfit looks so beautiful yet it is still professional looking enough as a work outfit.

White Off The Shoulder Blouse & Skinny Jeans

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A white off the shoulder blouse is such a beautiful piece of clothing that just demands a lot of attention. Simple pair it with skinny jeans and black strappy heels for an extra touch of elegance that goes along perfectly with the off-shoulder blouse.

Strappy Heels with Black and Pink Backless Halter Dress

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Having talked about some work outfits and casual outfits, it is time to talk about what to wear to a cocktail party. A good way to style the strappy heels for a cocktail party is to wear them with something ladylike and sexy. The backless floral halter dress can be a choice.

Black and White Striped Dress & Denim Jacket

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I have mentioned it in another blog post that I love the black and white striped dress so much because it just happens to look good as part of a casual street outfit, while many other dresses can easily look overdressed for walking down the street. You can check out my blog post about more black and white striped dress here. Back to this outfit, you can pair the striped dress with an oversized denim jacket and black strappy sandals.

Off The Shoulder Boho Blouse & Denim Shorts

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This outfit idea is one to watch out for boho fans. You can wear a off-shoulder white boho blouse with denim shorts. Wear knee high gladiator sandals to perfectly match with the boho top. This is how you can look both refreshing and elegant on the beach.

Red Strappy Shoes with White Shirt & Skinny Jeans

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White top and blue jeans sound like a very typical outfit that looks decent without any surprise. The good news is that you can add a little bit of twist with the shoes to spice up the look. You can wear a pair of eye catching strappy heels to simply upgrade your entire outfit.

Here are some my favorite ways to style the strappy heels. Try some of the ideas and see how they suit you. Most of the clothes mentioned in this list are likely those that you already have in your wardrobe. So, just try some shoes on in your local stores and have fun playing mix and match.