Shoe of the Month
The gladiator sandal, or caligae as the Romans called it, is a classic shoe whose striking aesthetic has enjoyed universal appeal and withstood the test of time.
Often depicted adorning the feet of the gods, the gladiator sandal was actually conceived as part of the traditional military uniform of the Roman Empire. Designed with extreme practicality, each sandal was made from three main pieces of leather – the upper, the sole, and an insole, fastened together with hobnails for traction, which further served as an effective weapon against a fallen foe. As legend has it, the hobnailed...