Roman sandals were originally worn during games, competitions, and the ancient olympics. Athletes used to compete barefoot but after some time, a few of them took to wearing sandals. When the sandaled athletes started winning, people became highly suspicious of them and accused them of cheating. Eventually, the additional traction that the sandals provided was recognized and roman sandals became generally accepted and widely worn.
Historically, roman sandals were more than just protection and decoration for the feet. So when we came across the Gladietur Sandals from Nike, we thought the design was really appropriate considering the sandal’s athletic background:
We’re not surprised. A cross between anything trendy and sporty often end up looking like a joke (Hello Kitty Basketball or Louis Vuitton motorcycle anyone?). Trendsters are more willing to suffer for the sake of style while sporty people won’t sacrifice comfort and performance for anything else. But when done carefully, it could look alright. Right?