Whether taking inspiration from blockbuster cinema (like Russel Crowe in the Gladiator, ooh lah lah) or reality tv (is American Gladiator still on?), medieval footwear seems to walk its way back onto the runways and into our closets every few years.

This summer the strappy sandal is a celebrity favorite and I for one am following suit. Stars such as Kate Hudson, Lauren Conrad and both Olsen sisters are leading the pack with their gladiator sandals that range from thigh high to high heeled styles.

My favorites are flat, ankle length styles that are sexy, comfy and great with maxi dresses, short shorts and tunic tops. Just watch out for the lions, ladies this style is here to stay.

For great styles check out shopbop.com.