The steep option in a gladiator sandal is from Piperlime online called Dolce Vita Poppy. This particular shoe was chosen specifically for Banana Republic. The dark brown sandal in leather is a great alternative to the flip flop as it can be dressed up for more special occasions given its 1/2" heel and studded ornaments. It also features an adjustable buckle closure for increased comfort. This sandal is sold for $109 and you can enjoy free shipping online. Visit www.piperlime.com for more information.
This sandal is very similar to the Piperlime version, but is much cheaper. It comes in a dusty blue suede with brushed metal studs and a strappy adjustable heel. This gladiator sandal is only $19.50 (and is even on sale online for $16.50 right now!). For more information, visit www.oldnavy.com.
Wear at your own risk - does not protect against Lions!