Lace Up Sandals

Lace up sandals are making a very strong appearance this season and I’m loving it! Lace ups look great on the feet and on the legs. Below, fashion icon Kendall Jenner is wearing a striking “gladiator” version of the lace up sandal, also called the “cage” sandal.

Gladiator sandals Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner stepping out in over-the-knee “gladiator” sandals. Image courtesy

Spanish shoe makers are experts at making lace up sandals and shoes. Espadrilles, a Spanish specialty, often feature intricate lacing.

Lace up espadrilles
Placing laces on a traditional espadrille. Image courtesy Traditional & Authentic

Spanish climate also helps: dry summer heat calls for really scant, airy shoes that have a secure hold on your foot. I once had beach sandals from Camper, in black and orange, that were held together by stretchy criss-cross (also called ghillie) lacing. Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of them. They were so gorgeous that women here in Toronto used to stop me on the street to ask where I got them. (It was Zappos).

Lace up sandal by Toutöu Shoes
The “Gaga” lace up sandal by Toutöu Shoes with 7 mm thick leather lined laces and black leather upper.


Lace up sandals by Toutöu Shoes

Toutöu is a shoe brand targeting young women. Born in 2014, the company was started by experienced shoe designers from the Spanish shoe making hub of Elda, Alicante.

The “Gaga” lace up sandal by Toutöu Shoes.

I am totally taken with the “Gaga” sandal. Visually it reminds me of old lace up Camper, but in a more sophisticated leather version. I think that Toutöu is going places!



Lace ups by Camper.
Sporty and flirty: “Peu Circuit“, soft nubuck flats with elastic lacing by Camper.


Lace ups by Camper.
Signature playful Camper style.

These lace ups by Camper are cute, but a bit too cute – my lace up beach sandals were way cooler.

Lace up sandal by Argila.
The lace up “Smoky Mekong” flat sandal by Argila is made of metallic cow leather with leather lace closure.


Lace up sandal by Argila.
The golden “Smoky Mekong” is a signature Menorca-style luxury sandal. It is available through the Argila online shop for customers within the EU.

The “Smoky Mekong” features two interlacing patterns: that of the leather and the laces themselves. Together they make for a luxuriously ornate sandal.

Lace-up sandals
Flat Roman-style lace-up sandal by Isteria Shoes.

I really like this Roman-inspired metallic lace-up sandal with copper undertones. Instead of trying to make the sandal look as historically “authentic” as possible, the designers of a young brand with the funny name of “Isteria“, opted for a modern twist on an age-old classic. The sandal is simple, functional, with what looks like a laser-cut leather upper. In general, Spanish shoe making companies are extremely good at finding a happy middle ground between artisan craftsmanship and the latest technological advances. They value the past, but they look forward.


Lace up heels by Luxpein.
High heel lace up suede sandal “Carla” by Luxpein, a brand of Nuuk Shoes. Heel height 7 cm. (2.6″).

The newly created brand Luxpein paid tribute to the lace up trend by creating this elegant high heel lace up sandal. A similar version is also available in textured metallic leather.

Lace up flat by Neon Boots.
Lace up “gladiator” espadrille-style sandals by Neon Boots.
Lace up sandal by Neon Boots.
Galia Riviera” lace up sandal in black. The golden-colored elastic laces have a button closure at the top. By Neon Boots.

Neon Boots took the “gladiator” style very seriously. They created wide flashy laces that can be securely fastened on the top. The sandal itself is basically a jute-soled, leather lined espadrille with shimmery fabric upper.

Lace up sandal by Magro Cardona.
Delic” old metal lace up sandal by Magro Cardona.

I like this minimalist take on the lace-up sandal. The parallel strips of metallic effect leather are held together by black grosgrain ribbon. Magro Cardona is new to me, but I am watching them with a lot of interest. I am sure that I’ll be writing about them again soon.


Lace up sandal by Yokono Shoes.
Lace up “Villa” flat sandal by the ecologically minded Yokono Shoes.
Lace up flat sandal by Yokono Shoes.
The “Villa” lace up sandal in purple. Cork and non-slip rubber sole. By Yokono Shoes.

Villa” is a very simple, comfortable, yet trendy sandal. It is also very modest in price.

Lace up high heels sandal by Ángel Alarcón
Lace up peep-toe high heel sandal by Ángel Alarcón. Made out of microfiber, heel height 11 cm (4.3″), with an inner platform of 3 cm (1.2″).

In this Ángel Alarcón slingback, the lace up effect is used to embellish an evening stiletto sandal.

So, which of the sandals is your favorite?




About Me

Ann Mailsi is a writer and social media buff based in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Her interests include fashion, technology, and nature adventures.

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