Gladiators Are Back and Sneakers Are Here to Stay: A Look at Spring's Two Hottest Shoes

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Gladiator sandals
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Gladiators: It seems like only yesterday Carrie Bradshaw donned a pair of gladiators on her wedding day. Actually, that was 2008, but the "contender" craze is back with a vengeance. Whether you prefer flats or a heel, at the ankle or up to the knee, these three pairs will inspire you to lace up before you step out.

Ivanka Trump Mackley Caged High-Heel Leather Booties

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Ivanka Trump Mackley Caged High-Heel Leather Booties, $90;

Badger Knee-High Gladiator Sandals

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Circus by Sam Edelman Badger Knee-High Gladiator Sandals, $100;

Cole Haan Mercer Sandals

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Cole Haan Mercer Sandals, $128;

White Sneakers: Let's face it: Comfortable footwear will always be on trend. But this season, nothing feels so fresh and so clean as a pair of white-as-snow sneaks. (We're talking high top, low top, and everything in between.) Plus, there's no need to relegate them to the tennis court; wear slip-ons with a sundress or stomp around town in printed trousers paired with white kicks.

Dolce Vita Oriel Lace-Up Sneakers

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Dolce Vita Oriel Lace-Up Sneakers, $36;

Dolce Vita Jinsy Platform Slip-On Sneakers

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Dolce Vita Jinsy Platform Slip-On Sneakers, $38;

Superga Cotu Cotton Hi-Top Sneakers

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Superga Cotu Cotton Hi-Top Sneakers, $85;

India-Jewel Jackson

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