Goddess Glam circa 2009, these strappy snakeskin sandals by Sergio Zelcer ($165) are a passive-aggressive combination of sweet pearl pink with sultry mirror-chrome platform and stiletto heel. L. boutique, 610 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 906-1350.
Rattle His Cage What could be sexier than Marciano’s slinky python Roman cage sandals ($256) with chinks of golden armor, fierce 4½-inch heels and deceptively comfy stretch ankle straps? Combat-ready at Foxy Lady, 481 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands (941) 388-5239.
High Society Wage war on demure stilettos with edgy but elegant blush patent peep-toe sling-backs from Miu Miu ($695), even cooler with natural bamboo platform and five-inch heel. Saks Fifth Avenue, 100 Southgate Plaza, (941) 364-5381.
Chain Gang Designer Jeffry Campbell’s spin on the basic gladiator is called (you guessed it) the Chainiator—a mélange of calf leather, chains, metal studs and straps on a stacked demi wedge ($145). Addison Craig, 28 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands (941) 388-3400.
Walk Softly But carry a big fashion shtick with Vaneli’s refined Roelina gladiator sandals in antiqued pewter silver metallic "snakeskin" leather with oh-so-comfortable wedge platform wrapped in cork ($130). Reason’s, 57 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands (941) 388-1602.