The Gladiator Shoe in Chocolate
Elevate your dress shoe game with The Gladiator. These shoes are unlike anything in your closet. The western broguing and unique textiles are what makes these stand out from an ordinary dress shoe. Be prepared for compliments.
Brown Leather and split Suede Upper Accent
Standard D Width
Goodyear Welt Construction
Handmade by Artisans in Spain
Now I have all my bases covered. These are gorgeous and have the feel of a modern classic with the simple yet bold modern styling. The fit and quality are excellent.
I've been getting ads for some very beautiful, unique pairs of Taft shoes for a while now, but have mostly been holding off as my shoe collection is already comprised mostly of other brands $400+ Goodyear Welted shoes and boots. However, once I saw the Gladiator shoe with the suede accent AND that it was goodyear-welted (as opposed to blake stitched), I knew it was finally time to give this brand a try and I'm super grateful I did! I was happy to see the shoe looked just as beautiful in real life as it did in all of the instagram pictures; the full-grain leather is smooth and supple and the suede is very rich. I was also a fan of the combination leather/rubber heel and sole; as I stated in the title, just one look at these and they instantly became my girlfriend's favorites! I did have to size down quite a bit to get the right fit, however customer service and the returns process were super simple and convenient. I'm officially a believer in Taft shoes, and have even picked up 2 of their blake-stitched boots after purchasing these Gladiators! Amazing work this company is doing.
Normally wear a size 10 in almost everything but went by what I saw on the reviews and went a size down. The shoe fits perfectly after I redid the laces. They do have a breaking in period so don’t plan on wearing these all day the first time you put them on. Wore these for a wedding and got plenty of compliments on the unique design. These are my first pair of Taft shoes but definitely won’t be the last
Nothing like Taft shoes. Ridiculously stylish. Really comfortable for dress shoes. Expensive, but worth it. Highly recommend.
This is hands down my favorite dress shoe. The fit is perfect as always being that I own about ten pair of Taft shoes. Great quality and with the chocolate stripe it adds a pop to my outfit. Love them!!!!!