When one of our favorite aunts asked which shoe to wear with her mini, one-shouldered goddess dress, we felt a gladiator 101 lesson coming on.

Black gladiators, whether high heeled or flat, are one of the top five wardrobe essentials for both summer and fall.

Every year I hear women say that they are reluctant to purchase a pair because they are too trendy- wrong. They have been walking the runway for years now and we don’t see them leaving any time soon.

Not all of us can afford the Venus platform pictured above by Gucci, so here are our top pics for which gladiators to buy now- and they are all around $100!!!