Gladiators are still hanging in there -- and honestly, they look better on than off. But this spring the strappy, criss-crossy gladiator style softens up. Wide, colorful ribbons replace leather, with big bows at the ankle or calf securing the shoes to your feet. They're very feminine -- except for that whole thing about the ribbons sliding down your calf to sag at your ankle while the shoe flops around as you're trying to walk. If we hadn't already been there and done that, we'd love this style. If you have to do any walking at all, the flex of your muscles loosens the ties, and you're constantly stopping to futz with your shoes. Call this one a love-hate relationship.