I was never a fan of regular gladiator sandals when they came out, but when they were an awkwardly high height, I was all about jumping on board. I bought them as soon as my swollen pregnant legs were back to normal size and while I have not worn them very much--mostly because a) I don't want a weird suntan grid on my legs b) they are not really work appropriate and c) I am deathly afraid I will break them somehow. Not only do I love them when I wear them and get an eff-ton of compliments on them, but Patrick calls them my sexy sandals. Nice.
I am pretty sure I paid about $40 for them on Amazon. That is more than I usually pay for any piece of clothing, but I just adore them. And the current price per wear is about $6.67, so even if I never wore them again (spoiler alert--I will wear them again), they were still money well spent.