Hush Puppies Olive Gladiator Review

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Hush Puppies has been making great looking casual footwear since the late 1950s, and they are still not slowing down to this day. They have been leading what they consider the “casual lifestyle revolution” bringing customers proper quality footwear that they can kick back in and relax. They are more than just a shoe company, and they are a casual way of life.  They have become a cultural icon as well as a household name in 165 countries around the world with their iconic basset hound mascot.

The Hush Puppies Olive Gladiator sandals fall right into line with their promise of delivering you with fantastic comfort and an individual style. The Memory Foam footbed and soft leather straps offer you exceptional comfort that you might not think you’d get from a pair of shoes like these. They have a fantastic look to them, featuring a T-strap and open toe silhouette and a zip-up closure at the heel for ease in taking them off and putting them on. They are available in both black and brown and feature metal embellishments on the strap going up the middle of your foot to add to the already great style. Customers can appreciate that they run true to size so you should have no problem deciding what you should order for the perfect fit. Additionally, they are available in both medium and wide sizes, catering to all different foot shapes and sizes. Whether you are in the maker for a pair of casual sandals to wear with your skinny jeans or shorts, or you’re in need for something dressy to pair with a summer dress or skirt, the Hush Puppies Olive Gladiators will be a perfect addition to your wardrobe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Phenomenal comfort level

Great durability

Strong, yet flexible

Supportive

Available in wide widths

Versatile style

Cons

Moderate price tag

Only two color options available

Slightly heavier than average

Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of these Gladiator sandals is made out of a highly durable rubber that is designed to be able to take quite the beating before it starts to wear down, increasing the lifespan of the shoes. They might be built tough, but they are also highly flexible, able to bend easily with your feet with each of your steps.

The rubber sole combined with the tread pattern on the bottom is going to be able to work together to help give you a little bit of traction while you're walking. Of course, if you encounter a wet spot or happen to have a run-in with some other type of slick spot, you should definitely proceed with caution, but for the most part, these sandals will be able to do a decent job of keeping you upright and prevent you from sliding around on the ground.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of your shoe is the part that your foot directly sits and one of the essential elements when discussing the level of comfort you will receive from your sandals. Thankfully, the Hush Puppies Olive Gladiator's have both a Memory Foam and EVA cushioned footbed to deliver you a fantastic level of all-day comfort that you might not find in a lot of your summer footwear.

The Memory Foam will allow your feet to sink right in and will mold to the shape of your foot, providing you the proper support and padding where you will need it. The EVA foam gives you a bouncy underfoot feel, giving you a beautiful little spring in your step while you're out and about.
Straps

Straps

The Hush Puppies Olive Gladiator sandals feature a T-strap design that is made out of full grain leather which is incredibly durable and looks great. They do have some metal embellishments donning the tops of your feet as well as an open toe design. Additionally, there is a zipper located on the back of the heel that will allow you to quickly put on and take off your shoes while still providing you the locked-in feel you desire in a pair of footwear.

The straps have a synthetic and soft lining on the underside of them to ensure you get a pleasant feel against your skin and it will help reduce the risk of rubbing and blisters which can become painful and cause some significant discomfort.

Even though most of your foot is exposed to the air, it is nice to know that the straps, combined with the lining, have a decent amount of breathability. Of course, most of your foot is not going to have any need for this feature, but you're not going to have to worry about the part of your skin that is located under the straps getting too hot and sweaty as the air can get to your foot through the leather straps.
Comfort

Comfort

Comfort is crucial when discussing what you are putting on your feet. You don't want to be stuck in a pair of shoe throughout the day that will cause you discomfort or pain, which is not something that will happen with the Hush Puppies Olive Gladiators. They have an amazingly cushioned midsole that your feet will sink right into, giving you a phenomenal underfoot experience. Additionally, the leather straps have a soft lining on the underside of them that feels wonderful against your skin, preventing blisters and chafing, increasing your overall comfort level of the footwear.
Style

Style

The Hush Puppies Olive Gladiator sandals are a great looking pair of footwear that many customers adore. They have a T-strap and open toe silhouette that zips up the back of the shoe. They have some beautiful metal embellishments on the tops of the foot to give them a little something extra, making them stand out a little in the crowd.

They have a beautiful summer chic look to them that will go with most of your summer attire. Whether wearing a sundress or a pair of jean shorts, these sandals are going to be a great addition to your outfit. The Hush Puppies are only available in two colors, and there are a lot of people who would have liked more of a variety, but most consumers are OK with what they have available to them. You can get the shoes in both dark brown leather or black leather, so you are likely to find the perfect pair for your style needs.
Durability

Durability

You will be pleasantly surprised with how durable these strappy sandals are. You are not going to have to fear for the straps snapping or the zipper breaking, as they are constructed very well and out of quality materials, so they are not going to fall apart prematurely. They are designed to take quite the beating and keep going. Of course, if you are abusing your shoes too much and not taking care of them properly, it will speed up the wear and tear, but as long as you are treating them with care and not going crazy, they will last you a decent amount of time.

The Hush Puppies Olive Gladiators have a moderate price tag, not the cheapest out there but by no means the most expensive either. Don't let that scare you though, and they are well worth the extra money you will spend on them. They are going to last you a while, and there will be no need to replace them for quite some time so you will be saving a little bit of money in the long run when you are purchasing these sandals.
Support

Support

The Hush Puppies Olive Gladiators are going to be able to offer you a decent amount of support, both in ensuring you're locked into place as well as under your arches. The leather straps and zip up closure ensure that your feet are going to stay in the sandals and will not slide around too much, causing you to slip around inside the shoes. Of course, this is all dependant on you getting the correct size for the perfect fit.

As for the arch support, the Memory Foam footbed shapes to your particular foot, giving you the extra padding that you need where you need it the most. Whether you have moderate or high arches, these shoes are going to provide you with the support that you need, in all the right places.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Ensuring that your footwear is flexible can be essential to your overall comfort level. When it comes to the Hush Puppies Olive Gladiators, you can rest assured knowing that they are going to offer you a decent amount of flex that will ensure you have a fair amount of comfort when you are walking. The sole might be strong and durable, but it will also bend and flex with ease. When you are taking a step, the sole will move with the natural movements of your feet, not restricting your movements at all, giving you a freeing experience that your feet will appreciate.
Weight

Weight

Even though these sandals are considered to be lightweight, and they are, for the most part, they are still slightly heavier than some other similar shoes on the market. They weigh in, on average, at 9.2 ounces for a size seven medium - this is the weight for a single shoe and not the pair and will vary depending on size. The Gladiators are not going to feel overly burdensome on your feet and will by no means slow you down or hold you back, but it is worth noting that there are lighter products out there if that is what you are looking for.
Fit

Fit

When you are ordering a pair of shoes online, finding the perfect size can be a bit difficult. You want to find that fine line between snug and tight. You want them to hug your feet, so you do not have too much wiggle room, although you don't want them digging into your skin and causing you unnecessary pain and discomfort. There are sizing charts available for you to take a look at it so you can have an easier time deciding what size is going to be perfect for you. Thankfully, when it comes to the Hush Puppies Olive Gladiator sandals, they are running pretty true to size, so that is going to take a lot of the guessing out of finding what will give you the optimal fit.

One of the best parts about these sandals that customers can appreciate is that they are available for purchase in both medium and wide widths. It can be difficult sometimes when you have wide feet to find cute footwear that fits you, but that isn't a problem you'll encounter with these shoes. They cater to many foot sizes so they can reach more women.

Bottom Line

If you're shopping around for a cute pair of summer sandals that will look great with just about anything in your closet, then you are in luck. The Hush Puppies Olive Gladiators are stylish, coming in both black and brown, so you should have no problems picking a pair that will suit your style needs and wants. They have a moderate price tag, but the long lifespan makes them worth the extra money you'll pay for them. Customers can appreciate that they are running true to size and they're available in wide widths, catering to women with all different size and shaped feet. The Memory Foam midsole and soft leather straps create an exceptional in-shoe environment, proving you will amazing comfort all day long. Whether you're looking for a casual shoe or a pair of dress sandals, these Hush Puppies are going to be a perfect choice for you.