Joan Smalls in Stunning Casadei Leather Gladiator Stiletto Sandals

If we had to describe the 2013 MTV VMA red carpet in general terms, we couldn’t use words such as “elegance,” “sophistication,” “refinement,” or “femininity.” Instead, we could use words such as “kitsch,” “lack of taste,” and so on. If you have not done so already, make sure to check out part 1 and part 2 of our shoe-stalking reports. Still, we can’t deny the very few ensembles that kept a festive, red-carpet-worthy look. Among them was the it model of the moment, Joan Smalls.

The Puerto Rican beauty walked down the red carpet of the MTV Music Awards looking incredibly cool and stylish. She rocked the gladiator sandals trend paired with a very casual Viktor & Rolf mini dress.

2013 MTV Music AwardsJoan Smalls at the 2013 MTV Music Awards held at the Barclays Center in New York City on August 25, 2013

The long-sleeved white leather dress with a drop waist and ruffled hemline was perfectly complemented by a pair of Casadei gladiator sandals with black leather straps, gold-tone buckles, mirrored blade stiletto heels, and back zippers, both from 2013 fall collections.

Joan Smalls wearing Casadei Leather Gladiator Sandals at the MTV Music Awards

Joan Smalls wearing Casadei Leather Gladiator Sandals at the MTV Music Awards

The model further styled her look with a chunky gold chain and deep-berry lips.

Joan Smalls wearing Casadei Leather Gladiator Sandals at the MTV Music Awards

Let’s talk about the shoes. The knee-high black leather woven straps added the perfect touch of glam to Joan’s casual chic outfit and got her on every best-dressed list.

Gladiator sandals definitely gained some ground in recent years, becoming a must-have piece in every fashionista’s wardrobe. They are very feminine, and the thin straps really emphasize the sensuality of female legs and bring an ultra-chic touch to any outfit. If you have a very large shoe budget, you can get yourself a pair identical to Joan’s:

CASADE I120MM BELTED CALFSKINCasadei 120mm Belted Calfskin Blade One Boots, $1,900 at Casadei and Luisaviaroma

Credit: Andres Otero/WENN

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