Originally intended for Roman gladiators, these sandals were sturdy enough to withstand ancient battles at the Colosseum—meaning they’re perfectly suited to more modern playgrounds. While adult gladiators will come in and out of style, they remain a staple for children. For Spring, designers have introduced metallic styles for little girls, which are surprisingly versatile with neutral colors and denim. For boys, the slip-on version with covered toes is ideal for running around town. Without further ado, CC’s faves of the season:

Products details clockwise from left:

Zara, Animal Print Roman Sandal, $59.90 (www.zara.com – for locations); Pediped, Sydney, $48.00; Marie Chantal, Metallic Sandals, $152.00; Tip Toey Joey, Yapo Papi Sandals, $132; Salt-Water Sandals, $31.95; Aster, Vertigo, $64.60; Pampili, $41.00; Zara, Baby Leather Roman Sandal, $39.90 (www.zara.com – for location); Elephantito, Metallic Sandal, $67.50; Kid Express, Zach, $36.00