I'll admit, these took some getting used to, but they've actually grown on me. Brown, black, and metallics are all good choices. I usually feel that a metallic is the most versatile. Or is that just my inner princess...? Nine West, Jobilyn, piperlime.com, $80. Also available in black and a really pretty light gold.
cocobelle studded city II sandal, shopbop.com, $98. I like these in brown better, but they are sold out everywhere.Gladiator sandals, Old Navy, $19.50 Same trend for a lot less.
Isaac Mizrahi for Target Liz Gladiator Sandals, target.com, $24.99. Oh, you knew Target would have a version, too. This one comes in several colors as well. Might work for all of you who like the phrase, "I can't pull that off."