These darling crochet baby gladiator sandals are perfect for summer for your little non-walker! They go perfectly with darling shorts or a sweet summer dress. Make them for a thoughtful baby shower gift or for your own bundle of joy.  This post uses affiliate links. For more information, click HERE

I can’t believe how time flies! Summer is already halfway over. When my sister told me when my niece’s baby blessing would be, I was really excited to make her some white blessing shoes. I was originally going to make her a pair of Little Dot Mary Jane Booties, but then I changed my mind. It’s summertime, this little princess needs some crochet gladiator sandals! I wrote this Button Gladiator Sandals pattern just for my sweet niece.

crochet gladiator sandals for baby free crochet pattern
summer crochet sandals for baby crochet gladiator sandals free pattern

They are actually pretty quick to make. It took me almost as long to position and sew on the buttons as it did to make one shoe, and they don’t use very much yarn. They will be perfect for baby showers too!


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Make sure to seal those buttons! Sew them on very well and put a dab of nail polish or super glue over the threads.


Please remember: You are free to use this crochet gladiator sandals pattern to make and sell, but do not republish or distribute this pattern in any way. Please DO NOT use my photos in your listings.

What you need: 

-Size F hook (my favorites hooks)
-Worsted Weight Yarn (KnitPicks Brava in Mint and Rouge, and Mighty Stitch in Blush and Silver)
-8 Small Buttons
-Needle and Thread
– Super glue or clear nail polish 

Abbreviations: (American Terms)

St – Stitch
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc decrease – Sc2tog
Sl st – Slip Stitch


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      1. Bethany, I love your work.
        I crochet a lot but the problem is I taught myself how to and sometimes I have a hard time reading the patterns. I truly love the baby button gladiator sandals and I have the soles done. I just can’t seem to get the top part figured out. If I have to I will make them by just looking at the sandal but was hoping you could help. I’ve looked all over for a video and there just isn’t anything out there. Please let me know if there is an easier way for me to learn how to make them?

        Thank you very much,

        1. I am working on videos for all my patterns. I can try to help you if you can be more specific about what problem you are having?

          1. It’s how to explain, I just can’t figure out the top part at all for some reason.


  1. I love these they are so cute I made the soles but cant get the rest down Ive tried so many times do you have step by step pictures like you have on the flip flop one?

    1. Thank you! I don’t, but I am trying to get video shot for each of my patterns, so check back. Would you like to explain you problem in more detail and I can try to troubleshoot your problem?

      1. Well I get the chains done and they just look like they are in the wrong positions on each side do I hook them up with the buttons

        1. Yes, the straps attach when you sew on the buttons and push the button through the button hole on the end of each strap. The straps will appear to be very close to the heel,but they will look good once they are attached.

  2. Hello I really like these but every time I download it it has the whistle & ivy logo is on the instructions how do I get the full instructions please help me thank you

    1. I was having the same problem; I was downloading to my android phone. I decided to try the PC and it came out perfect. Try this option if you can.

  3. Does anyone make these and sell them? I’ve fallen in love with All the crochet things especially the gladiators.

    1. I do, haha! :) My shop is sold out for the week, but check back on Monday, I will have a few listings available.

  4. QUESTION: maybe someone has already asked this…. Are these cute lil shoes just for babies that don’t walk? I can imagine that they may slip around a bit if they were actually walking with them? Curious…

    1. I haven’t tried them on a walking baby, but they would definitely be slippery on a hard floor. I did intend for this pattern to be used on non-walking infants, though.

      1. I have found that on any slipper bootie or sandal that is knit or crochet ….You can make them non-slip by using a low temp glue gun and Dotting glue spots on the bottoms (all over) they also tend to wash well

  5. I think I read some where that you are in Vegas…me too! do you ever teach classes? If so I would be very interested…need to start a new hobby..

    thanks look forward to hearing from you..


    1. We actually moved out of state last fall! I would love to start teaching though, that would be fun. So sorry :(

    1. Hm. Well, first of all, they are crochet not knit! I would probably not recommend them as a first project. I think getting a couple hats under your belt to practice stitches is a good idea. You don’t want to get frustrated and quit!

  6. I am completely in Love with these sandals you are so talented and generous for sharing your work! I’m pretty bummed though because for some reason when I download the file eeach page is blank. :( I downloaded a few other patterns and they worked fine but this one is not cooperating. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Thank you so much! I just checked and everything looks like its working. Maybe refresh your history and cookies. That usually works for me when the internet doesn’t cooperate!

  7. These gladiator sandals are just the cutest. I especially like that you can make em for both girls AND boys. I absolutely love to crochet but I don’t really have the patience for long projects. A perfect example would be, I have a 29 yr old daughter and I still have all the granny squares to make her baby blanket. LOL So these sandals are perfect for my attention span. Are there any general rules of thumb to make this pattern for larger sizes? I have 4 grandbabies, the oldest is 5.

  8. Thank you so much for the share! These are adorable! Working on them in orange and pink right now. So nice of you to leave free patterns! :) You are very talented.

  9. I can’t get pattern to open either. Could you please send me email with it? I promise not to share pattern just want to make a pair for each of my granddaughters. Thank you so much.

  10. Hi , I loved all ur crochet projects n the colour combinations of urs!!
    Particularly the pink n blue sandals .im from India so I asked cousin to buy those two colours (carons simply soft yarns)from US. But after getting it I was totally disappointed by that pattern getting removed !

  11. I don’t know what happened but I went to get the baby from his nap, came back and got error 404 trying to load the gladiator pattern. I got 1 and 1/2 soles done and now don’t know what to do next. :(

    1. Sorry! I am in the middle of a real estate change! There may be a bit of a hiccup getting things switched from Blogger to WordPress, bear with me, I will have everything up and running very soon!

  12. I should have known this was your pattern! I LOVE this page! You are so fun and creative. Thank you for sharing so many great patterns. I have already made your baby boat shoes and matching shoes for mommy. :)

  13. I’m new to crochet and don’t really understand the short hand in these patterns. I’ve only made a few things like a scarf and headband. These look beautiful and would love to make them for my baby I’m expected to have in June. Thank you for any help

    1. sc= single crochet
      dc=double crochet
      sc2tog= single crochet 2 together (or sc decrease)
      hdc= half double crochet
      sl st= slip stitch
      sts= stitches

      Happy crocheting!

  14. Hi Bethany! These were brought to my attention by a member of my local crochet group – and I must say, they’re adorable! Can I just clarify though – is the pattern written in US terms? (living in Australia, we need to ask because you just never know if it’s UK or US terms!) Thanks for your gorgeous pattern – will be making these for my cousin’s new arrival – once she arrives :)

  15. These booties are too cute! Thank you so much for linking up to Moonlight & Mason Jars. I chose you as my featured post this month, so be sure to grab our “featured” button on our blog. We hope you’ll continue to link up in the future.