I forgot to take before pictures! Oh, dear. Well, anyway.
I finally made good on my threat to make gladiator sandals - a crappy old pair of Old Navy flip-flops, some gold spraypaint, and a bit of rope later:
Hopefully the spraypaint won't give me cancer of the feet! (Er.) I'm considering supergluing in a cushy footpad to prevent prolonged exposure to the actual paint.
What do you all think?