Even though San Francisco has a reputation for summer weather that is more blah than 'aahh', it doesn't mean I don't slip on a pair of carefree open-toed shoes every chance I get once the season is in full swing. For several years running I've subscribed to a strappy, gladiator-esque look, and I'm happy it's still going strong. I especially love the bright iterations I'm seeing in shops right now!
The trick of course is to work with–not against–the reality of your shape. There are some of us whose cankles just won't permit the wearing of a chop-you-up strap at that unflattering spot. Fortunately there are enough variations on this theme that there is a pair for everyone; even my meaty (okay, muscular if I'm being nice to myself) calves are no exception!