I knew they had reached peak ‘thing’ when my phone beeped and a WhatsApp message flashed up.
“I have something I need to discuss with you,” read the message from my friend.
“I’m fancying granny shoes. Ugly, but I’m drawn to them. The Topshop grey granny numbers. Thoughts?”
And of course I knew immediately which pair she meant, having hovered over BUY with them on the Topshop website myself a week earlier.
(I still can’t decide between the grey version or opt for a colour pop of red. See my edit below).
Fashion has been more than a little obsessed with comfortable footwear for several seasons now. A reaction to the ludicrous, eye-wateringly high heels of old perhaps, flats have been seen as cool and comfortable in equal measure.
Commuting in trainers and changing into heels at the destination became a thing of ‘Working Girl’ past, because the trainers themselves have become acceptable. Brogues worn with opaques and midi dresses look stylish, while last summer it was a toss-up between black, white or copper Birkenstock Arizonas.
And while flats still work, this season’s new block-heeled style takes the wearable shoe on a bit – while giving your outfit a little more sass (and being a little more flattering to a cankle).
The high street are coming up with some brilliant versions that’ll keep you guessing as to their price.
In fact, I spotted a silver pair of these mid-heel ‘glove’ shoes on a PR Director with whom I was breakfasting, who whispered ‘Uterque’ when I asked if they were the Lanvin originals. The Spanish chain – now online in the UK – are currently stocking a brilliant neutral biscuit shade.
To avoid looking completely frump-tastic, there are some style rules to help you on your granny shoe way. Namely:
Don’t: Even think about pairing with opaque tights (too dated).
Do: Wear with a leather midi skirt and a sweatshirt, but always with bare legs.
Do: Hack an inch off the bottom of your jeans and wear with a cashmere crew neck for a stylish day look.
Here are my favourites – and you can shop the post below too.