Why granny shoes are the coolest thing for your feet right now

Fashion stylist Martha Ward is a granny shoe devotee Image: All The Pretty Birds
Fashion stylist Martha Ward is a granny shoe devotee
Image: All The Pretty Birds

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).


CREDITS: Grey versions, Topshop | Gold versions, Topshop

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.

Image: Alexa for AG Jeans
Image: Alexa for AG Jeans

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.


1: Chloe at Net-A-Porter | 2: ‘Mia,’ Office | 3: ‘Roberta,’ Maryam Nassir Zadeh at Browns | 4: Lanvin at Net-A-Porter | 5: Uterque

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    Love the shoes and the look. xx

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