‘Grandma Shoes’ Are the New Dad Sneakers, and We’ll Be Wearing Them All Summer

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Dad sneakers—you either loved them or hated them. And while they’re still very present among the street-style scene, they’re slowly but surely being replaced with updated versions. One of which is the new heel du jour. We give you the grandma shoe. Whether or not your actual grandma would wear these is still up for debate, but she probably could, given the low block heel and foot support. We’re so happy shoes are still skewing comfortable, because we don’t know how we’d ever go back to towering stilettos with a side of arch pain. Here are eight grandma heels giving our dad sneaks a run for their money. 

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naturalizer heels

Naturalizer Arianna Block Heel Sandal

A diagonal strap, chunky heel and cushioned toe bed would make nana proud.

tory burch

Tory Burch Kira Block Heel Sandal

The brightest blue hue makes them utterly statement making.

minimalist mules

Botkier Carlie Mule

A minimalist mule that’s easy to kick on and off.

jeffrey campbell

Jeffrey Campbell Mélange Raffia Slide Sandal

Bonus points for the square toe.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Aquazzura Almost Bare Metallic Block Heel Sandals

Like the Stuart Weitzman Nudist, but easier to walk in.

cult gaia
Saks Fifth Avenue

Cult Gaia Della Braided Leather Mules

Our grandma definitely had a version of these.

stuart weitzman

Stuart Weitzman Pernille

This might be a little too glam for a nana, but it’s just right for you.


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