Somewhere in between super-sexy stilettos and too-cute kitten heels, comes the hottest footwear fascination du jour: the mid-heel pump. Perhaps better known as the Grandma heel, this shoe is taking bloggers and style editors by storm, and for great reasons, wearability being the best of ’em (you like keeping your shoes on all day without wincing at every step, right?).
Grandma heels tend to hover right around two to three inches tall—an ideal heel height for balancing femininity and functionality. Full disclosure: we’re embracing this new trend to give our adidas Stan Smith sneakers a rest from the daily rotation as they’ve been working overtime for many months now. And one thing we’ve noticed is that Grandma heels have the same “fashion girl” cachet as our adidas. We swear you’ll feel the cool factor kick in as soon as you slip them on.
What to wear them with, you ask? Pair your newfound comfy pumps with modern slim fitting denim, as featured in one of professionally-ahead-of-the-trend Eva Chen’s recent #evachenpose Instagrams. Yep, modest heels + skinny jeans, it’s that simple.
Shop the trend by looking for styles that, well, your grandma would wear. We’re talking square toes and round toes, block heels and flared heels, and everything that’s fully functional in between. Chanel’s new two-toned slingbacks embody the best of what you’d find tucked away in a corner of your Grandma’s wardrobe.
If Chanel’s take on the trend is too pricey, browse Martiniano Glove slippers, Maryam Nassir Zadeh Roberta heels, Rachel Comey Calder heels, Valentino Tan-Go pumps, and Repetto Camille heels for more updated Grandma options. For shoe lovers on a strict budget, Jeffrey Campbell Bitsie heels nail the look at a very friendly price. Just keep in mind that the faux-leather soles may wear out before you tire of this surprisingly fetching trend.