Forget Dad Sneakers—Here's Why It's All About Grandma Heels for Spring


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I'm not saying that dad sneakers are completely obliterated, but I've noticed that they've been fading out. In general, athleisure dressing isn't as popular as it used to be, and the fashion world has collectively made a shift toward more classic and polished aesthetics. Enter the shoe trend I'm dubbing "grandma heels." I mean, what could be more classic than a heel style that's timeless enough to translate across three generations of fashion?

Despite whatever shoe style your grandmother actually favors, I think you know what I'm getting at here—that all the low block heels bubbling up this spring are reminiscent of the kind you'd expect a wise and stylish older woman to wear. What are the defining qualities of the low-block-heel trend I'm starting to see? Sensible heel heights and designs that embody the classic style of my own 95-year-old grandmother. It's not just fashion insiders who are favoring this trend, either. I've spotted Kate Middleton swapping out her skinny stilettos in place of podiatrist-approved block heels on multiple occasions. And once the royals pick up on a trend, you know the rest of the world will take notice.

To see just how chic the low-block-heel trend can really be for now, keep reading to get inspired by the Instagrams from fashion insiders, and shop the coolest pairs on the market.


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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.