From their cozy extra-large cardigans to their wire-framed glasses to lastly, their heavily supported tennis shoes, we’ve been attracting design inspo from our proverbial grandpas for fairly a long time. And also, hi, it’s understandable.
If I’ve discovered anything in my 28-and-a-half years on this earth, it’s that the older you get, the more comfort issues, as well as there’s a swagger intrinsic in embracing that fact.
However, it’s still odd to see Victoria’s Secret models marching on the roads of New York and also LA in a footwear that looks better matched for the halls of a retirement home.
And also yet, below we are. The so-called “grandfather sneaker” revolution has arrived, and your feet will fit.
Thus many of our era’s most significant style patterns, this look comes courtesy of It identifies like Balenciaga and Yeezy, both of which have launched a chunky-soled tennis shoe in the previous year. Such pedigree has actually guaranteed the inescapable accept of this unlikely appearance by street style stars, Kendall Jenner, and, yes, seemingly the whole Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show lineup.
While everybody appears to have suddenly, collectively agreed upon calling them grandfather tennis shoes, the vibes they offer me are really more “pocket protector-sporting ’80s Mathlete.” You know, Revenge of the Nerds-style, with sweater vests and pleated khakis. There’s also– specifically when paired with of-the-moment high-waisted, straight-leg denim– a healthy dose of Seinfeld-era Jerry Seinfeld therein. It’s not a commonly “amazing” look.
In today’s complex globe, uncool is cool, awful is interesting, and also the gorgeous individuals are below for all of it. A minimum of when it pertains to footwear.
That’s not to state, obviously, that you need to be a supermodel to rock the pattern, as long as you take your hints from them. Brave grandfather shoe guinea pigs like Bella Hadid, Teyana Taylor, and Elsa Hosk have actually opted to match the shoes with likewise normcore-inspired pieces, like traditional sweatpants, knee sock, as well as the abovementioned mama jeans. Sure, often sportier or extra masculine-feeling footwear are best released to balance out a teasing gown, but these men are so strongly anti-fashion that it’s possibly best to just lean into that. That being stated, covering the entire thing off with a Chanel bag or Gucci socks does not hurt either.
Balenciaga Triple S ($850; Neiman Marcus)
The initial– all $850 of it.
Yeezy Wave Runner 700 ($1,045; Goat)
New Balance 608V4 Training Shoes, $55, JCPenney
The initial original.
Puma Duel Rise Sneaker ($140; Revolve)
A bit grandfather, a little WNBA star.
FILA Disruptor II Premium Mono Sneaker ($65; Urban Outfitters)
Same chunky sole for a portion of the rate.
Jeffrey Campbell Method Sneaker($155; Jeffrey Campbell)
Is it simply me, or does the shine on these makes them seem very wearable?
Multi-Piece Sneakers ($20; Zara)
Leave it to Zara to generate a perfect (and also perfectly valued) distillation of the trend.