Your mom might not wear these

“Granny sandals,” they say:

The Sherry by Worishofer

“Am I stylish or simply a Sasquatch?” asked the not-all-that-old woman who actually bought these. The former, of course:

[W]hile most young European trendsetters still shun the shoes, Americans have taken to the Wörishofer. According to Bernie Richfield, the national sales manager at Laurevan Shoes, the only Wörishofer wholesaler in the United States, the sandals have exploded in popularity among the under-40 set. The president of Buddy’s Shoes Inc., John “Buddy” Banyas, says that he’s tripled his sales since 2009, and he attributes this jump to the brand’s popularity among young women.

Ms Not-A-Sasquatch indeed bought hers from Buddy’s. And apparently younger buyers are thinking more gin-and-tonic than Geritol:

[A] 25-year-old can wear an orthopedic sandal without fearing that she looks like she’s preparing for the nursing home, while the same shoe might cause a 50-year-old some consternation.

Besides, there’s a lot to be said for not being in pain.





8 comments

  1. LeeAnn »

    6 April 2011 · 4:17 pm

    I have those, but in black. They make me look like I always have blenderized foods for dinner. Ugliest shoes I’ve ever had.
    As you say, it must be the 50-something correlation.

  2. CGHill »

    6 April 2011 · 6:30 pm

    I asked a woman closer to 60 what she thought about them. She seemed at least slightly impressed. Then again, she’s a member in good standing, so to speak, of the No High Or Even Medium Heels Club.

  3. fillyjonk »

    6 April 2011 · 7:23 pm

    I’m 42, and I’d wear them. Or at least, I’d wear them with a full denim skirt and a t-shirt for casual wear. They look more “1970s Nature Girl” to me than “Orthopedic.”

    Disclaimer: I am not known for my fashion sense.

  4. Mark Alger »

    6 April 2011 · 10:27 pm

    I guess I don’t get shoes. Those look A) kinda cute, and 2) like they might even be halfway comfortable.

    M

  5. CGHill »

    6 April 2011 · 10:39 pm

    “If the shoe fits,” says the adage, “it’s ugly.” Keep in mind Cinderella’s two stepsisters, who were perfectly willing to go through excruciating pain if it meant matching up with the see-through shoe found by the Prince.

    In terms of Sex and the City, these sandals are downright bucolic, so why not wear them with some sort of peasant skirt?

  6. Laura »

    7 April 2011 · 11:28 am

    Fugly. They remind me of my crazy-ass meemaw with all her bunions and hammer toes hanging out.

  7. Ellen Smith »

    10 April 2011 · 1:59 pm

    Keep in mind Cinderella’s two stepsisters, who were perfectly willing to go through excruciating pain if it meant matching up with the see-through shoe found by the Prince.”

    That’s why they call it a “fairy tale.”

  8. Donna »

    17 April 2011 · 9:17 am

    They don’t look that bad on… I was pleasantly surprised. Plus they are comfortable! I will buy more!

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