“Granny sandals,” they say:
“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.