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The Fashion Memo

The cult buy: Grandad sandals


Fan of the ‘ugly’ sneaker? Then you’ll be thrilled to know that when the heat makes a full shoe impossible, there’s now a suitably divisive style you can slip on instead. Say hello to the ‘grandad’ sandal: notable for its functional design, your dilemma is whether to opt for hiking styles (championed by Prada and Dries Van Noten) or what can best be described as a utilitarian flatform (courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim). They’re the footwear equivalent of Marmite – you’ll either love them or hate them. If you fall into the former camp, pair yours with everything from SS19’s must-have slip skirt to straight-leg jeans and even louche suiting. If you fall into the latter… We think you’ll change your mind.


  • Dries Van Noten
    Suede and striped canvas sandals
  • Valentino
    Valentino Garavani feather-embellished leather slides
  • Miu Miu
    Crystal-embellished velvet slides
  • Chloé
    Wave croc-effect leather platform sandals