The new nannas, and the rest of this week’s Shoes News

Fancy a bit of snow-scapism? Get yourself some nanna shoes

I could spend this week’s Shoes News talking about snow boots but frankly, that would be a bit late to be of any use to you wouldn’t it? So while I’m in no way recommending that you wear these shoes now (why, WHY do people wear ballet pumps and bare ankles in this weather?!), it might make you feel a little less chilly to dream of days when they will be appropriate. And also to nab yourself a pair before they sell out!

En Brogue wearing Mango

Me in my white Mango shoes, £49.99 (

I wrote about the craze for nanna shoes last year but I never got a pair for myself, mostly because I thought they looked more flattering when they came with a chunky block mid heel. And I wasn’t going to do that now was I?! But this white pair from Mango caught my eye a few weeks ago and having actually got them on my feet over London Fashion Week, I think they might be the most flattering shoes I have ever worn. The narrow toe, combined with the low cut on the vamp (the top of the shoe, meaning you show more foot) have a leg-lengthening effect similar to the one you get when you wear heels. Also, they are incredibly comfortable (I walked over 15,000 steps the first day I wore them).

Mango grey Nanna shoes

Mango grey nanna shoes, £49.99 (

Mango’s nanna shoes are also available in grey, and at less than fifty quid, I’m tempted to get them too. Meanwhile, Vagabond’s Katlin shoe comes in eight different options, including the obligatory white, mustard yellow, and two shades of pink. In my experience, Vagabond shoes are also mega comfy. And even Clarks, which recently opened its first Clarks Originals store in Covent Garden, has dug into its archives to find its own version of the nanna, which is available in yellow, tan and black.

Vagabond Katlin shoes, £75 (


Grenson’s natural calf leather collection

Grenson Ethel in natural calf

Grenson Ethel shoes, £220 (

Grenson has introduced a range of styles in natural calf leather for the summer months. These include the Nanette hiker, the Sneaker 1 (I’ve just got a pair of these in grey and I love them – a bit like an unbranded Gazelle or Ontisuka Tiger) and one of my favourite Grenson styles of all time, the Ethel fisherman sandal (above). Oh, and they just so happen to match the new Grenson dog collar and lead range perfectly, which is the perfect excuse for me to shoe-horn in a picture of my Grenson wearing his. What a handsome boy!

Grenson wearing Grenson dog collar

Grenson dog collar, from £35 ( Available in two sizes.

P.S. contrary to popular belief, I am not on the payroll at Grenson. I just love everything they do and they kindly gift me things to try from time to time. But whenever I write anything that is sponsored by a brand it will be clearly labeled as such. Just so you know!

3 of the best…sunny socks

I love that you guys know me so well now that you alert me to things you think I will like. These socks from COS came to me via an Instagram recommendation and I do indeed love them! So since the weather has been so cold, and you could probably all do with a bit of sunshine in your lives, I thought it would be nice to round up some of my favourite sunny socks.

From left: Liza sparkle ankle socks, £13.95 (; sheer striped socks, £5 (; ankle boot socks in rugby stripe, £12.50 (