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In 2020, the adage “all dressed up with nowhere to go” took on new meaning. And now that we’ve surpassed a full year in quarantine, I'm sure we can all consider ourselves comfort connoisseurs (opens in new tab). But as the most wonderful time of the year approaches (no, not Christmas, but summer (opens in new tab)), we're faced with the reality that we can no longer hide in our good ol’ Uggs. So ditch your fuzzy friends and meet the Birkenstock, your new warm-weather go-to.
Paired with a trouser and tank, or with sweatpants and socks for those cold summer nights, everyone absolutely needs at least one pair of Birkenstocks in rotation. Donned by the likes of Kendall Jenner (opens in new tab) and Gigi Hadid (opens in new tab), this critically acclaimed "ugly shoe" has a surprisingly glamorous resumé. From Rick Owens to Proenza Schouler, there have been a number of Birkenstock collaborations with some of the industry’s elite. In March, Birkenstock teamed up with London’s prestige design university, Central Saint Martins, where four fashion students got a chance to reimagine the quirky shoe. Another collab to look forward to features British multidisciplinary artist Faye Toogood (opens in new tab). Drawing inspiration from the concept objets trouvés, which translates to natural objects that are found to have aesthetic value, the collection was hand-molded in Faye's studio, fusing her approach to design with Birkenstock's original blueprint.
For me, on occasions where a kitten heel feels over the top, I can simply throw on a pair of Birkenstocks and feel chic. I like to think of Birkenstocks as a way to bring the most stylish outfit back down to earth. When figuring out how to incorporate this must-have wardrobe piece, don't think about it too much; do what feels right. Style is the way you own what you wear. Who would’ve guessed that a sustainable sandal made from cork and jute could mediate the tension between fashion and comfort?
Birken' In The City
Going for a stroll in the city? Get you a bold pair to make your denim skirt pop.
Living On The Edge
Who said that Birkenstocks couldn't be edgy? Pair them with a leather pant to prove them wrong.
Find Your Knit
Worn with the Beach Comber sandal from the Birkenstock x TooGood collab, this heavy knit dress and leather sandal combo for a perfect fusion of comfort and fashion.
Let's Talk Silk
The perfect springtime outfit. Pair a silk scarf with trouser shorts for everyday chicness.