Worth It: Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstock

This new collaboration is the epitome of fashion meeting function.

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(Image credit: Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstock)

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As longtime fans of the shoe brand Birkenstock, Manolo Blahnik and his niece Kristina Blahnik were invited to be photographed for the German footwear company’s 2020 Spring/Summer campaign. Soon afterwards, Birkenstock CEO Oliver Reichert tapped the shoe designer and his niece-turned-brand-CEO to add that Manolo touch to the grounded Birks aesthetic.

“Birkenstocks have been in my wardrobe since the very beginning (of time!!)—I have loved and worn mine for many years,” explained Blahnik.

While it might seem like Manolo Blahnik and Birkenstock hail from opposite ends of the shoe design spectrum, the two have more in common than one might think: Both are equally dedicated to high-quality craftsmanship and comfort. Their collaboration, available now, incorporates Manolo Blahnik’s signature glamour via crystal embellishments on Birkenstock’s functional Arizona sandal and Boston clog silhouettes.

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Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork