you may love them or hate them, but at the end of the day, birkenstocks are still the most comfortable sandals. i've had a few pairs, and keep coming back to the all-time classic: the T-strap thong style.
sturdy construction? check.
comfy right out of the box? check.
completely fuss-free design? check.
and, last but most importantly, anatomically-correct footbed that makes you forget you're wearing them?
i love this photo. Birkenstock vs. Massive Birkin! Birkenstock: 1, Birkin: 0
this is how you wear birks around the city. croc backpack optional.
i love that Birkenstock is still doing what they're really, really good at year after year: making functional, comfortable, and classic sandals. they're not running after trends. they do some cool projects once in a while (remember the 3.1 Philip Lim x Tatami collection? pretty rad.) and the prices reflect the value of the product. try as i might, i can't really get into spending a lot of money on sandals, especially day-to-day, wear-and-tear, throw-'em-in-the-suitcase ones. i also can't quite shake the idea that the price should be commensurate with how much shoe you're getting.
silk tank, american apparel lace tee, current elliott jeans, vintage Coach saddle bag, skagen watch, birkenstock sandals
so, a few tips if you're considering these and are a birks novice:
- make sure you adjust the strap so that the sandal is snug to your foot. if it's loose at all you will get blisters (which is a sign that they're not fitted properly!)
- wear them around the house to lightly break them in and to get used to the footbed
- if the footbed wears out, you can get them re-done by Birkenstock! bonus points that this isn't a one-season throwaway sandal.
because i'm usually a 6.5, i always take a 36 in birks. i love the leather versions (which are a little pricier than the birko-flor ones), and have them in black and white. they also come in a ton of cool colors and patent as well.
do you wear birks? if so, which ones?