via Vogue UK
here are my tips on how to choose and wear birks in a minimalist chic way.
1. the shoe – you can't go wrong with the classic arizonas (also here. here and here) or gizehs. both offer the most stylish simplicity and functional comfort of the entire birkenstock lineup.
iconic: young Kate + birks by Corinne Day
3. the material – i prefer the leather or patent leather birks over the synthetic (birko-flor, birkubuc) versions. black suede birks are much easier to style than taupe/brown versions, which tend to look a lot more 'granola'. it's all about sleek/clean lines here.
4. the styling – neutrals, monochrome and clean lines work best. i'm really into wearing mine with black on black on black, but a flowing, feminine dress would also provide a nice counterpoint.
Ashley Olsen: a fan of arch support
5. the footbed – birks come in two footbed versions: regular and soft. i have the regular gizehs and a pair of the soft-footbed arizonas. the regular footbed takes a little breaking in and getting used to, but will mold to your feet wonderfully in time. the soft footbed is cushier, with a slight memory-foam-like give that requires no breaking in. it's also a bit more expensive than the regular version, and the leather uppers are softer as well. i find both very comfortable; it just depends on your personal preference and foot/arch needs.
i hope this is helpful if you're just getting into birks. from a wardrobe longevity (and foot health) perspective, they're the epitome of reasonably priced, ergonomic, well-made sandals that will last for years. (P.S.: if you do end up wearing out the soles, an authorized birkenstocks repair shop can replace them with brand new footbed/soles.)
what's your stance on birks? do you have a favorite pair / how do you wear them?