I am not the first, and will surely not be the last, to write about the resurgence of the humble Birkenstock. Nevertheless, I’ll throw my two cents in because I have never (or ever, really) been so excited about a comfort shoe trend.
I got my first pair of Arizona Birkenstocks my senior year of high school and have essentially lived in them ever since. While I was once ridiculed for sporting the homely, grandpa-esque shoe, I now consider myself a fashion pioneer amongst my friends (hah!). And, if you’ve flipped through a J. Crew catalogue or taken a look at any trendy person’s feet in the past two years, you may have noticed the Birkenstock’s step back into the limelight. That’s right, the sandal that was once for granolas and nerds is now back in action, more hip than hippie, and as comfortable as ever.
Indeed, skeptics and naysayers, the distinctive, “universally ugly,” cork-sole, leather upper sandals are adorning the feet of fashionistas worldwide, including style moguls Naomi Watts, the Olsen twins, and Alexa Chung. And the Birkenstock brand is embracing it. Recent Instagrams pay homage to the shoe’s quirky, offbeat heritage but also highlight its newfound glory with photos like supermodel Kate Upton donning a pair of metallic Arizonas.
So, if you aren’t already an enthusiast, cross over now, because here are five reasons why, despite their orthopedic look, Birkenstocks should never go out of style:
And, although even I’m a little skeptical the German orthopedic trend will endure, the brand is known to enjoy a cyclical 10-year fashion revival. So Birkenstock devotees, rest easy and milk this fad for all its worth. Converts, enjoy the comfort while the craze lasts and think twice before trading in your pair for the next big thing.