Birkenstocks have been around since the 1960s, but they haven’t always been so popular. Yes, they’re incredibly comfortable but these sandals used to be associated to eccentric aunts, or old grandparents, or even that odd co-worker who spends all of his holidays trekking or hiking. And yes, I say used to because today, Birkenstocks are seen in a totally different setting: high fashion runways.
With imitations of the classic Birkenstock sandal springing up by brands such as Céline, Steve Madden, and Givenchy, the these shoes have come right off the back shelf of stores to their window displays just in time to become this summer’s big shoe trend.
While Birkenstocks offer much in comfort, many women still feel a little wary about indulging in this trend. After all, these sandals do have a bulky shape and, when worn incorrectly, can absolutely destroy a chic look. So we’ve put together a few tips about three types of outfits that you can wear with Birkenstock sandals.
For these tips, we’ve decided to focus on the Birkenstock Arizona sandal since it is definitely one of the main stylish sandals this season and one of the toughest to pair up. The three types of outfits we picked out also feature different coloured Arizona sandals as we wanted to show you how much fun you can have with the diversity of these shoes.
1. Chic in Black
The black Birkenstock Arizona sandal is probably the easiest to pair up with an outfit. You can go for a casual chic look by pairing them up with a black loose dress shirt or with a flowing black dress with a minor pattern. A black leather jacket will also offer a cute detail to the whole outfit. Since the shoe is quite bland and plain, it’s important to use statement pieces for your accessories. But don’t overdo it! A layered necklace or golden chain should be paired with a sleek bracelet or dainty rings.
2. The Everyday Taupe Suede
This Birkenstock Arizona sandal in the taupe suede colour is perfect for your everyday street style. Their neutral colour allows you to combine these sandals with different patterns and colours in your outfit choices. You can pair them with skinny jeans, coloured shorts, and even fresh summer dresses! Again, as they are very plain shoes make sure to include some kind of statement piece in your outfit – a pop of colour, an interesting pattern, or an attention-grabbing piece of jewellery will go a long way in creating the perfect Birk style.
3. Fresh in White
The white Birkenstock Arizona is probably one of our favourites from the collection for this summer season. They are just as easy to pair with as the black sandals due to their neutral colour but they create a different effect: whereas the black Arizona sandals can create a more chic and formal look (well, as formal as you can get with Birkenstocks anyway), the white sandals polish your outfit with a fresh summer breeze. You can go all-white on them from head to toe or pair them with patterned shirts and dresses – it really will be hard to go wrong with these clean looking sandals, especially in the summer!
The Birkenstock sandal is set up to be a woman’s best friend because it’s just so rare that a trendy shoe provides this much comfort. And it’s a truly exceptional shoe too that provides endless possibilities to our inner fashionistas. Whereas with other footwear it’s the shoe that works to “upscale” the outfit, Birkenstocks work in a uniquely different way. They actually tone down your look allowing you to still appear chic but in a more casual and cool way. They are the “sexy bed hair” style of shoes – and you bet they’ll be in your closet by the end of the season!
Maria Inês Pestana