Depending on which “generation” you fall in, you either consider Birkenstocks to be a hot new trend in the fashion world or a welcome return to the way footwear used to be. The good news is that both are true! Birkenstocks are everywhere, enjoying their most recent rise in popularity as the world’s most perfect unisex shoe design. Whether you’re new to these kicks or consider them to be old friends, these super-wearable shoes are about to be your new favorite.
Birkenstocks are at their highest level of popularity since being the go-to footwear of the ‘90s grunge scene. But even the fans who faithfully wore them to every summer festival or Phish concert may be surprised to know just how long this company has been around. The originator of the Birkenstock name – Johann Adam Birkenstock – actually registered himself as a shoemaker in the 1770s! The shoe business was in the Birkenstock blood, as generation after generation dedicated themselves to this craft. The classic Birkenstock design made its way onto the fashion scene in 1964 with the sandal prototype, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Birkenstocks are made in Germany and are known for their contoured rubber-and-cork footbeds. The design molds itself to the wearer’s foot, giving you a one-of-a-kind shoe that perfectly fits. Unlike other shoes which require you to adjust to them once you’ve chosen a size, Birkenstock sandals become more and more comfortable as you wear them, creating one-of-a-kind pieces that feel like nothing else.
In addition to the rubber and cork footbeds, Birkenstock sandals feature supple leather uppers with signature metal buckles. The classic Birkenstocks feature two wide straps across the top of the foot, with or without a strap across the back of the heel. If the design sounds simple, that’s because it is – and change the winning team? Unlike other designers who strive for the newest, hottest trends, the designers at Birkenstock know better than to mess with perfection. By adjusting the buckles and allowing the shoe to contour to your foot – as opposed to the other way around – their shoes look and feel great on everyone.
One great option that this company has followed in recent years, however, is the feminization of some of their designs. They have found a way to incorporate their signature style into pieces with feminine flair. The Madrid Birko Flor Patent Ankle-High Sandal, for example, features a single wide strap across the top of the foot in a lovely white leather and a single black buckle. Another great option for women is the Birkenstock Gizeh Oiled Leather Ankle-High Leather Sandal which features an ergonomic design which is flattering on both men and women. It goes between your toes like a pair of flip-flops but has a secure strap across your foot right where it meets your ankle. This style is popular with women due to its flattering shape.
Birkenstocks’ greatest strengths are their comfort and versatility. Birkenstocks look great paired with everything from jean shorts to flirty dresses. They flatter your feet and let you upgrade your style without sacrificing comfort. These incredible shoes break in to feel like nothing you’ve ever felt, giving you the comfort of an athletic shoe without the bulk. Typical summer sandals may look attractive, but they rarely offer sufficient support and can wear down easily, making them unreliable. But a pair of Birkenstocks can last you for years – which is great news since you’ll never want to part with them.
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