Return of the Birkenstock
This summer will go down in fashion history as the summer of reappearing trends. The biggest trend that has come back to life is the Birkenstock. Birkenstocks are a specialty shoe brand that is manufactured in Germany. I remember buying my first ever pair of Birkenstocks at age 11 in Brussels, Belgium. They were the hottest shoes in middle school, and even then I was never going to willingly be behind the trends.
The classic, Arizona style features a cork footbed, for extra comfort and support, and two leather straps with buckles on the end of each. These shoes are not generally considered high fashion, but they are cute and extremely comfortable. Comfort-wise, I would much rather walk around in these shoes than a pair of uncomfortable gladiators or pumps. They take the concept of sandal to another level of luxury and comfort.
Large fashion houses have taken note of this reappearance, and took it into their hands to design their own. The most popular are the Givenchy, pricing at $1,020. These high-fashion replicas look a lot like the classic Birkenstock style. Keeping the sunken bottom and double upper straps, Givenchy added leather, fur (sometimes), metal accents, and bold patterns. They took the basic design and added their own flare, as seen in the bold patterns and accents.
Regardless of the name-brand you’re sporting, the basic design remains the same. This inherently unites all those who wear the shoe, people embracing the same trend. Birkenstocks are classics and will always remain the same, only aesthetic changes can be made. The overwhelming factor of comfort and support remain, making one of the biggest trends of this summer, the comfiest.
I don’t know about you, but I have been sporting my Birkenstocks all summer long and my feel have never been happier!