i've never really been a fan of birkenstocks. my whole body cringes at the sight of them. why. why would you buy those. no. absolutely not.
last summer, i started to come around to the whole "ugly sandal" trend. i wouldn't say that i loved them, but i definitely came close to buying a pair a few times. i'm sure my sister would vouch for me and say that i came to her several times to get a second opinion on color/style choices. however, once i added the sandals to my cart, i would almost immediately remove them and talk myself out of buying them. this cycle repeated itself quite often. every time i saw someone on my instagram feed with their birks i got the urge to get myself a pair. i would classify it as shoe fomo.
this year i'm totally on board with birkenstocks, and similar footbed-style shoes. there are so many styles to choose from, and so many other brands have picked up on the trend, offering even more variety. i've already made it pretty clear how i feel about these beauties from loeffler randall, but if i were to buy a pair of birkenstocks it would definitely be the madrid style–i love the matching white sole on this pair!
if footbed sandals aren't your thing, but you still love the double band style, this sandal from joie is really popular. and this sandal from steve madden, and this one from old navy are similar styles at a less expensive price. i think of these sandals as the distant (more refined, less chunky) cousin of the birkenstock.
tell me, what are your thoughts on birkenstocks?