When you hear the word Birkenstock, do you associate this sandal trend with the ‘70s and grungy hippies? If so, you are not alone. This summer it’s time to open your mind, because this trend has subtly persisted for decades and it is making a huge comeback.
German shoe crafter Johann Adam Birkenstock first created Birkenstocks in 1774. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that these shoes gained popularity and the Birkenstock trend expansively manifested. Since the ’70s each generation in its twenties goes through a right of passage by becoming enamored with this sandal trend. This is why we, current twenty something Fashionistas, are noticing the resurgence of the Birkenstock.
This Fashionista is ready to hit the beaches, or lakes here in the Pacific Northwest, with this airy summer ensemble. From the simple sundress to the quirky floral hat, this outfit exemplifies this Fashionista’s personality and creates a perfect summer statement. But what ties this unique outfit together is the Birkenstocks. Birkenstocks are versatile sandals because of their neutral coloring, comfortable build and simplicity. They can be worn with sundresses, high waisted shorts—or dare I say, socks and leggings. Although this look probably only work best when trying to channel your inner hippie, which happens a lot here in Washington.
Birkenstocks can be found in Birkenstock stores and online at retailers like Nordstrom and Zappos. Popular stores and designers are also starting to catch onto this trend and are creating individual variations. Sam Edelman has his own line of sandals similar to Birkenstocks that includes anything from studs to snake print. Urban Outfitters also features a few pairs that incorporate the vintage floral summer trend.
Whether you are looking to hit the beaches, go for a sunset stroll or maybe even a head out on a froyo date, consider investing in a pair of Birkenstocks. They are perfect for any summer occasion and they will help you complete your twenty something right of passage.
How To: Thinking about wearing your new pair of Birkenstocks to a music festival? Sport them with a pair of flowy, wide-legged pants and a crop top. You will be channeling summer 2014 trends while feeling light, cozy and most importantly, fashionable.