STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Bringing Birkenstocks Back

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Bringing Birkenstocks Back

Even the most dedicated fashion enthusiasts will admit that sometimes fashion can be painful. A number of trends, from chokers to stilettos, require wearers to sacrifice comfort for style. This season, however, fashion fanatics everywhere are trading in their uncomfortable, glitzy footwear in favor of comfier, low-maintenance options.

Arguably the most popular effortless shoe of the summer is the Birkenstock. It’s easy to understand the appeal of these simple, relaxed sandals. First of all, Birkenstock shoes are designed to be comfortable. The company is also extremely environmentally conscious—supporting a variety of environmental initiatives. Additionally, the shoes are available in a variety of styles—from classic, suede sandals to more modern patent leather sandals with ankle straps. You can even find them in a several colors including deep green and silver.

Still, many fashion devotees continue to disapprove of Birkenstock shoes. They claim that the sandals are unattractive and argue that the shoes aren’t versatile. However, with a little bit of creative styling, you will find that Birkenstock shoes can be both chic and adaptable. For a classic, casual look, try wearing a pair of classic, black leather Birkenstock shoes with denim cut-offs and a black T-shirt. For a more playful, feminine look, slip on a pair of pink patent leather Birkenstock shoes and a cute printed sundress.

This Fashionisto’s outfit is pulled-together and casual. It’s also a perfect example of how Birkenstock shoes can add interest to an ensemble. By choosing to wear his Birkenstock shoes with a pair of salmon shorts and a gingham button-down, this Fashionisto keeps his preppy look grounded and informal.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “It’s always important to be comfortable. Try to find pieces that you like but aren’t painful or awkward to wear.”