There are certain brands and styles of shoe that we revisit year after year. Their timeless design and reliable comfort just keep us coming back for more. Converse (I have accumulated 8 pairs over the years), Dr Martens, Havaianas, Clarks Originals Desert boots, Nike Air Max (Mr Brogue has been buying a new pair every six months for at least a decade, but that’s because he wears them out so fast)…the list goes on, and everyone has their favourites. But one brand many of us are slipping our feet back into at this time of year is Birkenstock.
I first bought some Birkenstocks about 12 years ago. They were a little like this pair I am sporting here, but in olive green. At first I wasn’t sure of their slightly geeky design, but I soon grew to love them as the comfort factor took over. This look works perfectly with the institutional chic that we saw on the AW13 catwalks from designers like J.W. Anderson (especially if the sandals are white), or as an alternative to Celine’s SS13 fur-lined pool sliders.
My mum got hooked when she borrowed mine because she broke her toe and couldn’t wear anything else. She’s now on her 3rd pair. Many of my male friends wear them every summer, and I think they look pretty good on a guy (so long as he takes good care of his toenails!). And there really is something for everyone, design-wise.
I know plenty of you love Birkenstock too, because you tweet me pictures of you wearing them. So I thought I would see what they have on offer for the new season. As well as the white pair at the top, I’m rather keen on these tan ones with a flash of yellow on the sole. It’s exactly what I like in a shoe – an old classic with a contemporary twist. They also come in grey suede and turquoise if you’re looking for something more eye-catching.
The other style that I’ve got my eye on is this single strap in patent, also with a bright sole. These are real kick on-kick offs, perfect for the summer (especially if you spend a lot of time at the beach). There are loads of colours available in this style, including more traditional shades of leather.
I’d love to see how you’re styling your Birkenstocks this summer (given the weather, maybe with socks – haha!), so keep tweeting me those pictures of your feet and I’ll share my favourites.