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The Birkenstock

Posted on May 5th 2014 by
 I had never expected to be a Birkenstock advocate. In fact, when I was in middle school and even high-school, all of the teachers that I disliked used to wear them once the weather was nice up until the end of the school year. At the time I couldn’t figure out why the entire staff would wear them with their classic button downs, and wide leg pants which today can be identified as culottes. Most importantly they didn’t care about fashion as much as they cared about me being late to every class or handing in late assignments, but the Birkenstock become a trend amongst the math, science, and english teachers to be specific. Now when I look back, I ask, are we all late on joining the ugly footwear bandwagon? Are middle-aged woman and soccer moms the people to thank for sparking our interest in the mannish looking slides? If I knew then what I know now, I would have appreciated all of my teachers for broadening my sartorial footwear choices today. The look that was probably considered a comfortable work uniform for them, are my wardrobe essentials and is everything that I’m wearing now.


Just the other day, I took these slides for a test drive and now I get why they are becoming increasingly popular. They are comfortable and easy to wear, but give a look so simple extra spunk. I paired them with a trench coat, plain t-shirt, and a pair of cropped boyfriend jeans that I will wear almost everyday this summer – don’t judge me. 

For whatever reason, ugly footwear has become a trend and the fashion crowd these days are opting for a pair of slides instead of the traditional single-sole pump. Comfort is what its all about when getting dressed, subtle ensembles that make a minimal statement. It’s not to be affiliated with Normcore, and there’s a difference from being anti-fashion and simply putting a wearable effortless outfit together. 

The Row trench coat, Alexander Wang T-shirt, Acne Studios low slung boyfriend jeans or here, Birkenstock ‘Arizona’ slides here and here, Alexander Wang ‘Racketeer’ satchel. 

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