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Buckle Up for Your Next Coffee Run in These Fashion-Forward Birks

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There is an unwritten rule in high fashion, and we’re making it public—glamour and orthopedic footwear just doesn’t go. However, in a rebel society, shoe lovers are busting through the red tape. Wearing what? Birkenstocks. How did a German sandal popularized after WWII for soldiers seeking orthopedic footwear became a staple style for designers catering to the streets of New York?

Quick history lessons that won’t make you snooze: Birkenstocks first came to the U.S. in 1966, but weren’t adopted into mainstream culture until they gained the support of everyone’s favorite party-costume generation—the hippies of the 70s. Well, these flower children were on to something with their thick-strapped cork souls. The shoe stepped into the political lime-light around 2004 when conservatives started referring to some leftist supporters as “Birkenstock liberals.” Clearly, your Birks make a statement.

Here’s what they’re saying NOW: With designers across the board taking inspiration from Birk’s bulky buckles, new products are hitting the high fashion market daily. With new patterns, florals, metallic, materials, and more, you’re Birk-style sandals taken out of the VW Van and will make you run-way ready. The bulky-grunge cousin of your stilettos is winning out big time, and is made undeniably attractive in these fabulous designs, utilizing color, texture, and size to make a modern statement: we are here for the flashing lights. Pick up any of these pairs to be part of the story of how these sandals are waltzing right on into the high brow design world.

Alexander Wang

The Alexander Wang all-black buckle design is the bold shoe made to add distinction to any look. Ground your transitional fall shades of plums, navies, and crimson reds with these dark sandals that show us simple done right.

Prada

Prada creates their own dual comfort and glamour in glossy blue velvet and deep royal purple fur. Wear these show-stoppers out with your favorite little black dress and walk into the party on clouds.

Robert Clergerie

Robert Clergerie gives the Birk-look some height in his platform design. These shoes are made to accompany the retro mini skirt you’ve been wanting, and they are guaranteed to take your street savvy style to the next level.

Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik adds a feminine touch to the explosive style with a diamond and hot pink contrast. Wear our female favorite with a pair of light wash boyfriend jeans to make your style as dynamic as you are.

Fausto Puglisi

The Fausto Puglisi sandal accented in with gold details stands out among other designs. For studded satisfaction, don’t be afraid to pair these shoes with your favorite leather jacket.

 

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