It’s no exaggeration to say that Birkenstock, the family-owned German sandal brand, has withstood the test of time. Founded in 1774 (and thus older than the United States of America), the brand has been able to sustain a level of cool most contemporary labels spend their entire existence chasing.
It’s why we dedicated an episode of our “Why it’s cool” podcast series to Birkenstock and it’s why you’ll see everyone from Rick Owens and Valentino to Kith and CONCEPTS clamoring to collaborate with the German sandal brand. And while, admittedly, Birkenstock has been highly successful in repositioning itself in the industry thanks to these carefully selected collaborations, what really makes Birkenstock so cool are its timeless classics.
The brand is perhaps best known for its two-strap Arizona sandal, though its Boston, Milano, and Madrid models are just as iconic in the sandal world. With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of the best mainline Birkenstock sandals available to buy right now.
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We’re kicking off this roundup with the brand’s flagship design, the Arizona. This double-strap sandal is usually constructed using supple leather or suede and features a cork sole for long-term comfort.
For those who’d rather have a closed-toe option, the Boston is the ideal choice. This clog-inspired sandal also features a cork sole, but a single buckle and one-piece upper make it as viable an at-home essential as a summer shoe.
Following in the steps of the much-loved Arizona, the Milano is the next evolution that’s completed with a heel strap. Offering the same open-toe breathability as the Arizona, the extra strap means that this sandal is a better choice if you’re expecting a lengthier wander.
One of the more minimal Birkenstock models, the Madrid features just one strap and an open toe. A sophisticated take on the plastic slide, Madrid works as well with a pair of linen trousers as it does swimwear.
Not all Birkenstocks are created equal. While most Birkenstock offerings stick to a tried-and-tested formula of high-quality leather or suede on a cork sole, collaborations often take a louder approach. Enlisting the help of Random Identities, Birkenstock presents three pairs of Arizona sandals, one resplendent in animal print, and the others in pared-back black colorways.
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews