Once a shoe synonymous with “WHAT ARE THOOOSE” reactions, you’ll probably have recently seen a pair of Birkenstocks cushion the feet of someone whose streetwear game you’d never previously doubted. But like the New Balance 990s before them, Birkenstocks have treaded from Silicon Valley to street style lookbook, and this is just the start.
Adopted by Steve Jobs for their unparalleled comfort, the Birkenstock’s cloud-like footbed came about in the 1930s as an orthopedic insert. Recent iterations use the same anatomical moldings to relieve pressure on your feet, with four layers of cork and latex in the sole and a comfortable suede lining on the strap.
Recently, though, the sandal beloved by the unlikely fashion icon behind Apple has been rocked by more upcoming brains, such as Chicago video producer Cole Bennett — who’s bridging the chasm between Birkenstocks and hip-hop.
Anti-fashion footwear silhouettes have never been more prolific than in 2018. But Birkenstock takes not giving a fuck to the next level, always maintaining a grasp on its brand DNA and not conforming to trends.
With streetwear and high fashion labels alike taking a shining to this attitude, collaborators are abounding, with Birkenstocks coming from Opening Ceremony and BAPE, plus luxe silhouettes in partnership with Concepts. There are even recent iterations from high-fashion dark lord Rick Owens, and, prior to closing last year (RIP), Parisian concept store colette had their own pair of Birkenstocks.
Having showcased its latest creations for Spring/Summer ’19 in Florence just last week, it seems that Birkenstock’s transition from “WHAT ARE THOOOSE” to “WHERE CAN I GET ME SOME OF THOSE” is very real. Below, we’ve curated all our favorite classic Birks you need in your summer rotation, as well as some of the wilder models hitting the net.
Whether you cop or drop, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The Wild Bunch
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- Curated by: Nigel Minani