You’ve all probably heard by now, but Birkenstocks are back. In a big, huge, really fat way. High fashion, street fashion, hippie fashion, anti-fashion, everywhere! I for one couldn’t be more excited about this. Back in 2008, when I was living in a very granola town in Idaho, I bought my first pair of Birks and I quickly fell in love. They are stupidly comfortable, ugly as all get out, and really, really rad. They lend such an air of “oh, this old thing?” to every outfit you pair them with. And best of all, they’re really, really good for your feet and back.
The trendiest Birk (this feels so weird to type) is by far the Arizona, but the Gizeh are a good ice breaker if you’re feeling timid. (Did you know they come in kids sizes too?!) There are a lot of colors to choose from, but you can never go wrong with basic black. The suede styles seem to fit larger – buyer be warned.
While we’re on the subject of the sizing of Birkenstocks, here’s this: It is always best to size down. I normally wear a size 6 (or 36 in UK sizing), but in Birks I am a solid 35 Narrow. (Birkenstocks come in narrow, regular, and wide. Truly, you can’t not find a Birk that fits). The footbed of the shoe should come flush with your toes at the front, and flush with your heel in the back. The straps should be snug, but not terrifying. As you wear them, they’ll conform to your foot, these are truly shoes that get better over time, and worth the investment.
And dudes, wearing socks with your Birks will send you over the edge of trendy into straight up nirvana territory (and I do mean that like the band, too).
But they can be a rather intimidating shoe to a first-time user, so here are a few examples of how to wear your Birks. Enjoy! And happy feet for all!