Never say never. Famous last words. Yesterday I ordered Birkenstocks, the shoe I swore I’d never wear.
Back when Birkenstocks were all the rage in the ’90s, I thought they were the most hideous things ever. I also used to think Uggs and flats were pretty hideous too, until I tried them and discovered they have a place and a purpose in my life.
So when Birkenstock knock-offs came around again this season, I naturally thumbed my nose at them.
Pffffft. As if. Like I’m going to buy into that ugly little trend.
I mean, it was a legit mindset…I actually managed to bypass the wedge sneaker trend with no issues. But maybe that’s because if I’m wearing a sneaker/trainer, I’m actually weight training or doing something physical other than shopping. And I don’t wear them otherwise; there are cuter, more stylish option. Plus, working from home half the week, I spend so much time in athletic gear, the last thing I want to do is wear anything sporty when I’m going out or running errands.
Anyway, back to the Birks.
When I started seeing versions of them on the runway (and in Zara campaigns), I still recoiled in horror. However, lately, with so many home reno project tasks happening, I’ve been reaching for flats or my trainers more and more. Plus summer is almost here, which means I need something flat for riding my bike to Starbucks or the pool. I hate flip-flops, because they are too flat and they hurt after a while, and that flip-flopping noise is just dang tacky.
What could I wear that is flat-but-supportive, comfortable, and more refined than flip-flops? Mmm-hmm. Enter Birkenstocks.
This is kind of what went on in my mind…how I ended up ordering Birkenstocks:
I have a couple pairs of the Birkenstock Gizeh coming to me shortly, and frankly, I really can’t wait to get them. How crazy is that? When they arrive, I’ll be sure to report back on my first impressions and the supposed break-in process.
Now I want to know: Have you ever worn Birkenstocks? Are you wearing or considering them now?