Let's talk Birkenstocks

It all started with Pinterest, as doesn't everything these days, right?  I started noticing how birkenstocks had been floating in the pool of "come-back" treads and I kind of liked it.  It only took me a couple awesome (this and this) outfits to convince me that these shoes... were amazing.  Then the love sort of became an obsession after my "European" sister, Mary, got a pair and talked about how comfortable they were and how cheap they were... in Germany.  (She's living over there for a year)  So I made up my mind, I was going to send money over with my mom when she goes this month and have her bring back a pair of european birkenstocks!  I'm pretty thrilled about this plan...

I feel like there are only two kinds of people when it comes to birkenstocks; you can either absolutely adore them or you can think that they are for hippies...  I think by now you should know what kind of "birk" person I am, but I'm curious, which are you?  For me, I love them because their style is so clean and simplistic, you can get them in leather (!!!), and because they are known to be one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes... ever.  And! they have so many styles to choose from!  That's right, they have more than the traditional two-strapped sandal!  So even if you don't absolutely love the most classic two-strapped birkenstock, they have some wonderful other options.  Here are a few of my favorite other styles they offer, these, these, and these.

Now I have a question for all of you out there...  Which color should I get?  I am drawn to their beautiful neutral colors, but which neutral color?  I've narrowed it down to black or white (7 and 8, pictured above).  Black is very predominate over white when it comes to my clothing, but I love the statement the white pair makes.  But does it make to much of a statement?  Decisions, decisions...  Right now I'm leaning towards the black pair, but would love it if you would give me your two cents!

P.S.  Even Jcrew is welcoming back the Birkenstock!


  1. I really really like you Jo.... but just no. I'm a person who thinks they are for hippies, for sure.

    #wecanstillbefriendsthough #right?


  2. the thing i love about birkenstocks is that they are so german. which busts the "hippies" theory. american's may think they are "hippy" shoes, but they're just earthy and practical, which is very german. plus, these shoes have been around far longer than hippies... since 1774 in fact, which is a little bit staggering when you think about it. so what if hippies in the 60's and 70's adopted them as their own? two decades? really? birkenstocks are way more than that, and german culture is ANYTHING but hippy. so basically, one can think whatever they want about birkenstocks, and they are certainly allowed to not like them, but whatever birkenstocks are, they're not "hippy" shoes, whatever that means anyway. just setting the record straight. ; ) i think i still vote black, even though it would be cool if we had different colors... also, i really LOVE the granada, yara, and mayari styles.

  3. I'm all for Birkenstocks. The only thing I dislike is the price. :/

  4. I think they look great!
    Bella x

  5. My friend and I have been noticing this trend for the last few weeks on Pinterest. It's odd to me because Birks are what my mother or grandmother wear but, then again, that is the fashion right? I think I like the look but I am still not 100% sold. I reckon I'll be wearing them come summer though, I have a thing for new trends

  6. I still say Saltwaters are better. I haven't gotten one blister, and they have less bulk to them, making you think you're walking bear foot. Yep. Saltwaters.


    The eldest sister & singer

    1. i am repeatedly amazed at how comfortable my saltwaters are. there was literally NO breaking in for me, and it sounds like for you, too! : ) such a trusty shoe. i saw charlotte got the turquoise, what about you!?


    I say go for black. :) I think you would be able to wear them with more things and I like the black look better. (but whatever YOU like is best!)

  8. Definitely black - they go with most anything. :)

  9. I think they are cute!! And there's just something soo, well, European about them that draws me to them!! :) I vote brown actually, but black or white will work well I'm sure. :)

  10. Oh gosh, these are literally all over Pinterest and I absolutely love it! I love how they can take any dressy look and make it casual. Definitely on my Summer list of things to get!!
    xo TJ