i don’t know how it happened. i don’t know why it happened, but it happened. birkenstocks are back. they crept their way onto the runway 2 years ago and i laughed in the face of fashion designers all over the world (not true – more like i laughed at my computer screen in the face of no one). (please note: i do not follow fashion designers or runway shows; however, i do occasionally follow some trends.)
i don’t like sandals. feet gross me out. i will wear flip-flops at the beach, but that’s out of necessity. from the looks of those around me, i believe i am in the minority. flip-flops are a staple in the everyman warm weather wardrobe. i’ve learned to accept it. i just don’t look down when the temperature is above 65.
a couple of months ago, esquire tweeted a link to an article called “four steps to getting birkenstocks right.” i had a small panic attack. is this really happening? i thought for sure the trend would remain on runways like skirts for men. and now here i am 3 months later considering buying a pair of birkenstocks (not the sandal kind).
i had a pair of bostons like the ones you see above. i bought them in high school, wore them in college, and then retired them to the same place i put my old phish bootlegs (hint: the trash). if – and that’s a big if – i were actually going to purchase a pair of birkenstocks and wear them in public, i would make sure they were the boston model. i would also tell everyone i bought them for comfort and didn’t care how they looked (total lie). and if you’re considering buying a pair, you can get them at unionmade which is where i stole this picture (thanks, guys!).