Even if you can’t bring yourself to get on board the Birkenstock trend, if you happen to be a fan of J. Crew, Joie, Vince or Tory Burch, you are bound to see some Birkenstock-inspired sandals when you’re out shopping for your summer look. One of my best friends regularly wore Birkenstocks during college – sometimes she even wore them with socks! – and I have to admit, I could never quite bring myself to consider wearing them in public. Still, many of trendy and high-end designers are giving the look a try, creating thick strapped sandals in fun colors that are clearly inspired by the iconic hippie sandal.
While traditional Birkenstocks sport an orthopedic, thick-soled, textured bottom, with wide, suede straps across the top, and buckle on the side, designers have borrowed and replaced certain elements of the design to give you a unique and chic look to wear this summer. Some of my personal favorites are the United Nude, Acne, Givenchy and Sophia Webster. I can’t help but picture myself in Cannes, France, wearing a pair of these. These designers have successfully made the Birkenstock look mainstream this Spring and Summer; expect to see these looks at the beach.
Still, the most notable feature of these sandals is their versatility — I don’t just picture them at the beach, but I see them paired with pants or jeans on cooler summer nights, too. They are structured enough that you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort and mobility, but not so structured that they forfeit all vanity. Of course, Birkenstock – the company that has made a sustained comback and serves as the inspiration for these sandals – no longer limits itself to the look it has inspired. Its traditional sandals are still making quite a presence, with celebrities such as Jessica Alba, and the Olsen twins, ensuring that they stay in the public eye. But they have continued to update the classic look — by creating sandals in modern patterns, materials and colors — and they have broadened their product line to go beyond their traditional style. Birkenstock now offers sandals with thin straps; with a less-structured, chunky style; and going far beyond the look that has transformed into the “hippie-chic” look of the summer.
Check the Top 20 Birkenstock Inspired Sandals.
, $215.00. Glossy fur and metallic leather offer a luxe update to simple slide sandals. Molded footbed. Rubber sole.
, $24.90. These buckled faux leather sandals serve up a modern twist with sleek nailheads along the sides, lending serious polish to this down-to-earth classic. We love how they look with longline silhouettes and a minimal aesthetic.
, $71.25. Due to its continuous and growing success, the Lo Res collection has become one of United Nude’s classics and part of its digital design revolution. Computer aided design cuts the smooth rubber surface like a diamond. While the strap of the sandal is made from a one-piece injection molded rubber, the ergonomically shaped foot-bed conforms somewhat to the shape of the wearer’s feet. The sandal is completed by a rounded toe-shape and cleated rubber outsole for a modern sports-inspired feel.
, $1,185. The young and chic of the fashion elite favor Giambattista Valli for his minimalist shapes underscored by a maximalist attention to detail and feminine flourishes. Even traditional leather slides are made elegant in black leather with a striking pave chain detail.
, £29.99. Criss-cross leather sandals with cork molded footbed and gripped rubber sole.
, $440.00. Flat slip-on leather sandals in matte black and metallic silver stripes.
, 709,00 €. Pink and black leather glitter embellished sandals from Givenchy featuring buckle fastenings and a brand embossed insole.
, $325.00. Birkenstock black leather double-strap Arizona sandals embellished with polished silvertone studs.
, $1,095. Givenchy black and multicolor magnolia- and moth-print leather flat double-buckle sandals.
, $665.00. Navy Blue Leather Flat Sandal crafted in smooth leather, is a comfortable cool way to complete your everyday look.
, $540.00. Mirrored crystals bring glamour to these suede Pedro Garcia sandals.
, $225.00. Assorted studs bring bold shine to these flat Ivy Kirzhner sandals, crafted with a trio of graduated straps.
, $225.00. Faceted stones shine from the wide leather strap on these Loeffler Randall sandals.
, $495.00. Leather slip-on sandals in black. Round open toe. Criss-crossing ribbed and padded straps. Molded footbed. Rubber sole. Suede trim at midsole in tan. Tonal stitching.
, $920.00. Crafted in Italy using time-honored traditions and the finest calf leather, Marni adeptly marries quirk with sophistication, resulting in a pair of black sandals that impart a sophisticated and sporty whimsy.
, $35.99. Flat black toe-post sandals.