Are Birkenstocks Really That Ugly?

Sure, they’re not sleek or chic. But I personally think Birks are awesome…that wasn’t always the case though.

A few years ago, I remember my sister bought a pair of Birkenstocks, and I laughed at her. I thought they were pretty ugly. But with most things my sister would bring home, I tried them on and ended up loving them. I borrowed them from her a few times. Then, I didn’t care for them. They didn’t really go with my style (I was torn between cutesy and J.Crew). So I forgot about them.

When I started working for Free People, I remember my boss had this pair that she started wearing in the Spring. I ended up purchasing them because they paired well with my newly defined, boho-yet-casual style. And the rest is history…as per usual with my fashion sense. But no, that’s really where my love for Birkenstocks began. I seriously wear this pair into the ground. They’re perfect for running errands, or perfecting your cool, casual looks. I think they’re really versatile too. I’ve worn them to the beach. I paired them with a dress. And obviously, I paired them with this insanely comfortable bike short set from Amazon.

This summer, I purchased not one, not two, but THREE pairs of these plastic/rubber Birks. I’ve been wanting a pair of black Birks for a bit now, and I just never knew which kind to get (leather, suede, etc.). I saw someone on Instagram talk about the plastic ones, and I bought them immediately. At just $45, I think they’re a steal because 1. They’re durable 2. They’re easy to clean and 3. They’ve been going with EVERYTHING in my wardrobe.

I honestly cannot get over how comfortable they are. And you don’t need to break them in. I HATE HAVING TO BREAK IN SHOES. Seriously, if you want to torture me, just lock me in a room and make me break in shoes (no, don’t ever do that). So yeah, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to break these in.

Do you love Birks too? Or are you hesitant to buy them?

photos by allie provost

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  1. 8.4.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    I LOVE BIRKS! Honestly always have, always will. My sister worn them in high school and I constantly stole them. Now have a rose gold pair and the olive plastic pair #obsessed. LOVE this look and how you styled them here – such cool girl chic!

    xo Laura Leigh

    • 8.10.20

      YES! They’re the best, I just love to throw them on and go OR to make looks feel cooler!

  2. 8.4.20
    Morgan said:

    I love Birkenstocks too!! I never wore them growing up (I actually had a real preppy style then believe it or not haha) but obsessed with them now! Perfect for the “its casual” girl!

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    • 8.10.20

      SAMEEEE! haha our style must have evolved together too;) Too similar always!

  3. 8.4.20
    Rachel said:

    Birkenstocks are my fave! I’ve had the white Arizona’s for YEARS but I’m itching for a second pair because I wear them that. freakin’. much. Love this look!


  4. 8.5.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    I personally don’t find them ugly at all, I love them! But I know some people who really hate them. So I guess it’s really a love or hate kind of thing 🙂

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