The big sandal of SS14 is undoubtably the Birkenstock. A sandal classic. Since the likes of Marni and Celine showed their take on the classic in their SS14 shows, the fashion industry has been going wild for a pair, putting this German brand back on the fashion it-list.
Founded in 1774, Birkenstock have always been known for there good quality, hard wearing sandals, with there contoured cork and rubber foot beds that actually conform to the shape of the wearers feet. Practical sandals.
My early memories of these were “Yuck”. They were the kind of sandals your Mum wore and which tourists matched with a pair of sports socks, long shorts, a beige vest top and of course the bum bag. So to see girls running up to them in Topshop and Urban Outfitters, arguing over what colour each of them is going to buy, just goes to show how quickly a brand image can change.
For me; I’m all for the Birkenstock. As soon as it comes acceptable I swop the majority of my shoes for my summer sandal buy. However after many blister filled Summer seasons from thin soles and gladiator straps, it comes as a sigh of relief that practical and comfy sandals can now be apart of daily like again.
The Birkenstock might not be to everyone’s taste, but not to fear as the high-street giants have all had there take on the style. Giving us yet more choice. Here’s my pick of the bunch
(From left to right)
Top Row: Arizona Sandals
Birkenstock (Available at Topshop)
Fancie Double Buckle Sandals
Fang Double Buckle Flatforms
Middle Row: Limited Maya Gladiator Footbed
Leather Sandal with Buckles
Maite Geometric Printed Slide Flat Sandals
Calvin Klein (Available on ASOS.com)
Bottom Row: Ida IV Indigo Stingray Footbed Flat Sandals
Senso (Available on ASOS.com)
Frankie Razor Sole Sandals
Far Out Man Leather Sliders