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Since buying my first pair of Birkenstock sandals a month ago, my feet have been in ecstasy. I’d like to tell you that I bought them for the unbelievable comfort or the idyllic arch support. But that wouldn’t be the truth. I bought them because it seems that these good for your feet shoes are now en vogue.


{Photo courtesy of www.capturefashion.com}

Yes. You read that correctly. Birkenstocks are now fashionable. Once only seen on hippies and grungy scenesters, you’ll now see Birkenstocks on chic people walking the streets of Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. You’ll find them on the pages of the J.Crew and Athleta catalogs. It seems fashionistas everywhere have fallen in love with this ultra comfy German sandal.

Birkenstocks have a long history. The company dates back to the 1770’s, when a German cobbler fiddled around with making more comfortable shoes. Over the centuries since, family members have carried on the torch of making sustainable shoes that promote orthopedic health.

The idea behind the Birkenstock design is to have the arch of the shoe rise up to meet your foot. This incredible arch support takes excess pressure off your heels and the balls of your feet. Equalizing your weight across the length of your foot leads to fewer leg and back problems. Since wearing mine, I have noticed that my lower back feels looser and my hamstrings less tight. People who suffer from sciatica or pirifomis issues will also benefit from wearing Birkenstocks.

My first pair of Birkenstocks was a safe fashion choice. Tan leather top on a tan bottom with just a swoosh of turquoise at the sole. My second pair was a bit more daring. White patent leather on a cork sole. I bought them after reading this in The New York Times style section:


This is the pair that got me stylishly through long days of eating, drinking, and shopping on a recent trip to Manhattan.


My Birkenstocks are so comfortable that I don’t want to wear any other shoes. When I’m pressed to put on heels for a night on the town, I pout for the first 10 minutes, wondering why I didn’t just wear my Birks with my Clover Canyon dress.

Just in case you doubt that Birkenstocks are indeed becoming the fashion rage, check out the celebrities who are rocking Birks.


{Mary Kate Olsen}


{Heidi Klum}

You’ll also see Birkenstocks on the feet of Gwyneth Paltrow and Alexa Chung, as well as interior designer to the stars, Kelly Wearstler.

Ultra comfy and super stylish? You bet. And in case you aren’t sold on the look of Birkenstocks, they also sell inserts that you can slip into your uncomfortable shoes. One way or another, you should “get busy” wearing Birkenstocks. Your feet will be O-O-OH so happy.


Karena Kilcoyne

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