I am not a "trendy" person; I stick to the looks that flatter and fit my personality. It's just the way I am. But every now and then something a bit out of my ordinary just feels right. A silhouette, a color combination.
You may have noticed on Pinterest or The Sartorialist or seen it mentioned by fashion media outlets: Birkenstocks are back. I first noticed it two years ago when a friend from Toronto was rocking this pair. And it looked awesome. Chic and comfortable. What more could anyone ask for? If they weren't back yet, I knew they were coming...
I wanted a pair last summer, but at around $90 they were more than I cared to spend on sandals. Also, many of the new wave Birks don't have a leather upper, which is a turn off for me. After doing some searching this spring, I found these.
I purchased a white pair and have been wearing them for the last week. They are exceedingly comfortable, and the upper is genuine leather. The silhouette is very similar to the Birks, and they are a fraction of the cost. Regularly priced at $54.99, they are currently on sale for $34.99. I actually only paid $12 for mine, because I had received a mailer with a $10 coupon, and an email with a $10 off $30 purchase coupon, and a 20% off coupon. I hate to brag, but damn that's good!
If you are considering ordering these, just keep in mind that the sizing is a little big. While I normally wear an 8 or an 8.5, I purchased the 7.5 and that fits perfectly.
Some scorn the return of the Birkenstock, hurling insults like "ugly" and "frumpy" but my tired feet are more than ready to jump on this bandwagon. And I disagree with the insults. It all depends on how they are worn (if you want proof, click on the Pinterest link above). So Birkenstock [silhouette] for the win. Not just for hippies and Christian youth leaders anymore.
P.S. Last week, as soon as I recovered from an epic migraine (and I have never used that adjective before, ever, in my life) a sickness fell upon the baby of the house. The experience has culminated in an asthma diagnosis for him and multiple breathing treatments each day. I hope to be back tomorrow with an installment of pics for the Thirty Day Self Portrait Project. Thanks for hanging in there with me despite less frequent posts!