Years ago, Birkenstocks were very much considered fashion outliers. But over the past few years, they've exploded in popularity. After some extensive googling, I can confidently say that it was back in 2018 when the ultimate "ugly" sandals truly became accepted in fashion circles, which meant Birkenstocks started appearing everywhere.
Of course, it's more than that. There have been cool, high-profile collaborations with fashion brands such as Proenza Schouler and Rick Owens that have also piqued the interest of insiders and shoppers alike. And during the pandemic, these shoes have become the most sought-after in the world. Global fashion shopping platform Lyst even marked them as one of the most searched-for items last year.
These comfy shoes can be seen outside fashion shows and all over Instagram. While the classic two-strap sandals are a popular choice, there are also plenty of looks featuring the sell-out 'Boston' clog—perfect if you prefer a closed-toe. Birkenstock styling ideas are pretty easy to come by, and they're also incredibly varied, which is great news if you're looking for slides that have longevity and versatility. Although the outfits we've selected are all great, you'll no doubt find even more inspiration if you head to your own Insta feed. Trust me, they're everywhere. But for now, keep scrolling to see and shop our favourite Birkenstock outfits.
1. Cotton Dress + Knitted Vest
Style Notes: For a laid-back look, take a tip from Taffy, who has dressed down her white cotton midi with a chunky knitted vest. The perfect outfit for a UK summer.
2. White Blouse + Cargo Trousers
Style Notes: Nothing says summer like a floaty white blouse. As we head into the warmer months, style yours with equally breezy (and trendy) cargo pants. Then slip on your Birkenstocks and you're ready to go.
3. Linen Co-Ord
Style Notes: Linen shorts sets are having a moment right now; give them everlasting appeal with Birkenstocks and other leather accessories.
4. Vest Top + Wide-Leg Trousers
Style Notes: Birkenstocks loan themselves perfectly to minimalist looks—a pair of wide-leg trousers and a vest top are all you need to look chic.
5. Striped Top + Straight Jeans
Style Notes: Birkenstocks are now considered a classic style investment, so take the easy styling route by pairing them with other wardrobe staples, such as Breton stripes and straight-leg denim.
6. Printed Shirt + Miniskirt
Style Notes: Alexa Chung has been championing Birkenstocks for years and is always serving up new ways to wear them over on her IG feed. Next up, I’m copying and pasting this denim-skirt-and-printed-shirt look.
7. Bright Knit + Linen Shorts
Style Notes: One to bookmark for the high-summer months, this is perfect for heatwave dressing and beach days.
8. Midi Dress + Raffia Bag
Style Notes: Birkenstocks work just as well with dresses as they do with trousers and jeans. Case in point: Francesca's dreamy midi.
9. Chic Jacket + Ecru Jeans
Style Notes: Also ideal for transitioning between seasons, pair your Birkenstocks with ecru denim and a thick jacket for a look you’ll wear right through to later in the year as proven by our very own Emily Dawes.
10. Floral Dress + Gold Jewellery
Style Notes: For a truly easy Birkenstock outfit, just wear them with your favourite floral dress. Add touches of gold jewellery to make the whole look. work for summer drinks or warm office days.
11. Printed Trousers + Simple Shirt
Style Notes: Not everything has to be pared back where Birkenstocks are concerned. Wear them in tandem with a simple top to help ground jazzier trousers or skirts.