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 2018 when the ultimate "ugly" sandals truly became accepted in fashion circles, which meant Birkenstocks suddenly 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 interest for insiders and shoppers alike. And during the pandemic, these shoes have become the most sought-after in the world. Global fashion shopping platform Lyst marked them out as the second most-searched-for item in 2020.
Although these comfy sandals can be seen outside fashion shows and all over Instagram, if you're still not on board, there are plenty of looks new and old to persuade you. Birkenstock outfit ideas are pretty easy to come by, and they're also incredibly varied, which is great news if you're looking for sandals that have longevity and versatility. Although they're all great, my personal favourites from the below looks are how Alexa Chung's styled hers and the full silver suit. Keep scrolling for these and eight more.
1. White Dungarees + White Shirt
Style Notes: I just love the simplicity of this look. Contrasted with the black Birkenstocks, this is the ideal summer outfit.
2. Animal-Print Shirt + Straight-Leg Jeans
Style Notes: Just because Birkenstocks can appear simple, that doesn't mean you have to stick to minimalist looks. This tiger-print shirt works perfectly with the blue jeans, and the added black socks with the sandals finish it off.
Style Notes: For a laid-back look, take a tip from Veronika Heilbrunner, who has styled her sandals with smart joggers and a striped tee. A great sporty-but-rich vibe.
4. Metallic Suit
Style Notes: On paper, this shouldn't work, but in real life, it looks so ace. It's a great option if you're not a fan of heels but still want to be ready to dance.
5. Printed Top + Trousers
Style Notes: One to bookmark for the high summer months, this is perfect for heatwave dressing.
7. Printed Shorts Co-Ord
Style Notes: The bright colours of the shorts co-ord mixed with the lilac Birkenstocks make this super fun.
Style Notes: Not everything has to be about the summer when it comes to Birkenstocks. When the cooler winter hits, try a pair of the shearling Birkenstocks and a knitted dress.
9. Floral Dress
Style Notes: For a truly easy Birkenstock outfit, just wear them with your favourite floral dress.
10. Fancy Trousers + Simple Top
Style Notes: Want to stick to a minimalist colour palette but don't want to sacrifice looking directional? Try a monochrome outfit but add a pair of fancy trousers to switch it up a bit.