It's True: These Affordable Sandals Make Every Summer Outfit Look Expensive

Not everyone has embraced the Birkenstock Renaissance with open arms. Sure, the divisive slides are a little less refined than a Chanel ballet flat or Castañer espadrille, but there's no denying their presence in many a cool person's wardrobe.

So, why is this basic sandal so beloved? Originally released in 1973, Birkenstock's two-strap Arizona style boasts one thing above all else: comfort. Until you've tried it, you truly can't comprehend the satisfaction of sliding your foot onto that cork bed and feeling it mould to its shape.

But there has to be an aesthetic reason, too—let's face it, if comfort was our only criteria we'd wear slippers to work (although arguably Birkenstocks are comfier)—and I think I've cracked it. It seems that adding these casual slides to an outfit instantly makes it feel effortless. Wearing a dress that feels too formal for a laid-back lunch date? Slip on some Birks. Spent hours curating an outfit but want it to read as relaxed? Only one sandal will do.

Below, you'll find six simple looks that prove just how true this is. If you've been sitting on the fence where Birkenstocks are concerned, we're pretty sure these outfits will convert you.

1. Linen Dress + Birkenstocks

Birkenstock sandals: @taffymsipa wears Birkenstock sandals with a linen dress



Style Notes: Is it even summer without linen? Our answer is a resounding "no", so we recommend investing in a breezy dress to keep you cool on hot days.

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Reach for this easy-going dress on particularly balmy afternoons.

I think the navy version feels more premium than black.

2. Breton Tee + Straight-Leg Jeans + Birkenstocks

Birkenstock sandals: @smythsisters wears Birkenstock sandals with a Breton tee and jeans



Style Notes: Birkenstock sandals might be trending right now, but they can easily be slotted into classic outfit combinations such as a striped tee and blue jeans.

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This colour combination feels so fresh (not to mention très French) for summer.

H&M's denim is seriously high-quality.

Grab these while they're still in stock.

3. Crop Top + Linen Trousers + Birkenstocks

Style Notes: I'll be living in this chic combination all summer long. Birkenstocks are a key ingredient in making it feel as fuss-free and everyday-appropriate as possible.

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I've spotted this top on countless influencers.

I also love the idea of styling these with bright tangerine and cobalt hues.

4. Waistcoat + Shorts + Birkenstocks

Style Notes: Fashion people are fully embracing the waistcoat this season, wearing it as a top rather than a companion to suiting. Add slides to give the smart style a down-to-earth spin.

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This would also look great layered over a T-shirt.

The chunky gold hardware makes these look far more expensive than they are.

5. Blazer + Athleisure + Birkenstocks

Style Notes: This is the perfect running-errands ensemble, in my opinion. It's polished, comfortable and on-trend in equal measure.

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Take this versatile crop top from park date to pilates.

The extra-thick waistband means these won't roll down as you're going about your day.

6. Maxi Dress + Birkenstocks

Style Notes: On sunny summer weekends, let your floor-grazing maxi dresses do the talking and keep the footwear simple. Enter Birkenstocks.

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I'm always drawn to this neckline—it's so flattering.

This neutral shade will go with literally everything.

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Birkenstock's Boston clogs sit right up there with the Arizonas in terms of popularity. In fact, they may even surpass the sandals. Influencers like Monikh Dale, Francesca Saffari and Lucy Williams love wearing theirs all year round.

The Mayuri sandals might just be Birkenstock's slickest design. Featuring criss-cross detailing and a black footbed (as opposed to the classic cork), this shoe is just as comfy as the brand's other sandals with bonus style points.

This chunky-buckle style looks designer to me. Honestly, I've seen similar pairs priced at almost £700 (if you know, you know).

In addition to the standard two-strap Arizona sandal, Birkenstock has released a shape with three thinner straps. Crafted from high-quality suede with matte buckles, the Florida sandal has a more elevated feel.

Flip-flops are the sandal of the summer, particularly leather and suede versions that look much more expensive than the average pair. Flimsy plastic flip-flops, be gone!