17 Ways I'm Styling My Birkenstocks at Home

I have always been a practical person when it comes to shoes. (Well, practical for a fashion editor anyway.) I tend to stick to styles that I don't have to think about. I can't stand those shoes that enjoy reminding you every five seconds of their existence by A) flying off your feet or B) rubbing your poor heels into oblivion. That is not to say I don't think about aesthetics, and so you can imagine my delight when the comfy hiking sandal was declared an object of fashion veneration in 2019.

Fast-forward 12 months, and we are all in a very different situation (to say the least). However, my penchant for practical shoes remains and has become somewhat useful in my new work setting. The average day includes mooching around the house, working on my laptop and sitting on the sofa, but I didn't want to be stuck in slippers 24/7. My solution? Birkenstocks. Yes, you've had a pair since you were 15, and they're not exactly a groundbreaking discovery, but all the same, let me inform any fellow Birkenstock virgins that I have literally not taken them off for the last four months. 

Clearly the rest of the world agrees because this month, Birkentocks were declared the "world's hottest shoes" by fashion data platform Lyst after searches for the sandals spiked 225% over the last quarter. The numbers don't lie. So, after much deliberation and research, I opted for the Arizona EVA iteration, which is slightly cheaper than the classic Arizona and made of the brand's signature EVA fabric, which looks like leather but feels like a softer form of flip-flop material (no need to wear them in, hurrah!). They cater perfectly to my WFH needs and truly go with every single outfit, from jumpsuits and jeans to midi dresses and slip skirts. Don't believe me? Just scroll down to see photographic proof, and shop my fave Birkenstock styles.

Tank Top + Linen Trousers
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Style Notes: This is a fun look for the weekend, and my sandals offer the perfect foil for the white-on-white pairing. 

Wide-Leg Jumpsuit
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Style Notes: I wear this Arket jumpsuit constantly every summer. All it ever needs is a pair of casual sandals to set it off. 

Black Tank Top + Statement Trousers
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Style Notes: This outfit is for when I'm in need of some feel-good fashion vibes. These Uterque trousers put a smile on my face, but my Birkenstocks keeps the look casual. 

Throw-On Linen Dress
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Style Notes: There have been so many loose-fitting linen dresses around this summer. Due to their billowing silhouette, thin strappy sandals just don't cut it. Enter Birkenstock. 

Short-Sleeve Shirt + Shorts
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Style Notes: Ok, I don't usually wear swimwear on a working day, but it was HOT. These beige Vince shorts are a great pairing for my chunky sandals. 

White Shirt + Knitted Trousers
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Style Notes: I find that my Birks are the perfect accompaniment to simple separates. This shirt-and-knitted-trousers combo is the ideal smart-casual Zoom attire. 

Colour-Pop Jumpsuit
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Style Notes: With its utility undertones, this Kitri jumpsuit needed something clean-lined to complement it. 

Chunky Cardi + Knitted Trousers
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Style Notes: I wear some form of knitted trousers 90% of the time right now, and this archive Joseph pair is a good balance of comfy yet polished, as is my Hayley Menzies cardi.  

White Jeans + Tie-Dye Top
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Style Notes: Sunny days call for a pair of white jeans, Ninety Percent's tie-dye top and chunky sandals.

Belted Summer Dress
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Style Notes: I'm in love with this simple summer dress from independent fashion brand Usisi Sister. My Birkenstocks keep the look low-key and WFH-ready.

Loungewear Co-Ord
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Style Notes: This Vince co-ord is so dreamy. I love to change into this outfit after work but before bedtime. 

Smocked Maxi Dress
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Style Notes: The best thing about my sandals is that they also go with smarter styles. When I'm in need of a pick-me-up, I'll throw on this smocked frock and ground them with my Arizonas.

Wide-Leg Jeans + Collared Tee
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Style Notes: I'll definitely be trying out this look for weekend brunch when life goes back to usual. The wide-leg silhouette of these Topshop jeans makes for a fab pairing with the sandal's chunky proportions.

Trackies + Short-Sleeve Shirt
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Style Notes: These Lululemon trackies are another winner in my WFH capsule, and I'll wear them with everything from white tees and shirts to jumpers and tank tops. 

Statement-Collar Blouse + Knitted Trousers
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Style Notes: Black Birkenstocks harmonise nicely with tonal separates and add a down-to-earth finish to my whimsical collared shirt. 

Slip Skirt + Chunky Cardi
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Style Notes: Okay, this is as fancy as I get for social distancing. I wear this slip skirt all the time in "normal" life, and luckily it works for my new context too. Just add a cosy knit and comfy sandals.

Cord Dungarees + White Tee
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Style Notes: This pair of dungarees is pretty old now, but it's still going strong. In the winter, I wear them with roll-necks and heeled boots, but for summer, they work equally well with sandals and T-shirts. 

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