When people look back at the summer of 2014 they will see it was the year that the humble Birkenstock made a grand return to the fashion fore. The sandal that has always been known for the levels of comfort and support it provided for the wearer has this year been a bonafide fashion item, as the ‘fugly’ pool slider styles became beloved wardrobe foot fodder of a whole host of fashionable celebs. Style and comfort is a delectable combination, and I have to admit, one that I have succumbed to.
Celebs love their Birkies
When online shoe brand Shoetique asked if I would like to review something from their Summer collection, I was drawn to the Birkenstocks, even though, in the past, I have had mixed feelings about them. I got my first pair of Birkenstocks in 1999, but had a torrid relationship with them. I went for a single strapped Madrid style in a very pretty pink, but they just weren’t pretty enough for my younger self, and so I rarely wore them.
But fast forward 15 years, and as a mom of an active five year old, constantly on my feet and with the a busy six weeks holiday to look forward to, Birkenstocks now look a far more attractive proposition. And the different celebrities wearing them have shown that they are surprisingly versatile, looking cool with a whole range of outfits. I was more than happy to give them a try.
I once again went for a Madrid, single strap design, just a personal choice as there are also double strap and toe post versions. I was always a fan of 70s Scholl designs, and I think there is some resemblance. I chose a gorgeous red patent colour way. This is now out of stock at Shoetique, but you can still get black patent and a lovely Ice Pearl Onyx design in the current sale. (These are a total bargain now, £31.95!).
With Birkenstocks I would say stick to your usual size, and don’t worry that they appear to be bigger than you would expect. Your feet shouldn’t reach the edges of the shoe, but should instead sit in the foot-bed, which is leather coated and anatomically formed of cork-latex. This provides support in all the right places. In addition, the sole is built of shock absorbing, textured EVA which means added grip and comfort for your foot.
The key to Birkenstocks is to wear them in, they may feel a little strange at first and not instantly comfortable, but once they have moulded to your feet they feel like bliss! Just so comfortable, the sort of thing you can wear, and walk in for hours. I have worn these for the school run, playing football with the little boy and long country walks and am totally sold on them. They are, quite simply, the most comfortable sandals I have ever worn, and will now be a summer staple in my wardrobe.
To view the current range of Birkenstocks on offer at Shoetique, click here.
*I was sent a pair of Birkenstocks from Shoetique to review. All thoughts are my own, I was not paid for this review.