Brace yourselves: 2020 is the year of the “ugly” shoe. Sure, there have been specific styles that simply won’t quit (chunky sneakers, we’re looking directly at you), but looking at the biggest shoe trends to hit this year—from clunky camping-style sandals to sneaker boots—it seems as though we’ve reached the peak of the craze. And now that the weather is beginning to take its turn toward warmer days, it’s time to hone in on one particular shoe that’s left a room divided: the Birkenstock.
Many brands have reimagined Birkenstock’s iconic Arizona sandal for a fashion-forward take on the podiatrist-approved shoe, and some, like Valentino and Rick Owens, have even collaborated with the brand for a high-fashion spin. But let’s be real: Nothing comes quite as close to the one that started it all—just ask fashion’s favorite It girls.
From Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner to the Olsen twins (yes, you read that right)—along with the chicest style setters—Birkenstocks have become one of the most beloved pairs of “ugly” sandals in the closets of fashion lovers everywhere.
If you’re ready to get on board with the trend and want to sport your own Birkenstock outfits, scroll through to see how our favorite celebs and It girls are wearing the two-strap sandal now.
Style Tip: Style these classic sandals like an Olsen and wear them with a timeless button-down shirt and trousers.
Style Tip: For your more casual moments this spring, opt for a pair of white jeans with a graphic T-shirt.
Style Tip: Socks with sandals is the unexpected footwear trend that's been dominating among It girls lately.
Style Tip: Need to dress up your socks-and-sandals look for a low-key evening out? Layer a longline coat over your shoulders.
Style Tip: It's no secret that Birkenstocks are perfect for your errand runs. Opt for the athleisure take with a coordinated workout set.
Style Tip: Give your chic LBD a cool girl–approved take and style it with a pair of the comfortable sandals.
Style Tip: Another option is to wear them with relaxed trousers and an easy sweater while you're on the move.
Style Tip: Looking for an outfit that feels comfortable, classic, and unique? Swap out your standard jeans for a cool patchwork pair instead.
Style Tip: An effortless sweatshirt with cropped leggings and Birkenstocks will be one of your go-to outfits for everything from gym sessions to errand runs.
Style Tip: Bring out the white accents of your ensemble with Birkenstock's white version of the Arizona sandal.
Style Tip: If you feel like dressing on the cozier side, style a fluffy sweater with socks and sandals. And if it's warmer out, opt for a pair of shorts on the bottom.
Style Tip: If you want to create a modern taken on prep-school style, pair a pleated skirt with a crop top and Birkenstock sandals.
Style Tip: For an easy ensemble to throw on at a moment's notice, you'll never go wrong with a classic black pair of Birkenstocks styled with a slip dress.
Style Tip: If you happen to be going camping or on a road trip soon, wear your favorite biker shorts and a sweatshirt with the sandals.
Style Tip: Anyone who's looking for a maximalist-approved way to sport Birkenstocks will love wearing a glittery pair with vibrant pants.
And now, read honest reviewers' opinions on Birkenstock sandals.