Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Deep Thoughts on Birkenstocks

Deep thoughts on birkenstocks

Works Cited
skirt: i made it (find the pattern here)
tank: old navy
belt: thrifted
sandals: birkenstock

I don't wax poetic about much on this blog, mostly because other people do it a lot better than I, but S. from Academichic posted a great comment on Monday which got me thinking about dressing for the blog. She pointed out that though she loves her Birkenstocks, she hasn't worn them much on her blog because they might be considered a faux pas. This rung very true for me because I love Birkenstocks, through and through. I wore Birkenstock clogs pretty much every day in college, and when I broke my (same) toe last summer, I wore these Birkenstock sandals every day for 8 weeks. Happily. These shoes are ridiculously comfortable, have great arch support, prevent and help protect myriad foot injuries and, if you ask me, also have a great hippie charm (I'm from Berkeley, love of hippies is in my blood). And yet, I've also been hesitant to wear them here.

Deep thoughts on birkenstocks

I know some people may be thinking snarky things about Birkenstocks--yes, they are kind of dorky and yes, they are recommended by orthopedists and maybe yes, they are considered a fashion faux pas--but to be perfectly honest, I'd rather wear a dorky shoe than an uncomfortable one, any day. Birkies will probably never be "on trend" or show up in the pages of Vogue, but I will still love them, unapologetically. I'm willing to risk losing some street cred for the sake of honesty here--yes, I am nerdy and I love my Birks.

But I can't say I didn't warn you. This blog isn't called What a Super-Cool-Style-Icon Would Wear for a reason...

62 comments:

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I really love the combination of orangey-brown and white in this outfit. You look fantastic!
I never thought Birkenstocks were dorky. I always thought that they had enough of that hippie charm to work well...so keep rocking them! Hope your toe gets better soon.

Chaucee said...

Birkenstocks aren't a fashion faux paus! Wear them all you want : )
And don't dress for your readers. That's why I wear jeans on my blog ! :D

portlandize.com said...

That's ok - I don't think the readers of the blog are looking for "what would a Milan fashion model wear," or they wouldn't be here. Part of the interest is seeing how an average person can make great outfits out of what is in their closet (or at least what is easily accessible to them), that they feel attractive in, but also comfortable. I don't think most people would feel comfortable in much of what goes down the runways of the world.

406 Olivia said...

hahahahahaaa!
Honestly, when it comes to shoes, I usually opt for style over comfort. Still, I own around 10 pairs of running shoes, as many flip-flops and a pair of mary-jane Danskos, and they're about as comfy as it gets.

Love the orange skirt and the belt and your tan!

tortuga said...

Actually, my Birkies are relegated to garden wear because my BF hates them so much. I'm a little attached to them, though. I hiked all around New Zealand in them, they're comfy and practical, though I must admit, very ugly.

Emily said...

I wear Birkenstocks almost every day during the summer.

Becky said...

dude, Birkenstocks rule. Your outfit is adorable. I love that orange skirt! ♥

Kelly's Joie de Vivre said...

I LOVE the color of this skirt, what a fabulous burnt orange color! The white headband in your hair really frames your face nicely too! :)

Natalya's Closet said...

the birkenstocks look perfectly chic with this outfit, and i love the color of your skirt! XOXO, Natalya

Mallory said...

I like them. I don't think they're really a faux pas.
They look really cute with this outfit! Although the belt and colors seem more fall-y than summer-y.

Viktoria with a K said...

Love the color orange on you!
The Birks are perfect with this outfit and it never should matter if they are "in" or not-- as long as you are comfortable and they look good, wear them!

Charlie said...

hope your toe gets better soon! and I don´t think those sandals are dorky, I would wear them for sure! gorgeous skirt btw :)

Elaine said...

I agree - there aren't many fashion bloggers sporting the Birk but like you said, I'd rather wear a comfortable shoe than one that will break my ankle.

And hey! In Hong Kong, Birks are actually quite popular! especially in bright colors. So you're not dorky!!!

Love the belt :)

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jesse.anne.o said...

I think that, while Birks, these aren't the traditional ones. I just tend to not wear anything that wide/flat because I am so dang short - slip on Vans are my one exception and they're narrower. But I think they look fine and I do have to say, I value comfort. I wear flats all the time for this very reason.

nutmeg said...

I love my Birkenstocks, I have the same style as you as well as two or three other pairs. I think when I saw Heidi Klum pose in some magazine in them, I realized they must be a little bit cool! I wear mine with pride most of every summer and still consider myself a tiny bit stylish.
Keep rockin them!!

Jen said...

shoes were made for walking and comfort, weren't they? there's nothing wrong with being comfortable. i used to wear similar clogs everyday in high school! i hope your toe is healing alright. love the color of your skirt :)

KP said...

HAHA! Honestly, I've seen feet from older women who wore too many high heels when they were younger, and I rather commit a faux paus now than have giant corns and such! Anyway, I think your birks look cute on you!

Lisa said...

First of all, I love that skirt! Secondly, I'm right there with you on the Birkenstocks. I wear mine almost everyday because of the exact same reasons you mentioned. While I have featured outfits in which I am wearing them I do feel some caution about wearing them too much in my outfit pictures. I also feel the same way about Dansko clogs, which are the most comfy shoes ever, but definitely not the most fashionable. Hope your toe feels better soon and enjoy your birks!

Emily Kennedy said...

You know, growing up in California, EVERYONE I knew LOVED Birkenstocks. We even had a dedicated store in Fresno that only sold that one brand. Then, some time past college I started to realize that I never saw them around anymore. Barely on hippies even. And in Kansas? Almost not at all. It's been such a strange evolution. For really no reason. A good pair of leather sandals is so infinitely more respectable and pretty than those narsty plastic Crocs.

Carys said...

I have to wear insoles and special shoes because of my arches, so any shoe that's good for your feet has a special place in my heart and indeed my wardrobe. I love your birkinstocks!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Nancy said...

Amen sister!! I have three pairs of Birks and I wear them all the time. Mind you, I live in Vancouver now so they're not exactly out of place. :)

Destrehan's Daughter said...

Wear comfy shoes and drool over pretty ones.

Larysse Tavares said...

I don't see anything wrong in wearing Birks. I have one and I don't mind being called dorky just because I like them. In Brazil, since last summer people (including men, see the model here: http://z.about.com/d/shoes/1/0/O/f/Birkenstocks.jpg) are wearing them with almost everything. I think the weather helps a lot! They are really comfortable for hot and hard days! You look like a dool here. xo, take care!

Lauren said...

To me, it's not what you're wearing so much as how you style it! There is definitely room for comfy shoes, like the Birkenstocks, in the fashion world in my opinion! I love seeing how each day you make them work with your outfit! And I LOVE that belt! Such a great touch!

Keira said...

I don't think you can lose street cred for being true to your own style... in fact, I think it scores you some extra respect in the streets ;) You are a master skirt seamstress, BTW. Love all of your hand sewn creations!

Theresa said...

(smile) I found your blog because the fan page Birkenstocks posted it on Facebook! I agree with all the other Birks lovers....they make so much sense, and actually come in a lot of cool combinations if you search. I have 36 pair, including offshoots from the Footprints line. I don't wear anything else. I have ones with a handmade beaded top from Spain (found on sale for $49.95....lucked out there!), and birk-flor's in lots of colors and combinations! I say 'let's make a NEW fashion trend!'

And KP and Emily, I am right there with you! I've got family members who have ruined their feet with bunions, and all kinds of issues. I admit I developed plantar faciitis before I went to an ALL Birks wardrobe, but now have NO heel pain and feel 20 years younger! And they DO look a million times better than Crocs! Happy Birking!

Nicki said...

I think you can make most things work if it's styled right! (except Crocs - there is nary rhyme nor reason to wear Crocs in public, EVER). I like how you've been wearing your Birks, I think it's cute =).

Emm said...

Would you feel any better if I told you The Sartorialist has featured two women with that same style of Birki in the past couple of years? I noticed b/c I have that same pair, but in black patent. I agree with the above comment about it not being so much what you're wearing as how you style it, and your Birkenstocks look adorable with that outfit.

Scholar Style Guide said...

Cute skirt! I'm so glad you've been wearing your Birks. For me, those shoes conjure memories of high school friends, hemp necklaces, and a personal phase of strong Dave Matthews affection. I don't wear them anymore because my foot is SO NARROW, but I have a fondness for them. I prefer to commit my fashion faux pas in the form of Rainbow flip flops. Keep wearing what you love! :)

- Anne-Marie

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

these comments are ridiculously wonderful and sweet. they make me feel a million times better about my love for my birks!

FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com said...

I too, LOVE my Birkenstocks. I tried to buy the same pair you have in that photo above, but it kept chafing my foot.

I ended up with the traditional kind for pure comfort's sake and the kind that wraps around the top and then around the top of your foot, gladiator style.

Very cute. And very comfortable. Am planning on wearing them in France, stares be damned!

Liz said...

I love birkenstocks!
What say you we proclaim some day this summer Birkenstocks day so we can proudly display them?! I have the Madrid style in gold and they look so cute with dresses and skirts, plus they're comfy :)
I really want some Gizeh's!

Lorraine said...

My very first thought was Amen sister! I'm all for wearing what is comfortable. I don't wear Birkenstocks, but I wear the crap out of my reef flip flops.

spoozyliciouzz said...

...and that is what i love you for (or at least the posts your hosting): having your own style, having that "fuck the others"-attitude towards style issues, such as wearing birkenstocks or not.

Honestly, they´re not very fashionable, and hell, they´re neither sexy...but when it comes to developing your own style, you are not supposed to walk in the footsteps of others. If you like ´em, just go along with them.

swatchcat said...

I don't care what anyone says, I love my Birkenstocks! Proud owner of three pairs, and always on the lookout for more.

The ones you're wearing look fabulous with your skirt, which is adorable. I really like that they aren't the traditional 'Arizona' two-strap ones.

caffeinerd said...

I think my Birks have sat in my closet for roughly 3 years unworn...and that's just a shame. I still remember how RIDICULOUSLY comfortable they are. I may just have to bust 'em out, ON THE BLOG, soon :) Keep rockin' yours----and I love this skirt oh-so-much.

Healthy and Homemade said...

I like Birkenstocks! My sister has a ton of trouble with her feet and she swears by them. Whenever I slip my foot into her sandal it's like heaven.

Sadie's Momma said...

1) You are kind of kick-ass at styling your Birks. Go you for being unapologetically in love with a comfortable shoe. And since when were Dansko clogs "cute?" I think they're hideous, but everyone wears them. And I'd sure buy a pair and wear them every day, all winter long if I could afford them! I'm right there with you.
2) I adore your skirt. Yours come out way better than mine and your fabrics are to die for. HELP!

kp

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Elizabeth said...

I love my Birkenstocks too. So comfortable, and the right style can be cute too. As much as I love the look of amazing heels, I tend to wear comfortable shoes. Most days my shoes are from Clarks or Naturalizer.

Alex said...

The recent anti-Birkenstock rant on my blog was aimed at my crappy fake pair as they're just so uncomfortable and make weird noises! I really like the pair you have on - they look summery and stylish to me and if they're comfy, that's the main thing.

Kelly @ blackdog finds said...

I concur with the majority! Yours is one of my favorite blogs because your outfits are all something I could see myself wearing and your look is unique. You and other commenters mentioned that the nature of your blog isn't about wearing stuff hot off the runway it's about what YOU like and that's why we readers keep comin' back :D

Academichic said...

Great post, thanks for the Birkenstock solidarity! Seeing you actually wear those and make such cute outfits has made me revaluate how I dress, and *for whom* I dress, and why I don't just wear what I want want to wear if I weren't dressing for an audience. You look great!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a pair of baby blue Birkenstock Gizehs to go dig out from the back of my closet...

S.

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Honestly, I don't think I would've realized those were Birkies unless you pointed it out. They're a far cry from the double-strap-buckle monstrosities I remember being trendy in the 90s. Yours are actually very cute.

L said...

I think your outfit looks fabulous and the birkies are the perfect touch. They have a very "summer casual" vibe. Rock them.
Also, I've noticed you have very good thrifted finds. I'll have to keep my eye out more often.

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RoseAG said...

I love my Birks.
I did a number on my foot like you did a few years back and they were the one pair of shoes that I could wear.

Right now I have a pink/black/tan/white printed pair, kind of a camo pattern, that goes with almost everything.

Emily - have you not been to Footprints on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence? They have a big warehouse room where you can sift through and get Birks marked down. Since they are not shoes that show up on sale, it's someplace I often go when I visit there.

Rach is Ordinarily Urbane said...

We can't all wear 4 inch heels everyday! Keep on rocking them, and hope your toes gets better soon! xo

rlutz said...

Nothing wrong with sporting the Birks...
Your hair looks really cute in a headband!

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Sit Under the Apple Tree said...

Oh my, I love this skirt so! Especially with the leaf belt. Such a nice colour combination. Makes me wish for autumn breezes! :)

Monique said...

I think your outfit is very nice. I really love the skirt, and I don't think the birkenstocks are dorky, the ones you have on look really cute. Hope your toe gets better soon.

Kristen said...

Such a great post. Love it!

barkingdogshoes.com said...

I love how you dressed up your Birks. You'll thank yourself for taking good care of your feet when you're 41 like me. I love my Birkenstock Madrids and just blogged about them this week. I think the Gizeh style you're wearing is quite stylish :-)

m.fay said...

i have these shoes, and i love them....the hubby does not ;)
happy weekend my dear.
m.fay
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Michele said...

After suffering from plantar fasciitis over the past year, I will never wear uncomfortable, unsupportive shoes ever again. I'm so sorry about your toe, but I've loved seeing you style your Birks! I just bought a pair of silver Sparta's and I have gotten compliments on them every single day I've worn them. I'm really surprised how many people stop me and tell me how cute my sandals are. And I swore I'd never wear Birkenstock's again after owning a hideous blue pair in the late nineties. Never say never, I guess!

perfectionishuman said...

i always thought they were butt ugly but then i slipped my feet into a pair and .. OH MY GOOD GOD.
So comfortable. You can get those knock off versions that are usually prettier, but yeah. SO comfy <3

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

I agree with the commentators who point out that it's not what you wear but how you wear it. You rock these Birks (I was a huge fan throughout my 20s and still miss my original pair from time to time... they died a very happy shoe death from overuse, which is really the proper way for shoes to go). I love the belt over that vibrant (and gah! homemade! love!) skirt. Such a wonderful summertime outfit. Great style, as always.

Marta Castellanos said...

The white headband looks really cute on you¡¡xoxo

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AppGal said...

I love Birks! I feel the same way about my Chacos. They look nerdy and aren't fashionable at all, but I wear them pretty much every day during the warmer months. Who cares if you love them!

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LyddieGal said...

I think your outfit is adorable, and the birkenstocks don't detract from that.

I would say that blogging has changed my style a bit, I find myself opting for heels over flats day after day, and higher ones as well!

Chic on the Cheap

myedit said...

I can be a bit snotty (shhhh....) but I actually think Birkenstocks are quite cute. They are a nice balance between comfort and fashion.
Tell your toe I say get better soon!

vintagemint said...

Your accolades for Birks were uplifting! I, too, struggled with the benefits vs the faux pas-ness of wearing Birkenstocks, but because of a recent foot injury, I'm kinda forced to wear them (at least in the summer months). They've grown on me (I have 4 pairs now!) and wear them despite how uncool they might seem. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Strength in numbers I suppose. :)

Anonymous said...

Actually Birkenstocks were very fahionable in New Zealand around 2002/2003 when I was there. Everyone had them.

By the way, Heidi Klum also designed some.
I think they are great.

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