Ready for the resurgence of “ugly” shoes? So are we. Sure, there have been specific styles that simply won’t quit (chunky loafers, we’re looking directly at you), but looking at the biggest shoe trends to hit this year, it seems as though we’ve reached the peak of the craze. Now that we’re in the midst of warmer days, it’s time to hone in on one particular shoe style that’s left a room divided: the Birkenstock.
Many brands have reimagined Birkenstock’s iconic Arizona sandals for a fashion-forward take on the podiatrist-approved shoes, 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 sisters—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 sandals now.