12 Luxury Sandals to Love Inspired by the Birkenstock Trend
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Warm temperatures are here, people are making summer travel plans, and it’s officially sandal season! Are you looking for a pair of cute but comfortable sandals to celebrate our ability to roam free post-coronavirus 2021? We totally are. And the solution is so simple: Birkenstocks. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 12 of the best new luxury designer hiking sandals to love for spring summer 2021 inspired by the still on-trend Birkenstock shoe.
12 favorite luxury sandals inspired by the Birkenstock trend
A few years ago when Birkenstocks started being cool again, no one had to tell me twice. I hadn’t worn them since high school. But the memory of their cozy foot bed made my feet ache with nostalgia.
Phoebe Philo’s luxe interpretation of the ugly shoe silhouette in her 2013 Celine show made Vogue editors finally fall for the humble German sandal. Models like Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber have been spotted wearing them in the ultimate fashion faux pas — with socks.
Recognizing the enduring power of comfort dressing, Parisian luxury conglomerate LVMH acquired the brand earlier this year. Now, Birkenstocks will belong in the rarefied realm next to luxury houses like Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Celine and Givenchy. Unsurprisingly, a Dior x Birkenstocks collab is in the works. And this season’s inspired partnerships with London’s Central Saint Martins and British designer, Faye Toogood, are already flying off the shelves.
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The pretty dress and ugly shoe combo is one of our favorite modern feminist statements. It shows that women are dressing for themselves and prioritizing their own comfort. A practical orthopedic shoe that gets us through the day is so uncool that it’s cool.
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Here are our favorite pretty-ugly luxury hiking sandals for the summer 2021 season. The more clunky and chunky, the better!
12 new luxury designer sandals for 2021 inspired by the on-trend Birkenstock
1. birkenstocks x csm
For a glimpse into the future of Birkenstock, look no further than this new collaboration. This woven design is a result of Birkenstock’s partnership with the fashion students of London’s prestigious design school Central Saint Martins. This will be one of the “it” shoes of summer 2021 – so you might want to grab a pair while you still can.
BUY NOW – $320.
No pedicure, no problem! Everything’s coming up roses with Valentino’s 3D petal appliqué sandals.
BUY NOW – $980.
3. alexander mcqueen
Can the Birkenstock silhouette look fierce and punk? Check out this pair splashed with Alexander McQueen’s iconic spiked studs.
BUY NOW – $720.
This classic Arizona silhouette is updated for the summer in ultra-lightweight and water-resistant EVA. And the fresh tie-dye color way will look so striking with whites and denim.
BUY NOW – $45.
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5. christian dior
This hybrid design is somewhere between a sneaker and a slide for all those times you’re enjoying a leisurely picnic with a spritz in hand and then, your friends up and decide to start an impromptu game with a ball. Instead of making new, un-athletic friends — be prepared.
BUY NOW – $890.
6. birkenstocks x toogood
We didn’t think Birkenstocks could look even more comfy than they usually are. But this collab with Toogood makes them look like puffy pillows.
BUY NOW – $450.
Marni infuses every design with an avant-garde spirit. These graphic inspired sandals would pair well with a pair of cropped trousers or monochrome jumpsuit.
BUY NOW – $690.
8. jeffrey campbell
If you can’t rock a metallic pink shoe in the summer then what’s the point? These slides are equal parts girly and sporty — a winning combo, in our book.
BUY NOW – $100.
Balmain’s bold and futuristic sandal has street edge for days. We can see walking the entire length of the city in these.
BUY NOW – $695.
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10. isabel marant
Perennially cool French label, Isabel Marant, imbues her chunky sandal with a metallic silver snake print. The thick black sole lends just enough toughness to any ensemble.
BUY NOW – $745.
It’s the timeless Arizona silhouette and suede fabrication we know and love as a luxury from Birkenstock sandals. This creamy camo print is the perfect neutral that goes with everything.
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This pair high-impact luxury Birkenstock inspired sandals makes a strong fashion statement. The molded rubber outsole gives you all the benefits of a sneaker and even better, you don’t have to hunt around for matching socks!
BUY NOW – $140.
new luxury designer sandals for 2021 inspired by the on-trend Birkenstock
There you have it — our 12 favorite luxury hiking sandals inspired by the on-trend Birkenstock sandal. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, dear reader. But comfort is universal.
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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.