Birkenstock sandals! The many Birkenstock styles aren't just for your weird hippie friends from liberal arts college anymore! Oh, no, these specially molded, strappy, and crunchy-chic sandals now come in sparkly colors and stylish variations. Plus, did you know the Birkenstock brand was originally founded and popularized by a couple of badass ladies who just wanted some comfortable, airy footwear, dammit. Cool! Fun! Shoes!
Charlotte Birkenstock of Germany officially registered herself as a "shoemaker" in local church registries in 1774. Her offspring succeeded in finding ways to make durable shoe inserts that would support the arch of the foot, and remain flexible inside the shoe. Centuries later, an American woman named Margot Fraser "discovered" Birkenstock sandals on her quest to find relief from a devastating foot condition during her vacation in Germany. Birkenstocks cleared up her foot issues in no time and she was able to enjoy the rest of her trip. When she returned to California, she was still so incredibly jazzed about sandals that she started a trading company. Until 2007, Birkenstock Footprint Sandals Inc. (later titled Birkenstock Distribution USA) was the sole (LOL) distributor of Birkenstock products in the United States.
Once word got out about how totally hip and cool Birkenstocks were, Flower Children started wearing them all the time. Gen-Xers caught on in the '90s for yet another wave of Birkenstock revitalization. When flip-flops arrived on the scene in the early 2000s, Birkenstock lovers were devastated.
But don't worry! Birkenstocks are having yet another heyday, with hot fashion trendsetters like Miranda Kerr and even Naomi Watts wearing them. In public! These days you can get shiny silver Birkenstocks and really just about any color you want. What a great time to be alive.Below is everything you need to know about all the hottest Birkenstock styles. This list of Birkenstock designs and types has every Birkenstock sandal and even some clogs and Birkenstock shoes with laces. I know! Upvote the Birkenstocks you will be rocking until the sole gives out and you have to send it back for resoling. They'll do it for free!