Created by a German shoemaker over 200 years ago, this shoe was created to provide support and roominess to our most abused body part - our feet.
Hippies wore them (and many women "of a certain age" were hippies in their youth) and they became a symbol of that era. These shoes, made from cork, have a contoured foot bed, a deep heel cup and lots of toe room. However, they became passe' and other sandals and sneakers became more popular.
Well, guess who's back! It only took some young designers to incorporate the look (thank you, Olsen Twins!) into their regular look and badda bing...the shoe has returned as being "so ugly, they're cool"!
I owned a pair of these and wore them to death.
And now the variety of sandals even come in colors and several styles.
Although they are not cheap to buy, they are better than the knockoffs. I purchased a knockoff pair at Payless Shoes and they are NOT comparable at all. And they caused a blister! Yes, they were cheap and you get what you pay for.
If you look at any fashion magazine right now, you'll see many models wearing Birkenstocks.
There are other comfy sandals such as those by Fitflop, Born, or Teva (for example), several of which are perfect for hiking and wearing on mountain walks or beach strolls.
And no one in Florida can get by without a pair of rubber flip flops (aka: thongs).
No matter what shoe you wear this summer, get a pedicure and keep your toenails pretty! People DO look at feet and what your feet look like says a lot about you. Make sure your feet are clean and callous free.
But if you want to be comfy AND trendy...go buy some Birkenstocks and enjoy some happy walking!
Here's a great thought for summer:
Until next week, I remain,