It’s no exaggeration to say that Birkenstock, the family-owned German sandal brand, has withstood the test of time. Founded in 1774 (and thus older than the United States of America), the brand has been able to sustain a level of cool most contemporary labels spend their entire existence chasing.
It’s why we dedicated an episode of our “Why it’s cool” podcast series to Birkenstock and it’s why you’ll see everyone from Rick Owens and Valentino to Kith and CONCEPTS clamouring to collaborate with the German sandal brand. And while, admittedly, Birkenstock has been highly successful in repositioning itself in the industry thanks to these carefully selected collaborations, what really makes Birkenstock so cool are its timeless classics.
The brand is perhaps best known for its two-strap Arizona sandal, though its Boston, Milano, and Madrid models are just as iconic in the sandal world. With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of the best mainline Birkenstock sandals available to buy right now.
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