By: Lily Martin
Photos by: Kate Clark
Picture this: you’re on your way to class, traversing Copley Lawn. It’s warm, the sky is blue, and some of the chaplains’ dogs are playing in the grass. You stop to admire the tulips Georgetown’s endowment has so kindly planted around John Carroll, but then you spot them. Birkenstocks. The thick leather-straps and cork soles have come out from hibernation, bringing your classmates’ wintery pale feet with them. Why? You ask yourself. How can they still be a thing? You wonder in distress. Well my friends, let me explain the magic behind these chicly beatnik footwear, and why they will never truly go out of style.
Let’s face it, looks can only get you so far in life. Though some may say that they’re an eyesore, not a soul can disagree that Birks feel like a flat version of heaven under your heels. Blame it on German engineering that dates back to 1774, or the humanely recycled materials, but these sandals take a step back and focus on what’s truly important for your feet—health and comfort.
They’re extremely versatile. Going to the beach? The mountains? Plan on taking a stroll through town? In need of some shower shoes? These babies come in so many different materials now that you can find a pair of Birks for any occasion. There are the classic Arizona’s that can be paired with socks for colder weather, or the newer sherpa-lined style that’ll really keep your tootsies warm. The new Madrids come in rainbow colors and are made completely out of plastic for wetter weather. The Boston Clog style is perfect for those that are a little more insecure about having their feet out there for the world to see, and there are so many other styles that share the same comfort and leather straps as the O.G.s.
Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of Birkenstocks is the lifestyle associated with them. Deep down, deeper down in some more than others, there is a little tie-dyed person that is all about counter culture and organic granola, and that’s the part of you that keeps these shoes in style.
So if you haven’t yet, go grab a pair and free your toes, because these bad boys are here for a good time and a long time.