Birkenstocks, the "ugly" sandals people love to hate, have been on a serious upswing over the past few years with fashion girls and celebrities alike sporting the shoes in lieu of other more conventionally "trendy" options—and it's easy to see why. The über-comfortable style, known for its cork footbed, cushy sole, and slip-on design, is one of the best sandals to wear when walking long distances (which you'll likely do this summer). Plus, they pair well with just about anything in your warm-weather wardrobe. Style them with a sleek, silky slip dress for a chic-meets-casual getup or pair the Birkenstocks with cropped jeans and a white tee for an easy everyday look.
Now, whatever your opinion on the controversial footwear, one thing is for certain—they're here to stay, and they'll most likely end up in your closet at some point. So ahead we've rounded up some of the best Birkenstock styles to purchase if you're ready to jump on board with this "ugly" shoe trend. From classic Arizona buckle slides to shearling-lined clogs to adjustable, one-strap versions, these comfy, versatile, well-made sandals are worth their price tag. Your feet will thank you for this investment.