After Weeks of Searching, I've Finally Found The Ultimate Flat Shoe for Spring

Not even fashion people can resist the lure of a comfortable shoe, which might help explain the industry's spring footwear obsession: Birkenstock Boston clogs. Yes, you read that right—clogs, and from none other than the original "dad sandal" brand, which is known for its humble contoured summer shoes. Would you believe me if I said every fashion person I know either owns or is scrambling to find a pair of these slip-on shoes right now? Because it's true.


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When you think about it, though, it makes sense. In recent years, fashion has revelled in reclaiming "ugly" items and making them covetable—think track-soled boots and fisherman sandals—and Birkenstocks have played a huge part in that. They may not be "glamorous," but over time, the brand's simple sandals have become capsule classics in the most stylish wardrobes. Now, Birkenstock is stocked on luxury websites like Net-a-Porter and collaborated with brands like Manolo Blahnik, unexpected but oh-so brilliant.

Historically, the Arizona double strap sandals have been the iconic choice, but over the last few summers, the fashion set have embraced another comfort-first Birk style: The Boston clog. It's a slip-on, backless mule with a rounded toe and a buckle fastening that first launched in 1977, so you know it's already stood the test of time. Even I'll admit I was less than convinced when I saw early adopters like Lucy Williams and Monikh sporting this style a couple of years ago. But here I am, wearing my now very-much-beloved pair while I sit typing this. I've been won over by so many influencers wearing them with cool outfits (keep scrolling for more of those), and by how gosh-darn comfortable they are.


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It turns out that these simple shoes perfectly capture the low-key, laid-back mood everyone is embracing this season, and now that there are Birkenstock's shearling clogs in the mix, they work just as well in the colder months as they do in the warmer ones. Right now I'd combine a shearling pair with some grey ribbed socks, loose-fit jeans, an oversized jumper and a warm coat. But I love that all you need to add to them is a ribbed vest and a good pair of jeans for the perfect summer 2024 look, which is exactly how I'll be planning on wearing mine next year. But they also go with dresses, wide-leg trousers, shorts and skirts, and they really come into their own when paired with casual outfits—on staycations, beach days, countryside wanderings or for running errands to the local farmers market. Keep scrolling to shop the shoes, and see some styling inspiration too. 

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I wear mine with tailored trousers (and everything else). 


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Proof they go with wide-leg trousers as well as jeans. 


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The perfect slip-on style to pull together a warm-weather outfit.


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Monikh says to wear them with dresses, too!


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I love the idea of wearing them on the beach during British summertime. 


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I've been wearing this outfit on repeat. 


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Just so easy.

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.