Ready for the resurgence of "ugly" shoes? So are we. Sure, there have been specific styles that simply won't quit (chunky loafers, we're looking directly at you), but looking at the biggest shoe trends to hit this year, it seems as though we've reached the peak of the craze. Now that we're in the midst of warmer days, it's time to hone in on one particular shoe style that's left a room divided: the Birkenstock.
Many brands have reimagined Birkenstock's iconic Arizona sandals for a fashion-forward take on the podiatrist-approved shoes, and some, like Valentino and Rick Owens, have even collaborated with the brand for a high-fashion spin. But let's be real: Nothing comes quite as close to the one that started it all—just ask fashion's favorite It girls.
From Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner to the Olsen sisters—along with the chicest style-setters—Birkenstocks have become one of the most beloved pairs of "ugly" sandals in the closets of fashion lovers everywhere.
If you're ready to get on board with the trend and want to sport your own Birkenstock outfits, scroll through to see how our favorite celebs and It girls are wearing the two-strap sandals now.
The Celeb Way
Style tip: Style these classic sandals like an Olsen and wear them with a timeless button-down shirt and trousers.
Style tip: Tracee Ellis Ross paired her shoes with a colorful dress that's perfect for summer.
Style tip: For your more casual moments, opt for a pair of white jeans with a graphic T-shirt.
Style tip: Socks with sandals is the unexpected footwear trend that's been dominating among It girls lately.
Style tip: Need to dress up your socks-and-sandals look for a low-key evening out? Layer a longline coat over your shoulders.
Style tip: It's no secret that Birkenstocks are perfect for your errand runs. Opt for the athleisure take with a coordinated workout set.
Style tip: Another option is to wear them with relaxed trousers and an easy sweater while you're on the move.
Style tip: Looking for an outfit that feels comfortable, classic, and unique? Swap out your standard jeans for a cool patchwork pair.
Style tip: An effortless sweatshirt with cropped leggings and Birkenstocks will be one of your go-to outfits for everything from gym sessions to errand runs.
The It-Girl Way
Style tip: For an easy ensemble to throw on at a moment's notice, you'll never go wrong with a classic black pair of Birkenstocks styled with a slip dress.
Style tip: Bring out the white accents of your ensemble with Birkenstock's white version of the Arizona sandals.
Style tip: If you want to create a modern take on prep-school style, pair a pleated skirt with a crop top and Birkenstock sandals.
Style tip: If you happen to be going camping or on a road trip soon, wear your favorite biker shorts and a sweatshirt with the sandals.
Style tip: Anyone who's looking for a maximalist-approved way to sport Birkenstocks will love wearing a glittery pair with vibrant pants.