The 2016 Way to Wear Birkenstocks

Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that “ugly” sandals have found a legion of loyal fans among fashion industry vets, none more so than the almighty Birkenstocks. The comfy slip-ons have become nearly as de rigueur as sneakers, adding an extra bit of ease to any everyday outfit. But while the sandals have been a mainstay for a few seasons now, the way we wear them has evolved, which is why we’re breaking down the 2016 way to style them.

We’re highlighting the one outfit that embodies the year in fashion, a look which toes the line between casual and sophisticated. Vintage-inspired jeans and Birkenstocks lend a relaxed attitude to the ensemble while a textured top and blazer bring balance and a hint of intrigue. Head to toe, we’d describe this outfit as just near perfect. Check it out and then shop the look at every price point below—no matter what your budget may be, you can give the look a try.

Read on for a look at the 2016 way to wear your Birkenstocks!

The Look


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Dress up these classic summer sandals with a cool pair of high-waisted jeans, a textured top, and a blazer slung over the shoulders.

SHOP: H&M Mock Turtleneck Top ($15); Who What Wear Slouchy Blazer ($35); Joe Fresh Slouchy Boyfriend Jeans ($34) ($15).

Choose a relaxed blazer for a more laid-back look, then add loose-fitting jeans and a tighter top to mix things up.

Finish the look off with minimalistic slides.

SHOP: Golden by TNA Lyrica Camisole ($60) ($30);Mango Contrasting Trims Blazer ($60) ($30); Zara High Waisted Mum Jeans ($50).

For a daytime spin on the look, try a loose camisole, perfect in summer weather. Then opt for a blazer with an eye-catching detail like contrast piping.

Add on a classic pair of Birkenstocks and you can’t go wrong.

SHOP: Madewell Cutout Fringed Top ($80); Topshop Moto Mom Jeans ($70); Wilfred Chevalier Jacket ($225).

For a unique spin on the vintage-inspired jeans trend, try a pair with contrast paneling.

Want your shoes to make a statement? Try a pair in silver.

SHOP: Rag & Bone Willa Top ($195);Karl Lagerfeld Satin-Trimmed Blazer ($365); Re/Done High-Rise Crop Jean ($265).

Mixing luxe fabrics like satin with distressed denim makes for an eye-catching combination.

White sandals are the ideal choice when putting together a summer ensemble. 

Looking for more warm-weather shoe inspiration? Check out our favorite sandals to wear to work!

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