7 ways to wear Birkenstocks

It's summer, and that means it's Birkenstock season. Well, that means it's Birkenstock sandal season, because if you're like me, you own what I call Winter Birkenstocks (aka the shearling-lined variety) as well. Then again, you can always wear Birkenstock sandals with socks year-round, so maybe let me backtrack again and say it's sockless Birkenstock sandal season. Whew, glad we cleared that up! I own Birkenstocks in all shapes, colors, and warmths, but my favorite pair to wear in the summertime is the Arizona EVA sandal in black. I actually think they're more comfortable than the traditional cork footbed—the foamy EVA material is more cushiony and absorbs impact better—and they have the added benefit of being much more affordable than traditional leather or suede. (They're also vegan, if that's important to you.) I own them in black and am strongly contemplating a pair in white, because as I'm about to prove, they're one of the most versatile pairs of shoes in my closet. The fact that they're a single color makes them a little more streamlined and sophisticated-looking than the traditional leather-and-cork combination, and I pair mine with pretty much anything. Here are 7 ways to wear the Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals.




With wide-leg pants

I wore this outfit to a somewhat fancy dinner downtown (at Bix—highly recommend) and while I was worried that the Birkenstocks made the look slightly too casual, I was entirely mistaken. Hey, wearing a blazer in San Francisco qualifies as dressing up! I also highly recommend a pair of wide-leg, elastic-waistband pants for summer, especially if you plan on eating a lot. 





OUTFIT DETAILS: H&M blazer (similar here or here) | Madewell T-shirt | COS pants | A.P.C. sac demi-lune | Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals (also here)


With a midi skirt

My high school French teacher wore a lot of skirts with socks and Birkenstocks (we called her "Chausettes et Sandales" behind her back, sorry Mme. W!) and either she was totally ahead of her time or I've become a middle-aged Francophile, because I LOVE wearing my Birkenstocks with a midi skirt. This was an early pandemic outfit, and I still wear a variation of it quite frequently. The sandals keep it casual yet chic—I think Mme. W would approve.



OUTFIT DETAILS: Gap denim jacket (current version here) | Everlane sweatshirt (current version here) | Etoile Isabel Marant Cencia skirt (on Vestaire Collective) | Keebos iPhone case (c/o) | Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals (also here)


With white jeans

Wearing black shoes with white jeans feels like you're breaking some sort of fashion rule, but ever since Britney Spears did it in the video for Sometimes, I've been a fan (see also: Elin Kling). Wearing sandals also helps remind you that it's actually summer, because it can get a little gray and foggy here sometimes, especially in August when we shot these. Yes, I was bundled up in a coat, long-sleeve tee, and jeans in August. Welcome to San Francisco. Always bring a jacket.



OUTFIT DETAILS: Ganni leopard coat (on Vestaire Collective) | T by Alexander Wang tee (similar here) | Old Navy jeans (current version here) | Keebos iPhone case (c/o) | Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals (also here)


With a sundress

This is a very Captain Obvious outfit, but it needs to be said that the EVA Birkenstocks are great for vacation, especially if you're going to be on the beach. Unlike traditional Birkenstocks, you can get them wet and they're super easy to clean—often a good rinse will do, or you can use soap and water. And it goes without saying, but they're very easy to slip in and out of should you need to. 



OUTFIT DETAILS: Old Navy dress (current version here) | Quay Australia sunglasses (very similar here) | Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals (also here)


With jeans and a cardigan

A great transitional look, this is a combination that I live in late spring and late fall, when you're either jumping the gun on sandals or not quite ready to give them up. I've re-shared this outfit multiple times on Instagram, and every time I do, it gets a ton of love—there's just something so cozy and Northern California about it. 



OUTFIT DETAILS: Halogen cardigan (lightweight version here) | Everlane air tee (also love their organic cotton) | Frame Parisian jeans (I also love le high straight) | Focalook necklace | A.P.C. sac demi-lune | Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals (also here)


With a maxi dress

I obviously like wearing Birkenstocks with dresses, the more feminine the better, because I feel like the sandals help counter any frills with their sturdiness and practicality. It's all about creating contrast. And this reminds me, I totally need to wear this dress again, because it's a banger. 



OUTFIT DETAILS: Christopher John Rogers dress (on Ebay) | Mango bag (current version here) | Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals (also here)


With all black 

While the sandals help balance out any super-feminine pieces, they also look minimalist and sleek with a monochromatic look such as this one. I've been gravitating toward a lot of color in my wardrobe lately, but this reminds me of how sophisticated an all-black outfit can look, even if it's composed of super comfy pieces. 



OUTFIT DETAILS: Pact scoopneck tee (c/o) | Free People skyline skirt | Audette bag (current version) | Focalook necklace | Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals (also here)




9 comments

Laura B said...

I a pair of white Birks like these and I LOVE them! THey are so comfortable around the house in the summer because they are so supportive! I love that you can wash them off too!

Lovely said...

Your Birks are cool, and I'm love all these styles you have worn them.
xoxo
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Carol Benton said...

Birkenstocks are so comfortable. You look great in all these outfits, and I like how you styled your Birkenstocks with a dress as well as casual pants.
Carol
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Nancy 's Fashion Style said...

I never had those although everyone seems to think they are so comfortable! Love your looks!

Olivia said...

So cute outfit ideas, thank you for sharing!!!

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Sakuranko said...

Oh very cute outfits darling

Alexandra said...

Thanks and keep sharing great content.

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Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

I've always wanted a pair of Birkenstocks. Love all of this outfit inspiration!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Mica said...

You wear these sandals so well! I love them with the jeans but they are equally as cute with the dresses as well! You are definitely making the most of having these shoes in your wardrobe :)

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