The Great Birkenstocks Debate

As Summer is fast approaching, the great Birkenstocks debate continues with those around me. Perhaps because I am pro-Birks people are still in disbelief that a “Style Blogger” <insert mild sarcasm tone and dismay gasp here> like myself would approve of such an UGG-like fashion faux-pas? And just like Kale; Birkenstocks must have a really, really good publicist. Think about it, how else would two rather unassuming enigmas become as popular as they have within the realm of fashion if not for the aid of a truly trailblazing and unapologetic ball buster? While Kale is being used in almost anything and everything; from ice pops, to jewelry, in smoothies and on sweatshirts – which are all equally relevant to – well, being relevant. So as far as Birkenstocks or myself are concerned, (and do I even really need to mention Phoebe Philo or Kate Moss and so forth) and that’s a trick question because I already just did and I digress.. my point is, Birkenstocks are everywhere.

It was, however, immediately clear that they were the perfect solution to maxi-slit skirts and slouchy, wide leg trousers. They also work well with kick flare jeans. And while the trend caught on almost immediately post normcore (though I laugh to use the word “trend” for a sandal that’s been around since what, anno domini [a]?), but I soon understood their sartorial worth, I worried that the very specific look would die out the moment I caved and bought a pair.


This industry – fashion – makes you fickle, doesn’t it? The second you love something, you’re sick of it. I look at so many shoes that just as soon as I declare something my new favorite — I’m on to the next thing, and miraculously both my wardrobe and physical self are able to survive sans.

But for some mysterious unexplainable reason, Birkenstocks have stuck. I caved and got my first pair in 2014. I have no clue why. I know they’re not attractive. They make my feet look ginormous and flat, like Bilbo Baggins less the hair. And as my Colleague points out, “they’re at an annoying price-point.” $100 dollars is technically cheap when comparing them to my most recent Chanel splurge. But $100 dollars is also kind of expensive for a pair of cork-bottomed feet luggers that are going to make me shlep and slouch like a hobbit. These definitely won’t make my legs look leaner, and they won’t “jazz up” a pair of jeans. But I secretly convince myself that they magically will each and every time that I do wear them. But they don’t.

The Great Birkenstocks Debate


So what do I do? I couldn’t justify myself to go for the Designer version but on my latest trip to Macy’s Backstage I found myself drawn to its sister version and acquiring my second pair, but this time, for a fraction of the cost ($29.95 to be exact by J/Slides NYC), in a metallic gold. Totally justifiable right?Abso-freakin-lutely. Visit Macy’s Backstage to find your one-of-a-kind summer deal.

This is how I see it, trends are much harder to sustain, let alone keep-up, so unless I am 110% convinced that it’s worthy enough to join my closet, I go for the affordable and practical version. So as much as people complain and condemn fast fashion mega chains like Zara and h&m for copying, they co-exist harmoniously because there is a market for all.

What are some of your no-deals? What makes or breaks the splurging event? Share on the comments section!

Yvette xo





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  • whenHarrymetSally

    so true about everything! I have the cheaper versions bc I was also afraid of the trend-factor. But I am loving yours that you got! Those metallic ones are actually pleasing to the eye. I may acquire a pair of metallic babies too!

    • haha thanks! I was pleasantly surprised at these finds as well! Can’t wait to see what you get!

  • Lauren Goodman

    I could never compromise on Designer bags, but shoes I am willing to shop at Zara or Steven Madden or Aldo or anything that is comfortable and good price! Great debate and well justified. I got a pair last summer and haven’t looked back since or regretted it. I am doing just fine thankyouverymuch lol x

    • oh for sure! totally agreed on the bags. as for the shoes.. well.. I might get the real deal and get the fun version in the cheaper price point.

  • Lauren Goodman

    btw I LOVE the look! that dress and slits are perfection with the turtleneck layer!!

    • and thank you for that! it was actually a perfect Spring weather and not too cold for the sandals.

  • fancydaint

    I love this look! You have such great eye not only for putting it together but for the small details as well. And quite frankly you are making those twenty dollar sandals like they are designers! I like them better than the Birkenstock because of the black & white sole. And I saw that exact dress at h&m a couple of weeks ago and I thought to myself ‘how the heck would I pull this off?!’ and here you are wearing it in the most practical and conventional way possible! With turtlenecks at that! I love how you mix highs and lows and magically make it work. Keep on inspiring girl! xox

    • i am totally with you on this girl @violamotarnault:disqus

  • ohhh i LOVE how you styled those shoes!! so you ended up getting them?? i religiously follow you on snaps and can’t get enough of how hilarious you are! that dress is actually really interesting! sporty and flirty/feminine at the same time. Where is the dress from?

  • Veejay

    I love these type of look. You look so chic! And I personally love birks and am all for it! :-)

  • Casey_D

    Can’t wait! My hubby and I will go visit the CT location while visiting our mom’s this mo-day weekend! I hope I can nab a great deal like you! I really like those sandals and really great price! I probably would’ve bought 2 pairs! lol

  • sgstyling

    perfect summer look lah! unfortunately birkenstock are still taboo in sg! need to flow with the masses!

  • Loving those sandals and how you styled them! My Birks are my go-to shoe for summer :)
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