When you hear the word “Birkenstocks,” you no doubt think of the classic sandals you see me wearing in this photo.
I’d venture to say that even the most fashion-challenged could easily identify these by their distinctive style. They’re not exactly attractive by traditional standards – like the Moon River, they’re “wider than a mile.” But they have a comfy, quirky vibe that’s unique – and unapologetically down-to-earth.
The Birkenstock company makes shoes in a lot of different styles. But I’m guessing their classic sandal is by far the best seller. Knock-offs might be identical, but they’re not Birkenstocks. When I lose mine, and can’t remember whether I left them by the TV or under the kitchen table, the question I ask is, “Has anyone seen my Birkenstocks?” Not sandals. Birkenstocks.
You don’t have to do a Google search to know that these are quality shoes (but I did, and they are). Birkenstocks are built for function. They’re made with the highest quality materials. Birkenstock invented the contoured footbed, which was introduced to the U.S. in 1930 – many years after Johann Birkenstock first started cobbling in Germany back in 1774.
I’ve owned this particular pair of Birkenstocks for at least 15 years. I looked today and found the same pair online for $125.00. I’d call that a pretty good bargain.
In honor of their distinctive style – as well as quality and value, Birkenstock is our Uncopyable Rockstar of the Week.