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This season fashion appears to be focusing on comfort and female travelers are reaping all the style benefits – finally fashionable and functional shoes we can wear on our travels (at least for now). Join the flatbed “ugly shoe” trend with Birkentock Sandals!


Travel Fashion Trend: Birkenstock Sandals

Written by: Cailyn Cox


Birkenstock sandals were once considered some of the most unattractive footwear choices for women, but they’ve recently been revamped from fashion don’ts to fashion do’s.

That’s right, Birkenstock sandals along with similar flatbed styles were the Spring 2014 runway highlight and this is great news for the avid traveler for several reasons: finally we get to blur the boundaries between comfort and style, we can walk for miles without having aching feet and blisters and lastly, we now have even more choice because there’s a wide new range of styles that have become available, both designer and high street.



How to Wear Birkenstock Sandals



Visit my Pinterest Board: Travel Sandal Trends for more Style Inspiration and links to the above images!


If you’re unsure about how to rock the flatbed shoe trend, stick to a fashion favorite like the Arizona Birkenstock sandals in solid matte black, white, or tobacco brown. Birkenstock sizing options include both narrow and wide.


TFG: I normally wear a size 6.5 US women’s and own the size 37 narrow for this brand.


Birkenstock sandals look most stylish when paired with tailored, elegant clothing or a skinny jean, minimalistic look. This is also a great way to update feminine summer dresses or dressier shorts. Avoid the baggy bohemian look unless you know how to pull this off without looking sloppy.


I’ve pulled together some looks that might work for a greater variety of women especially if you’re still a bit skeptical about this shoe trend:


10 Birkenstock Sandal Style Shoes


Flatbed Sandals are not only a popular choice for travelers (and now fashion gurus) because of their casual and easy to wear designs but they also have orthopedic benefits.


Check out our top 10 Birkenstock sandals inspired styles (scroll to the end for 10 bonus styles)!


1. Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor


Gizeh Birko-Flor Thong Sandals


Made in Germany, the traditional style of these fantastic Gizeh Birko-Flor sandals offers you a choice in width in either narrow for slender feet, or regular for medium to wide feet, to make sure you get the size that’s right for you.


TFG: I have the size 37 in narrow and normally wear 6.5 us sizing


2. Anyi Lu


Vera Dress Sandal


This Anyi Lu design comes complete with professional arch support and a comfortable custom made footbed. But the best thing about these sandals is that they are designed for your feet to enjoy and made from soft Italian leather so you never have to break them in.


3. Birkenstock Arizona


Birkenstock Unisex Arizona Sandal


What better color for spring/summer than a fun and cheery bright. These sandals will make a statement but also ensure that you enjoy maximum comfort with the cork footbed and Manmade, shock absorbing sole.


4. Nine West


Ticktock Leather Platform Sandal


These fantastic sandals are made using leather and a Manmade sole for added comfort. They also come in a choice of 4 colors: black, blue green, dark pink and yellow, so if you really love them you can get one of each.


5. Birkenstock Florida


Florida from Leather Sandals


The Birkenstock Florida sandals are a real steal in comparison to other styles. This well-fitted design comes in an option for different widths for the best fit possible. White’s a great color for this summer trend!


6. Flogg


Nikita Platform Sandal


These 100% synthetic patent flip flops are a great choice for those who prefer not to wear leather or any animal byproducts. The Nikita Platform is designed with a Manmade sole and comes in a wide range of different colors including pink rose, red, metallic and even tiger print.


7. Michael Kors


Sawyer Slide Sandals


These great sandals offer a non marking Omni Grip outsole and you can pick your favorite color from the dark hues to the bright summer shades of sorbet pinks, blues and purple. A stylish pair, perfect for fashionistas that need a nicer looking “ugly shoe”.


8. Sofft


Burdette Gold Rush Sandal


Made in Spain, these stylish sandals come in a range of different color leather straps. The Santiago Wedge has also been designed with a slight heel, ultra comfortable buckle fastening and synthetic sole. Perfect for when you want a look that’s a little dressier, and they’d look great paired with capri pants, skinny jeans or a cute dress.


9. Birkenstock Yara


Yara Leather Sandal


These leather Birkenstocks are a wonderful travel option thanks to their Manmade sole, moldable footbed and added arch support. Not to mention that they look super cute paired with sundresses!


10. Circus by Sam Edelman


Alex Gladiator Sandal


Liven up any basic outfit with these chain-clad flatbed sandals by Sam Edelman. They’re probably not the lightest for travel but they sure are fun!



Hope you liked these Birkenstock sandals style ideas for travel fashion inspiration this summer! Which style do you like?



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