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27 Birkenstocks for Every Type of Person

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Whatever you think about the ubiquitous cork-and-leather sandal (and its new polymer counterpart), Birkenstocks are here to stay. As Cathy Horyn reported in a recent Cut article, the humble orthopedic sandal has experienced an unprecedented rise in popularity over the last few years, a craze that was perhaps jump-started when Phoebe Philo sent a mink-lined Arizona down a Céline runway in 2012.

Of course, the German company has been around since the 1770s, but the sandals weren’t introduced to a U.S. audience until about the ’60s. Today, they’re everywhere, and dare we say, have even tread onto “iconic” territory. We should have known: Kate Moss sported Birks in a spread for British magazine The Face back in 1990. If you’re still not convinced, here are 27 Birkenstocks for every kind of person in a range of styles to get you in the mood.

For the classicist

Birkenstock Arizona Black
$100 at Zappos

For the unnecessarily withholding dog trainer

Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed Navy Suede
$140 at Zappos

For the Phoebe Philo Céline-era stan

Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Mink Suede
$145 at Zappos

For the Phoebe Philo Céline-era stan (but in black)

Arizona Shearling Black
$145 at Nordstrom

For the sound-bath instructor

Birkenstock Gizeh Golden Brown
$100 at Zappos

For the fashion person

Birkenstock Arizona White
$100 at Zappos

For the Fashion Person

Birkenstock Monterey Exquisite White
$225 at Birkenstock

For the waitress at Sur

Birkenstock Cleo Frosted Metallic Rose
$130 at Zappos

For the unemployed MFA grad/hobbit

Birkenstock London Habana Oiled Leather
$170 at Zappos

For the off-duty model walking her dog in Tompkins Square Park

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA Navy
$40 at Nordstrom

For the aggressively hype hypebeast

Rick Owens x Birkenstock Arizona Sandal Gray Calf Hair
$420 at Nordstrom

For the subtly hype hypebeast

Birkenstock x Rick Owens Boston Clog
$525 at Nordstrom

For the woman who wears a lot of linen

Birkenstock Amsterdam Slip-On Clog Beige
$70 at Nordstrom Rack

For the mom who loves statement jewelry

Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle Gator Brown Leather
$170 at Nordstrom

For the person who doesn’t mind wildly impractical suede sandals

Birkenstock Arizona Taupe Suede
$125 at Zappos

For the person whose wildly impractical suede sandals got ruined in the rain

Birkenstock Madrid Essentials EVA Khaki
$30 at Zappos

For the person who’ll wear these with socks

Birkenstock Milano Amalfi Brown
$135 at Nordstrom

For the sixth grader on summer break

Birkenstock Arizona Hex Limited Edition Shock Drop Slide Sandal Red Spectacular Leather
$185 at Nordstrom

For the industrial designer

Birkenstock Monterey Exquisite Black
$225 at Birkenstock
Birkenstock Monterey Exquisite Black
$225 at Amazon

For the person who just learned about “hygge”

Birkenstock Boston Genuine Shearling Lined Clog Mink Suede
$165 at Nordstrom

For the clogerati

Birkenstock Esra Cognac Leather
$170 at Zappos

For the Dansko-rejecting registered nurse

Birkenstock Tokyo Super Grip White Leather
$150 at Zappos

For the person who’s coined these her “Party Birkenstocks”

Birkenstock Boston Metallic Anthracite
$140 at Zappos

For the cool mom, not a regular mom

Birkenstock Madrid Slip-On Black
$80 at Zappos

For the very cute but entirely age-inappropriate camp counselor

Birkenstock Mayari Mocha
$100 at Zappos

For the European tourist having lunch at Tavern on the Green

Birkenstock Granada Habana Oiled Leather
$135 at Zappos

For Paris Hilton

Arizona Shocking Pink Nubuck
$135 at Zappos

For the person who wants to be very strapped in

Birkenstock Yara Habana
$125 at Zappos

And a little set for anyone who wants to keep their Birkenstocks fresh

Birkenstock Deluxe Shoe Care Kit
$18 at Zappos

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27 Birkenstocks for Every Type of Person