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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

For the unnecessarily withholding dog trainer

Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed Navy Suede

For the Phoebe Philo Céline-era stan

Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Mink Suede

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

Arizona Shearling Black

For the sound-bath instructor

Birkenstock Gizeh Golden Brown

For the fashion person

Birkenstock Arizona White

For the Fashion Person

Birkenstock Monterey Exquisite White

For the waitress at Sur

Birkenstock Cleo Frosted Metallic Rose

For the unemployed MFA grad/hobbit

Birkenstock London Habana Oiled Leather

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

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA Navy

For the aggressively hype hypebeast

Rick Owens x Birkenstock Arizona Sandal Gray Calf Hair

For the subtly hype hypebeast

Birkenstock x Rick Owens Boston Clog

For the woman who wears a lot of linen

Birkenstock Amsterdam Slip-On Clog Beige

For the mom who loves statement jewelry

Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle Gator Brown Leather

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

Birkenstock Arizona Taupe Suede

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

Birkenstock Madrid Essentials EVA Khaki

For the person who’ll wear these with socks

Birkenstock Milano Amalfi Brown

For the sixth grader on summer break

Birkenstock Arizona Hex Limited Edition Shock Drop Slide Sandal Red Spectacular Leather

For the industrial designer

Birkenstock Monterey Exquisite Black
Birkenstock Monterey Exquisite Black

For the person who just learned about “hygge”

Birkenstock Boston Genuine Shearling Lined Clog Mink Suede

For the clogerati

Birkenstock Esra Cognac Leather

For the Dansko-rejecting registered nurse

Birkenstock Tokyo Super Grip White Leather

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

Birkenstock Boston Metallic Anthracite

For the cool mom, not a regular mom

Birkenstock Madrid Slip-On Black

For the very cute but entirely age-inappropriate camp counselor

Birkenstock Mayari Mocha

For the European tourist having lunch at Tavern on the Green

Birkenstock Granada Habana Oiled Leather

For Paris Hilton

Arizona Shocking Pink Nubuck

For the person who wants to be very strapped in

Birkenstock Yara Habana

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

Birkenstock Deluxe Shoe Care Kit

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27 Birkenstocks for Every Type of Person