Birkenstocks, 1966 Photo 15

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50 Ugliest Shoes Birkenstocks, 1966

Birkenstocks, 1966

In 1966, Margot Fraser returned from a German spa vacation with a pair of contoured footbed sandals, then began importing Birkenstocks to the U.S. With their unisex shape and promise of cork comfort, Birkenstocks have attracted an odd mix of hippies, college kids, and celebrities ever since. No need to join the comune.

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