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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

For the unnecessarily withholding dog trainer

For the Phoebe Philo Céline-era stan

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

For the sound-bath instructor

For the fashion person

For the Fashion Person

For the waitress at Sur

For the unemployed MFA grad/hobbit

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

For the aggressively hype hypebeast

For the subtly hype hypebeast

For the woman who wears a lot of linen

For the mom who loves statement jewelry

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

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

For the person who’ll wear these with socks

For the sixth grader on summer break

For the industrial designer