As the weather warms up, you might want a pair of house shoes that are a bit more breathable than your pair of wool slippers, but still comfortable, and ideally sturdy enough to wear outside (when the time comes). When we think of footwear that meets that criteria, the first thing that comes to mind are Birkenstock’s slip-on Arizonas, specifically the rubbery EVA pair, which is cheaper, lighter, and easier to clean than a traditional pair of Birkenstocks, according to contributor and devoted Birkenstock Gizeh EVA–wearer Alison Freer. “They are wildly flexible and far easier to clean than the classic cork-footbed versions — just hose them off, and you’re good to go,” she says. Freer’s not the only fan of Arizona EVAs: Jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth told us that she lives in the rubber sandals because “they’re an easy staple.” And Chris Black told us that this “flip-fop alternative” provides “more comfort than a classic espadrille.” Just in time for the official start of spring (that’s today), Nordstrom is offering 25 percent off on Arizona EVAs, bringing their already affordable price down to just $34. While we’re partial to this turquoise, they are also available in a shade called “beetroot purple” and neutrals including metallic silver, black, and white.
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