After seeing them on Heidi Klum, fashion blogger, Jules of Sincerely Jules, and even my style icon, Brad Goreski, my jaw dropped so low, it took a tank (full of Birkenstocks) to lift it back up.
What has happened to the fashion world?
Has everyone decided to opt for comfy/ugly because heels were just too painful? Did we simply forget about WEDGES?
Are these the "Uggs" of the summer (another debatable fashion trend that'll never really go away)?
Has everyone fallen on their head?
Sure, they promise comfort, but that's ALL they promise. Isn't fashion about style? Or perhaps that term has become so flexible that anything goes if a designer says it does.
After Phoebe Philo introduced furry flip flops at Celine, the fashion world turned upside down. Lo and behold, people actually started wearing them. For her Spring 2014 collection, Isabel Marant had her models walk tdown the runway in Birkenstocks and somehow, it looked ridiculously cool. And who can forget Karl Lagerfeld's newfound obsession with the sneaker? He practically invented "comfy chic".
Has the fashion world gone awry or are all the designers trying to make comfort and cool synonymous terms? If so, shouldn't I be more pleased? Isn't this the most wonderful news you've ever heard?
The comfort revolution has officially commenced and I can only wonder what will come next. Will we be seeing track-pants on the runway? Are slippers about to make their way onto the street style scene? If the pyjama suit could become a trend, all you really need is to have Marc Jacobs to introduce a pair of fluffy little piggy heads and it'll be fashion. Should we expect bathrobes to become a staple? What about (dare I say it) SWEATPANTS?
According to Karl Lagerfeld, "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."
I guess it won't be Karl then. Perhaps Stella McCartney?
What do you think of the Birkenstock trend? Can ANYTHING become fashion if a designer puts it on a runway? Are Birkenstocks a sign of a comfortable future ahead?
Here are some trendy Birkenstocks to inspire you: