From Manolo Blahniks to Birkenstocks: Are Walkable Cities Impacting Fashion Trends?
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Last year, when some of the fashion blogs I followed were talking about Birkenstocks coming back in style, I laughed it off as a ridiculous fad. I would never be caught dead in shoes that are solely for hippies and German tourists (pun intended).
Then I became a new mom in the summertime, who needed to get around her walkable neighbourhood in a comfortable shoe that could be slipped on and off easily. So I succumbed to the trend and bought a pair, and I have been living in them all summer. It helps to know I am totally on trend.
According to The Guardian, Birkenstock’s two-strap Arizona is the “style du jour,” having made an appearance in the Céline spring/summer 2013 collection in Paris.
"That silhouette was universally considered ugly," Vogue contributor Katherine Bernard told the magazine in July 2013. “But [Céline designer] Phoebe Philo’s luxe reinterpretation got me thinking. It’s the most comfortable sandal in the world having a stylish renaissance.”