Blue jeans, silk and pantyhose: all revolutionary and necessary inventions by the Germans in the fashion industry. Another contribution that may have previously been overlooked is indeed the Birkenstock.
From Calvin Klein to Celine, dozens of variations of the shoes were showcased on the S/S ’14 catwalks. Once a black sheep and now a dark horse of the shoe game, the pool slider has been given a complete re-vamp for summer.
Now, when I first wrote this post a while back, I was still succumbing to the idea that these humble, sturdy flats could be ‘A Thing’ and despite originating from Germany, Birks seemed to be all over the Australian fashion blogs.
Those women really seem to have the innate ability to throw on a pair of cut-offs and a Breton tee and make the ensemble look like the hottest outfit ever. Maybe it’s the sun bleached ombre hair or the golden tan? Maybe it’s the wonders of Instagram filters? Either way, those girls can pull off anything and although I look far from Australian in any shape or form, it kinda made me want a pair.
After buying the classic Arizonas in a matte black, I received an expected backlash from my friends: ‘Ew, so ugly,’ ‘Even my grandma wouldn’t wear THOSE..’ The comments usually involved a disgusted expression and the words ‘ew’ or ‘grandparents’. Nevertheless, I was sticking to my guns here. ‘Pool Sliders’ had been all over the catwalks for S/S ’14. I was determined sooner or later I would see everyone on HK‘s MTR wearing them (the footwear trends on that thing seem to change by the day; New Balance, Converse, Slip-on skate shoes..I usually can’t keep up.)
Over a short space of time, I was gradually seeing not only the youth of HK, but also my friends sheepishly relenting to this unexpected trend. As a personal preference, I prefer to wear mine with jeans as I feel the bulkiness of the shoes are not so obvious as opposed to wearing them with shorts or a dress. They do tend to look slightly more appealing on tanned legs rather than my ghostly white skin when paired with leg-baring garments.
Love them or hate them, they will most likely still be around in 2016 so it could be a worthwhile investment.
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