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This season fashion appears to be focusing on comfort and female travelers are reaping all the style benefits – finally fashionable and functional shoes we can wear on our travels (at least for now). Join the flatbed “ugly shoe” trend with Birkentock Sandals!


Travel Fashion Trend: Birkenstock Sandals

Written by: Cailyn Cox


Birkenstock sandals were once considered some of the most unattractive footwear choices for women, but they’ve recently been revamped from fashion don’ts to fashion do’s.

That’s right, Birkenstock sandals along with similar flatbed styles were the Spring 2014 runway highlight and this is great news for the avid traveler for several reasons: finally we get to blur the boundaries between comfort and style.

We can walk for miles without having aching feet and blisters and lastly, we now have even more choice because there’s a wide new range of styles that have become available, both designer and high street.


How to Wear Birkenstock Sandals


Visit my Pinterest Board: Travel Sandal Trends for more Style Inspiration and links to the above images!


If you’re unsure about how to rock the flatbed shoe trend, stick to a fashion favorite like the Arizona Birkenstock sandals in solid matte black, white, or tobacco brown. Birkenstock sizing options include both narrow and wide.


TFG: I normally wear a size 6.5 US women’s and own the size 37 narrow for this brand.


Birkenstock sandals look most stylish when paired with tailored, elegant clothing or a skinny jean, minimalistic look. This is also a great way to update feminine summer dresses or dressier shorts. Avoid the baggy bohemian look unless you know how to pull this off without looking sloppy.


I’ve pulled together some looks that might work for a greater variety of women especially if you’re still a bit skeptical about this shoe trend:


10 Birkenstock Sandal Style Shoes


Flatbed Sandals are not only a popular choice for travelers (and now fashion gurus) because of their casual and easy to wear designs but they also have orthopedic benefits. Check out our top 10 Birkenstock sandals inspired styles (scroll to the end for 10 bonus styles)!



Gizeh Birko-Flor Thong Sandals


Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor


Made in Germany, the traditional style of these fantastic Gizeh Birko-Flor sandals offers you a choice in width in either narrow for slender feet, or regular for medium to wide feet, to make sure you get the size that’s right for you.


TFG: I have the size 37 in narrow and normally wear 6.5 us sizing




Teva Capri Universal



The Capri Universal from Teva® has a sleek look that will enhance any casual or sporty look. It has soft leather footbed offers luxurious comfort. Universal strapping system offers an excellent secure fit and multiple points of adjustment for easy adjustability.




Birkenstock Unisex Arizona Sandal


Birkenstock Arizona


What better color for spring/summer than a fun and cheery bright. These sandals will make a statement but also ensure that you enjoy maximum comfort with the cork footbed and Manmade, shock absorbing sole.




Ticktock Suede Platform Sandal


Nine West


These fantastic sandals are made using textured and a Manmade sole for added comfort. They also come in a choice of 4 colors: black, brown, taupe and dark green, so if you really love them you can get one of each.




Florida from Leather Sandals


Birkenstock Florida


The Birkenstock Florida sandals are a real steal in comparison to other styles. This well-fitted design comes in an option for different widths for the best fit possible. White’s a great color for this summer trend!



Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Classic Slide Sandal


Dr. Scholls


These 100% synthetic patent flip flops are a great choice for those who prefer not to wear leather or any animal byproducts. The Classic Slide Sandal is designed with a Manmade sole and comes in a wide range of different colors including rose gold,  denim and even snake print.




Sawyer Slide Sandals


Michael Kors


These great sandals offer a non marking Omni Grip outsole and you can pick your favorite color from the dark hues to the bright summer shades of sorbet pinks, blues and purple. A stylish pair, perfect for fashionistas that need a nicer looking “ugly shoe”.




Granola Fisherman Sandal


Blowfish shoes for cool girls! A fresh line of young contemporary shoes brought to you by designers who travel the world for inspiration and forward trends to bring happiness and cool looks to your feet. One pair and you’ll be hooked. Just give the line a try and see. Not only fun, but comfy too.




Yara Leather Sandal


Birkenstock Yara


These leather Birkenstocks are a wonderful travel option thanks to their Manmade sole, moldable footbed and added arch support. Not to mention that they look super cute paired with sundresses!




Birkenstock Madrid Sandal


Birkenstocks Madrid


Slide your feet into the Birkenstock Women’s Madrid Birko-Flor Narrow Sandals and give them the luxury of total comfort. The ergonomic soles cradle your feet so you can kick it all day long without keeling over.



Hope you liked these Birkenstock sandals style ideas for travel fashion inspiration this summer! Which style do you like?

Want more travel fashion inspiration? Check out these additional Birkenstock sandals inspired shoes!


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