Birkenstocks and similar sandals tend to be the kind of shoes that inspire spirited disagreement. “Birkenstocks are great! “No, they’re terrible!” “They’re not any worse than flip-flops!” “You shouldn’t be wearing flip-flops either, you’re an adult!” “You just haven’t seen the newer styles and colors!” “I can’t see them because the image of brown suede clogs is burned into my retinas!” You get the idea.
In my mind, Birkenstocks fall into the same category as UGGs. They’re shoes that almost everyone who cares about shoes has owned at some point in her life, and for many of us, we secretly or not-so-secretly own them now. (I have both grey UGGs and a Birkenstock-like pair of Naot sandals in my closet, although only the sandals get to leave a five-block radius of my apartment.) That goes doubly for celebrities, many of whom are surprisingly casual when left to their own devices and not dolled up by a stylist. It was celebs (or Ashley Olsen in particular) who inspired me to re-open my mind to this style of footwear last year, so if any of you are on the fence for the end of summer, we’ve found some celebrity inspiration that might sway you one way or the other. Check out stars and their Birkenstocks below.