I’m just putting this out there, but…Celine might be screwing with us. This might be an Emperor’s New Clothes situation, wherein Phoebe Philo is testing just how devoted we are to her whims by proposing the idea of fur-lined (and -covered) Birkenstocks and pumps and seeing just how mindlessly we all flock to them. Based on the number of effusive Instagram pictures I saw from the Celine Spring 2013 show (about the shoes specifically), lots of people are buying in. Maybe I’m just not imaginative enough.
I’ve been thinking for a while that Birkenstocks are headed for a trendy moment once again – I’ve seen Ashley Olsen wear them, as well as Eva Chen from Teen Vogue and a few of my friends in the industry. When you start to notice that many people who know about fashion wearing something that was formerly reviled, that’s a significant trend. I just didn’t expect Furkenstocks to become a thing, let alone pumps covered in fur. If you prefer your oddness to be of the Margiela variety, check out the pedicure pumps in this collection. One thing I did like, though? In the middle of all the madness were two pairs of traditional black satin pumps, as if to remind us all that Philo and Celine are in on the joke. Check out all the photos after the jump.