This post is dedicated to my friend, Bochog, who loves Birkenstock as much as I do. -PT
I fell in love with Birkinstock 15 years ago. My first pair was the classic two-strap which I asked my friend, Grace, to buy for me when she went to Germany. Since then, I’ve owned several pairs most of which I have loved to death. I’m happy to report, though, that the first pair is still being used by my mother in Aklan.
As you probably know (and as if its name is not a dead giveaway), Birkenstock is a German brand of footwear which is known for its contoured cork and footbed design. What most of you probably don’t know is that its founding dates back 225 years! It was the shoemaker Johann Adam Birkenstock who registered the name ‘Birkenstock’ as a ‘subject and shoemaker’. Because of its revolutionary design, Birkenstock has gained popularity in Europe and eventually, in the US and the rest of the world.
Some people find Birks too chunky or hippy-ish. And while I don’t really mind their classic look, I do agree that Birks must get a much needed makeover if they want to appeal to the younger set. Good thing they’ve come out with some really stylish designs.
And then there’s the collection from German supermodel Heidi Klum…
I especially love this one, the Bikita Thong, which looks very current and high fashion. There’s also Heidi’s take on the classic single-strap…
If you want a little luxe on your sole, these will fit the bill. At EUR179 a pair, I don’t think you’ll see these anywhere near a hippy set of feet.😉
Well, whatever your style may be, there’s surely a pair of Birks that will suit you. My only beef with Birkenstock is that they last too long and I’m too cheap to buy a new pair unless I’ve worn out an old one. But then again, seeing the Bikita Thongs got me thinking… Would my mother appreciate a new pair of