I've always had a love/hate relationship with Birkenstocks. When I was a teenager, I was fascinated with them and I wanted a pair so badly, even though everyone thought they were unflattering and ugly (and this was in the 90s when they were actually popular). But with their $100+ price tag, I let them go and forgot all about them. And then I found these.
And my love/hate relationship turned to love once more.
Are they still ugly? Maybe. And if you're asking my husband, he would say most definitely and deem them a deal breaker. And if you're asking a majority of America, they would agree. But somehow I just don't care and I love these anyway. They are not Birkenstocks (15 years later, I still can't stomach the $120 price tag), but I'd say they're pretty darn close. At least in looks. They are only made of man-made materials in Vietnam, as opposed to leather in Germany. But that's why these were on clearance at Target for only $20, a much better price especially given that they're super trendy right now and look pretty close to the real thing. I definitely didn't want to invest a lot of money in something that could easily swing back into a "hate" relationship.
These do look and feel very much like real leather, and they have interesting gold studs along the sides. They feel quite sturdy so I don't think they'll fall off. The bottom reminds me of cork board, and the footbed feels like suede and is thick and slightly cushioned. I've never even tried on a pair of Birkenstocks so unfortunately I can't compare the fit. But I can tell you these feel amazingly comfortable. The buckles are functioning and have a velcro closure in case you need to adjust anything.
I took my usual size 7, which is the perfect fit. As for styling options, so far I see myself wearing them with skinny jeans or drapey pants with a slouchy tee. Or with shorts or boyfriends jeans and a feminine blouse. For other styling options, check out this great post at Chic Obsession. I got more excited after seeing this post as the styling options look endless!
Nail polish color: Ciate Pepperminty