The day I first got Birkenstock clogs is engrained deep into my core memories. I was in sixth-grade science class when I realized that several of the girls around me were wearing a khaki-colored slip-on shoe that I’d never seen before. I didn’t know what they were, but I knew that my middle school social status required them.
I went home, and after two days of much nagging, my mom took me to get a pair. Of course, they weren’t the real Birkenstocks; they were a $40 pair from Kohl’s. But they did the job and became all but permanently welded to my feet over the following years. So when images of them started trickling in slowly and then all at once on social media, I was faced with an impossible question: Am I really going to start wearing my favorite pre-teen shoes again?
The short answer is yes. After seeing enough content of people styling them in a cool, effortless way that made me see them in a new light, I went on the Birkenstock site and ordered myself a pair before they all sold out. (Which we’ve seen happen with the it-shoe of the season for several years in a row—looking at you, Ugg Ultra Minis.). Needless to say, over the past few weeks, they’ve become a closet staple for me.
The key to getting over a clog aversion? Remembering that they won’t be styled in the same way you wore them in the late aughts. With all off-duty fall looks, they’ll be the finishing touch to outfits that you didn’t realize you needed. Here’s how to style Birkenstock clogs this fall to make them feel cool—not like you’re back in the sixth grade.
For the ultimate Saturday outfit, opt for a button-up, baseball hat, relaxed jeans, and your clogs. It’s the kind of Pinterest-cool that’ll make you turn to it again and again.
Want to dress down your sweater dresses? Clogs are the easiest way to do it. Throw them on for an uncomplicated twist on the classic fall piece. Utilize your accessories to further amplify the vibe you want the look to emulate.
There’s nothing as quintessentially transitional as a chunky, oversized cardigan, and they just so happen to be the perfect pairing with a clog—especially with relaxed jeans and a tee.
For the ultimate TikTok-viral look, pair wide-leg trousers with a crewneck sweater and your clogs. The clogs will serve as an unexpected, dressed-down juxtaposition to the other traditionally elevated-feeling elements.
Cargo pants are in the running to be the hottest pants of fall 2022, and playing up their trendy vibe is easy with an oversized sweatshirt and your Birkenstocks.
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