Trend to Try: Birkenstock-Inspired Sandals

Trend to Try: Birkenstocks(Source: Bauergriffin.Com; ImaxTree/Houghton Spring 2014; FameFlynet Pictures)A few seasons ago, devout fashion followers (ourselves included) were stunned to see Birkenstock-style shoes shuffling down the runway in Celine's Spring 2013 runway show. While most had their doubts that the tree-hugger style would stick, the flat sandal has made its way into mainstream territory and, in fact, are closet staples for stars such as Jessica Alba and Heidi Klum. We've scouted out a number of stylish versions to consider for pulling off the formerly frumpy footwear.

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013, CelineCeline's Spring 2013 runway show (ImaxTree)more pics »Since Celine's rendition, many other designers, including Givenchy, Houghton and Giambattista Valli have given Birkenstock-inspired sandals a whirl. As a result, street stylers are turning the fashion-forward resurrection into a surprisingly appealing addition to all kinds of attire.

Alba enhances her easy-going ensembles with the casual shoe, namely while running errands. Klum, on the other hand, utilizes the sandal to dress down her otherwise fancier threads, especially when spending time with her family. While both stylish stars keep it basic in black, we have our eye on some bolder on-trend options.

Trend to Try: Birkenstock-Inspired Sandals(Source: Clockwise: Birkenstock Nubuck Gizeh in Billiard, $120, at Birkenstock; Steve Madden Boniella Sandal, $90, at Steve Madden; Rachel Zoe Fawn Two Band Flat Sandals, $255, at Shopbop; Steven Alan x Dr. Scholls Sa Ii Sandal, $145, at Steven Alan)When trying on the trend for yourself, consider the classic brand in a bright color—namely Birkenstock's teal flip-flop option ($120). You can also accent your ensemble with Steve Madden's florals ($90) or Rachel Zoe's gold metallic buckle version ($255). For a more traditional look with guaranteed comfort, try a pair from Steven Alan's collaboration with Dr. Scholls, such as these black leather cross-strap slip-ons ($145).
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