Tagged: Birkenstocks

Transition shoes x

Are clogs the new winter shoe? Possibly. The pandemic has had a strange effect with changes rippling out and now clogs make sense – perfect for sliding on for little trips to nowhere. And then flinging off on return; they are the ideal indoor shoe for the modern person. But if this is the purpose of clogs, the sheepskin versions seem much softer and more appealing – I’ve been wearing my ancient shearling Celts complete with worn toe holes since summer first started waning, but if I was going for an upgrade, it would be for these Birkenstocks. My only fear would be the temptation of the rest of the Birkenstock range…

(All pics Pinterest and Birkenstocks)

Mighty fine….

Laters, Kate x

If the shoe fits x

If you look closely at a Birk, you can tell how people used to think – practical, longevity, function.


But you can add to that list at strange, earthly beauty.  These are foundation shoes to ground any outfit.

I’ve worn the same white pair for the last three plus summers, safe in the knowledge they work.

(All pics Birkenstock)

These are not the dizzying, sun dance shoes of whimsy and wonder, but the timelessness of deep, true love.

Laters, Kate x

Birkies.. x


The rise of the Birkie shows no sign of abating, indeed it’s all praise for the fashion trend that works with any outfit, any where and even keeps the chiropractor smiling.


Except I have one unexpected niggle..the most comfortable shoe ever they might..but eewch! Give them a while and they can put up a pong that gives a goat cheese factory on a hot day a run for it’s money (I don’t think this happens to everyone, but google ‘smelly birks’ and there are enough results to prove I’m not an isolated incident)..mine reeked so badly they spent the winter months tied up in a plastic bag in the bottom drawer of our freezer in an attempt to kill off the evil, perpetrating bacteria.  Sadly it worked for all of 5 mins..the time it took for them to de-frost.  Loathed to throw them away, I’ve finally come up with a solution that thankfully seems to work..a regular wiping down with bleach..it makes the leather for a bit hard..but rather that than inflicting chemical warfare on the local neighbourhood and resident small furry animal population..

169c3edc9b042c52656ccb69ecb83247The company aren’t resting on their classic laurels either but are continually bringing out different colours and updating styles with subtle, clever changes – one of the best being the addition of coloured soles. Red?


Or Pink?391f391f37d51d4d10142428bf921c39 d55dfecc98999afe96c5a0b8e065acb0They are the no-brainer-must-have shoe of the summer…it’s just deciding how many pairs which ones to buy..decisions, decisions..

Laters, Kate x

Slides for a Reason x


Slides/sandals with socks were objects of such disdain in my youth: Only worn by tourists from lands that fashion forgot.  But now they’re the sheep-shoe of the moment…and why not? They’re the model of languid self-possession with sleepy, knowing eyes. 433370_e1_xl-e1398248993756 It’s that edgy, loose type of cool..a button casually left undone rather than a mini skirt and teetering heels…Birks are the reigning royalty.  The ones with white soles have particular appeal..shame my feet don’t like them, but there’re plenty of other options.. 1397733663-11029200

(From here)

Some with that extra element of something to elevate them from the ordinary..


(From here)

I like the way they mix with tailored suits – poise, power, grace. And the ability to run..


(The Adidas originals JS Wing slides in black and white – from 2011, but you might find on Ebay..)

It’s what makes fashion so fascinating: That visceral force and ever changing skyline where something can be so rejected one decade makes a complete turn around the next..


But comfort and style needs embracing: I dare someone to sit next to me and tell me it isn’t true….

Laters, Kate x

Ugly Shoes?


Travellers with backpacks for wardrobes have been some of the best dressed people I’ve ever seen.  What little they have has to be chosen with care – practical and loved, worn-in with just that touch of flair and imagination.  And Birkenstocks make the ideal travelling shoe – invincible, hardwearing – slide them on and off – or leave them on – for dodgy showers and floors. So I can understand their growing popularity: over the years they’ve earnt their fashion stripes the hard way (although Birks with fur aka Celine will never have my heart) But sadly the molded Birk sole never fitted my feet rendering them painful, heavy, clunky and useless – it’s not a look I’ll be signing up to any time soon.  But these shoes by Tods? Ignore the price-tag and I’d be there like a shot..

Laters, Kate x