3 Ways to Wear Birkenstocks (Plus Some Budget-Friendly Alternatives)

Birkenstock-style sandals are all the rage this season. Here are three ways to wear them, plus a few cheaper lookalikes for the budget-conscious.
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Going along with the recent spring trend of boho, '70s-inspired style, Birkenstock sandals have had a major resurgence. Once considered chunky and unflattering, they've now been embraced by fashionistas everywhere.

Versatile, trendy, and— of course— super-comfortable, they're a worthwhile addition to your wardrobe. However, they do have a price tag of around $100 or more, so if you're on a student budget, scroll down for some cheaper lookalikes. 

Like the look of Birks, but don't know how to wear them? Here are three ways to wear these iconic sandals

Look #1


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This outfit is perfect if you're still in that winter-to-spring transitional phase. Start by pairing a floral maxi skirt with a lightweight, mint green sweater. Add a few trendy, boho touches, like a fringed bucket bag and medallion necklace. Finish the look by slipping on a pair of taupe-colored suede Birkenstocks. 

Look #2


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For a grungy ensemble that has a mix of masculine and feminine elements, start with a flowy slip dress, then tie a plaid flannel shirt around the waist. Add some edge with a black zippered bag and aviator sunglasses, then slip on your black Birkenstocks to keep the look casual. Lastly, stack several rings of different sizes and shapes for a bit of metallic sparkle.

Look #3


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For a girlier take on this casual sandal trend, pair your white patent leather Birkenstocks with a floral, lace-detailed tank and denim cut-offs. Layer on a neutral cardigan for chilly spring weather. Accesorize with feminine details, like a pink bow headband, charm earrings, and a pastel green nail polish. 

5 Budget Birkenstock Lookalikes

Not ready to shell out $100 on a pair of sandals? Not to worry! Here are some cheaper alternatives to traditional Birkenstocks that will let you test-drive the trend without breaking the bank. 


Products: 1. Old Navy, $25 | 2. Madden Girl via Macy's, $49 | 3. Target, $25 | 4. Betula by Birkenstock via 6pm, $50 | 5. Forever 21, $30  


Do you own a pair of Birkenstock-style sandals? What do you think of the trend? How would you wear them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

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