Thursday, May 18, 2017

Birkenstocks?


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  1. At a very preppy summer camp in Maine in the early 90's, they were de rigueur. And yes, in Maine for morning chapel one also needed ragg wool socks until it warmed up. Shocking but true.

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    1. I still have original Birkenstock rag cotton socks - they wore like iron! I'd love to have more but I don't think they're available anymore.

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  2. I love mine and intend to add to my collection.

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  3. A fine shoe - I wore Milano's throughout the 90s until I figured out that they were causing ankle pain. My kids lived in them for years! Are they still fashionable with socks? I have a pair but find I prefer Bass Sunjuns.

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  4. Absolutely. Practical, comfortable, ergonomic, engineered to last. Why not.

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  5. Yes, yes, yes! I'm a former ballerina and have all the associated foot issues/high arches now that I'm older...I wear them all summer long for the support they provide and have several styles to choose from. They are the only truly comfortable shoe for me. I make sure I don't wear them anywhere they are not appropriate but they are my favorite! - ER

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    1. Same boat, same shoe problems. Agony when they are not appropriate. I'd rather skip an event if there will be hours standing in some other shoe.

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  6. No. I enjoyed my Birks in the 80s during my peasant girl/granola/activist phase but I will not wear them today even though I still tinker with those phases on occasion. I celebrate "comfortable shoes" but Birkenstocks do not flatter me at all.

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    1. Birkenstocks "flatter" no one. But that's not the point.

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    2. To each his or own "points" in sartorial selections and statement pieces.

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  7. Depends on what self-image you want to run up the flag pole.

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  8. Sure - I often wear suede Arizonas with SmartWool trekking socks, Patagonia Stand-up shorts or Royal Robbins Bluewater shorts. De rigueur summertime wear here in the West.

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  9. I say...add them to the "classics" list and let the chips fall where they may!

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  10. Birkenstocks? Not now, not ever, NEVER!

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  11. On Chicago's North Shore, yes. Rainbow sandals out-prep Birks, though.

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  12. And then there was The Earth Shoe.

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    1. Oh my gosh. Earth shoes. What a crackpot that idea THAT was. "Hey, I know! Let's put the heel on the front!" Sheesh!

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  13. Independent of their incredible comfort and durability, there can be a fine line where New England prep and earth/crunch aesthetics intersect. Much like an old Volvo wagon, they can both easily bespeak a lefty-granola association or conservative Yankee practicality. That said, around my MA college campus in the mid 2000s, they were everywhere, having undergone a renaissance... and I still have the pair of clogs I bought in 2004. Think they can for sure be housed under the prep umbrella if done correctly.

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  14. I resisted Birks for years, thinking they were the ugliest shoe ever. But last summer I fell under the spell of the Gizeh. Since then I've also gotten a pair of Arizonas so that I could wear socks with them in the fall and winter. I'm a convert to these and will wear them most everywhere except the most formal occasions.

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  15. Birkenstocks were shown in a tv ad in an attempt to disparage an opponent in the 2016 upstate NY Congressional race. Of course the stunt only made the perpetrators look like bullies.

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  16. No... they just scream, "I have given up!"

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    1. Fully agree. And the more contemporary Crocs are just the absolute pits! Nothing says 'I really can't be bothered to bother' better than a pair of Crocs.

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  17. The Birkenstock Gizeh makes feet look like canal boats, plus they flaunt the bold, all-caps word "BIRKENSTOCK" on the outside. Fork over $100 to advertise the B'stock brand wherever you walk? No, thank you. However, the nouveaux riches around here seem to love them.

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  18. Grew up in California, yet have never worn them. No judgement on others, though.

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    1. Yes, same for me. I grew up wearing Adidas Adilette sandals as the warm weather choice - with exception of sailing time, wearing Sperry TS. I moved far North but still wear these.

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  19. a lovely young woman is entitled to wear anything she likes

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  20. Always depends on personal taste, but I prefer Rainbows - they have a more classic look in my opinion, and in my opinion, just as much arch support.

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  21. I wear a pair of the Boston model as house shoes. They are very comfortable, but I don't wear them anywhere but my house and yard. GLH

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  22. Awhile back an item of clothing was pictured in a post and someone said something nice but they said that you should take a look a the one from...an online retailer. I checked it out and other than being the same general type of clothing it had nothing in common with the item in the post. When reading all the comments about Birkenstocks I almost fell into that same irrelevancy trap when I thought: Hey, how about Crocs?

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  23. I'll draw considerable fire here, I'm sure, but the ugliest damn footwear around, surpassing even Naturalizers and Crocks, which is really saying something. Ugh!

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich von B.

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  24. Volvos for the feet. Can't live without them.

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  25. Mephisto Helens. A bit sleeker and great colors.

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