Debuting the Birkenstock look

I hemmed and hawed about these sandals, trying to decide if they were a real "need." Well, turns out a chunky, heavy, weighty sandal helps me feel balanced when wearing my leather jackets with skirts and lighter-weight bottoms. Fells summery without feeling top heavy. Total need after all. ;)

I feel a tiny bit like I fell out of a Helmut Lang catalog today, but I like the outfit anyway. Ironically, I still don't own any Helmut Lang...

Veda "Boss" leather jacket - Rack
J. Crew tank - $1 at flea market
Forever 21 (Helmut knockoff) twist skirt - $15 at F21
Gentle Souls "Jahzara" platform buckle sandals - Nordies
Not pictured: B. Makowsky snake satchel - Ebay

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  • cciele replied 6 years ago

    This totally works, Rae! Now you've got me reconsidering the Birkie look... hmm. And lol about the Helmut Lang! Definitely has that look.

  • Jeanie replied 6 years ago

    Love your Birkie look alikes!  You look comfy and stylish.  I also find that chunkier shoes balance out my wide there are pluses to chunky shoes.  

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  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    I was not a fan of Birkenstock trend but suprisingly I love those on you. I think you just make them cool!;-)

  • Debora replied 6 years ago

    Perfect proportions! You are ahead of the curve, Rae, and I love everything about this. Thanks for showing us how it's done. :)

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    That's how to make an item fresh and new!  Well done, Rae!

  • Echo replied 6 years ago

    Love this look, and you are so right that the chunky sandals really do provide a counter balance to the jacket. Perfect!

  • Vicki replied 6 years ago

    You were MADE for these, Rae, and I truly think Helmut Lang would be happy to have you in his catalog, no matter what you're wearing.

    Love the outfit!!

    P. S. Can't wait to see you this weekend.

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    I think this is a great outfit and can understand needing a chunky sandal to ground your summer looks.  I have a poison eye towards birks though, so I can't comment on these particular shoes.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    ADORE! I wish I could justify Birks...

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Sara and I are on the same page, but I agree, you look totally terrific in this!

  • Angela K replied 6 years ago

    Love the outfit and the shoes. These seem "dressier" to my eye than Birks, so I think they will be more versatile but still very on trend. :)

  • cheryl replied 6 years ago

    You look amazing!

  • MsLuna replied 6 years ago

    Rae, I really like them with this outfit! Instead of looking too "granola", they look quite polished yet edgy for this outfit!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Yes! Birks as they ought to be!

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    I love the hem of the skirt with the sandal. I believe you're right this shoe works well with the over all look -- makes a powerful statement. Love!

  • Marmee replied 6 years ago

    Great look!  Love those birkalikes!

  • rabbit replied 6 years ago

    That skirt is a great shape on you, and something about the rounded toes of the shoes and your rounded haircut just echo each other very well (as well as balancing the jacket which you mentioned).  Actually the angle of the skirt cut mirrors your bang sweep too.   Great outfit on you!!

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    Love this look Rae......super cool :) I think these sandals are going on my next summers list of must haves :)

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Great look and I really like the Birk style sandals. We have that skirt in our Target at the moment. I find it fascinating which high end styles make it through to the 'mainstream'. It looks really nice on you.

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Now I am not sure why I don't like birks o_O. You make them look so cool! Brilliant outfit!

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    You are rockin' the Birkie look like no other! You've made a Birkie convert out of me :)

  • replied 6 years ago

    Looks great, Rae!

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Rae - you are such a master of proportion, it's stunning!!  You always get it just right!!  The skirt is fab on you.  I always keep an eye on HL but I can't pull that off.  Fabulolous!!  Love the GS birks with the jacket - okay just the whole divine rae look!!  You hit it out of the park, girl!!

  • kkards replied 6 years ago

    you have totally made the birkies fashionable!

  • viva replied 6 years ago

    Love the look -- and that jacket is divine.

  • Claudia replied 6 years ago

    Looks great!

  • Ledonna N. replied 6 years ago

    I like the shoes on you. You make them look hip.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    You are wearing this trend with tremendous panache Rae - looks absolutely FANTASTIC!

  • Catnip replied 6 years ago

    You're right.  These shoes add balance.  You look terrific!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Thumbs up. You nailed the look. xo

  • MuseumGal replied 6 years ago

    well color me surprised - i would have thought those kinds of shoes would totally overwhelm you, but the ensemble looks all kinds of fab

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Aw, thank you for the validation that this works! I didn't think there would be so many replies. Excited to wear these again to modernize some jeggings. :)

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    Wow, I haven't thought of it's power to balance some heavy toppers, but it totally works, you quite nailed it, Rae, so fab!

  • rebekahphoto replied 6 years ago

    what a great & stylish outfit! you look very comfortable and cool. the angled hem & little leg show is great! 

    I have tried Birks on and off over the years, but they never seemed to work quite right for my feet, & the granola styling was not really for me. A couple of years ago I did get some silver Gizehs & my feet have become fussy enough that now they work pretty well for summer sandals!

    Last week I ordered some black patent Kairos (from Amazon for cheap) & like the high contrast. I also pulled another chunky 2 strap pair out (from the ebay pile) that are very similar to yours (from Ziera/Kumfs) that I plan to try.
    I hope I can make it as stylish as you! 

  • AviaMariah replied 6 years ago

    I love it!

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Fabulous!  Love the look and the comfort.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    I like this, the pairing with "futuristic" items - the asymmetrical, pointed hem skirt, etc.

    But I am having heart-palpitations over all these Birks. I do have a visceral, knee-jerk reaction against them. Because before the zombie apocalypse, there was the smelly-hippie apocalypse...

  • Kiwichik replied 6 years ago

    Whilst I wouldn't sport the Birkenstock look, on you they really work and you're right they ground this look.

  • Sarah A replied 6 years ago

    I am having a hard time getting over your fab skirt (F21? No way!) to see the new shoes ;)

  • Raisin replied 6 years ago

    Never thought Birkenstock's could look so good!

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    This is so stunning, I love it!

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