Save Steal Splurge: The Birkenstock
It’s rare that the fashion world christens something that’s comfortable and dare we say it, practical, as the It-accessory of the season. But the stars have aligned just right, because this summer’s essential shoe isn’t a sky-high wedge or a vertigo-inducing gladiator heel, it’s the humble Birkenstock. Since C©line’s Phoebe Philo showed fur-accented Birks on the runway, everyone has been scrambling to get their hands on the tried-and-true classic. Whether you go for the original German-made Birkenstock or one of the brand’s new updates (Metallic! White soles! New designs!) or opt for a fashion-forward version with calfhair or luxe leathers, you’ll be comfortable and chic all summer long.
Save: Steve Madden Boundree Calf Hair Sandal ($89.95)
Steal: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Leather Sandal ($129.95)
Splurge: MICHAEL Michael Kors Sawyer Sandal ($145)