This summer marked the revival of ugly. That is, the traditionally ‘ugly’ Birkenstocks were born-again-desirable. And despite the sandals’ flower child, granola-y, grungy, stigma laden past, the shoe’s disposition was surprisingly fresh. At first we were a little hesitant to don the footwear we rocked hard at sleepover camp in the '90s, but, hey, if Riccardo Tisci says they're cool, we'll believe it.
When Phoebe Philo first stepped out in a pair, a collective yet silent “really?” was the fashion world’s uninhibited response. That reluctance didn’t last long. Before we could appreciate what was happening, we had witnessed another handful of sightings. First, cropping up last season the runways of Céline, Miu Miu, and Giambattista Valli. And just as quickly the likes of Ashley Olsen and Miley Cyrus had all put their stamps of approval on nostalgic footwear, pairing it with soft leather jackets, sleek blazers and crisp white blouses. Besides when Vogue declares “a stylish renaissance” in the name of wide, chunky footwear, it’s revolutionary.
Which brings us to these floral Givenchy sandals, reminiscent of yes, the Birkenstocks. FYI: It's always polite to call them by their real moniker, "The Floral Nappa." We have heard the calls in praise of comfort. And our answer is yes. Bring us back down to earth. Plant our feet firmly on the ground. We’ll walk around confident (albeit 5 inches smaller) that a stumble will not ensue. We will, of course, return to our first love of teeter tottering, death deifying heights, but for now, strap us into something grounded. And when we're ready to rekindle our love for new heights and being just an inch or so taller than our significant other, we'll swap said sandals out for the stiletto version - same print complete with four inches and a shark tooth turn-lock? Yes, please.
— Sasha Johnson
Givenchy shoes courtesy of Holt Renfrew.