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By now you've likely bought or been convinced you need a pair of Birkenstocks. For a while the shoe was controversial, but it's now a beloved summer staple thanks to endorsements by celebrities like Katie Holmes, Reese Witherspoon, and even Ashley Olsen. Not to mention the shoe was famously chic enough for the iconic Phoebe Philo's Céline runway, which means it's honestly more than good enough for any and all of us.
Julianne Moore recently showed her support for the sandal in an Instagram post where she wore thousands of dollars worth of Valentino with the classic Arizona sandal that retails for $125 at Nordstrom. The caption reads: "Valentino on top and Birkenstocks on the bottom. What will I do when I have to stand up?" And the answer is nothing, because the outfit truly looks perfect as is.
The appeal of the simple, subtle, and practical Arizona sandal is that it's the type of shoe you forget you're wearing. You slip into it and go on to live your day sans the blisters, drama, or sweat that are often associated with a pair of heels or platforms. And while Birkenstocks may not first come to mind when you throw on some Valentino, they easily make even the most expensive of outfits look more chill in the enviable French girl kind of way. Birkenstocks give an outfit a special kind of je ne sais quoi that we definitely don't talk about enough.
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And while most fashion editors and trend forecasters predicted the rise of the fancy shoe in a vaccinated post-pandemic world, the truth is that comfort is still key, even out of lockdown. With vaccinations rising by the day, life is starting to look alot more like it did before and FOMO is back in full force. Your social calendar is likely packed with events you've forgotten how to behave at and reunions with friends you haven't seen in a year. It's hard to turn down any invite when we've spent the last sixteen months with zero. So yes, Birkenstocks really are perfect for this moment. You just slip them on and go.
Julianne Moore proves Birkenstocks are here to stay and they truly work for every situation. Whether you're on a late-night talk show wearing Valentino or not. So take this as a sign to finally buy a pair if you haven't. Clearly, everyone is doing it.
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