The Rick Owens show is always a fascinating one to chase during Paris fashion week. It’s an independent label that’s not only managed to stay afloat amidst a growingly saturated fashion market, but cultivated such a loyal fanbase that those who love Rick Owens only wear Rick Owens. His specific vision of the future often distorts all concepts of wearability — geometric jersey drapes that especially in recent history appear like shields resembling the insides of gym-stretched muscles or haemorrhaging vessels.
It always looks comfortable to slide into a Rick Owens piece of clothing in the same way it’s oddly fetishistic to watch Ripley 8 hugging her “newborn” clone in Alien Resurrection. So in fact it’s come to little surprise that Rick Owens’ latest partnership is with Birkenstocks, which we reckon will sell like as fast as any other recent Hypebeast sneaker drop.
Birkenstocks, which’ve remained adamant in providing a staple of comfort to everyday wearers are proving more and more that it’s cool to be comfortable. Tweaking their archetypical model to suit trends have resulted in the waterproof Evas, clog Bostons, as well as Arizona Fur and Shearlings. This would safely be its first dip into the luxury fashion sphere, which if by sheer numbers are proof such is a trend to stay in 2018.
Rick Owens x Birkenstocks sandals collection will come in pony hair, felt and full-grain leather, launching 17 April 2018 on Rick Owens and http://www.birkenstock.com/’s respective boutiques and online stores.
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