You wouldn’t think these were orthopaedic shoes at all. BIRKENSTOCK has long paved the way for contemporary footwear that still honours their German craftsmanship and comfy-shoe roots, though we think they’ve outdone themselves in this latest collection.
BIRKENSTOCK 1774 introduces five icons — the Arizona, Tokio, Sylt, Florida and Mayari sandals — in a joyful new palette of bone, black, and pink, along with a suede blue inspired by the label’s first-ever insoles. The colours are punchy and fresh, and done in an entirely tonal style, with minimal hardware from strap to sole, which further highlights these elevated essentials.
The series is named after BIRKENSTOCK’s founding year, 1774, while putting forth fashionable pieces that play on colour and fabrication; these, in particular, are crafted with specially-developed colours and raw materials all sourced within Europe.
For the best of both worlds, each sandal is accompanied by the brand’s signature moulded footbed, now fully lined with premium leather, while each pair is also handcrafted in Germany to ensure the best quality possible. This also marks the first time they’re revamping the Mayari and Florida styles, essential pieces in their recognisable line.
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The Florida arrives with three slender straps and custom buckles, while the Mayari’s triple-strap thong style is practical, comfortable and chic.
For peak Summer-style, look to the Sylt, made fun with soft padded leather over those oversized straps, though if you’re looking for more utilitarian vibes, the streetwear-chic Tokio will inspire with its closed-toe, clog-inspired style that’s wrapped in coloured nappa.
Then, there’s the Arizona, ever the classic heritage style, updated with expertly-sourced nappa leather from the upper to the footbed.
The BIRKENSTOCK 1774 styles will be released gradually throughout March, May, and June, with the Florida and Mayari dropping first on 20 March 2023.
The Sylt and Arizona will be available from 4 May; while Tokio will be available from 1 June 2023.