The Return of Birkenstocks: Runways and Stores (PHOTOS)

Believe it or not, Birkenstocks have returned as a trendy footwear item for spring. From New York boutiques to Paris runways, see the highlights.


Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher wears Birkenstocks during the filming of the Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs.


Heidi Klum

Model Heidi Klum went out for a stroll in a pair of jeans and Birkenstock's Gizeh sandals on August 4, 2013.

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Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen pairs her favorite black Gizeh Birkenstocks with an all-black outfit for a stroll in New York.

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Miley Cyrus

The singer in Tribeca on June 26, 2013, in a pair of Celine’s beaded “furkenstocks” that retail for $910.

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A look from Céline's spring 2013 runway show accessorized with a pair of the brand’s new “furkenstocks.” High-end retailers such as Kirna Zabete will stock the style for spring.

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Ashley Olsen walking last summer in a pair of Birkenstock’s original Gizeh sandals.

An assortment of styles from designer Phillip Lim’s 2008 collaboration with Birkenstock sister brand, Tatami. Birkenstock itself is not so free to collaborate, citing strict branding regulations, though they will release a limited-edition collection with J.Crew men for spring.

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A stylish Fashion Week–goer pairs his hip ensemble with utilitarian Birkenstocks.

Giambattista Valli designed a range of Birkenstock-like sandals for spring. The studded style will be carried by cool boutique Fivestory, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side—just one block away from where Céline’s furry sandal will line shelves at the French brand’s own New York store.

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A look from the Elder Statesman’s runway presentation as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition. Vogue editor Lawren Howell styled the show, pairing Gregory Chait’s Elder Statesman designs with Birkenstocks. Chait went on to win the competition earlier this month.