What does a 40-year-old mom, 10-year-old tween, and a slew of celebrities — Blake Lively, Jennifer Garner, and Gigi Hadid, among them — have in common? We’re all obsessed with Birkenstock sandals.
Even as a teenager, I wore sandals as much of the year as I could get away with it, and Birkenstocks have long been my preferred brand, at home or on the road. Unlike the vast majority of sandals, Birks have a contoured footbed for orthotic support, and the suede-lined cork that the bed is made of wears to the shape of your own foot with time, which I love. I’ve worn my Arizonas from Malibu to Manhattan, and they have never failed to keep my feet happy, even if I’m walking miles.
They’re the perfect warm-weather travel shoe, too, taking you from the playground to the museums — no sweaty feet in sight. I felt particularly cool when my daughter asked for a pair, then looked around and realized that lots of young people are embracing this iconic German shoe. And they’re now on sale at Gilt and sister site Rue La La, with styles starting at just $40.
To access the sale, you have to sign up on either site to become a free member, and the whole process takes less than a minute. With deals like these, sizes are sure to go fast, so don’t wait.
Here are our top picks from the sales – comfortable, versatile, and literally cool, just what every traveler needs for summer vacation.
Arizona Leather Sandal in White Leather
This two-strap Birkenstock is an iconic style from the brand. Buy them in white and they’ll go with just about any outfit, from a summer dress to jeans.
To buy: ruelala.com, $106 (originally $130)
Arizona Narrow Suede Sandal in Earth Red Suede (pink)
This version of the Arizona style is made with a suede upper. The pinkish hue is a feminine touch we love for spring and summer, and the matching buckles give it a cool monotone look, too.
To buy: gilt.com, $100 (originally