Birkenstocks are back in a big way. Yes, the hippy-mum, orthopedic Jesus sandal is set be this summer’s hottest silhouette. Hate them or love them, Birkenstocks have always been a cult classic: comfortable and carefree with a serious life span. And, at a time where running trainers have been at the fashion front row and Victoria Beckham’s been spotted in flats it’s no surprise we’re finally embracing the undeniable comfort of the footbed sandal.

For city dwellers, the Birkenstock Arizona is the chicest way to work the look and monochrome black or white works well. The brown and natural styles have a certain Earth mother charm and would not look out of place in the hippest haunts of Ibiza. Spotted on the likes of Alexa Chung and Miranda Kerr as well as numerous top fashion bloggers, it’s not surprising the traditional style is generating a bit of a buzz.

And Birkenstock isn’t the only brand to embrace the trend, we have some ace schuh own brand styles set to drop over the next few weeks inspired by the iconic summer shoe including chunky flatforms and bejewelled beauties!

Alternatives to Birkenstocks

schuh Bad Reputation Blue

1. schuh Bad Reputation, £32 (Due end of Feb ‘14)

This chunky style has a 90s feel, perfect for all night raves on the world’s most famous beaches!

schuh Glamping

2. schuh Glamping, £45 (Due May ‘14)

This slip-on is a classy take on the trend, the perfect strolling shoe for balmy summer nights.

Birkinstock Gizeh White

3. Birkenstock Gizeh, £50 (Due March ’14)

More streamlined then the Arizona, the Gizeh has a simple charm. A favourite with the uber stylish Olsen twins!

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