Lauren Berdell Podoll
Designer and co-owner of The Podolls
What made you welcome the Birkenstocks trend back?
"I have to admit I didn't jump back in immediately. They still remind me of time spent in a yurt during yoga-teacher training years ago when I wore them daily. But, it's hard to ignore the comfort factor. Since I'm a busy working mom, I enjoy being able to slip on shoes easily and run out the door — bonus if they happen to be comfortable enough to chase after a toddler and cool enough to meet a colleague for lunch."
What are some key styling tips for Birkenstocks?
"I gravitate towards the patent-leather ones or oiled-leather finishes — they just seem a little more special and I like the contrast of polish versus earthiness. I prefer them with a dress, slim pants, or something unexpected, like a streamlined suiting look. And, pay attention to grooming — a fresh pedicure is a must."
Tell us more about the look you styled here.
I'm wearing The Podolls classic winged blouse in blue hand-woven Khadi cotton, a velvet black cotton cami, and our Dhoti pants in black silk crepe. I decided to embrace the 'pretty-ugly' nature of Birks and paired them with high-waisted harem pants and a tied shirt — three styles that make some people shudder — but here they feel harmonious and balanced. The heft of the cork footbed can balance out clothes with volume and the black patent leather helps them relate to an urban environment."
What’s your favorite style of Birkenstocks?
"I favor the two-strap styles because they're iconic and I have an aversion to straps between my toes. Otherwise, I may choose the Gizeh
since they always look cute on girls wearing them in bright colors."