Yara Shahidi, Kendall Jenner, & More Celebs Love This Unfussy Sandal

From a dadcore fave to an it-Girl essential.

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Slide your foot into the supportive bed of Birkenstock sandals and their appeal is instantly obvious. But beyond just comfort, a number of high-fashion collabs have put the label back on the fashion industry's radar over the last few years. Now, they're a closet staple for celebs and dads alike. Celebrities have styled Birkenstocks (and Birkenstock-like sandals) in enough ways to offer unlimited outfit inspiration, whether they're running errands or heading to yoga class.

The chunky sandal, which can trace its heritage back to 1774, first made its way over to the United States when Californian Margot Fraser discovered the shoe on a trip to Germany in the '60s. Impressed by the brand's comfort, she worked with Karl Birkenstock to bring the brand to the States where she sold them directly to consumers from her home in Santa Cruz, California. Since then, the cushion-cut cork soles and soft, sturdy leather uppers have seen a handful of sartorial moments — a collab with Proenza Schouler to a collection created by fashion students at Central Saint Martins — that shaped the brand’s evolution. Hence, the shoe brand is one to definitely keep close tabs on.

In fact, style mavens like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Yara Shahidi have all aced the “ugly” shoe trend, so take some notes from their prime examples and 14 other celebs, ahead.

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Katie Holmes

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Holmes makes a convincing case for a full gray ensemble. To complete the simple look, the actor opted for a pair of black Birkenstocks. Next time you’re out shopping with friends, recreate this easy, yet chic sandal outfit.

Kaia Gerber

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Gerber knows a thing or two about styling her Birkenstock sandals with workout gear. For this particular look above, the model paired her go-to black style with a cozy bomber jacket, leggings, and thick gray socks. Copy this look for your next yoga class or Starbucks run.

Gwyneth Paltrow


Leave it to Paltrow to exhibit how to style white jeans with the best minimalist sandals. The celebrity paired the summery bottoms with white Birks and a navy zip-up knit. Recreate this ensemble on those occasional chilly June days. Plus, when it’s unbearably hot out, swap out the knit for a white ribbed tank.

Yara Shahidi

For those who love bright colors and patterns, look to Shahidi for styling inspiration. For instance, take notes from the actor and couple a pair of neon Birkenstock clogs with a printed pair of pajamas. The outfit can be put together in a matter of seconds.

Emma Roberts


Birkenstocks are the ultimate grocery shopping shoe — you can just slide them on and head out the door. Yet, instead of finishing off the look with a T-shirt and workout shorts, copy Roberts’ simple look above. The actor decided on a minimal, yet classic striped long-sleeve top with loose jeans to create an elevated new errand outfit.

Camila Cabello


While Birkenstocks might not be the safest bike riding shoe, they’ll do the job if you’re not headed up a mountain. If your destination is a casual get-together with friends, pair the shoes with a chic blouse, as shown above by Cabello.

Sienna Miller


If you’re looking to get a head start on fall shopping, you’ll want to think about adding the pieces in Miller’s look above to your checkout cart. The actor coupled her fuzzy clogs with maroon pants and a black bomber jacket — the perfect ensemble for a weekend stroll in October.

Cindy Crawford


Based on Gerber’s never-ending Birkenstock outfits, it’s no surprise her mother is a fan of the shoe brand, too. Similar to the young model, Crawford wore her black pair with matching socks. She proved how easy it is to style jeans with sandals are in a simple white crewneck and black bottoms.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Ross’ pair of 1774 Arizona Premium Birkenstocks are a luxe, high-end twist on the comfy, dadcore sandal. The actor chose to pair her white Birks with a breezy, oversized suit for a professional yet casual, at-home ensemble. Her exact style of footwear will cost you $430, but the pared-back design makes them oh-so-versatile, which means they have the potential to become a reliable go-to in your closet.

Ugbad Abdi

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Model Abdi styled her pair of casual Birks with a lively animal print. She donned a tiger stripe silk button-up, which was left unbuttoned in order to reveal her tan cami top underneath. As for bottoms, she opted for a pair of medium wash jeans, which she rolled up in a slight cuff to show off her black socks and two-strap Birkenstocks.

Kendall Jenner

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Jenner tapped into the summer sandal trends of earthy hues and slip-ons. Her laid-back look is an exemplary display of how to mix the signature Arizona style with elevated basics for a cozy ensemble that's still presentable. To make denim cutoffs feel a bit more elevated, opt for a pair with a longer length so you can get the most mileage out of them — like the AGOLDE pair, below.

Paula Patton


Patton styled the Birkenstock Gizeh silhouette with a tiered midi dress and denim cover-up. Equally suitable for beach days or errand-running on the dog days of summer, you can emulate her look with Cult Gaia’s floaty white dress and a floral embroidered denim jacket.

Gigi Hadid

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Leave it to the eldest Hadid for a simple yet impactful take on Birkenstocks that's worth recreating. Start with your go-to basic biker shorts, a white tee, and a pair of athletic socks. Then layer a boxy denim jacket over a chambray button-down and, voilà, a supermodel-approved outfit. Hadid’s favorite pair of shoes are from the Valentino x Birkenstock collab, but you can get the same look for less with the brand’s elastic-acetate version of its Arizona style.

Elsa Hosk

The black, fuzzy Arizona style worn by supermodel Hosk above is from the highly hyped Birkenstock x Rick Owens collab that originally debuted for Spring/Summer 2018. While Hosk’s exact pair has unfortunately sold out, other options from the collab are still available to shop. She reliably styled hers like the trend-setting fashion woman she is: with a black button-up from Totême and fashion's favorite handbag, Bottega Veneta's viral pouch.

Reese Witherspoon

Witherspoon's signature style tends to be a bit more preppy and sweet, a fun take on the generally sporty shoe. The shearling trimmed Arizona design is the ideal year-round sandal with its cozy interior, but warm weather-friendly hue. For a breezy look, she paired her shoes with a gingham dress and you can shop a similar option from Reformation that has the same effect, below.

Whoopi Goldberg

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Clogs will be one of the favorite unconventional pieces of footwear this season and Goldberg's choice of closed-toed Birkenstocks makes for an easy and casual option. Start with a longline chambray shirt and pair with relaxed jeans in a similar wash. To finish, try the winning combo of socks and Birks.

Dakota Johnson


The actor has been a reliable source for easy, but elevated off-duty style for some time now, as further proven by this immaculate three-piece outfit. Johnson's boiler suit is an unexpectedly ideal piece for summer since it's lightweight and simple — great for running errands in or as a swim cover-up. Her look was finished effortlessly with oversized square sunnies and a white leather pair of Arizona sandals.

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