Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, & More Celebs Love This Unfussy Sandal

From a dadcore fave to an it-Girl essential.

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Tracee Ellis Ross wearing Birkenstocks in an Instagram photo.

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. And whether they're running errands or heading to yoga class, celebrities have styled Birkenstocks in enough ways to offer outfit inspiration for every day of the week.

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 direct 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 that shaped the brand’s evolution. From its collab with Proenza Schouler to its latest collection created by fashion students at Central Saint Martins, the shoe brand is one to keep close tabs on.

If you're looking for some styling inspiration, below you'll find 17 celeb takes that you can recreate for a slew of activities. In fact, stylish celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Yara Shahidi have all aced the “ugly” shoe trend, so take some notes from these prime examples, ahead.

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Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Katie Holmes

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Katie 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 getup.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Kaia Gerber

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Kaia 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.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Gwyneth Paltrow


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

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Yara Shahidi

For those who love bright colors and patterns, look to Yara 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.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Emma Roberts


Birkenstocks are the ultimate grocery shopping shoe — you can just slide them on and head out the door. But instead of finishing off the look with a tee and workout shorts, copy Emma Roberts’ simple outfit above. The actor decided on a minimal, yet classic striped long-sleeve top with loose jeans for running errands.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: 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 Camila Cabello.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Sienna Miller


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

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Cindy Crawford


Based on Kaia 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, Cindy Crawford wore her black pair with matching socks. For the rest of the look, she kept things simple with a white crewneck and black jeans.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: 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.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Ugbad Abdi

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Model Ugbad Abdi styled her pair of casual Birks with lively animal print. She donned a tiger printed silk button-up, which was left unbuttoned in order to reveal her tan cami top underneath. As for bottoms, Abdi 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.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Kendall Jenner

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Jenner's 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 Re/Done's pair.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Paula Patton


Paula 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.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: 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.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: Elsa Hosk

The black, fuzzy Arizona style worn by supermodel Elsa 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.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: 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, Witherspoon paired her shoes with a gingham dress and you can shop a similar option from Abacaxi that has the same effect, below.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: 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.

Celebrity Birkenstock Outfits: 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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