You’ve probably noticed a recurring theme among fashion lovers’ shoe collections — Birkenstock sandals all hold a valuable spot. If you own a pair yourself, you know why this is. The shoes are comfortable, coordinate with basically everything in your closet, and add a cool relaxed vibe to any ensemble you throw on. But, if you’re eager to explore other styles to wear in addition to your beloved Arizona slide-on silhouette, it turns out that there are plenty of Birkenstock-like sandals from alternative brands that are worth checking out.
If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to Birkenstock’s sandals, fortunately, there are labels out there that offer up similar silhouettes, one being Freedom Moses. At just $45, the brand’s lightweight two-buckle sandals are great if you’re not ready to splurge on the sandals. There's also Loza Maleombho, whose appearance in Beyonce's Black Is King helped to thrust it into the spotlight. Plus, you have plenty of cool fashion girl-favorite labels to shop for comfortable, simple sandals, like Staud and Neous.
For the full round-up, read ahead — and be sure to reference the many times celebrities have worn Birkenstocks in totally different ways for some styling inspiration, too. While summer might be prime sandal season, the good thing is that these chunky shoes work year-round (just choose a fuzzy style or add some thick socks).
We only include products that have been independently selected by The Zoe Report's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.
Shoe brand Alexandre Birman is influenced by Brazilian tradition and is a fashion insider go-to for its selection of luxe slide-on sandals. Between its Clarity Sport Sandal and Curly Shearling Slide Flat, the assortment fits a variety of different fashion tastes as a Birkenstock alternative.
Take a scroll through Neous’ website and Instagram, and you’ll quickly see why fashion girls are hooked on the brand. Handmade in Italy, the accessories label’s offerings include minimalist, upscale sandals that give off Birkenstock vibes.
If you’re in need of a comfortable, yet fashionable shoe that’s a tad dressier than your trusty Birkenstocks, look to cult-favorite New York-based label Staud. In its selection of footwear, styles like the Soul Slide and Liz Sandal (both below) will be the perfect alternative to your Birks for evenings out on the town.
Founded by José Bartolomé and Albert Escribano in 2014, Hereu is a shoe and handbag brand that’s “rooted in the Spanish Mediterranean landscape and its eclectic lifestyle,” according to its website. For the label’s selection of Birkenstock-like sandals, you can choose between timeless styles like the Pauma Interwoven Front-Strap Sandal and Beltra Fisherman Sandal that embody the relaxed vibe, but still look sophisticated.
For those who favor clean, minimalist detailing, ZOU XOU’s sandals are sure to soothe. Handmade in Argentina, the silhouettes are a bit more upscale than your Arizona Birkenstock sandals. But, not to worry, the label didn’t compromise comfort for style when crafting its trendy styles.
For a price point that's well worth taking the plunge, Freedom Moses' super reliable sandals are nearly a dupe of Birkenstock's Arizona silhouette. Not to mention, the affordable shoes are available in basically every color of the rainbow, plus a slew of trendy prints.
Loza Maleombo's eponymous brand reconciles modern fashion with cultural and subcultural influences, specifically those from Ivorian tribes along the West African coast. Its shoes are handmade by Ivorian artisans, with gold-toned, emblematic hardware.
Rekken is a Korean footwear brand that's known for its thick chain-adorned footwear — but its Birkenstock-like shoes also receive tons of attention. The Nanashoo slides boast crystal-embellished buckles and a cream finish that minimalists can get behind.
This English footwear brand has a rich history that rivals Birkenstock's — with 150 years of creating world-class Oxfords and Chelsea boots, its repertoire of sandals is just as timeless.
This article was originally published on