You may have already noticed, but for the past few seasons the fashion industry has been on a kick with “ugly” shoes — whether you’re a fan of the trend or not. With the ever-increasing popularity of athleisure and streetwear, it was only a matter of time before the chunky sneaker would reign supreme as one of the top shoes of the year, but if you thought they would mark the end of this “ugly” shoe trend, think again. On Dec. 7, the Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock collab is launching, bringing you a new capsule of chunky sandals and shoes to wear well into the warmer days of 2019.
Teaming up with Birkenstock (the creator of the OG chunky sandal) for its latest collaboration, Opening Ceremony will release three exclusive styles just in time for you to add to your holiday shopping list. The shoes also take on 2018’s biggest trend, animal print, giving two of the shoe brand’s most iconic styles an update for the season. So, if you still aren’t over wearing animal prints in all forms, these were practically made for you.
In this capsule collection, you’ll find the Leopard Boston Exquisite Clog, which costs $295. The clog takes on a luxurious approach and features a leopard print hair-on-hide upper and a leather wrapped classic contoured foot bed. The shoe is also lined with black shearling, making it perfect to wear during this cold weather season.
Just in case you want to update your wardrobe with a new type of animal print, you can also get the Zebra Arizona Exquisite Sandal, $275. The two-strap sandal is made with zebra print hair-on-hide and a contoured foot bed with black shearling, as well. Of course, for the women who prefer to keep it simple and understated, there’s also an option for you, too. With the Leather Arizona Exquisite Sandal, which will be available for $255, you’ll have a white pebbled leather exterior with matching white buckles for that fashion girl-approved tone-on-tone type of look.
With neutral hues such as brown, black, and white, as well as universal prints like these, you can’t help but notice how versatile these shoes will be. Wear the leopard clogs with a pair of jeans, a graphic t-shirt, and a cool, check blazer for a casual look that has an added level of intrigue. Or, while everyone’s favorite comfortable shoe might not be your first instinct for party dressing, wear them with a sleek slip skirt and an oversized blazer for an outfit that is as comfortable as it is effortlessly cool. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well these will go with everything in your closet.
If the cool-girl retailer has proven anything over the course of time, it’s that it knows a good trend when they see one. Whether you’re shopping to add to your own closet or you’re looking for the perfect gift for your trend-forward BFF, you won’t be able to go wrong with any of these.