The trend for chunky, ‘dad’ sandals is one of the biggest shoe stories of summer 2019 – and at the forefront of that trend, you’ll find Birkenstocks.
The iconic sandals, which initially became popular in the 1960s as a comfortable, supportive solution for athletes, are still found on the feet of the biggest fashion icons and influencers today.
And if you’ve not yet got a pair in your wardrobe, you might be pleased to hear that you can now get the look for a lot less, courtesy of discount supermarket Aldi.
In the store’s latest batch of Specialbuys, which drop online today, you’ll find real leather sandals that looks strikingly similar to the classic Birkenstock design, with a comfy footbed and straps with coordinating buckles.
There’s one, two and three strap options, with colourways including classic black and navy, and our personal favourites, a very Instagram-friendly rose gold. ‘Pair them with a floral dress, jeans or shorts for instant summer glam,’ the brand suggests.
While the sandals are not completely identical copies, comparable styles from Birkenstock, such as the rose gold Arizona model, range from about £50 to £75 in price, while Aldi’s budget dupes will set you much a much more purse-friendly £6.99 – quite the bargain if you’re on a budget.
Seeing the retailer branch out into fashion is a very exciting development – we’re praying for everything from low-priced Louboutins to Aldi versions of designer dresses hanging from the rails in the near future. But for now, we’d say that the Birkenstock dupes are a rather excellent place to start…