Birkenstock x Manolo Blahnik

They’re in the same ball-park as Uggs and Crocs – you either love them or hate them.

Birkenstocks are meant to look lived in. They are so ugly, but are also so comfortable for Spring and Summer.

But in 2022, Birkenstocks are looking a bit different –here’s an unlikely, yet wholly glamorous update, thanks to a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik – Carrie’s fave shoe designer on Sex & The City.

The new limited-edition collection has seven pieces, all reworking two of Birkenstock’s most famous shapes: the two-strap Arizona and the closed-toe Boston clog. Going for both comfort and style, the shoes are embellished with velvet, crystal buckles and leather.

Blahnik comments: ‘Aesthetically we may look different but fundamentally we have the same values; exquisite fit, craftsmanship and comfort are the most important parts of both of our shoe-making design and production.’

He added: ‘I wanted to make something that can be worn casually but also that I think would look fabulous with a ball gown – a sort of “dressed-up” Birkenstock.’

Blahnik is a long-standing fan of Birkenstock shoes, and his ‘updates’ on their style mean that your feet are less likely to ache when breaking them in – a common trade-off when buying regular Birkenstocks.

The iconic cork soles have been covered in leather tones to match the velvet used on top. From bright fuchsia to sleek black, there’s a statement shoe for most sandal lovers in this collection.

Having a spring in your step just got a bit easier.

The collection is available on manoloblahnik.com . Prices start from £460.