It’s not unfair to say that Birkenstock is most often considered a warm weather brand. His signature sandals, the Arizona and Boston two-strap clogs, are perfect for summer and useful even in times of transition. But, really, Birkenstock should be considered a year-round brand.
For example, consider the fur-lined Birkenstock Kyoto, the German company’s latest insulated slide designed for winter.
The Kyoto is itself a fairly young Birkenstock style, having only been launched a few years ago. It follows in the footsteps of the Zurich sandal but replaces the buckled straps with velcro, a welcome quality of life change.
In its signature form, the Kyoto only sports a thick suede forefoot strap to lock the foot in place, a nod to the kimono collars that inspired its design.
But, in fall 2022, it will be available in a grilled fur-lined iteration, the first spectacular reimagining of the Kyoto since its inception, unless you count a few new strap materials.
The furry Kyoto follows in the comfortable, orthopedic footsteps of sheepskin Birkenstocks, an ultra-popular shoe line that debuted in late 2021
Accented by chunky buckles, another recent development from Birkenstock, the new line of shearling teddy sandals is already available on Birkenstock’s website.
They’re living proof that Birkenstocks aren’t a seasonal affair but a permanent wardrobe staple, albeit a bit ostentatious with their neon-dyed plushies.
But there are plenty of alternatives for those looking for a more subtle sandal for the cold.
The fur-lined Kyoto, which will be launched for the first time in early September in Japanese stores, is a good example.
Birkenstocks are very cool again, by the way.
Not that they were never cool, but trend-obsessed TikTokers are following in the footsteps of well-shod celebrities by buying up so many pairs of Birkenstock Boston clogs that the backless shoe can hardly be kept in stock.
It’s proof of Birkenstock’s fleeting appeal, yes, but also a sign that the shoe company knows exactly what it’s doing by expanding its offering to include both heritage styles and new shapes that include off-road shoes and sneakers.
Basically, there is no climate, season or terrain that will stop you from wearing Birkenstocks.