To Birkenstock, for being there

Birkenstock Arizona

Original Birkenstock “Arizona”

The Daily Beast reports that Birkenstocks came back with a vengeance this summer.  But that’s only because eighty percent of success is showing up*.  So thank you to Birkenstock for making sure that your brand continued to show up in comfort shoe stores and online for the forty years it took for fashion to re-discover the benefits of wearing a sandal that doesn’t restrict the forefoot — causing all kinds of problems sooner than later, and definitely later.

* Statement attributed to Woody Allen

Best Fashion Sandals 2013 (1)

Less Comfortable Sandal

Glamour UK Editor’s Choice for Summer 2013 has bare bones for cushioning and virtually no protection against shock. The only adjustability is on the ankle so one can only hope that their feet are neither too bony nor to fleshy, but just right for this sandal.

More Comfortable Sandal

The Wolky Lion offers a more comfortable sandal in a similar heel height.  A cork inlay molds to the foot, the EVA outersole absorbs shock, a slight rocker assists gait and this sandal is adjustable at the heel and right down the vamp for micro adjusting.


Summer Fashion Trends meet my Humble Budget

Wolky Delight Sandal

Yes, it is possible to be fashion forward and be smart about our money.  Here are three summer ideas to accessorize the apparel you already own:

  1. If your summer wardrobe plays up sheer fabrics and layering, use Nude leathers. to make you feel heavenly inspired.
  2. Do you rely on neutral colored apparel, like black, white, beige?  Then you can add a the new fruit colors of green, melon and orange.   Orange is a bold color that can update any look.  It looks great on tanned legs, but works in small doses on any color complexion.
  3. Of course, there’s nothing that announces summer more than a WHITE sandal.  And it’s color matching versatility makes good sense in an economic downturn.  Keep white touch up dye available to keep it looking fresh.
  4. Wolky Liana Sandal