Tuesday Shoesday: Valentino x Birkenstock Arizona Sandals
22 January 2019

Tuesday Shoesday: Valentino x Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

First, it was Balenciaga x Crocs, and now, the latest in orthopaedic-esque shoes collaborations, is Valentino x Birkenstock, which debuted earlier last week on the Valentino Men’s Fall/Winter 2019 runway during Paris Fashion Week Men’s. The result? The VLTN in white logo on one of Birkenstock’s most recognisable styles, especially for men: the double strap and buckle Arizona Sandal.

I chose to make this collaboration with Birkenstock for the same reason people choose Birkenstock every day. No matter what you wear, who you are, no matter your gender or social background, no matter your age, your style, no matter if you care about fashion or if you do not, Birkenstock has its own universal language.

I loved the idea of approaching the DNA of our Maison, represented by the individual and intimate world of Couture with something that it is so free and adaptable. To me, this is the definition of inclusivity ~ Valentino Creative Director, Pierpaolo Piccioli ~

Available in either red or black, these Valentino x Birkenstock sandals have been luxed-up, with a fully covered footbed in leather as opposed to the usual suede on the regular Arizona sandals. Oh, and though it’s launched as part of the Men’s line, there will also be sizes made available for women, too, if you ladies would like to own one of these. This marks Birkenstock’s second high fashion collaboration with a luxury brand – the first being Céline’s furry Birkenstocks, which were nicknamed “Furkenstocks”, followed by a more recent collab with Rick Owens.