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Dior Hops on the Birkenstock Bandwagon for FW22

Before TikTok fashion influencers got a hold of them the humble Birkenstock was the go-to choice of footwear for most of the worlds best chefs. Their enclosed, comfortable, and convenient shape conforms to your foot, and as such, they’re some of the best and most comfortable clogs money can buy.

Over the course of the last 12-months, however, the shoe has become a must-have piece of footwear for fashion-savvy individuals who spend more time drinking cold-brew and reading material composition tags than they do bussing it down in the kitchen. What we thought was simply an overnight trend for those looking to acquire a higher taste level than your average Croc wearing prepster, has exploded into its own scene. Never one to let a trend go by the wayside, Dior is looking to provide their take on the Lower Eastside favourite in a bid to show everyone who’s boss.

Release date: TBA (late 2022 est.)
Materials: Suede uppers, felt material, floral motifs.
Price: TBA

If you’re going to jump at a trend, you have to come swinging, and Dior is holding no prisoners on the design front with their Birkenstock collaboration. Debuted in front of the world at their FW22 fashion show, it was an unexpected, but welcome guest. Designed by Thibo Denis, the same designer who brought us the highly successful B27 sneaker and Moon Boot, we expect these to grace the runways of the local bodega before the end of the year.

Dior is the latest in a long line of designer labels to jump on the Birkenstock Bandwagon. In the span of just 24-months, we’ve seen collaborations between, Stussy, Proenza Schouler, Jil Sander, and Rick Owens. And even before that, we had collaborations with lesser-known brands such as Universal Works (that we were lucky enough to grab a pair of our own). The Birkenstock Boston, and its cousins the Milano and Tokio, have slowly but surely gathered momentum in preparation for this example with Dior.

From the small sample of imagery provided by the brand, we see two Birkenstock models in all their creative glory. Instead of choosing the Boston clog, Dior opted for the Milano and Tokio silhouettes (essentially a Boston with a strap). Here, we see the anatomically-shaped cork-latex footbed dressed in either a suede or felt-material upper, with the classic Dior grey playing host to a stylish seasonal blend. Like a Dior saddlebag for your feet, the shoes feature functional elements such as rubber details and industrial buckles. A collaborative motif is found on the outsole, and one such Tokio features embroidered flowers as an ode to the shows couture direction.

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.