A Guide to Birkenstock's Original 5 Styles
NEON Originals Series - Birkenstock: A Guide to Birkenstock's Original 5 Styles
In this post, we'll be your guide to the ever-popular Birkenstock's Original 5 Styles – the Arizona, Boston, Gizeh, Madrid, and Mayari. Join us on a journey through their distinctive features, captivating silhouettes, and a glimpse into the rich history that has shaped Birkenstock into a global style icon.
What makes Birkenstock special?
Founded in Germany in 1774, Birkenstock has woven a rich tapestry of history as a brand synonymous with comfort and style. The journey began with Johann Adam Birkenstock, a visionary cobbler committed to crafting footwear that prioritized foot health. In the 20th century, the brand's revolutionary contoured footbed, featuring layers of cork and latex, catapulted Birkenstock into the limelight. The iconic Arizona sandal, with its distinctive two-strap design, became a symbol of casual cool, capturing the essence of the 1960s counterculture. Birkenstock's unwavering dedication to craftsmanship and the fusion of tradition with innovation propelled it to global acclaim, transcending generations. Today, Birkenstock stands not only as a footwear pioneer but as a timeless cultural icon, a legacy built on the principles of wellness, quality, and enduring style.
Meet the 5 OGS
First on our journey is the Arizona – a true style chameleon known for its classic two-strap design. Crafted for both men and women, the Arizona is a versatile sandal that seamlessly transitions from casual outings to more refined occasions. Its adjustable straps and signature contoured cork footbed ensure a personalized fit, making it a wardrobe essential for those who value both comfort and style.
Meet the Boston, a clog that effortlessly combines coziness with elegance. Gen z’s latest favorite has taken the internet by storm and we’ve seen the unisex shoe become one of the most sought after models from the brand. With its closed-toe design, it has that “all season wear” appeal. It is also a fantastic indoor shoe, or even the ideal work shoe for some. The adjustable strap ensures a secure fit, while the contoured footbed delivers the renowned Birkenstock comfort. Ideal for leisurely strolls or cozy gatherings, it’ll always lend a fashion-forward edge to any outfit.
Embrace modern simplicity with the Gizeh, a thong sandal that adds a touch of sophistication to your wardrobe. Ideal for warmer days, the Gizeh features a toe post and adjustable strap for a secure and stylish fit. Maintaining the signature combination of minimalist design and reliable construction, the collection of Gizeh T-strap styles has expanded to include myriad finishes, uppers, heights and fits. Really, the challenge is to choose just one.
Madrid combines every aspect of an ideal sandal in one stunning package: Minimal design, high-quality materials and exceptional comfort. Perfect for those who appreciate a streamlined look, the Madrid seamlessly transitions from day to night. The contoured footbed provides the comfort you expect from Birkenstock, while the minimalist design adds a touch of sophistication to any ensemble.
The Mayari – A modern thong sandal with a toe loop that combines design elegance and comfort. Versatile and stylish, the Mayari is a triple-strap sandal. Two narrow straps cross over at the toe section and form a loop for the big toe. These front straps can be adjusted to suit the shape of your foot using the fine metal buckle, so you can make sure the sandal fits perfectly around the front of the foot. A third strap on the instep provides maximum support when walking. The width of this strap can also be adjusted using a buckle.
Now that you're a bit more informed about the brand and it's iconic models, we invite you to visit our stores to experience firsthand the quality craftsmanship and innovative design that have made Birkenstock a global sensation. Whether you're drawn to the effortless versatility of the Arizona, the cozy elegance of the Boston, the modern simplicity of the Gizeh, the chic minimalism of the Madrid, or the graceful femininity of the Mayari – NEON is here to guide you through the the intricacies of the brand and assist you in finding your perfect fit.