THIS Is How You Make Birkenstocks Look Cool

04/08/2014 09:44 am ET | Updated Jun 27, 2014

Sometimes, fashion deals us a hard hand. Like how crop tops have been trendy forever, leaving those of us without six-pack abs less than enthused. But every now and again, the style gods smile down on us and give us something that not only works on everyone, but is also comfortable and extremely practical.

Enter Birkenstocks. Yes, we're talking about the shoes you used to wear to walk the dog. They're back and more appealing than ever. Because let's face it, who wouldn't want to take advantage of a shoe trend with built-in arch support? But let's not get ahead of ourselves. To make Birkenstocks and Birkenstock-inspired sandals work, it takes some styling. Meaning, you can't pair Birks with bootcut jeans and tie-dye shirts without looking like you're stuck in another decade.

But don't worry, we'll teach you how to make them seamlessly transition into your current wardrobe. Behold, eight ways to make Birkenstocks and Birkenstock-inspired shoes look cool.

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J.Crew Collection Beaded Topcoat, $1,100; Zara Striped Shirt (similar here); Topshop Jeans (similar here); Tibi Mina Sandal, $395

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Topshop Tailored Bandeau Jumpsuit, $120; Birkenstock Soft Footbed Black Amalfi Leather Milano, $130

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Topshop Knitted Organza Front Jumper, $80; Topshop Patent Leather Flippy Skirt By Boutique, $220; Topshop slides (similar here)

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Topshop Premium Leather Biker By Boutique, $700; Tibi Silk Halter, $198; Aritzia Pants (similar here); Zara Bio Sandal, $89

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Tibi Sonoran Eyelet Bustier, $225; Tibi Sonoran Eyelet Full Skirt, $398; Zara Bio Sandals, $79

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Adidas Originals Trefoil S/S Logo T-Shirt, $22; Zara Printed Pencil Skirt, $59; Zara Leather Bio With Jewels, $99

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Topshop Felt Tip Top, $72; Topshop Felt Tip Skirt, $68; Birkenstock Arizona Sandals, $130

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Topshop Frill Hem Suntop, $52; Topshop Faux Leather Lazer Cut Shorts, $80; Topshop Smart Backpack, $76; Topshop Frizz Leather Poolslides, $65

Model: Louisa Meade; Stylist: Michelle Persad; Assistants: Megan Mayer, Jamie Feldman; Hair & Makeup: Raydene Salinas; Photographer: Raydene Salinas

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