The Birks of Berkeley

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Layla Mazdyasni/Staff

These days on campus, it’s pretty difficult to go more than a few hours without seeing a pair of Birkenstocks wandering past you in all their arch-supporting, German glory. Male or female, old or young, in-state or out, it seems like everyone and their mother has their hands on a pair of Birks. To understand how this trend came to be and how the wearers themselves feel about it, we at the Clog decided to do some … Birken-stalking.

1. Marcea, senior

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Q: How long have you been wearing Birkenstocks?

A: I’ve had them for about six months.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: They seemed comfortable and looked cute!

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: It’s definitely more concentrated here in Berkeley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Lisa, senior
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Q: How long have you been wearing Birkenstocks?

A: I’ve been wearing mine since 11th grade.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: Comfort — and they’re more high-quality than cheaper brands!

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: It’s cool. Some people criticize it, but they’re comfortable shoes, so it’s a good trend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Charlotte, freshman

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A: A month, but I’ve wanted them for a year since I saw them in J. Crew ads.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: My mom wore them, and I thought they’d be comfy shoes for school.

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: I support it and think it should definitely continue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Peyton, freshman

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Q: How long have you been wearing Birkenstocks?

A: I’ve been wearing them since sophomore year of high school.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: My mom wore them, and I thought they were cute.

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: I’ve definitely noticed it more when I came here, since they don’t really wear them in Boston, where I’m from.

5. Hayley, freshman

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Q: How long have you been wearing Birkenstocks?

A: I’ve been wearing them for about a year.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: I saw them on celebrities like the Olsen twins and liked them.

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: I’m definitely for it — they’re comfy, and everyone should own a pair!

6. Shogo, sophomore

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Q: How long have you been wearing Birkenstocks?

A: I’ve been wearing them since I was 17 years old.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: My mom told me to!

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: I’ve been seeing it a lot and think it’s a cool trend. I’m glad to be a part of it!

7. Natalie, freshman

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A: I’ve had mine for about three months.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: My dad wanted me to get more comfortable shoes for a trip to Europe over the summer.

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: I think it’s cool, and since I see everyone wearing them here, it makes me wear my own more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Jarred, senior

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Q: How long have you been wearing Birkenstocks?

A: I’ve been wearing them for about a year.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: My dad had a pair, and I liked them.

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: It’s definitely making a comeback!

9. Simone, junior

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A: I’ve been wearing them for about two years.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

A: I’m from Florida and wear flip flops all the time — Birkenstocks are comparable but more comfortable and easier to walk in, since I’m pretty clumsy!

Q: What do you think of the trend?

A: I find it funny since they aren’t the most fashionable shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Bridget, senior, and Kevin, sophomore

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Q: How long have you been wearing Birkenstocks?

Both: We’ve been wearing them since last summer.

Q: What made you decide to wear them?

Kevin: They’re comfortable.

Bridget: I have a foot problem and need the arch support.

Q: What do you think of the trend?

Kevin: I didn’t know Birkenstocks were trendy.

Bridget: I think some are cute and some look like grandma shoes.

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