When I say “I’ve worn my Birkenstock Bostons every day since quarantine started,” that is a literal statement. Like I’ve been able to commit to nothing this year—aside from not getting a single haircut, I guess, which is known in the industry as a “prolonged cry for help”—but I’ve put a hole the size of a nickel in the right sole of my dailies and my course of action has mostly been to not acknowledge it. I even have a new pair sitting in my closet, but I just can’t part with the flame-broiled ones. If I was smart about all of this, however, I probably would’ve spelled the Sand Taupes with these Boston Shearlings in Black Suede during the colder months, for the sake of preservation and function. And also because Shearling Bostons are a perfect shoe.
Made — for 240 years now — in Germany, these cozy ass clogs are tricked out with a jet-black suede upper, an adjustable strap over the top of the foot, Birkenstocks trademark natural cork footbed, and a 360º (or close to it) shearling lining to keep the dogs toasty while the weather makes up its mind.
Because I don’t do science or clairvoyance, I have no idea when All of This™ will be over or if we’re anywhere as close as it feels like we are (I don’t think we are), but I do know that I have zero plans of reintroducing footwear that requires hands to put on — at least in any meaningful capacity. Some may call this lazy, and they wouldn’t be wrong, but they’d also be dismissing how unimpeachable the Boston is with that reductive attitude.
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