Calling the 90s

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Back when I was at Sassy, the entire fashion department decided to go to the shows one season in customized platform Birkenstocks—the goal, I recall, was to entice Bill Cunningham to take their picture, and I believe they were successful. Now, it looks like Birkenstock is making them for real, and I have to say that I find the prospect of all of that height without pain rather enticing, if not especially dainty. Here’s a slightly lower platform in gold that I think is actually quite cute.

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15 Thoughts on Calling the 90s
    Susan G
    9 Apr 2019
    11:21am

    These have a smaller platform but I love the pattern so much I bought the Arizona and the clogs: https://www.birkenstock.com/us/arizona-birko-flor-golden-age-black/4054056688879.html?dwvar_arizona-goldenage-birkoflor-0-evaplateau-w_color=11525

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      Viajera
      10 Apr 2019
      10:55am

      Susan G – how are they to walk in? I am new to Birks but leaning in, as they say. But they sell out fast! I wasn’t prepared for that. Anyhow, walking in Birk plats, how is it?

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        Susan G
        10 Apr 2019
        12:41pm

        It’s ok, but the bottoms on some are a little slick at first. I have wool clog platforms with a ton of traction so it varies. I really like the Birk/Papillio ones as they have the hard birk sole but are priced way better.

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          Viajera
          11 Apr 2019
          12:09pm

          Thank you!!! So very helpful.

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    Kim France
    9 Apr 2019
    10:49am

    Jill, this definitely sounds true. I will run it past my sources.

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    Joannawnyc
    9 Apr 2019
    10:56am

    The rose gold ones though.

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      AmyM
      9 Apr 2019
      12:23pm

      I have them in rose gold!! (and silver) They are indeed as comfortable as you would imagine and the compliments are endless.

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    Jill
    9 Apr 2019
    10:24am

    Am I remembering this correctly? Sassy showed a model wearing customized platform Birkenstocks and the company (or possibly a reader, but I can’t recall clearly) wrote in to say that the platform worked against the supportive molded footbeds and that they did not approve of the customization. I am remembering this because at the time I WISHED that Birkenstock made platform sandals. I only had to wait 27 years for this come true.
    Anyway, did this happen or did I dream this?

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    EW
    10 Apr 2019
    11:49am

    I Franced*again and bought those high Arizona’s yesterday. Coming Saturday!!
    (Happy dance!)

    Franced= immediately buying something you saw on GOACA and feeling super hip and stylish about it

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      Kim France
      11 Apr 2019
      11:32am

      Hilarious.

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      Viajera
      11 Apr 2019
      12:11pm

      That’s a good verb. I’ll be borrowing that. (Only I slow-France bc I am not usually impulsive at shopping.)

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    kimberly
    10 Apr 2019
    9:33am

    I felt like a hobbit in these, (even though I loved them). Short legs, paddle foot.

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    c.w.
    10 Apr 2019
    4:04pm

    Confused about Birk sizing. Used to be if you wore a size 5, you purchased a 35 (or 6 a 36 etc. etc.), but now they list a size 5 as a 36. Whut? And I want me some!

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    ItaDarling
    9 Apr 2019
    3:45pm

    Omg. I remember the EXACT issue of Sassy with those platform birks and I was OBSESSED. When I read that they were custom- I was truly crushed. I think I held a grudge at Sassy for a while because they showed me something I couldn’t have.

    Now I can have platform birks..

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