Style for the Ages: How to Wear Footbed Sandals

From the time you began playing dress-up in your mother’s heels or trying on your big sister’s jewelry, it was clear that the phrase “dressing your age” is only really a metaphor. And we love footbed sandals because, much like the joy of dressing up, this is a style that you’ll never outgrow and is truly for everyone. We’ve put together some of our favorite footbed looks by age, but hey—don’t let us tell you what to do—personal style is an evolution that never stops!

Totally 20s


This is the decade that you can push the boundaries (hey, you only turn 21 once, right?) and test the style limits (did someone say purple lipstick?). Try out all the trends and take plenty of selfies in the meantime—you’ll love looking back at these moments. For this Boho-inspired look, we chose the Birkenstock Arizona footbed sandal in mocha. Birkenstocks are a classic style that you’ll wear for years to come, and they only get better with age—really! The more you wear them, the more they mold to your foot. We paired the Arizona with a flowy floral dress and topped it with a fedora for a carefree look that’s perfect for whatever adventures your weekend holds.

Flirty 30s


While your style might become more defined in your 30s, you also understand that your style doesn’t define you. And chances are, by this point, you know what you like to wear and what you don’t. This is a time to build your wardrobe with versatile staples that can be mixed and matched to suit your mood. And the White Mountain Crawford sandal in a great natural tone screams versatility. The comfy footbed makes it great for all-day wear and its braided accent dials up the trend factor. We love it with a pair of denim shorts and a brightly colored blouse, accented with a bamboo clutch, to create an easy spring look.

Fab 40s


This is the decade to truly step with confidence. You know yourself (and your style!) and are not afraid to show it. And while you might be known to sport a “signature” look, be careful not to fall into a style rut. Branch out and try a new trend—you might be surprised with how much you love it! For this look, we’ve paired the Birkenstock Essentials Madrid with crisp white denim, worn slightly cuffed, and a ruffle-accented tank. Throw on a pink quilted crossbody bag and say hello to your new spring uniform! Plus, the Madrid is a footbed sandal that can also double as a pool or beach slide. It’s made of waterproof EVA but is trendy enough to be worn as your everyday warm-weather staple.

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