Sun's out, toes out! And if you've got your finger on the pulse of fashion trends, then you know that the Birkenstock Kyoto slides are currently blazing a trail. These comfy crowd-pleasers are about to become summer's go-to shoe, and pretty soon you'll see them everywhere — except at your favorite retail store. That's because Birkenstock Kyotos are poised to sell out fast as sandal season approaches. But right now Nordstrom has them in stock in all sizes and some cool colors (gray taupe, black and thyme). Our advice: Don't walk, run to get the 'It' sandals of summer ASAP!
Birkenstock has a track record for trends. Last year, it was all about the brand's Boston clog, which went viral on TikTok as fall's 'It' shoe. Even Vogue France published an homage to Birks from all walks of life, including last summer's ubiquitous EVA slides. And if they're in Vogue, you know they're in vogue. But Birkenstock Kyoto sandals are something a bit different.
This cool Kyoto is kind of like the open-toe, single-strap cousin of Bostons and Birkenstock's classic Arizona sandal. Its velcro-tightened strap is secure enough that you don't even need an ankle strap for stability. In black, it's even chic enough for an evening outfit. And as all Birkenstocks are, it's comfy as can be.
Birkenstock Kyoto sandals debuted last year, but it's only this year that they're generating major buzz. And once actress Hilary Duff was spotted sporting a pair while running errands, the deal was sealed: Kyotos are officially on the map.
Fashion editors love them, tastemakers love them and even Nordstrom fans are smitten. "No break in time," one customer confirmed. "Usually I have to break in Birks, but not these. They fit just right! I anticipate them feeling even more comfortable as I wear them." Another crowned their Kyotos "easily the most comfortable slide I’ve ever owned."
And, of course, Nordstrom shoppers love the style of their new sandals. "This pair gives you a boho vibe. Such a trendy look right now!" one wrote. "It fits great and pairs with everything adding a pop of chic," said another.
This five-star reviewer added: "These are cute when worn with flowy wide legged pants!" Others agreed that the Kyotos are perfect for a casual summer look. "I love styling with jeans, shorts and dresses. If you’ve tried other styles of Birkenstocks you won’t be disappointed with these — give them a try," said a happy shopper.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.