To Birkenstock or not to Birkenstock...

That is the question. Something happened the other day and it was kind of a big deal. For the first time since 9th grade (quick math: 20+ years), I saw a pair of Birkenstocks that I kind of wanted. There's no denying the comfort and support of Birks. I've been craving summer shoes that offer a little more TLC to my feet. In NYC you end up waking around so much in the summer and after awhile my regular sandals (which let's be honest are flat as a pancake) start to hurt. BUT. Everyone, and I mean everyone in Brooklyn wears Birkenstocks. It's not like I have to be some fashion trailblazer of footwear I already have a pair of Steve Madden boots that I usually spot 1-6 times per day during the fall and winter months. I also own a JCrew jacket that I see so much it's actually just become funny. But there's just something about Birkenstocks, seeing them everywhere kind of annoys me. They are a bit chunky are they not? And for someone who wears a lot of dresses Birkenstocks seem like a too big slab of shoe weighing you down. But, is it annoying/chunky enough to sacrifice my poor feet? This is the conundrum. Here are the Birkenstocks I mentioned seeing and liking. Something about the shiny metallic takes the "comfortable mom" edge of them or am I crazy?

What do you think? Do you wear Birkenstocks?