Birkenstock Has a New Shoe—See 8 Ways We’re Styling it



Liza Boone

As summer’s classic generation-spanning sandal, a Birkenstock is always a good idea—and this spring a totally new silhouette is joining the bunch. The Yao takes the brand’s slip-on-and-wear-with-anything vibe to even more versatile levels.

Whether for brunch, vacation, or your average Tuesday, these slim-strapped sandals are just the addition your wardrobe has been craving. The criss-crossed straps are thinner than the traditional style and sit closer to the toes (à la the standard mule silhouette). With the same comfortable cork footbed that the brand’s known for, we’re happily styling them with everything in our closet. Here, eight ways to wear them this spring.

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As a subtle complement to white

Opt for a pair in metallic copper when seeking an outfit addition that’ll bring a little pop of something special without overpowering an optic-white jumpsuit.

Birkenstock Yao Sandal; The East Order White Jumpsuit; Malibu Skye Bag; Faris Earrings (all available at


To make a midi skirt casual

Whether you’re heading on vacation or into another workweek, try styling a midi skirt and t-shirt with a bright white pair. It’s easy, elegant, and comfortable.

Birkenstock Yao Sandal; Clu Top and Skirt; Tom Ford Sunglasses; Brixton Hat; Rag and Bone Bag (all available at


With a monochromatic moment

Have fun with color by pairing red and pink. Metallic silver Yaos ground the look while also providing a bit of whimsy.

Birkenstock Yao Sandal; Madewell Jacket and Skirt; Brixton Essex Bucket Hat; Clare V. Bag (all available at


As a palette cleanser

With head-to-toe red, it’s smart to opt for clean white accessories. While the outfit by itself is bold, the bag and sandals make just as strong of a statement.

Birkenstock Yao Sandal; Fame & Partners Jumpsuit; Lele Sadoughi Earrings; Rebecca Minkoff Bag (all available at


When wearing a rainbow of hues

When wearing lots of color, stick within the same shade family to avoid overload. Copper complements warm rainbow stripes while also bringing its own pop.

Birkenstock Yao Sandal; Rails Top and Shorts; Avec Les Filles Trench Coat; Zoë Chicco Necklace (all available at


For a timeless vibe

Keep things casual-cool with a pair of light-wash jeans and a single-button blazer. Classic sandals make the effortless look timeless too.

Birkenstock Yao Sandal; Scotch & Soda Blazer; Levi’s Denim Jeans; Rebecca Minkoff Bag; Faris Earrings (all available at


To modernize basics

Go for the classics with a button-down, khaki pants, and cross-body box bag. Shake up the preppy feel with hippie-cool sandals.

Birkenstock Yao Sandal; Harvey Faircloth Shirt; Vince Pants; Alexis Bittar Earrings; Botkier Bag (all available at


Add a touch of personality

Birkenstock Yao Sandal; For an easy everyday look that’s far from basic, pick simple shapes in unique fabrics or colors. Case in point? A silk button-down, army green skinnies, and sandals in high-shine silver.

Opening Ceremony Blazer; Frame Denim Jeans; Faris Earrings; Kurt Geiger Bag (all available at

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