Originally Posted by Rye GB
I think Birky's require a certain amount confidence and stylistic skill to pull off, the same people who hate Birk's probably also fall into the skinny jean hate group. I just think people that critique things in such black and white terms have a lack of personal opinion, confidence in their own dress habits and worry far too much about what their guido friends think!.
I'm using my first post here to say that I mostly agree with you, except for the skinny jean part. From my own experience, I consider Birkenstocks to be a part of the anti-skinny jean movement, since they always seem to become stylish just when skinny jeans are on their way out.
Personally, I wore a lot of skinny jeans during the late '70's/early '80's and hated Birkenstocks when they came back into style. This was mainly because I had climbed on board the pretentious culture of the eighties, when sandals seem to almost disappear completely and showing your feet in public was in bad taste. Once I got over that, I came to the conclusion that I never want to wear skinny jeans again (still hate 'em today), but I think that Birkenstocks are great, whether they're considered stylish or not, although I only wear mine in an extremely casual manner.
I think that what we like, or dislike, has a lot to do with the influences of our childhood. However, it's my opinion that there are many people who like skinny jeans and hate Birkenstocks today, but nevertheless, will be the first on the block to own a pair of Birkenstocks, and to dis skinny jeans, once the trends start heading back in that direction. I just ignore it all and find myself better off for it.