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    Oh Coquette, I have to be honest, I was sooo happy to see your article yet my aversion to birkys just didn't let me get into it the way I thought I would.

    But who am I to oppose a Frenchie fashionmoner such as yourself? After all, I live in the south. In my part of the country we drink cheap Côtes du Rhone and La Halle aux Vetements is about as good as it gets, sadly.

    That said, I still don't get the 'all white outfit' thingy this season.

    Pas grave, Sammy. I'm just reporting it like I see it. :)

    Ah, such unbiased professionalism...

    But what DO you think about the 'all white look'?

    Oh, I like it on tan people. You don't even have to be stick, wearing all one color is slimming.

    Laundering gets expensive though...

    Very cool :)


    zees eez grett, indeed ! ;p

    "loathe" should be "loath".

    --Yr pedantic old fart

    I would like to say this: tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I'd never be tardy.

    --Travis Birkenstock

    Cute article.

    And although I've never been a fan of the Birks, I did see a picture of Gwyneth Paltrow wearing them and if she does it, it's officially fashionable.

    Hmmm . . . very interesting, Miss. Never thought of them that way before. I am actually seeing how it could work -- and how awesome would it be to have a hot-weather alternative to fierce boots! Any chance of stealth photos to illustrate the article?

    I still don't know if I could do it, though. Birks are "parent shoes" to me, and I was scarred throughout the glam '80s by having to go to the one, raw-wood-paneled, hippie store in Dallas that sold them so that my parents could get their new pairs.

    Ugggh! Thank you so much, Stu. Really, I DO know better...Off to ask them to edit.

    I'm having a lot of difficulty picturing Parisians in Birkenstocks. Really. Call it stereotyping, but I can't get the picture to focus in my mind...does the french version of the hippie shoes have heels???

    I saw Kristin Scott Thomas on my bus (the 85, kids) a couple of weeks ago wearing Birks with a killer orange Balenciaga bag. That was my breakthrough Birkenstock moment, the moment when I drew my breath in sharply and realized that anything was in fact possible, if someone could make Birkenstocks look glam (KST no less).

    Then I set to wondering what she was doing on my bus.

    Nice article! You'll see Flare adorned in Birks on the Paris streets... it's too damn hot for anything else. ;)

    Oooh, interesting! Super fantastic indeed -I esp liked the language and tone you used. Although I really dislike Birkenstocks so will continue to refuse to wear them even if the whole Paris wears them.

    No, no, no, no and NO! I will never, ever, EVER fall into the Birk trap., even if Coquette gives them the official seal of approval. Anyway, I think the really glam Parisian babes opt for the espadrile look, n'est ce pas?

    You can't write about espadrilles in a column from Paris because they're a worldwide trend. Which isn't to say you aren't right about them being big in Paris this summer, Tanya... They're just not the story.

    In fact, I don't own birks, but I do own black Castamer espadrilles. So now you know.

    Nice website … no doubt … I’m developing a website for the english speaking community of Paris, thinking, what about a link exchange, since both of us are speaking about english speaking Paris !!! Here is my site …

    Bien joué ! And you even recycle your own blogpictures...

    Am surprised that you did not mention Antik Batik, I think they are sort of Birkenstock fanatics...

    Oh, thanks Schuey! It was up to them to art the piece--I was delighted that they used the sunset pic.

    I don't know if there's an Antik Batik in my hood since the one on rue de Vaugirard closed, so I don't get there too often, but you are so right.

    Oh yes, and for clarity about the stores I did mention, they don't all sell Birks (Et Vous does at certain outposts), but I'm talking about what the girls who work/shop there are wearing...

    Ah, zis leetol slip of ze clavier, 'e 'as been corrigé!! Géniale!!!

    I lost...well let me rephrase that ...My Birks were stolen in Thailand 6 years ago....poolside...I guess someone was one step ahead huh...?Since then I never purchased another pair....couldn't bring myself up to replace my originals...But, i dooo luuuv my mexican hand stamped tire rubber sandawls!:)

    Interesting. It may currently be a Paris trend, but I have been sporting my gizeh (the thong ones that Michael Kors copied) birks since early spring to balance out the girly/boho skirts and dresses I (and just about every other woman I see) have been wearing. Yay for me for being on top of Parisian fashion and not even knowing it.

    Amen, Miss Coquette. All those stores you mentioned accompany the Birk like rice & beans; Especially the silver thong or the slides with one thin white strap - the good ol' two strap brown leather Birk is not hot-to-trot. And i also own a green metallic knock off of the Michael Kors ones that i purchased for $7 at Payless Shoe Source.
    God bless the GOOD Imposter Shoe ...(you know who you are)

    Wow! My wife and I bought our first pair of Birks a couple of weeks ago and love them. They are the shoe of choice in this college town so we finally fit in after all these years. :) My wife and girls were all excited to find out that the latest in fashion is something they don't have to buy on eBay!

    After a lifetime of detesting all things birkenstock, I caved. I bought a 19 euro, black "thong" type, knockoff. No way was I going to spend the big bucks for a summer fad. One week later, I am singing the praises of the comfort, feeling hip at the same time, and wondering if the real thing is even better. I may have just fully comprehended the term "fashion victim".

    Hello there... I just came across your blog and love it. Keep up the good entries!

    Last year, the birkenstock shop - rue de sevigné - was constantly robbed by bobos (like me...). What about this year ?
    Because last year, it was mainstream for bobos. This year it looks that it is mainstream for everybody ! Tragic.

    So, for next summer I will wear those :

    You'll be wearing effin K Jacques, Nathan? The girls who work at the store are nice, but I had a baaad experience ordering those sandals for an American fashion editor last summer. (S, you know what I'm talking about.)

    Which is my way of saying, I've been loving K Jacques for a long time, my friend. Good choice.

    Alisa, that was the most beautiful comment...

    I disagree with the Gwyneth/ fashion comment. She always looks increidbly inedible... surely that's wrong with regards to looking good enough to eat... As for the all white idea - maybe all white with green accessories.
    Maybe I am just too young but birks... I truly am scared.
    I'm sorry I can't help but feel the most envious regarding your living in Paris - ness. Grrrrr.

    I'm not so much of a Birk person myself, although I will admit that my one pair was hella comfortable. I have some doctor friends, and they swear by the Birk "professional" clog, which is tough and washable. They stand for 12 hours, so they have good opinions on footwear.

    Congrats on the publication!

    Congrats on the article Coquette. You'll have a lot of fun with that, I'm sure. Happy 4th.

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