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When people think of BIRKENSTOCK, the first visual that pops up is the iconic and popular Arizona sandals. Launched in 1963 to mark BIRKENSTOCK’s 200th anniversary, the timeless double-strap sandals celebrate their 50th year in 2023. Read on to find out what made BIRKENSTOCK Arizona so popular, and continues to do so even today.

BIRKENSTOCK Arizona: The Origin

Like any other BIRKENSTOCK sandal, the footbed is at the heart of Arizona. Inspired by footprints on the sand, the anatomically shaped design of the footbed mimics the curves of the soles of your feet. The heel cup, transverse and longitudinal arches, and the toe box cradle your feet perfectly to ensure a natural gait and stance even during hectic movements.

Arizona was launched at a time when unisex styles were more easily accepted. Initially sold in health-food stores, the versatile sandal soon became a symbol of counterculture in the USA in the 1970s. The agender appeal, timeless design, and orthopedic fit broke societal norms and became a popular choice amongst several subcultures, techies, and musicians.

The sandal found its way onto runways, too, and continues to inspire designer collaborations even today.

Style Guide for BIRKENSTOCK Arizona

Arizona 1973: This exclusive BIRKENSTOCK Arizona variant replicates the original sandals launched in 1973. The double strap upper comes with adjustable antique gold metal pin buckles. The unisex slip-on sandal is made using black Birko-Flor®, exuding a vintage sportswear look. The limited-edition BIRKENSTOCK Arizona sandals come with a pair of matching socks. Pair the exclusive retro sandals from the anniversary collection with literally every look you fancy!Arizona Big Buckle: Made for women who are audaciously themselves, Arizona Big Buckle is stylish and versatile. The upper design features two straps with big adjustable pin buckles. The BIRKENSTOCK Arizona red sandals are made using patent-finished natural leather with color-coordinated buckles, outsole, and a semi-exquisite footbed. The bold sandal is the perfect accessory for elevated casuals, resort wear, evening wear, and street style. Arizona Vegan: For vegans, and people trying to make more conscious wardrobe choices, Arizona sandals are available in a vegan variant. These Arizona Split vegan sandals are made using Birko-Flor® and are free of animal products. They feature a strap with an exotic print contrasted by a second solid-colored one. The shades of bright candy pink lend this sandal a playful appeal, balanced with sophisticated color-coordinated buckles. Pair the sandal with romantic casuals/ evening wear, resort wear, and street style. Uji: The classic Arizona has inspired the sporty and practical double-strap sandal, Uji. Instead of buckles, the straps feature easy hook and loop fasteners that offer a refreshingly youthful appeal. The decorative metal rivets add to the sleek and sturdy look of the suede and nubuck leather sandals. Pair the thyme sandals with minimal street style, Indian casuals, resort wear, and athleisure. Milano: Another Arizona-inspired model is BIRKENSTOCK Milano. A backstrap that adds to the stability of the sandal supports the double buckle strap upper. This vegan Milano variant is made using Birko-Flor® in an ombre pastel blend of candy pink and lime with color-coordinated pin buckles. The quirky color makes Milano ideal for wearing on vacations, with street style, casual wear, and the super trendy Barbiecore aesthetic.Steeped in history while exuding a revolutionary feel, BIRKENSTOCK Arizona is here to stay. Slip into the timelessness and comfort of the crowd-favorite Arizona sandals. No matter what your style, there is an Arizona sandal to elevate all your looks. Happy shopping!