I’m not going to lie, my heart skipped a beat when I first saw the James Perse Birkenstocks. As much of an addict I am, I’ve never purchased a JP exclusive collaboration before, and I knew I had to have these. Remember the James Perse exclusive Repettos? (never got a pair because they didn’t go on sale, and I couldn’t stomach spending so much on canvas flats). James just “gets” me, doing exclusives with my favorite brands. Sigh.
Ha! Drama aside, these are basically just Birkenstocks, but because they have the James Perse stamp of approval, and are two-tone (grey on the outside), they’re just THAT much cooler. And more expensive 😉 But not by much, and if you wear ugly shoes, ie Birkenstocks & Mephistos as much as I do, these are a pretty good investment. Cost per wear will get down to pennies I’m sure.
The leather is pretty stiff, so I’m wearing them around the house all the time to soften them up. My other pair is suede, so they were much softer out of the box. But if you’re a regular Birkenstock-wearer, you know the drill. As I mentioned in a comment on another post, I’ve worn Birkenstock & Mephisto all my life, almost never needing to buy new pairs because you can have new soles put on, and even replace the cork with Birkenstocks, so as long as the leather straps are okay, you can basically keep replacing the bottoms forever. Which I will do with these. Anyway, it takes a very long time to wear the cork and soles out on Birkenstocks, so they’re well worth the price.
And obviously, if you’re a James Perse fan AND a Birkenstock fan, you absolutely MUST get these. Before they sell out.
*a note on the size: I got a size 37 in my other Birkenstock Arizona sandals because they were discounted. 38 is my “normal” size (it’s what I wear in Mephisto), so I took 38 in these. The footbed feels better than the 37, but I have to tighten the straps more.