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 lathe 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.
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.
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
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