The reality of wearing uncomfortable stiletto heels is becoming more common as the American workforce prepares to return to IRL work. In a post-quarantine society, where athleisure is still the dominant dress code, constricted footwear may be the thing of the past. Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler and Lazaro Hernandez from Proenza Schouler have announced that they are ending their second partnership with Birkenstock, the “ugly” sandal maker.
They are available for pre-ordering now. This new collection features models that have been reworked for Birkenstock’s Arizona or Milano styles in cobalt, rustburgundy and black. McCollough, Hernandez and their previous collections were used for this collaboration in keeping with Proenza Schouler’s utilitarian style. McCollough and Hernandez stated that they share a mutual respect for Proenza Schouler’s craftsmanship and detail work. “We are excited about picking up where we left off, and expanding on the collection with new colorways that feel very current and true to the brand,” Hernandez and McCollough stated in a press release. In 2020, they collaborated to create a collection inspired by the ’90s that featured canvas material to make a sandal collection. McCollough & Lazaro have redesigned their styles using leather this time. This gives them a polished look.
“Founders Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have been valuable partners that are completely aligned with our core values, two creatives that strive to find the perfect balance between form and functionality,” said Oliver Reichert, chief executive officer of Birkenstock. With the rise of “ugly” shoes and clogs, Birkenstock has expanded its roster of designer collaborations over the past few years. The brand has partnered with designer names like Rick Owens and Jil Sander, cementing popularity within the fashion circle. Retailing between $300 and $450, the new models are now available.