Rick Owens and Diplo are here to correct the rotation of your summer shoes (separately, unfortunately)


June has arrived and the first official day of summer is fast approaching. Do you already have a top level spin of summer kicks on the deck? If so, good for you. If not, you’re in luck because two top-notch collaborations are on the verge of disappearing, and both are a sure-fire way to add a touch of style to your wardrobe. First up, the latest gothed installment from designer Rick Owens and Birkenstock – and just a little more unexpectedly, the very first collaboration between mega-producer-slash-DJ (and shirtless aficionado) Diplo and Crocs.

For a few years now, Owens has been reinventing the styles of the iconic German brand of comfort shoes with its swashbuckling Gothic signature. We’re talking full grain leather, felt, and pony hair, all in predominantly dark and monochrome tones. This is the designer’s third collaboration with Birkenstock, and it’s just as great as the previous ones. This time, Owens has set his sights on Arizona and Boston, the brand’s sandal and clog styles, respectively. He has dressed every silhouette in all black, from leather to hardware. (And uses perhaps the brightest black leather you’ve ever seen.) This latest collection is currently available through Rick Owens and is set to release via Birkenstock in the coming weeks as well.


For something completely different, you can turn to Diplo x Crocs. At this point, it’s not a huge shock to see a big name celebrity team up with the brand that made plastic clogs infamous. Everyone from Post Malone to Justin Bieber to Bad Bunny has lent their name to injected foam shoes. That said, none were as baffled as these pairs of Diplo’s mind. (Plus, he’s probably the only celebrity who took her clothes off on Instagram to announce the collaboration.)


Each style features a swirling multi-color print, much like a sought-after Grateful Dead shirt. The collaboration includes four options in total, split evenly between the classic clog and the Crocs sandal. Kicks also come with eight glow-in-the-dark Jibbitz (that’s the Crocs language for charms), including bulbous mushrooms, Diplo text graphics, and more. The collection is slated to release via Crocs on June 8.

If there was one time of year to wear a pair of blackened sandals or a tie-dye plastic clog, it would be summer. You can also consider buying both, although we can only advise you to wear one pair at a time.


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