"This won't come a surprise to anyone who's worn Birks in the past, but you guys: these shoes are SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE. The minute I slip them on my feet are in heaven: the soft inside layer of the leather straps (which here are topped with a delightful dose of SHINY!!) would never even consider the possibility of leaving you with a blister, even if you walk over sixty blocks in them in the summertime — which I have. Then there's the ergonomic cork footbed that's strategically designed to support feet in the healthy way our skeletons and muscles need. Between the slight bounce I feel in the ball of my foot with every step I take, the arch that contours to my sole as if it was carved out specifically for me, and the fact that my plantar fasciitis heel pain has yet to appear despite the amount of time I've spent on my feet this summer, I genuinely believe it. Oh, and thanks to the thin layer of super-soft suede that's directly underfoot all the time, I don't slip when I get sweaty and I've had no blisters on the bottom of my feet, either (a problem I had with another pair until they were broken in, because their top footbed layer is the finished side of the leather).
Besides the comfy factor, I get more wear out these than that other black pair because gold, silver, and copper are like, the ultimate neutrals that go with whatever other neutrals I put on that day. Naturally the black pair does go with all kinds of things (jeans and tees, black pants, dresses with black in them) but the rose gold pair can go with all of those things plus pretty much anything navy / white / brown / khaki (I don't own any khaki and don't plan to, but if I did! These would go.) I mean, I'm not about to put 'em on with like, more formal business-y type wear, but for 90% of my closet, these are gold. Er, copper." —Natalie Brown
Price: $135 (available in sizes 36–41 and four metallic colors)