What: Proof that cool can still be comfortable, from Birkenstock.
The Story: “Birks” are having a renaissance. Once associated with hippies and your high school art teacher, the cork sandal is now the favored footwear of the fashion set—not to mention half our office. The original design dates back to 1897 when a German shoemaker developed a contoured footbed that supports the arch and molds to the foot for a custom fit. “It’s a timeless style, but the metallic color and white soles feel super modern,” says our Discoverer, Tracy.