The perfect piece award doesn't honor designers or labels, but rather individual fashion items, with the focus on well-being and comfort. "Perfect pieces" also have to demonstrate seasonal trend characteristics. In short, the award aims to recognize women's fashion that the wearer both feels comfortable and looks perfect in – and, in the judges' opinion, the classic Gizeh thong model passes the test with flying colors.
"You could walk around town in them all day long without any trouble," says judge Alexandra Neldel in the latest issue of freundin. The prize was launched by the publication's fashion editors. The magazine itself is published by Burda and boasts a circulation of some three million readers, with a target group comprising young working women aged between 25 and 50.
"We are delighted to have received this award and would like to thank the judges," says Oliver Reichert, CEO of the BIRKENSTOCK Group. "We feel that the fashion experts' verdict accurately reflects our brand. BIRKENSTOCK is synonymous with outstanding quality, excellent craftsmanship, the finest materials, and exceptional comfort." Markus Bensberg, CEO of the BIRKENSTOCK Group, had this to add: "As the inventors of the footbed, we are especially pleased that the jury didn't just make their decision based on fashion, but on functionality too. After all, that's where our roots are."
The 2015 fall/winter collection offers proof of the broad portfolio offered by this traditional brand, which can look back on more than 240 years of history. It features a wealth of new and surprising models – alongside stylish reinterpretations of classic sandals, the collection also includes casual ankle boots, rustic biker boots, and plenty of cool kids' styles.
Among the highlights are the men's and women's boots from the CASUAL ALLROUNDER line, new sneakers in URBAN SPORT STYLE, and the BLACK AND WHITE line. Sure to turn heads, the collection's flagship model is the suede Danbury in both black and white. With its shiny appliqué elements and gold buckles, it pays tribute to Arizona, BIRKENSTOCK's best-selling sandal. But as stylish as this eye-catching model is, every single detail has a practical function, whether the adjustable straps for a perfect fit or the shark-tooth sole that offers unbeatable grip on winter days. In other words, the 2015 fall/winter collection will see BIRKENSTOCK stay true to its holy trinity of quality, functionality, and style.