Rick Owens creates pony hair sandals for Birkenstock

Fashion designer Rick Owens has updated three sandal designs by footwear brand Birkenstock, using a combination of felt, pony hair and grainy leather.

The collaborative collection sees three classic sandal styles from Birkenstock’s main line – the Arizona, Madrid and Boston – updated in Owens’ typically monochromatic colour palette.

Each of the shoe designs are available in four different finishes, including pony hair, full-grain leather and felt.

The collection marks the first time Birkenstock has invited an individual designer to collaborate on its Birkenstock Box project, where a pop-up space travels around global cities, working alongside selected retailers.

Previous locations visited by the brand have included Berlin with retailer Andreas Murkudis, New York with Barneys and the Whitney Museum, and Milan with concept store 10 Corso Como.

For this edition of the Birkenstock Box, Owens has also rehauled the structure, which is made from two shipping containers, stacked on top of one another.

The mobile space now features a white exterior and a neutral interior, which the designer based on his own store in New York.

Ahead of the collection’s launch in March, the shipping containers will be placed in front of Owens’ Los Angeles store, which opened in 2015 and features interiors inspired by the imagery of religious films.

As well as selling the new styles, it will stock a selection of Birkenstock’s main lines and furniture and accessories designed by Owens.

Owens launched his label in 1994, and showed his first catwalk collection in 2002. Aside from recently finishing a long-standing collaboration with Adidas, the fashion designer creates furniture pieces, some of which were exhibited at Sebastian+Barquet gallery in London in 2009.

Since the 1930s, Birkenstock has created orthopaedic footbeds by studying the anatomy of the foot and using natural materials and shape to stabilise it.

The brand recently had renaissance on high-fashion catwalks, and has broadened its horizons with a range of beds, which feature a high level of elasticity and individual contouring.

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