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The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir Fell in Love with Birkenstocks for This Simple Reason


May 22, 2020 Style By Photo by Instagram
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Welcome to Style Spotting, a recurring column highlighting unique clothing and accessories worn by some of the most stylish men we know. This week: Bob Weir’s Birkenstocks.

On May 20, iconic San Francisco denim brand Levi’s celebrated the 147th anniversary of its first blue jeans with a series of concerts and interviews streamed live on Instagram. Later in the day, Levi’s chief marketing officer Jen Sey introduced the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. The legendary Bay Area musician talked about how he famously wore cut-off Levi’s shorts while performing on stage in the ’80s, and later, during his following conversation with GQ creative director Will Welch, shared how he found another recognizable part of his style: Birkenstocks.

“I took a vacation a few years back — Christ, almost 20 years back now,” Weir said. “I was in Hawaii and I went to a shop and there was a pair of Birkenstocks just sitting there and they were sort of calling to me. I slipped them on and I realize, ‘Hey, I don’t have to bend over to put these things on or take them off.’ And, I’ve been in Birkenstocks ever since.”

Weir’s preferred Birkenstock style, called the Arizona, is not only easy to slip on, but it’s also extremely comfortable. The German-made sandal has two adjustable leather straps, a soft suede insole and an anatomically-shaped cork footbed that molds to the foot, providing cushion and support.

The Arizona sandals ($135) are available with a wide range of leather strap colors and come in sizes 6 to 13 with both regular and narrow widths. They’re a classic style that’s great for everyday wear, whether on the road or at home — pick up a pair for yourself to find out why.

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John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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