When traveling, I always make it a point to observe what locals are wearing. In Italy, I pay special attention to the shoes. This summer, Birkenstocks were all the range in Italy. We spent the first week of July in the Amalfi Coast and Birkenstocks seem to be surging in popularity. We spotted them everywhere from the beaches of Ischia to the streets of Napoli.
Marie-Louise Sciò, owner and designer of Il Pellicano Hotels, collaborated with Birkenstock to create a custom line of Birks that are stylish and comfortable. You can actually wear them day or night and can choose from materials like natural raffia, red satin, and navy rubber.
Almost everyone at the Mezzatorre Resort in Ischia was sporting a pair of Il Dolce Far Niente sandals. I picked up a pair of the navy foam Birks for our time on Ischia. I love that they’re ultra-light for packing. They’re also easy to go from the pool or beach to lunch and are infinitely more fashionable than flip-flops.
You can pick up your pair at the Mezzatorre spa in Ischia or order them online from Matches Fashion. If you order them online, you’ll love the beautiful packaging from Matches Fashion – which is in addition to the gorgeous Il Dolce Far Niente shoe box and yellow-striped shoe bag. There is a limited number produced and they’re selling out quickly.