The Birkenstock has been a controversial sandal choice for decades (is it chic?! is it heinous?!), one that regained popularity in 2013 and 2014 thanks to designer iterations from Céline and Givenchy. In 2016, however, the shoe isn’t necessarily at the top of a fashion girl’s must-wear list—but Naomi Watts couldn’t care less.
On Sunday, the 47-year-old actress, who quite literally dazzles on the red carpet time and time again, turned down the dial on her movie stardom and walked across New York City with one her greatest accessories to date: her adorable canine companion, Bob. And while her casual dog-walking outfit was just that—she paired gray jeans with a striped sleeveless Michael Stars top rounded sunglasses, a brimmed hat, and two distinct crossbody bags—it’s her shoes that have us celebrating the ensemble.
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Watts has shown her love for Birkenstock sandals before, pairing them with denim shorts and a no-frills blouse. For some, comfort always trumps trend.