ADERERROR Gives Birkenstock a Taste of Blue in Unisex Collaboration
Birkenstock became the go-to footwear choice for many of us as we took a slower approach to life over the last few years, but while we all started to chill out, Birkenstock was only starting to ramp things up. Since its rise, the heritage German company has worked with Dior, Manolo Blahnik, Opening Ceremony, and of course, Stüssy. Such an eclectic mix of collaborators enabled Birkenstock to cater to all kinds of trends and feet, and now it has teamed up with South Korea’s ADER error on a four-piece collaboration.
For the partnership, ADER error has chosen to rework the Birkenstock Gizeh, Arizona, Milano, and A630 PU Clog, applying a new “tech” moniker at the end of each shoe’s respective name. The “tech” element comes from ADER error’s customization process, as the core inspiration is drawn from snow sports, specifically ski boots.
Here, the ratchet closure found on Birkenstock’s Gizeh, Arizona, and Milano models are inspired by the ADER error slogan “But near missed things,” while all four pairs feature a co-branded silicone pin in the shape of ADER error’s signature block logo. For the Gizeh, the streetwear brand applies its classic “Z-Blue” hue to the thong of the sandal, crafting this from nubuck leather before adding the Swiss-sourced fastener.
Elsewhere, the Arizona sports a black-grain steer leather construction alongside the aforementioned strap, while the Milano gets treated to a soft, white-grain leather upper. As expected, the clog is made from water, oil and grease-resistant materials that make it impenetrable, coming with a nonslip treaded sole and qualities that make it fit for stringent hygiene standards.