THIS $76K “BIRKINSTOCK” SANDAL IS MADE FROM REAL BIRKIN BAGS
A Birkinstock sandal made out of a real, authentic, insanely expensive Birkin bag. The luxurious sandals, priced at between $35,000 and $76,000 — quite similar to the bag itself — were made by Brooklyn creative collective MSCHF.
MSCHF created the “Jesus Shoe,” which was a Nike Air Max 97 whose Air bubbles were filled with holy water, as well as “88 Holes,” a Damien Hirst spot painting that had all the spots cut out, which were then sold separately. This isn’t the first time that the collective has made waves with a wild product.
The Birkinstock features an authentic Birkenstock leather and cork footbed with an upper crafted entirely out of the Hermès Birkin bags. MSCHF “only” bought four Birkin bags to make their Birkinstock sandals, implying that if it’s gone, it’s gone. The collective was already able to sell three pairs to Future, Kehlani, and an unnamed art collector. According to The New York Times, there might be as little as four to six pairs left.
While talking to the NYT about why they chose Birkin Bags for this project, Lukas Bentel, one of MSCHF’s creative directors, said: “Birkin bags are like a cultural meme, a symbol for a certain kind of wealth.”
Birkin bags famously hold their value, also described as a better investment than gold in the past. The waiting lists for the Hermès bags are typically long. MSCHF reportedly skipped those lines by buying their bags via various resale sites for a total value of around $122,500.
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