Why Birkenstocks have become the unofficial off-field uniform for footy players and the West Coast Eagles

Birkenstock have long been a go-to for athletes when off the track, field or court.

The classic Arizona style in particular has become a bit of an "unofficial off-field uniform”. We caught up with inaugural West Coast Eagles captain and all-round AFL Legend Ross Glendinning (name sake of the Glendinning-Allan Medal) about the popularity of the Birkenstock Arizona in footy circles.

Shannon Hurn Birkenstock Bstore

"The players put a lot of work into maintaining peak form for game day," shares Glendinning

"They commit to some pretty gruelling training, exercise and nutrition regimes throughout the season, so it’s vital that their body is supported off-field and during recovery periods, particularly come Finals.

Jamie Cripps Birkenstock Bstore

Wearing the correct footwear when out of their footy boots and trainers is actually really important. It helps keep their feet, legs, hips and spine aligned, supports muscle structures and their natural walking gait, and aids injury prevention and recovery. 

Brendon Ah Chee Birkenstock

A lot of the players wear Birkenstock because they provide the right level of support when off the field, while still being totally acceptable to wear everyday in terms of style. They’re a bit of an unofficial off-field uniform these days.”

- Ross Glendinning, WCE Inaugural Captain and All-Round AFL Legend, WCE Manager Corporate Relations

Chris Masten Birkenstock

That uniform seems to be following its own mini-trend this season, with many players opting for Arizona Suede Soft Footbed styles in Taupe and Forest Green along with the classic black leather styles. Chris Masten pulled a Chris Hemsworth and opted for a Suede Rose and bright socks combo when he popped into Bstore Subiaco recently.

Chris Hemsworth Birkenstock

Chris Hemsworth features in the May 2019 issue of GQ Australia

Former West Coast Eagles and Hawthorn player, Xavier Ellis, says Birkenstocks were the go-to when he notched three Grand Finals under his belt between 2008 - 2015. Now a Co-host on hit92.9 Radio’s Breakfast Show, Ellis recalls that some coaches would “cut up rubber thongs on the spot if players were caught wearing them, and that players were encouraged to wear Birkenstocks for their superior support features. 

Birkenstock Footbed


SHOP BIRKENSTOCK

Birkenstock have long been a go-to for athletes when off the track, field or court.

The classic Arizona style in particular has become a bit of an "unofficial off-field uniform”. We caught up with inaugural West Coast Eagles captain and all-round AFL Legend Ross Glendinning (name sake of the Glendinning-Allan Medal) about the popularity of the Birkenstock Arizona in footy circles.

Shannon Hurn Birkenstock Bstore

"The players put a lot of work into maintaining peak form for game day," shares Glendinning

"They commit to some pretty gruelling training, exercise and nutrition regimes throughout the season, so it’s vital that their body is supported off-field and during recovery periods, particularly come Finals.

Jamie Cripps Birkenstock Bstore

Wearing the correct footwear when out of their footy boots and trainers is actually really important. It helps keep their feet, legs, hips and spine aligned, supports muscle structures and their natural walking gait, and aids injury prevention and recovery. 

Brendon Ah Chee Birkenstock

A lot of the players wear Birkenstock because they provide the right level of support when off the field, while still being totally acceptable to wear everyday in terms of style. They’re a bit of an unofficial off-field uniform these days.”

- Ross Glendinning, WCE Inaugural Captain and All-Round AFL Legend, WCE Manager Corporate Relations

Chris Masten Birkenstock

That uniform seems to be following its own mini-trend this season, with many players opting for Arizona Suede Soft Footbed styles in Taupe and Forest Green along with the classic black leather styles. Chris Masten pulled a Chris Hemsworth and opted for a Suede Rose and bright socks combo when he popped into Bstore Subiaco recently.

Chris Hemsworth Birkenstock

Chris Hemsworth features in the May 2019 issue of GQ Australia

Former West Coast Eagles and Hawthorn player, Xavier Ellis, says Birkenstocks were the go-to when he notched three Grand Finals under his belt between 2008 - 2015. Now a Co-host on hit92.9 Radio’s Breakfast Show, Ellis recalls that some coaches would “cut up rubber thongs on the spot if players were caught wearing them, and that players were encouraged to wear Birkenstocks for their superior support features. 

Birkenstock Footbed


SHOP BIRKENSTOCK

Why Birkenstocks have become the unofficial off-field uniform for footy players and the West Coast Eagles

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