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After Twenty Five Years Of Work, It Seems I’ve Achieved More For Birkenstocks Than Adland …
April 24, 2014, 6:10 am
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So a mate of mine just wrote to me saying he’d just been in Detroit for a meeting with one of the global heads of Chrysler/Jeep.

Somehow my name came up and the client said how I’d presented to their global board to get them to let us make this to which my mate asked:

“Did he dress up for it?”

To which, apparently, the reply was:

“If you mean did he wear birkenstocks and a t-shirt, the answer is yes”.

I know it’s immature … I know I should be striving to be known for my smarts or at least doing good work for them … but for some reason, this makes me really, really happy.

Of course, that could also be because I’m usually referred to as ‘that Nottingham idiot’ … but deep down, having some important global dude know I wear Birkenstocks is almost the ultimate accolade.

Pathetic I know, but given the German sandals are now fashionista’s best friend, I’m kidding myself that the reason he remembers me is because he thinks I’m some trend setter, rather than a bald, four-eyed, overweight British bloke from Nottingham who lives in camo Birkies and Queen t-shirts, whatever the weather, whatever the meeting.


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To paraphrase one of your best campaigns, you know when you’ve been Robert’d.

Comment by George

A few weeks ago I came home to find my 3 daughters all wearing birkenstock shoes. Their mum had purchased them earlier in the day and the girls were keen to show them off. Sadly, this tender moment between a father and his children was ruined because all I could do was think about you.

Comment by George

I’m wondering if you meant that to come across as creepy as you’ve managed to make it sound?

Comment by Pete

I’m relieved Mr Boucher is not here to see it. Entirely accidental.

Comment by George

I’m disappointed. When is his birthday, tomorrow or Sat?

Comment by DH

Tomorrow.

Comment by Bazza

I can tell you already, that is the best thing that will happen to me all week.

Comment by Rob

Didn’t a planner you’ve never met before once stop and ask if you were Rob Campbell because they saw you in your birkenstocks and assumed it could be no one else? I know you say you should always be known for 1 or 2 things that you do better than most, but I didn’t realise wearing strange shows qualified as one of them.

Comment by Pete

You mean someone actually wanted to know if it was him rather than running home and locking all the doors? Planners are stupid.

Comment by DH

Let’s get this straight – Birkenstocks are not trendy. And I quote from The Times artcile this week that I already sent you – so you have no excuse for ignoring the facts like a bad planner.

“The new vogue for flat, “ugly” shoes began when Phoebe Philo at Céline reinvented the classic Birkenstock-style sandal 18 months ago. Since then demand for variations of the practical orthopaedic shoe has escalated and been adopted by Alexa Chung, Ashley Olsen and Stella Tennant.

“The Isabel Marant Holden sandals are basically Birkenstocks for die-hard fashionistas that can’t quite bring themselves to wear actual Birkenstocks,”

Comment by John

Your comment seems to reinforce birkenstocks renaissance John, rather than discredit it. Unfortunately.

Comment by George

£280 a pair – just be grateful your family didn’t have the benefit of my reading before they purchased.

Comment by John

And it’s an odd renaissance if people are happy to spend that sort of money to buy something that specifically isn’t Birkenstock.

Comment by John

Even Rob wouldn’t pay that for lesbian sandals would he. If they had some wifi shit in them he would, but they don’t do they?

Comment by DH

Are you insane, $280 for Birkies.

1. They ‘normal ones’ don’t cost that much.
2. I would never spend that much on them.
3. Though I might if they were ‘Queen’ ones.*

* That is a joke. Sort-of. Kinda. Maybe.

Comment by Rob

Birkenstocks have never been normal.

Comment by John

They have for people with no taste. Or – apparently – hairy, German lesbians.

I didn’t say that, every bastard that has ever taken the piss for my love of them, has.

Comment by Rob

Please leave your personal fantasies off this blog.

Comment by John

To be fair, birkenstocks are the jeep of sandals.

Comment by DH

Funny.

Comment by Bazza

Bastard. But now I think of it, it’s kinda true … especially my camo ones. Dammit.

Comment by Rob

No it’s not – they don’t look the slightest bit Italian.

Comment by John

Boom TIsh.

Comment by Rob

I have to ask. With or without socks?

Comment by Ian Gee

Never socks. Ever.

Comment by Rob




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