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By Sarah Bracy Penn

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Birkenstocks are back, baby! Yes, you read that right.

Let me back up: On a recent girl's trip to the beach, I spotted my friend sporting a pair of bright pink Birkenstocks. Naturally, I was a little shocked, considering bright-hued Birks veer dangerously close to Crocs territory, which is not where I'd place her style. But, apparently, Crocs are back, too ... high-heeled Crocs. And, a bunch of other 'ugly' shoes are trending!

She explained that they were waterproof, incredibly comfortable, secure enough to trek through sand and best of all, only $40. After taking her hot pink sandals for a spin, I completely agreed, fell in love and bought a pair for myself.

These waterproof Birkenstocks are perfect for my commute, casual outings and of course, the beach!Sarah Bracy Penn / Sarah Bracy Penn

I opted for the white pair, which you might find incredibly impractical. But hear me out!

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA Sandals, $39, Amazon

Also available in other colors and styles at Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and Zappos.

Because they're made of a synthetic material, you can literally wipe them down with a Clorox wipe or damp cloth and bring them right back to their fresh-from-the-box glory. They're also lightweight, making them the perfect shoe to wear to yoga, pack for vacations or wear on my commute and then throw into a handbag once I arrive at the office.

Another perk, aside from the price, is the variety of colors and styles available. Is blue your favorite color? No problem! Do you prefer a thong sandal? Have at it! It's good to note, though, that they are unisex, so figuring out your size is a bit tricky on some sites. For reference, I wear a women's size 8, which translates to a European size 39 or a men's size 6.

Let's bring Birkenstocks back! Your feet — and your wallet — will thank you.