This Birkenstock Boston Dupe Is My Fave Fall Shoe (TikTok Loves It, Too)

The Birkenstock Boston has been busting moves all over street style roundups and TikTok, and I, for one, want to slide into (get it?) the action—aka the versatile, 90s-throwback, crunchy-cool clog—myself. Slotted into the “granola chic” section of my personal style, Birkenstock Bostons are surprisingly comfy AF and sit right on the line between a sidewalk-ready slipper and gorpcore vibes (love). 


One thing I don’t love, though, is the price tag. The OG Birkenstock Boston model clocks in at $155—yikes. I can buy about eight dirty martinis for that kind of money. Would I rather own one pair of shoes or rage with my crew all weekend long?  I think we all know the answer to that one.

Thriftiness in mind, I don’t simply give up on purchasing my want du jour; I simply find a way around it like the sneaky bish I am. Sometimes you have to think outside the box to find that which you seek (aka a jawn that scratches the same itch, and/or a convincing dupe), and that’s how I ended up with this viral lookalike from your local boomer’s favorite department store: Kohl’s

$49.99 at Kohl’s

$49.99 at Kohl’s

Kohl’s in-house brand Sonoma Goods for Life makes a near-twin of the Boston clog for one-third of the price compared to Birkenstock’s original; we’re talking about the Waterford Suede Clog to be exact. You don’t even have to take my word for it: Kohl’s take on the iconic Boston is practically TikTok-famous, Garnering some rave reviews with users actually preferring the alternative over the OG. ”I actually prefer the Kohl’s ones. They’re my fav!!,” one TikTok user commented on a video with 181,000 views. Just seeing them may also spark spontaneous fits of joy; “WHEN I TELL YOU I RAN” another user commented. That’s the shopping energy we need. 


Sure, the Boston has a soft foam footbed that will keep your soles (and, let’s be honest, ~*inner soul~*) comfy all day long as you waltz around town, but so does this doppelgänger. The Waterford Suede Clog has crazy-good reviews—a grade of 4.6 stars out of five on Kohl’s website—and almost 200 happy buyers have taken to the site to sing its praises.; given the buzz surrounding the style on social media, there’s no shocker there. One reviewer said they’re “perfect potato shoes”—I’m assuming they’re referring to the color, because that’s spot on. The taupe color (basically the OG and most desirable colorway) is so popular that that iteration is unfortunately sold out at Kohl’s at the moment. Still, you can snag a pair in a sensible and classic black colorway that should match just about everything in your closet anyways. 

I managed to cop the taupe color before they sold out and have been pairing them with my beloved Nike crew socks and jeans, while also just wearing them around the house. If you’re just dying for the au natural color, I also spotted an iconic twin on Amazon.

I can’t directly compare the Birkenstock model to the Sonoma Goods for Life version since I never owned a true pair of Bostons, but given their aesthetic similarities and killer retail price, I have a very strong shopping editor’s intuition that  the Waterford Suede Clogs have enough comfort and style to  live up to the TikTok-induced hype.

$43.99 at Amazon

$43.99 at Amazon

Sonoma’s Waterford Suede Clogs are available for purchase at Kohl’s

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