Some people wear chukka boots. Some wear 574s. Me? My casual shoe is the oh-so-German Birkenstock, and I am not ashamed.
For people who have high arches and whose feet easily fatigue due to a lack of support, they simply cannot be beat. Yes, they are known in the US as “hippie” shoes. Believe me, I get that. They aren’t anywhere near as sleek as a Weejun or a Gucci loafer. But pair them with jeans or chinos and an inconspicuous sock, and they are transformed into a nice bit of German sprezzatura.