If you're familiar with Birkenstock's classic Gizeh Big Buckle sandals (think of them as the OG style), then you already know the main difference between the two. While the leather Big Buckle style has a smooth and flat leather T-strap, the new pair has been updated with a boho braided leather oiled T-strap to take it up a notch, giving it a vintage flair.
Other than that, the new sandals have the same comfy cork and latex footbed that "mimics the shape of a healthy foot," according to the brand, as well as an adjustable strap with a sleek buckle closure and a cushioned insole with arch support.
Here's why one reviewer is obsessed: "I saw these and decided to upgrade to them instead of a new pair of plain ones because I love the braid detail. They did feel firm, which is normal until you break them in, but I did not have any issues with the braided part being rough. The quality is the same. (Higher price due to genuine leather.) The part between the toes is the same. I'm very happy with my purchase."