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If you haven't given much thought to Birkenstocks in years, then you might be surprised to hear Guy Trebay declare in today's style section that the hippie sandals are "everywhere," especially for men. The company has finally released the Ramses, a version of its popular Gizeh thong style for men. "True," laments Trebay, "the Ramses comes in only manly neutral colors, and so the wearing of patent- or metallic-leather versions is still restricted to men with feet dainty enough to wear a women’s size." But we can always hope the company will someday realize the demand for metallic thongs in a man's size 12. [NYT]