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This Is Possibly the Only Time Birkenstocks Have Sounded Sexy

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Nobody is really debating whether or not Birkenstocks are attractive. They're not. Choosing to wear them is choosing to wear something unattractive. Some people are comfortable with it; some people aren't. But how does the word Birkenstock rank among other unsexy words? Pretty high.

Jamie Foxx enlisted the word to bring the "sexy unsexiness home" in the "Jamie Foxx Sings Unsexy Words Sexily" bit on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. It was the song's climax (around minute 2:30) right after "deodorant" and before the falling action, which is naturally "loofah." So based residual knowledge from high school English class, it's the unsexiest word of all? See above and decide whether Jamie Foxx's smooth musical stylings are enough to make Birkenstocks sounds sexy.
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