(Closed) NWR: Anyone Have Birkenstock Sandals? Advice Needed (:

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Post # 3
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680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have a pair, the same pair, for wow.. probably almost 10 years now. They’re in pretty good shape I might add. I only wear them around the house though so not sure if that’s why. That being said, they’re pretty comfy, but I don’t know about wearing them for long periods of time. Think I answered at least one question Tongue Out

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

They are super comfortable and they last forever if you take care of them, about 2-3 years if you don’t. I’ve been wearing them since maybe 1998. Do be prepared that for the first few weeks, they will feel stiff and may even be uncomfortable, but once the footbed molds to your foot, you will be in shoe heaven.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have the ones below. I’ve had them for three years and wear them about 4 our out of seven days from April to October. They are starting to show signs of wear, but they are still in great condition and I think I have another year or two left. I did get a second pair in a different color this year, but haven’t been wearing them as much yet. They are a little weird to walk in at first, and I’d recommend just wearing them for shorter times at first. But after a week or two of wearing them, the footbed molds to your foot and they are incredibly comfortable. I’ve worn them shopping, at work where I walk a lot, out for some light hiking, and I’ve never had a blister or anything. My stepmom also has these same ones in 3 or 4 different colors and wears them all year long. I’m pretty sure she still wears hers from 3 or 4 years ago as well. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

As for sizing, they are mostly true to size, but certain lines run smaller. There’s a line just for women (whereas the rest are unisex) and some of those run smaller. I’d try them on at a store that specializes in shoes like that if you get the chance. The fit is really important and you may think the size you actually need is too small at first when it’s just right. They should not fit roomy and you shouldn’t have much extra space past your toes.

Post # 7
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722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have the same ones as mrstilly. I agree with what other posters are saying about them being uncomfortable at first etc.

A few things i have noticed:

1. The cork has started to crack after 3 years, a friend (who has worn birks all her life) said its because the cork is drying out, but there is something you can put on it to prevent it (i have yet to try this stuff) 

2. They tend to smell and in turn making your feet smell if worn a lot (if you get sandals/wear without socks). I do not have smelly feet with any other pair of shoes…i have read that it is the leather. I read to wear them every other day and also (this will sound funny) but to put them in the freezer after they have dried out to prevent the growth of new bacteria and kill the old bacteria. I put baking soda in the boot bed of mine in bags in the freezer and it helps.

3.  Do not where when it rains/if they will get wet. 

 I love my birks and can’t wait for my next pair, I am hoping for clogs! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I currently have three pairs of Birks, and no matter how much I break them in, they still scratch the skin on my feet and leave me with blisters.  I still wear (and love) them because I do like their look.  I have a friend though that has custom pair of the same style that I own, where they mold the sandal exactly to your feet, and she says hers are perfect.

I agree with the above posters in that they are super durable as I’ve had both pairs forever and haven’t had to replace any soles or anything really. 

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