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What do you think of Birkenstocks?

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EuroShopperEnergyDrink Wed 24-Apr-13 18:18:02

Thinking of buying these:

or are they completely and utterly grim?

GraduallyGoingInsane Thu 25-Apr-13 18:13:43

Grim! I hate them with a passion! My beloved Mother and I have a deal that if either of us purchase a pair, the other is allowed to hit them repeatedly over the head until they come to their senses.

They look like orthopaedic shoes, they aren't comfy (I tried a pair on just to see what the fuss is about) and when friends come over and kick them off in my house, they smell of wet dog.


and now I shall run away as I have voiced the unpopular opinion

foxysocks Thu 25-Apr-13 18:16:58

I absolutely hate them. i bought a pair in that post-baby fug of fashion wilderness after my first child was born, they ripped my feet to shreds AND looked awful. hideous shoes.

Poodlehorse Thu 25-Apr-13 18:38:48

I love my Gizehs as they stay firmly put on your feet, I don't buy them very often though as I hate the wearing in stage. They need to be falling apart for me to trade them in. I have Mocha clogs on today and they are 8 years old and I could walk forever in them. I know they aren't the prettiest of things but I am at that time when comfort is starting to overtake all things. Madrids I walk out of a bit.

carrie74 Thu 25-Apr-13 18:39:26

I hate the Madrids, but really like the Mayari and the Gizeh. I threw my white Mayari In The washing machine last summer, and they're still going strong.

thoughtsbecomethings Thu 25-Apr-13 19:30:46

Love them wear them all summer long wink

fridgepants Thu 25-Apr-13 21:40:15

I have size 9 feet, and I can't wear anything with a thong between the toes as I have a pronounced gap. I heart mine.

JaxTellerIsAllMine Thu 25-Apr-13 21:46:27

cant wear the gizeh they make my feet 'fart' when I walk. I have a brand new pink pair that I wore about 3 times, sent them to charity shop!

theoriginalandbestrookie Thu 25-Apr-13 21:54:43

Don't like em. Bought a pair last year and find them hard and flappy. Bought a great pair of croc sandals in US they are super comfyso the Birkies are going to the charity shop/bin

CiderwithBuda Thu 25-Apr-13 22:02:44

Love them. Madrids and gizeh. Bought a new pair of silver madrids in Tk maxx the other day.

My mum hates them on me.

I don't think I've seen the clogs - might have to investigate.

EleanorFarjeon Thu 25-Apr-13 22:10:17

I know they're fugly, but I have about 5 pairs of Gizehs and they are just THE most comfortable things in the world.

I can't wear flip flops like Havaianas for more than 30 minutes as they're too flat and they make my feet ache.

I was on hols over Easter in hot place and walked miles and miles in my Gizehs.

LynetteScavo Thu 25-Apr-13 22:14:33

I can't wear that style, but I love my thong ones. I shall be getting a new pair this year.

Not grim at all.[[ Very nice in fact]]

LynetteScavo Thu 25-Apr-13 22:14:45

BehindLockNumberNine Thu 25-Apr-13 22:17:44

I LOVE my Birkenstocks and never wear anything other than Gizeh ones in the summer. I have a lime green patent pair left over from last summer, a red patent pair which I bought in the sale at the end of last summer so ready for this summer and have just ordered a non-patent brown/gold coloured pair.
I just love them and have worn them every summer for the past 6 years. No other sandal will do!

WishIdbeenatigermum Thu 25-Apr-13 22:19:41

I love them and having gone shock at 2ndcoming's 30 pairs am nowblush reading and remembering how many I've had over the years.
Are they work wearable though? I travel by tube and have a public sectory non sales job. If not any recommendations? I love having my heals free and have nice feet.

MacaYoniAndCheese Thu 25-Apr-13 22:22:57

I adore them. I have the Madrids in black patent, blue and silver. Also have the Gizeh thong in a pearly pink colour but the Madrids are my favourites. They are so comfortable, last forever and I like how they look with shorts, capris etc.

reelingintheyears Thu 25-Apr-13 22:30:43

I love mine.

I have summery ones.

reelingintheyears Thu 25-Apr-13 22:32:30

cocolepew Fri 26-Apr-13 08:16:52

A tip for breaking them in is to smear them with Vaseline, it softens everything but darkens the footbed too.

valiumredhead Fri 26-Apr-13 08:28:14

I have loads of pairs but not in that style OP as they don't stay on my feet.

JulesJules Wed 01-May-13 14:00:21

I absolutely love them and always have a few pairs on the go. Lots of great colours on Amazon, I usually have a white pair and a couple of coloured pairs. Purple patent at the moment! I have wide feet with high arches and plantar fasciitis and they give great support.

I can't get on with Gizeh sandals because of the toe post.

Panzee Wed 01-May-13 14:04:46

They look like they smell. grin

valiumredhead Wed 01-May-13 14:06:57

No they don't at all because the base is cork.

Panzee Wed 01-May-13 14:09:23

I don't actually smell them. grin It's the cork that makes them look manky.

Plathism Wed 01-May-13 14:17:00

Aesthetically I think they're hideous. Definitely a Marmite thing!

freddiefrog Wed 01-May-13 14:43:17

Unlike them for summer in theory, but the moulding in them never fit the shape of my feet so they hurt like buggery

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