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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?

miffybun73 Wed 01-May-13 14:47:10

I have three pairs and live in them from May to September ish. I literally wear them every day in the Spring/Summer that it's not raining. They are so incredibly comfy smile

miffybun73 Wed 01-May-13 14:49:17

Reading this it seems that they are not comfy for everyone. I have fairly narrow feet and a very high instep and they are as comfy as bare feet for me - stay on really well, can walk for miles in them and they don't rub at all ever.

freddiefrog Wed 01-May-13 14:50:18

Unlike = I like

PoppyAmex Wed 01-May-13 16:41:27

I might be the only person who looks at them and sees American pensioner tourists wearing bermuda shorts and socks confused

I wish I liked them because they do look comfy, but I'm Portuguese so I'm programmed to wear flip-flops in the summer.

Helltotheno Wed 01-May-13 20:25:09

Well for those of you who don't have unsightly bunions can I just say a. you're so dang lucky and b. there's not really a host of other options open to someone with that particular problem when it comes to sandals... would love to hear all suggestions but until then, I won't be dumping the birkies!

auntpetunia Wed 01-May-13 22:29:36

Love love my birkies, Am on to my 9th pair in 20 years, my favourite current ones are Kairo which are Gizeh with a back strap, fabulous as I can't wear shoes without a strap.

erowid Wed 01-May-13 23:30:36

I really liked the Gizeh style but my very flat feet doesn't like the arch in birkinstocks. But I found a similar style by Doc Martens which have lasted all summer for the last 5 years smile

BehindLockNumberNine Thu 02-May-13 08:00:32

They don't smell. Far from it!! In fact they are the only shoe I can wear throughout the summer without socks which don't make my feet smell. I literally can only wear Birkenstocks or Crocs. Everything else reacts with my bare feet resulting in an odour fit for chemical warfare!!
And I refuse to wear Crocs!!!

Love my Birkies smile

BehindLockNumberNine Thu 02-May-13 08:02:01

erowid Doc Martens are my other shoe-passion. And I love love love love those you have linked to.

Have bought my birkies for this year and there is no money left in the pot for more footwear but may treat myself at the end of the summer sale with my birthday money and save them for next year. They look fab!!!

erowid Thu 02-May-13 13:11:44

behindlock They're brilliant. Like all Docs, once you break them in they're like slippers and last years!

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