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Comfiest Birkenstock Style?

(74 Posts)
yazzy85 Fri 19-Jun-15 19:10:14

What's the most comfortable Birkenstock style? I've seen them recommended loads on here and need a pair for holiday. Madrid or Arizona? Or one with a back strap like Rio or Bali?

DrRanjsRightEyebrow Fri 19-Jun-15 19:11:49


HapShawl Fri 19-Jun-15 19:16:15

I have gizeh too

Mouthfulofquiz Fri 19-Jun-15 19:20:16

I've got the Arizona and it is very comfortable but not quite as forgiving to look at on my cankles as the Madrid!

cunchofbunts Fri 19-Jun-15 19:23:02

It totally depends on which sub-brand you go for and your fit.

I don't fit any of the Birkenstock traditional ones and go for the Betula range which have more narrow footbed styles. In this range, I find the Woogie the most comfortable. I currently have a lovely pair with cherry print on them.

Tatami I find a bit odd sizing too.

The best thing to do is to get yourself down to a Birkenstock shop, figure out what size and range you suit best and then buy direct from Germany on ebay. So much more style and choice and better prices too!

VivaLeBeaver Fri 19-Jun-15 19:24:24

Dorians. But they're hard to come by.

bonzo77 Fri 19-Jun-15 19:31:40

Mayari or Rio for me.

Marylou2 Fri 19-Jun-15 19:33:53

Mayari or Madrid for me.

noisytoys Fri 19-Jun-15 19:42:06

Gizeh. They are soooo comfy and last years.

birkiekid Fri 19-Jun-15 19:44:53

Gizehs and Arizonas are comfy, I bought Taboras last summer and they are very comfortable too. The only ones I didn't get on well with were Madrids.

whitewineandchocolate Fri 19-Jun-15 20:25:25

Tabora and I have wide feet, they are so comfy.

LemonYellowSun Fri 19-Jun-15 20:28:35

Madrid all the way

JoyceDivision Fri 19-Jun-15 20:31:01

arizona. make sure is arizona and not the look a like relax as that doesn't have the ultra comfy suede footbed <dreamy>

Nicknamegrief Fri 19-Jun-15 20:36:15

I have these and love them, literally walk miles in them.

Nicknamegrief Fri 19-Jun-15 20:36:39


BikeRunSki Fri 19-Jun-15 20:39:43

Mayari for me too.

Brookville Fri 19-Jun-15 20:43:28

I have Gizeh, Arizona and Sydney. They are all good. I'd say Sydney- though hard to come by -is the more attractive looking as the straps are slightly narrower and look less chunky than Arizona.

LucyTheValiant Fri 19-Jun-15 20:44:24

I got some Kairos last year - like gizeh but with a strap, so they're even comfier. Here

There's more choice in Europe I think - mine are brown, but they had loads of other colours not on the uk website

yazzy85 Fri 19-Jun-15 21:05:29

Oh I like the Sydney and Kairos, never knew these styles existed!

gerbiltamer Fri 19-Jun-15 23:03:58

Birkie addict here. Personal faves Gizeh (the toe post doesn't rub, honestly) and Mayari. Least favourite: Madrid as they're just too flappy. Another suggestion is the three narrow strapped Florida. Amazon's great as there are free returns, however note that N means narrow on certain listings and it's the coloured in footbed sign on the suede liner.

MotherBluestocking Fri 19-Jun-15 23:17:26

Birkenstocks give me blisters.

Jaeme Fri 19-Jun-15 23:33:53

If it's a holiday where you're going to do lots of walking then a 2 strap style like Arizona or Sydney is better.
Madrids work your calf muscles a lot and if you're not used to them it can get a bit achy after a lot of walking.

My favourites are gizeh, as a pp said the toe post doesn't rub at all

Schoolaroundthecorner Fri 19-Jun-15 23:39:03

Just bought the Mayari style in silver. Love them

dangerrabbit Fri 19-Jun-15 23:39:37

Arizona all the way

AppleSnapple Fri 19-Jun-15 23:40:17

Turin. Usually within papillio sub brand. Pretty (within the confines of being birks!) but can walk miles in them

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