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I really like these but can't decide between blue and orange - fancying something bright this summer and thinking the blue will probably be best.
Anyway, I've never had Birkenstocks before but have heard good things about their comfort. Anyone had this style and if so, do you love them?! Have also read that Birkenstocks sizing is on the big side - is this true? I'd say I'm a 5.5 so usually end up having to buy a 6 and tolerating things being slightly big...though sometimes 6 is perfect. Can be ok in a 5 in a sandal depending on the brand. Any advice welcome!
I have them, and think they suit some people and some outfits. They are comfortable but you have to get past the point when they rub. I don't think I will get another pair this summer, but they work with some things I have. There are better things out there
NO! Don't size down in that particular style. If you look at the footprint logo on the insole, it is part of their narrow range and as such is true to size (IMO).
For regular fit styles, however, yes they come up big so size down. Bear in mind though you are supposed to have room around your foot. Nothing worse that seeming someone with their toes over the edge or heel wearing the back down because they are small. Must be uncomfortable too.
yes yes yes, i was a late converter to the birk! resisted for yrs due to trendiness then gave in when i tried them on. Very very comfy, my feet are awkward and tend to loathe all shoes but they are so happy in these. I am a small uk3 and the 3 fit perfectly.
One drawback is it says don't get wet so due to british summertime weather fluctuations they don't get worn enough!
I buy the madrids - have about 8 pairs - each year I wear them in - first couple of days 1-2 hours and after that can go all day and night in them. My really old ones have been in the washing machine for clean ups !
That style you link to wouldn't fit me as the second band would rub on my foot. But I like them. I wear a 39 unless buying the imported ones in TK maxx and then I'm a 40. In normal shoes I'm a 61/2.
You can definitely clean Birkis - washing machine is one way, or my preferred one (I do get them REALLY disgusting with shiny foot imprints) is:
1. Run under warm tap till suede is wet 2. Spray with Vanish laundry spray and leave to fizz slightly for a few minutes 3. Scrub vigorously (I use a sonic scrubber) until the grot has abated 4. Rinse a LOT more than you think necessary under tepid tap 5. Blot as much as possible with kitchen paper 6. Leave in the sun to dry 7.Brush up soles with suede brush
I reckon you can do this about 5 times per pair before they are wrecked, but YMMV.