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What do Birkenstock wearers mean to you?

(52 Posts)
Hassled Wed 06-Aug-08 10:50:39

Do you think Lentil Weaver? Or Boden Yummy Mummy type? Or Hearty Walker/Outdoorsy type? Or nothing much?

I have to confess here that I own Birkenstock sandals - and yes, I know it doesn't matter what people think but I want to know if they have connotations, IYSWIM. I'm thick-skinned, btw .

woodenchair Wed 06-Aug-08 10:53:12

funky birds that like comfy feet!

flowerybeanbag Wed 06-Aug-08 10:55:26

What woodenchair said. grin

twoluvlykids Wed 06-Aug-08 11:01:16

they look great,but i think they're uncomfortable.i got some FitFlops yesterday, hoping to get a nice toned lower half,only worn them round house (BIT wet outside!) and now my toes are sore sad. anyone else got them & suffered like me?

belgo Wed 06-Aug-08 11:03:46

I'd say yummy mummy because the only woman I know who wears them is a posh yummy mummy!

wasabipeanut Wed 06-Aug-08 11:05:01

Writing as a serial Birkie wearer with several pairs in variou colours I agree with woodenchair.

Hassled Wed 06-Aug-08 11:07:56


twoluvlykids - mine aren't the fitflop type - I have these in silver - and for the first few days were really uncomfortable, but now are like wearing slippers.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Wed 06-Aug-08 11:09:34

I have about 10 pairs of Birkies, so I would have to agree with woodenchair too!

mindalina Wed 06-Aug-08 11:10:14

Comfy feet! I got mine a few weeks ago on advice of some kindly mumsnetters and now I feel naked without them grin

twoluvlykids Wed 06-Aug-08 11:12:34

hassled - they look fab! I gave up on FlipFlops a few years back & wore Crocs but dd persuaded me into FlipFlops form Animal (which are really comfy) & FitFlops (she wanted the points on her Boots loyalty card!) & the worn out Crocs went into the recycling lorry today!DH happy to see the back of them

BananaSkin Wed 06-Aug-08 12:35:01

The mums that wear them at school are usually the yummy mummies - but they don't wear the heavy-looking ones.

wasabipeanut Wed 06-Aug-08 12:36:36

I am particularly loving my purple patent pair at the moment.

theexmrsfederer Wed 06-Aug-08 13:31:08

I am a dedicated Birkie wearer and I am fab.

robinpud Wed 06-Aug-08 13:34:00

chic, witty and gorgeous obviously

katz Wed 06-Aug-08 13:37:25

i've just bought a new pair to replace my worn out ones. amazon have loads in their sale, mine were £19.95 instead of £38 and free p and p

wastingmyeducation Wed 06-Aug-08 16:53:08

Mental Lentil. Just like me!
Actually the only other people I have personally seen wearing Birkenstocks were on my MA course, so I'd say creative, intelligent and cutting-edge.


MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Wed 06-Aug-08 16:55:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsMuddle Wed 06-Aug-08 17:38:42

wasabipeanut - me too!

MrsMuddle Wed 06-Aug-08 17:39:36

Ha ha - I've just realised that it's wasabi peanut. In my head you were "was a bi peanut"

giddykipper Wed 06-Aug-08 17:40:12

Yep, what wooden chair said. We are a family of Birki wearers, DS is the only one that doesn't have more than one pair

FeelingLucky Wed 06-Aug-08 19:10:39

Wow, didn't realise so much kudos attached to Birki wearers. I've been wearing them fro 8 years now <proud>

paolosgirl Wed 06-Aug-08 19:15:18

Round here I think "ooh, been to TK-Maxx then" - they're always selling them cheap!

cthea Wed 06-Aug-08 19:20:02

The pair I bought last summer is falling to bits. I don't begrudge the money as I almost didn't wear anything else, but I'm surprised to read others wear them for longer.

cthea Wed 06-Aug-08 19:21:04

Oh, as for what I think of wearers, it's "no imagination, goes with the crowd". (Remember, I have them too.)

jafina Wed 06-Aug-08 19:24:53

I think "trying to be cool but really just want to be comfy" because that's what I am grin. Birkies are for yummy mummy boden types ime. I have 3 pairs......and occasionally shop at boden blush.

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