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Birkenstocks - worth the money or cheap alternative?

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bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:08:17

Nearly bought a pair today for £39 but thought I'd hold off to find a cheaper kind of sandal. Are birkies really that much better or is it just a lable thing?

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:08:31


hoxtonchick Wed 04-May-05 21:10:23

i have a few () pairs of birkenstocks, & a couple of other pairs of fake ones, & the real ones are definitely more comfortable & harder wearing. and at 30 weeks pregnant i'm certainly getting wear out of them! the single strap madrid ones especially.

Demented Wed 04-May-05 21:11:58

I bought three pairs last year , although they very very, cheap on e-Bay, less than half the price of the ones you saw today. I love them they are really comfy and still look brand new, looking forward to having the weather to wear them this year (we are in Scotland so it is still baltic ). IMO worth it but also worth shopping round, try e-Bay, think mine came from Germany but they were delivered in about two weeks.

RTKangaMummy Wed 04-May-05 21:12:42

I have had mine for years and they are soooooooo comfy

And still look in excellent condition

If you look after them they will last for years.

I have very wide feet so mine are


I got mine in CANADA and so no idea what they cost in £

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:12:46

damn, thought I could get a cheapie alternative. Do they last? I had some lookalikes from River Island and they were great for one summer then disintergrated!

hoxtonchick Wed 04-May-05 21:13:01

oh, & i got ds some yesterday & he looks fab in them!

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:13:37

gosh, what praise! will def try ebay, good suggestion Dememtned

hoxtonchick Wed 04-May-05 21:13:53

will last for years. i'll shut up now!

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:13:54

want them, want them, want them for all the family

Demented Wed 04-May-05 21:14:05

hc, phew thought I may be the only person mad enough to have bought more than one pair! I second the Madrid suggestion, I have two pairs of Madrids and one pair of toe posts (Gizeh?) and I like the Madrids best.

Doddle Wed 04-May-05 21:14:45

I ordered mine direct from Germany, much, much cheaper, about half price I think, i'll try and remember the name of the website if you're interested.

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:14:48

must check out the MAdrids

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:15:19

ooohh they're loverly!!! Patterned or plain?

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:15:51

Doddle, pls do, now I've looked at the site I want loads of them

Demented Wed 04-May-05 21:15:58

Oh and I've got a friend who bought some M&S copies in the sale last year (so late on in the season) and she says they are done now so definately worth splurging a few extra pounds on the real thing!

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:16:30

loving the Ramses!

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:17:10

that's interestiong Demented - I was seriously considering the Next ones - can buy 3 pairs for one pair of real birkies

Demented Wed 04-May-05 21:17:37

I've got lemon (although they look more like cream) coloured Madrids and pink Madrids, I prefer the lemon ones, although I thought I would love the pink ones.

Doddle Wed 04-May-05 21:18:34

apologies for lack of link, strange keyboard, techie DP!! The sire is I ended up buying 2 pairs!!!

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:18:46

have you seen the patterned ones?

bunny2 Wed 04-May-05 21:19:12

Doddle, you're a gem

RTKangaMummy Wed 04-May-05 21:20:45

Arizona these are mine in Black

Plain and some may say boring or may call them classic


But they are mega comfy

giraffeski Wed 04-May-05 21:20:52

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Demented Wed 04-May-05 21:24:50

This is the seller I bought my Birkenstocks from.

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