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Birkenstocks: How They Fared

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Birkenstocks: How They Fared

Amy Roberts

My last post of the summer, before school begins and my life is consumed in books... (actually that sounds pretty ok to me). I've got big plans for the blog this fall, though, so keep your eyes peeled for more good stuff. Anyway...

Before my trip to China, I decided to take the plunge and get my first pair of Birks. I'd read about them for years and I knew I would need something easy to slip on that could take a bit of walking. I decided on the traditional Arizona Birks in Habana, and I have to say, they did not disappoint!

I didn't get to use them quite as much as I thought I would, since I learned that it's not wise to wear open-toed shoes out too much in China. But I did wear them to the beach on our trip to Yantai, and they were perfect for a stroll on the shore of the Yellow Sea (though I did try to keep them relatively dry to protect them).

They are comfortable, easy, and they don't make my feet tired, which is what I was hoping for.


The only complaint I have is that they rub right in the arches of my feet, so I can't walk far in them - a problem, since I bought them for walking. I'm working on researching the reasons why this might be happening and what I can do to fix it, but if you have any advice I would love to hear it! I've read that you can sand or hammer down areas of the cork bed that rub, so I might try that.

Do you have a pair of beloved Birks that have worked for you? Tell me all about it!



10 Months Later...

Time-warp forward to Mid-May of 2018 and these shoes have seen some pretty good wear. After I got back from China, I developed calluses where the gigantic blisters were in my arches which allowed me to wear them as much as I wanted. Once winter set in, though, my Birks went to the closet. I pulled them out for a full day of walking this past weekend and unfortunately got the same blisters as last year. Looks like I either need to try hammering the cork or trust my feet to form some annual armor every spring.

I can’t deny it. I still love them. Do I have for Birkenstocks the same inextinguishible love that other women have for bright red stilettos? Because that would be fitting...