Your Guide to Buying Birkenstock Shoes

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Your Guide to Buying Birkenstock Shoes

Birkenstocks are comfortable, cool, and fashionable. These timeless sandals are perfect for casual occasions, trips to the beach, walking the dog, and everyday wear, particularly in warm weather. There is an extensive range of colours and styles to choose from, with something to suit every taste. Knowing the most important factors to consider when buying Birkenstocks allows you to make a confident purchase and get the most comfortable pair of Birkenstock shoes.

 

Sizing Birkenstock Shoes

Like any shoes, the size of your Birkenstocks is the most important consideration. Birkenstock shoes use European sizing, rather than standard British shoe sizing, making the choice of size a little more complex. However, using the chart below, you can quickly identify your European shoe size, by comparing it to your U.K. shoe size.

 

European Size

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

Men's U.K. Sizing

-

-

-

-

-

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Women's U.K. Sizing

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

-

-

-

-

-

 

Using the chart above to select the right size Birkenstocks helps you get a pair of comfortable shoes, and extend the lifespan of your shoes. Not only do ill-fitting shoes wear down quicker and prove to be uncomfortable, they can cause significant foot, back, leg, and postural problems, so getting the size right is crucial.

 

Materials Used in Birkenstock Shoes

Birkenstocks use the highest quality construction materials. While most Birkenstocks are leather, you can also opt for vegan Birkenstocks, which use no animal products in their construction. For the leather Birkenstocks, the leather uppers are 3 mm thick, offering comfort, durability, and a long lifespan. These shoes do not use artificial dyes of chemical processing. This ensures the leather pores remain open, promoting good airflow and allowing your feet to breathe.

 

Construction of Birkenstock Shoes

Birkenstocks have a tailored foot-specific construction to ensure comfort, good posture, and a proper gait. The footbeds have precise contours, promoting increased circulation, free but proper movement, support, and constant exercise, all providing significantly improved foot health. The raised front footbed edge contours protect the toes and limit the risk of tripping while walking. The toe bars, which sit at the base of the toes, provides proper toe placement and encourage the natural rolling motion that accompanies good posture and a proper, healthy gait. The cross arch supports sit just above the arches of your feet and relieve pressure from the middle to the front of the feet, easing back and foot pain. The longitudinal arch supports sit on either side of the arches, above the heels, providing arch and feet support and stability for the heels.

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