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Mayari
Mayari Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: Kim C from Sonoma County, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This is what everyone was talking about! I received my first pair in size 37. I generally wear 6½ and have somewhat wide feet. But my toes are short and they were not long enough to reach the wrap around the big toe. I did not find the rest of the shoe very comfortable and could not really get the straps tight enough. I just received the same style in 36 and they are perfect. The arch hits in the right place and toes reach the wrap without going to the edge. The heel sits in just right. I have plantar fasciitis as well as fibroids on the arches of my feet so I really hope this takes care of that! At least I know they will be comfortable.

Gizeh Oiled Leather
Gizeh Oiled Leather Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: Sarah from Minnesota
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Disclaimer: I did not buy these on Zappos. I bought them 3 summers ago on eBay. But I love Zappos and the instant my Birkenstock Gizehs are no longer available, I'm going to purchase them here. These are my favorite shoes. Of all time. I spend every waking hour in the Minnesota winter pining for the first day the weather gets above 40 degrees so I can prance around in these babies. I have plantar fasciitis, but I have never had a problem in these shoes. The only time they hurt was when I wore them for 11 hours at the State Fair while breaking them in. I have worn them continuously for 3 summers in a row and they are only now beginning to look like they might need to be replaced. In terms of sizing, here's what I would recommend: go to your nearest specialty shoe store/Birkenstocks dealer and get sized in the shoe before you buy. Don't go off of online size charts. I normally wear a 6.5 or 7, and in these shoes I wear a 36 (regular width). I rated them as "true to size" because I suspect that the size charts are what's wrong, not the sizing itself...if that makes sense. But I also know nothing about European shoe sizing. More details -- I got these shoes in a dark teal color. I think paying extra for the real leather was totally worth it. The box said that Birks would feel better than walking barefoot -- I didn't believe it, but it turns out to be true. These are amazing, especially if you have a foot condition. The Gizeh can be dressed up or down -- good for dancing, hiking, work, around the house, with dresses, jeans, skirts. They're cute, I always get compliments on them, and they're versatile and comfortable. Perfect shoe. I'm sure I sound obsessive, but I'm just adding to the chorus of people who know what I'm talking about. I never want to be without a pair of these again!

Madrid Slip-On
Madrid Slip-On Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: Karen from Los Angeles
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a huge fan of Birkenstocks. I practically live in them! I really love the Madrid because they go with anything I wear and they're super cute and flattering. I got the Licorice black color because I felt I'd get a lot more use out of them. I normally wear a size 7 but I ordered a size down (37) and they fit perfectly! Keep in mind, these will hurt a little the first couple of days as your feet break them in. Once they're broken in, you're good to go and you'll never want to wear any other shoe.

Tabora by Papillio
Tabora by Papillio Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: from Minneapolis, MN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever had! They have great arch support. I was a little worried when I ordered them that the toe strap would be too tight because I have wide feet and sausage toes, but it fits just fine. I am usually a size 9 so I ordered a 40 (9-9.5) at first, but found that's they were too big and that the 39 (8-8.5) for perfectly. I use these shoes at work where I have to stand for 4-8 hours. They are awesome and I've gotten so many compliments on them!

Mayari
Mayari Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: Mechele Herres from Powell, Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My first purchasing experience with Zappos was a great customer journey and experience. I can't give enough praise on how easy they make it to shop and return. When I called to ask a question regarding my shipment, the agent was one of the best! She was informative, helpful, could speak and went above and beyond. Zappos also carries narrows which is increasingly difficult to find - I will be purchasing more shoes soon!

Arizona High Arch (Unisex)
Arizona High Arch (Unisex) Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: from Carrboro, NC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have been wearing these for a couple of weeks and can say already that they are just as comfy as my usual Birks, but with the added benefit of more arch support. I need extra support because I have high arches and plantar fasciitis. I needed to add extra holes in the straps, but that is easy to do. I will use these Birks mostly as house shoes. I wish Birk would make high-arch options in other colors, styles, and textures! Beige is so...beige.

Gizeh Oiled Leather
Gizeh Oiled Leather Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: Amanda from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I first got these because I needed a summer sandal that supported my high arches and I thought these were pretty. Now that I've worn them for a month straight I can say that they are fabulous! Very supportive. Very comfortable. They broke in rather quickly. I've recommended them to everybody!

Gizeh Birko-Flor™
Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: from Naples, Florida
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am on my third pair of these because I wear them out and just love them so much! Most comfortable summer sandal and the black patent can be dressed up or down. Love the Zappos service too - I think I received them in just 2 days!

Professional Birki by Birkenstock
Professional Birki by Birkenstock Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: Giles Cooper from New Hampshire, US
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I usually wear a size (US men's) 11.5-12, so I ordered the size 44 (11-11.5 US-m) which as it turned out was unwearable large for me.. returned for 43s which fit snugly. Recommend buying a size smaller than you might expect. Otherwise awesome anti-slip shoes for kitchen, healthcare, or anywhere indoors working all day on your feet.

Arizona - Nubuck
Arizona - Nubuck Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: from Waterford, MI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have worn Birkenstock sandles for over 20 years and this is the best pair yet. I like the soft bed on this style.

Arizona Soft Footbed - Suede (Unisex)
Arizona Soft Footbed - Suede (Unisex) Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are my favorite shoes of all time! I'm usually a 7 but I went a size smaller.(37) I also bought the normal width because I don't have much of an arch in my foot. When I first tried them on I was worried they were too small but after breaking them in they fit perfectly. They're super comfy and my go to shoes for summer! Buy these sandals. :)

Gizeh Birko-Flor™
Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: from Los Angeles, California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are great! They're a fashionable and more stable alternative to flip-flops. I loved the silver. No problem with the toe piece as described in other reviews.

Arizona - Birkibuc™ (Unisex)
Arizona - Birkibuc™ (Unisex) Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: from virginia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Usually I wear a size 8½ in women's, after reading the reviews about sizing I bought an 8. They fit perfectly. I am a mom of two and consider myself to be fashionable - at times. These sandals are cute with jeans and dresses. They also have fantastic arch support and take the pain of plantar faciitis away instantly. They are making a come back.

Professional Birki by Birkenstock
Professional Birki by Birkenstock Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Like walking on marble covered concrete. Worst shoes ever. The fit is also very strange. I usually wear a 7 but I had to keep sending these back and downsizing each time! I ended up with the 5/5.5 and they still felt weird.

Gizeh Oiled Leather
Gizeh Oiled Leather Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: Gourmet Gal from Northern CA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Wanted to like these because they are so cute and the oiled leather in blue is a great color. Perhaps I am spoiled because I have been wearing Mephisto Helen for the past year and this Birkenstock just does not compare very favorably. First of all, there is almost no arch support compared to the Helen. The thong is very uncomfortable and the sandal doesn't seem to allow the foot to naturally roll. it appears to be totally flat from heel to forefoot whereas the Helen has a very slight elevation of the heel which is much better for the proper foot action. For almost the same pice as Mephisto Helen the Birkenstock does not seem to be constructed as well. Had to return them.

Arizona - Oiled Leather (Unisex)
Arizona - Oiled Leather (Unisex) Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I chose the sandal was true to size bc a 36 is size 5 - 5.5. For me, it was a size 5.5. I am a true size 5 so size 35 (4 - 4.5) would be ideal. Sadly, Zappos does not carry a size 35.

Boston Soft Footbed (Unisex)
Boston Soft Footbed (Unisex) Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love my new Birkenstocks; even though 1 foot is 1/2 size larger they fit very well. No need to break in. Ready out of the box. Zappos is a great place to shop.

Gizeh Birko-Flor™
Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: from Charlotte, NC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love my new Birkenstocks. They arrived sooner than expected and were also available the very next day after they were out of stock on Zappos. Very comfortable but they do need to be broken into for 3-4 days.

Gizeh Birko-Flor™
Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: AnneT from Madison, WI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I was nervous to try a thong-style sandal because previously I had only worn the "Arizona"-style Birks. I had no trouble breaking it in and it was comfortable for normal wear right out of the box. Wearing them for extensive walking took a few weeks of building a callus up. I love the look. The blue color on my screen is true to life. I have a very wide food and a high instep and Birkis fit me well. My little toes are just at the edge but not in an uncomfortable way.

Arizona - Birko-Flor™
Arizona - Birko-Flor™ Posted: 7/21/14
Reviewer: Bandwagon Victim from Boston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I was unsure about this reincarnated trend for quite some time but I finally bit the bullet and decided on the less expensive Birko-Flor versus the more expensive leather option. From my initial assessment during unboxing, I can hardly tell that the upper material is not actually leather. It does not have a plastic feel and most certainly does not look cheap. From what I have researched in other reviews, the bottom material (cork padding etc.) remains consistent with the leather version. The cork padding is a god-send, if the style is not compelling enough to real you in, consider the extraordinary comfort factor of the Birkenstock line. No breaking in period was necessary, I love the feel of these so much I prefer them over any sneakers or Havianas. A+ in comfort. The shoes also feel extremely durable and substantial compared to many flimsy summer sandals I have owned in the past. I am that hoping these will last me for many summers to come.

Santiago by Birki
Santiago by Birki Posted: 7/21/14
Reviewer: H Mitchell Dolier from Honolulu
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a Birkenstock customer without a nearby Birkenstock store. Saw this model advertised, but no source online had my size. Zappos' site suggested a waiting list and I listed my name. I cleared the list, purchased, got good service and love my new Birkies, just the ones I wanted.

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