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I know summer is here when I get my trusty Birks out!!
Member Name: pootlegirl
Advantages: Comfort and durability
Disadvantages: Some may say the price, but they're worth it!
I own several pairs of flip-flops, it's all I wear in summer. I don't like shoes/pumps as my feet get way too overheated - they like to breathe! And I don't do heals! So over the years I have built up a nice collection of flip flops. However, since buying my first pair of Birkenstocks I have to admit that most of my collection sit neglected and lonely in the bottom of the wardrobe as none of them come anywhere close to the comfort, style and practicality of my Birks!
I now own two pairs, both are Gizeh's, the thong style. I have a white pair (to go with everything!) and a couple of Christmas's ago I was given a pair of red patent ones which are absolutely gorgeous! But it's not just how the style that I like. It's the comfort, something I discovered last summer when I walked past a local shop and spotted some lovely turquoise Birkenstock looky-likey's in the window. They were in the sale and a bargain at £15! I snapped them up and went home feeling very pleased with myself. But I have only worn them a couple of times because in terms of comfort they are a very poor comparison to my Birkenstocks. I even set off to work in them the other week, only to make a quick return home because I wanted my Birks on!
Although I have only worn the Gizeh style, Birkenstocks have a seemingly never ending range of styles/materials/colours and funky prints, including a vegan range and winter footwear. I have never paid any attention to the 'features' of Birkenstocks, I liked how they looked and after buying my first pair I discovered they were also comfy! Bonus! But, after buying my cheap copycat ones I realised that the extremetly flexible, cork latex footbed that Birkenstock bang on about may actually have some benefits! The Gizeh (and possibly other styles) also have a shock absorbing EVA sole and the edge of the footbed is raised to protect the toes - however this feature does make them a poor candidate for beach footwear as the sand just collects in the shoe, rather than falling back out again! The strap which goes across the arch of your foot is adjustable allowing you to get the perfect fit for optimum comfort. And they are made to last! I have been wearing my first pair for a few years now and they are still going strong and the red patent pair still look pretty new despite almost daily wear for two summers. So whilst they may seem pricey (price varies according to style, but the rrp for the Gizeh's is around £45) they are worth every penny...and next summer I shall be investing in another shiney new pair!
Summary: I wouldn't be without them!
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