FamousFootwear.com asked: Why did you choose this?
- Paula: "They are very comfortable and a bit more attractive than the regular birk's."
- Jan: "comfort"
- Brittany: "Comfort! Style"
Susan asked: I wear and 8.5 shoe, should I size down to an 8 or up to a 9?
- LeAnn: "I would suggest going to a size 9 as the way the Birkenstock's mold to your own feet you want to have the proper space for your foot to sit on. Plus with the 2 buckles on this you can really get a good fit and you don't feel like you are walking out."
- Hildur: "I'm not absolutely sure about this, but my guess would be that you might be safter to try the size 8. When I first started wearing these Birkenstocks (which I love and wear a lot!) I sometimes stubbed my toes on obstacles or even just on carpeting, so I think it would be more difficult to get used to them if they were too long. However, someone who is experienced with fitting shoes, especially Birkenstocks, could probably provide better advice! Good luck!"
- jane: "I bought the size 39 - I wear an 8 1/2"
- Marlene: "I wear a 8.5 in closed toes shoes but always a 9 in sandals. I would order a 9. Enjoy your Birkenstocks!! I love them!"
- janet: "I ended up sizing down and they fit well."
Ellen asked: Does this sandal actually have a soft footbed? Bought this brand, but another style that was advertised on this site as having a "soft footbed" which turned out not to be the case. I returned them.
- S: "If you're looking for a squishy type soft footbed, then Birkenstocks are not for you. When they say "soft" here, they mean more of a texture to the top layer. These sandals are very comfortable. I am on my feet for 80% of my 8hr work day, and have no problems with these."
- Hildur: "I have been wearing this sandal for the past year, so it's possible that the footbed was more "cushiony" when I first got them. At any rate, the contours are perfect for my feet, and the sandal is very comfortable. (When I retired, I promised my feet that I would only wear comfortable shoes, and these have been among my favorites.) I have also had Birkenstocks in the past, and I think that the footbed of this sandal is softer than the others. I hope this helps!"
- LeAnn: "I believe the sandle has a soft feel to the bottom of your foot, but when I think of soft footbed I think of extra cushion and my experience is that this pair does not provide a soft cushion. However the support of this sandle is fantastic and my experience is that you have to break them in and have the shoe mold to your foot."
- Letitia: "It does not have a soft footbed after 6 weeks of wearing. I will never buy Birkenstocks again."
- Vaunda: "its : not really soft it is very comfortable your feet feel good and they make your feet feel good thet cradle your feet when you walk and just comfort all the way arouind all day day in and out a great shoe to wear anytime i luv them !"
- Nancy: "In my view the footbed is comfortable, but not soft. The cork is shock absorbing, and the footbed is shaped for support, and becomes gradually increasingly fitted to the individual wearer's foot."
- janet: "The texture of the footbed of these Birks is smooth, similar to suede, but I wouldn't consider them soft. I hope this helps."
- Gail: "I am not sure what the difference is. The foot bed is not shiney plastic leather that your feet will stick to, it is kind of swede like. It is cork underneath so it is stiff. It is not like slipping your foot into a pillow. Which is what i actually like about these sandals. After awhile the cork conforms to your feet and they are so comfortable. I am not sure if I would describe it as "soft". It is like a swede covering over cork. Soft to the touch but firm from the cork. I hope is make sense!!"
- Marlene: "If you are looking for a flexible footbed than no you will not like Birkenstocks. I need orthotics and Birkenstocks provide that extra support for me. They conform to your feet and provide excellent arch support. I wear them (4 pairs) all summer! Hope this helps! Marlene "
- jane: "No - it is not a soft foot bed -"
- susan: "It is soft when you first get them but then firms up to support your foot. It's not bouncy if that is what you are looking for."