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from New York (Manhatan), New York
A real shame
9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
I had to order these three times before I finally got it right (wound up with a 7-1/2 regular, even though I ordinarily wear an 8)[...]These are my first Birkenstocks, recommended by a friend who wore this same style and color (silver) to/for her wedding. She swore they were the most comfortable shoes ever to grace the human foot, so I took her word for it. UNFORTUNATELY, I can't agree with her. Either my foot isn't human or I'm missing something here, but oh my GOD, that piece between the toes is just HORRIFIC. It's hard and unyielding and makes it difficult to walk for any distance at all without being constantly reminded that, OW, IT HURTS IT HURTS. Please note that I am not what I call a "pain baby". It takes a lot for me to start whining about the comfort of a shoe. But these? Ugggh. I so so SO wanted them to be supremely comfortable, for me to become a convert to the world of Birkenstocks. But if this is what I have to go through, I'm not convinced and not impressed. I will say, though, that the footbed is delicious and the shoes are absolutely adorable. But ow ow ow ow OW. Toe piece, you ruined it for me. :-(
I had high hopes for these great-looking Birks, but unfortunately for me, they are just not comfortable. The footbed itself feels great and cradles the foot for stability and comfort, but the plastic "thong" piece between the big toe is terrible. When you walk, all of your body weight gets pushed against that toe piece and it is very unforgiving. I tightened the straps as much as possible and it helped a little, but in the end, I decided to return these. I've owned Birkenstocks for years and couldn't see myself wearing this particular pair very often due to the awkward design. Too bad!
I had to return this shoe. I liked the style, the shoe is well constructed and durable. Unfortunately, there is a seam and upward slope at the toeline and my toes hit this at the wrong place. this hurt and the next size would be too big. I had to return the shoe.
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