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Gizeh Birko-Flor™
Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: from Connecticut
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I had to order three pairs of these shoes before I got the right fit, but it was worth it! Many reviews say that this shoe runs big, so I ordered a size smaller than I normally would. For me the length was true to size. However, I do think they run wide. I know I have narrow feet, but I do not generally buy narrow shoes - they simply don't make that many, so I ignore the issue and wear the regular shoes. The narrow Birks are perfect for me, though! I can tell that the break in period will be a little bit of a struggle - these shoes are stiff, and have a lot more support than anything I've worn before. Last summer I broke in a pair of Rainbow sandals, and it was well worth the work.

Arizona Soft Footbed - Suede (Unisex)
Arizona Soft Footbed - Suede (Unisex) Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: from Richmond, VA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Higher arches beware. With these I've learned that soft footbed Birkenstocks are for folks with flatter arches. My high-arched feet felt no support whatsoever in these. These were also slightly shorter in length than any of the original footbed Birks that I've ever owned. These sandals look great but I'll be returning them for the original footbed Arizona.

Gizeh Platform by Papillio
Gizeh Platform by Papillio Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: adrianne keffeler from Seattle
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I have the regular sole Birkenstock Gizeh's for a couple years and love them! When I saw these, I thought they would be a fun alternative to my silver gizeh's, but unfortunately, so not true. I knew that the Papillio's have a lower arch, but it's as if the whole footbed has raises and dips where my foot does not. So uncomfortable on my high arch foot. And to make matters worse, the platform does not allow for the sandal to flex, so you have an awkward stride. Uncomfortable Berks. Boo! :(

Alyssa by Papillio
Alyssa by Papillio Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: bird from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I knew the Birko-Flor would not look exactly like leather. But it is really tacky looking - it is shiny and plasticky. It looks cheap and the shoes do not feel like they would hold up to much walking.

Gizeh Birko-Flor™
Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: Monica Truxton from Mission Viejo, Ca
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These were not for me, I ended up getting the Birkenstock Mayari and am very happy with those. So the Gizeh we're my first try at Birkenstocks and as soon as I put them on I knew I wouldn't be keeping them. I'd read all the reviews about the plastic toe piece and since so many people were still happy with them I decided to get them anyway. It wasn't the toe piece that made me send these back though, it was the thong flap. On my foot the loose flap of the thong strap just looked weird and made my foot look kind of wide and naked, it's difficult to describe but they made my foot look ugly. I didn't even get to walking around in them to test the toe piece because I was definitely not going to wear these all summer. The Mayari look great on my foot and with all my clothes, jeans skirts shorts, doesn't matter the straps look and feel great! Glad I didn't settle for these.

Mayari
Mayari Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: Monica Truxton from Mission Viejo, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So very happy with this shoe, I've worn it every day this week and it goes with everything! This is exactly what I was looking for, with summer temps here I found it just in time. I started with the Gizeh in blue Birko-flor and I just didn't like how that style looked on my foot, the weird flap of a thong and the plastic toe piece just didn't do it for me. I knew I wanted a pair of Birks (finally) so went back to the drawing board and found the Mayari. I love the adjustable straps as I have a very high instep and arches, so it's nice to be able to loosen it to the perfect tightness, not floppy, but not cutting off my circulation. The shoe is super comfortable, and I wear them to work in a casual office and they are well above a flip flop especially in the oiled leather, which is gorgeous. I usually wear a 9.5 and went with the 40 after reading other reviews, it fits perfectly. I have average width feet I would say, but my toe area is definitely wide and I'm glad I went with the regular width rather than the narrow. Highly recommended!

Gizeh
Gizeh Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I was really looking forward to these sandals, I saved up my money for them (like a little kid)! But when I finally got them, the sandals really hurt my big toe. I even limped around in them. I know Birks take time to break in, but the problem is the thong. I didn't return them because I knew they wouldn't be reused, since Birks mold to your feet. I am going to keep wearing them, and I hope I can break them in, but I would caution anyone who buys these as their "go-to" everyday sort of shoes.

Gizeh Oiled Leather
Gizeh Oiled Leather Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: Julie from Los Angeles, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these shoes! They will feel stiff at first. Wear them around the house for a few days (for a few hours at a time) to break them in. Once you break them in and get them molded to your fit, you'll be hooked!

Milano - Soft Footbed (Unisex)
Milano - Soft Footbed (Unisex) Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: Em Rakoczy from Georgia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are great! I was nervous at first because they gave me blisters when I first started wearing them but as other reviews say it took about 2 weeks to break them in and Bam, they felt like magic! These are going to be the perfect shoes for my study abroad program in England this summer.

Milano - Oiled Leather (Unisex)
Milano - Oiled Leather (Unisex) Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: KE from Missouri
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have flat feet, and these sandals are the only ones with a truly supportive footbed. I had to size down, but that wasn't a big deal.

Arizona - Birko-Flor™
Arizona - Birko-Flor™ Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: Erika J from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are my first pair of Birkenstocks and I am very happy wit them. They are well made and so supportive of my feet. I'm definitely interested in getting some more!

Mayari
Mayari Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I get so many compliments on these. Very comfortable. I suffer from plantar fasciitis and find these to be comfortable all day.

Florida Soft Footbed - Leather
Florida Soft Footbed - Leather Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: Angela Covell from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Birkenstocks are my favorite shoes of all time and the Florida Soft Footbed is the best pair I've tried. And Zappos is the best for getting them to me in an expedient manner. I had to ship them back twice to get the right size and they gave the return shipping was free both times. I cannot say enough about Zappos. They are amazing!

Salina by Papillio
Salina by Papillio Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: from Boston, MA
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

The label says Birkenstock, but the box certainly doesn't. If you read the fine print, the "by Papillo" part means they aren't Birks. They feel cheap and the rhinestones look even cheaper. They were at least a full size too big and not attractive.

Gizeh Birko-Flor™
Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

WHY WHY cant Birkenstock make the thing between the toes, in the Gizeh, a soft leather...not that darn hard plastic. I had to take mine back because of that. This is funny, when I complained direct to Birkenstock there suggestion was I use an emory board and file down the plastic OR use mole shin on my toes. REALLY? CAN you believe it? Why not just make them with a soft something...especially at the price they want for them.

Florida Soft Footbed - Birkibuc
Florida Soft Footbed - Birkibuc Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: Emily Theurer from Indianapolis, IN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have wanted a pair of Birkenstock sandals for about a year now. I knew I wanted the soft footbed style, since I have enjoyed my Boston clog with soft footbed since I purchased them in January. Nearly all of the sandals that have a soft footbed come at a higher price point, but since these do not have leather uppers, the price is much more reasonable. I was nervous these would not fit my foot since they did not come in the narrow fit, but the with the three strap style of the Florida, you can adjust to your liking and needs. Unless you have an extremely narrow foot, these will work for you. I normally wear a size 6, but I ordered a 5 (EU36), which is also the size of my Boston clog. If they do not work for you, Zappos is great in the fact they have free shipping both ways. Great customer service, Zappos. You do right by all your customers, job well done each time. My suggestion is to go ahead, splurge and get Birkenstocks if you are interested in a lasting shoe that has a very adaptable style and goes with everything.

Bali Soft Footbed
Bali Soft Footbed Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: Cynthia St.Clair from Riverside, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Exactly as described. Comfortable, nice arch support, style is a bit better than traditional Birkies. Order one size down.

Mayari
Mayari Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: Lynn B from Boston, MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I hesitated, believe me. I had flashbacks of walking around Harvard Square in the early 90s in faded jeans, a flannel wrapped around my waist (why?) and a pair of Birks on my feet. But flash-forward 20 years and here I am with rheumatoid arthritis and the sinking realization that all my pretty heels are only going to collect dust from here on out. So I cave, and opt for these. I am in LOVE and I don't care who knows. Seriously, I wear these all day everyday. And they don't seem so ugly- they're silver, after all. And the straps are less chunky. So it's a win!

Madrid Slip-On
Madrid Slip-On Posted: 6/29/15
Reviewer: Lily from Texas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are super cute and lightweight. I really love how they look. I usually wear a 7 but could use a 7½ for length. So I ordered the 38 in narrow. The width fit perfectly but they are actually too long. My foot does not sit in the footbed position correctly. They are a little irritating when my foot slides back. I should have gone with the 37. In the correct size, these would be excellent!

Gizeh Birkibuc™
Gizeh Birkibuc™ Posted: 6/29/15
Reviewer: Leslie Santos from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Ordered the mocha in a size 36 (I'm a US size 6) and I thought they were a bit small as my toes touched the tip of the footbed on my right foot. So, I adjusted the strap for a tighter fit and I think that solved the problem. A 37 would've been too big. Not going to lie, the footbed is hard and I hope it'll soften in time. The mocha is a great neutral and I think the Gizeh is a fashionable thong.

Gizeh Birko-Flor™
Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Posted: 6/29/15
Reviewer: Mimi from Fort Lauderdale
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love how they feel, how they look. At the beginning I felt that they were a little hard to break but after few times of few minutes of use I just love them!

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