It's a weird shoe -
I've been a Birkenstock
fan for a long time, but have never gotten the thong-style sandals
(Gizeh etc.) before. Since gladiator sandals
are in this season, I thought I'd get shoes that were both comfy and fashionable.
The Kairo is extremely fashionable for orthotics
type shoes. You won't see many people walking around with this (as opposed to the ubiquitous Gizeh’s) and the back strap keeps your feet firmly in place.
My only gripe is that the toe-piece (thong) hurts my second toe mostly because the sandal is slightly too long. The weird thing about Birkenstock shoes
is that one size (I wear 36 i.e. 5 -5.5) can fit feet from anywhere between a size 5 to size 6! That explains why sometimes the length is so long and you feel like you're clomping around in clown shoes.
Due to the length, my feet keep sliding forward and crashing into the toe piece. My right foot is fine because it's the correct size, but my tiny poor left foot keeps getting squashed by the toe-piece and I have blisters on the sole of my feet from the sliding and rubbing.
I generally find that it takes only a couple days to break in a Birkenstock
, but it took a few weeks to break in these shoes. It's starting to get more comfy, and it looks really pretty.
So given that, I would recommend that you should be patient with breaking them in, you should make sure that your heels are in the heel cup and not touching the raised sides while giving some space in front for your toes (about 1/2 inch).