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Birkenstock London Reviews

234 reviews
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Overall Rating:

72%Rated 5 stars

20%Rated 4 stars

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0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

50% "Felt a half size larger than marked"

83% "Felt true to width"

85% "Excellent arch support"

226 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 7/23/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I own about eight pairs of Birkenstocks and I bought these because I wanted a pair with a closed back for clinic. I love them. I have tried a lot of comfort shoes and my favorites are Birks, Keens, and Earth shoes. The usual excellent arch support and wide toe box. The only thing would be that the back rubbed a little for the first two days, so just make sure you have longer socks, and the whole shoe was a bit loose after a couple of days, like it had stretched out. I normally wear a 39 regular for open toed Birks or 40 narrow for closed toed, and these were a 40 regular because I was unsure about the tightness at the back.

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8 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 2/11/13
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:1 stars!

My podiatrist recommended this for my heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. Tried them on and it felt like I strapped bricks to my feet. No, I'm sorry, it was like a rock in my shoe that never went away. I thought the bedding would be soft but it is completely corked. Very hard and painful if you already suffer from foot issues. After one hour at work I was almost in tears I couldn't walk. The middle part raises up and it makes your feet shift to the sides as if you are walking on the side of the shoe. I literally limped to my locker to take them off. Still trying to figure out how this molds to your feet and contours if this thing is hard as bricks. The strap was short and it made it difficult to pull it into the hole. I ended up poking a hole in the strap not knowing the shoe would hurt so bad and made it impossible to return. Wasted a lot on a shoe that angrily sits in my locker! Buyer beware.

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December 29, 2014

Anonymous

from Upstate New York

I have worn Birkenstock sandals for years and always dreaded the coming of the cold when I had to give up my beloved Birks. I finally decided to get some Birkenstock "real shoes" this year and I couldn't be happier. They feel just like my sandals, but I can wear them even when the weather is cold or rainy. They are perfect! Who cares if they are stylish - my feet don't hurt after standing all day long. I like them so much I decided to get another pair in black.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 19, 2014

Kim H

from Beautiful Tulsa OK

I love these shoes! They look and feel wonderful. Comfortable, wide space for my toes and they fit my very wide feet just perfectly. The only negative is you have to open the buckle to get them over your heel.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alegria

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 14, 2014

Anonymous

from Oregon

These are great sturdy shoes. Be warned, if you have never worn Birkenstocks before the shoes are heavily contoured and stiff and quite painful until you break them in and get your feet to adjust to them. After that though, they are very comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 2, 2014

Sally

from NYC

I got these for work at a restaurant. They are beautiful well made shoes as everyone else has said and the leather ages wonderfully, but the sizing is very very tricky if you are not used to birkenstocks or need a reality check on what position your feet should be in inside a shoe. This is my second pair of birkenstocks. My first were open toed Arizona sandals which I got in a 38, as I am 7.5 in sandals and usually an 8 in boots. All of my shoes are 7.5-8 regular width, although I am thin so my feet are kind of skinny (but not narrow in actual shape). In this shoe however, the 38 turned out to be too small, although I thought they fit great at first. After several wearings I could feel that the footbed was just not lining up with the contours of my foot and it was painful, I could feel the toe bar pressing on my fascia with no room for me to engage in this so called gripping motion, or room for warm socks. My foot felt like it was sitting too far back in the shoe. I thought, how is this possible as everyone says these run large and I got my true size? Well, I disagree that they run large if you are sizing for the actual footbed as you should (bc this is the most important part for comfort). For me, getting my "boot size" worked better. My advice is to focus on the placement of your foot on the footbed and notice how it moves and engages with the toe bar (if it presses the bottom of your foot it is too small), not how loose the shoe feels. When I read a review (or see someone in a shoe on the street) where you can clearly see they sized down in a birkenstock it just makes me cringe picturing their foot jammed in there putting pressure on all the wrong spots and destroying the cork before its time. I returned them for a 39 and the footbed feels great, while the shoe part is slightly loose (would fit better if I was a man or had more fat on my feet). As it is, I wear them with thick wool socks bc it is winter and the problem is mostly solved. Half sizes would be even better, or a size where the footbed is the same but the top part has less leather, like a slim version or something. The shoe is a CLOG however, and fits like one, I flip flop around but I don't slosh around IN them. For vanity considerations, yes they do make your feet look large but I think the elven quality is kind of charming. Plus, as my sister says, "why should we pretend our feet are smaller than they are?" If you work at a certain type of restaurant you may find it hard to pair them with your more girly outfits, I just go for skinny jeans and a blouse and embrace my inner euro hippy. Everything everyone says about Birkenstocks is true if you can find your correct size. Don't get narrow unless you are actually narrow, then your baby toes hit the edge and there should be a little space all around your foot. Better than Danskos, IMO (too restricting in toe area, no flexibility of the sole, can cause falls and bunions, baby your feet too much). PS this is Zappos! Order a million sizes and work it out, you are worth it!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 14, 2014

Anonymous

 

These are some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. Even better, I've found that they can be repaired/resoled, just like my Birkenstock sandals! I have plantar fascia and walk quite a bit every day with the dog, and this is the first shoes I've owned that prevent howling feet at the end of the day. When I first got them, they weren't really my style (I've never owned clogs or anything), but I have to say they're growing on me.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 5, 2014

Dustin

from United States

These were my first pair of London's, but not my first pair of Birkenstocks. They are awesome. I debated between the soft and regular footbeds (I have Birkenstocks with both), but went with the hard one. There are strong opinions on which is better, and honestly I think they both have merits. The soft one doesn't require a break in period. But I think once broken in, they're equally comfortable. My one tiny irritation with the oiled leather: it bleeds. Badly. Like, turns my feet/socks completely black and it's hard to get off, especially my bare feet. But I prefer the way oiled leather ages, so it's a compromise. There's also so much debate in Birkenstock sizing, but I -- 100% of the time -- wear a 44; and I'm 100% of the time a US men's 11. I've owned many Birks, too. As for the style, I think they get a bad rap because they conjure hemp, tie-dye and other style infractions. You don't have to be that person. I am not a hippie and I have deep love for these shoes. In terms of comfort, they are in a league all their own. And there's nothing stopping you from wearing them with stylish clothes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 16, 2014

Sarah

from Brooklyn, NY

These ran a bit large -- I wear a 7.5 wide and a 36 was the right fit. In the end, I didn't have the patience to break them in so I returned them. Recommending by my podiatrist for high arches.

Brands I'd also recommend: Crocs

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 1, 2014

Anonymous

 

Zappos was great and I got the order in a much shorter amount of time (1 day!) than the 4-5 day estimate. These shoes were a doozy to properly fit, however, be warned. I am a long time Birkenstock wearer. I ave a pair or Birkenstock Paris, bought in 1997 and still going strong. I have another pair of Florida sandals that fit my feet like a glove. For both, I wear a 39 wide (or regular, following Birkenstock terminology). However, these London (made in 2014) in the Habana Oiled fit totally small! I tried on the 39 wides (regular) which were too small. Tried the 40 wides (regular), too big. Decided to try the London 40 narrows on a whim and they fit perfectly! I had tried on another version of Birkenstock Londons at a local dealer (didn't have it in this oiled leather) but it must've been some kind of older stock because the 39 regulars fit met, as expected. I don't know if these Birkenstock professional series fit a little funny or or if the 2014 versions are off somehow but you've been warned about the sizes, people. Now that I've found the right size, I do love them and never want to take them off.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 30, 2014

Anonymous

from Minneapolis, MN

Have patience breaking them in! Afjust the buckle strap periodically during breaking in period. Wear indoors at first then outdoors for increasing amounts of time. Takes time to get comfortable fit.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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September 27, 2014

Chris

from Michigan

I've been wearing this style for 15+ years. Great fit and comfort (after week-long break in period).

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 3, 2014

Thomas S

from Western North Carolina

Hoping these would be as comfortable as my sandals, not even close. On my left foot which is smaller shoe was loose on tightest strap setting. On right foot the opposite, way to tight on loosest setting. The reason I bought from Zappos, easy returns.

Brands I'd also recommend: unknown

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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August 31, 2014

Kristin M

from Dodge City, KS

I have purchased Birkenstocks before at Zappos, a sandal, and have been very pleased both with the shoe itself and the fit. I have heel pain and the arch support soothes this problem. I wear these shoes with socks and there is plenty of room.

Brands I'd also recommend: Orthaheel

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 31, 2014

Mark B

from Fargo, ND

I ordered the wrong size the first try. Zappos return was simple and quick. As for the shoes, they are great. Can't wait to get another color.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 30, 2014

Lee A

from Virginia

I am not new to Birkenstocks. This is my eighth pair, this is my first pair of closed shoes. I am breaking them in before I wear them to work (12 hour shifts as a CNA) they feel good already. I had back surgery 10 years ago Birks were the only thing that made me feel stable on my feet. I now need knee, foot, and ankle support these do just that. Birks may not be the cutest shoes but who cares as you get older you trade cute for comfort. You just cannot go wrong with Birkenstocks I am still a big fan. After the molding period, about one month for some people they will be your favorite shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 24, 2014

Travis B

from Kansas City

Love the shoes. Only thing, a perfect fit would be a 40 for the left foot and a 41 for the right. I was told that isn't possible. Oh well. I still love the shoes. Thanks.

Brands I'd also recommend: Native Earth Footwear

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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July 8, 2014

Glenn W

from Texas

What can you say about them. If you wear Birkenstock you know they are the best. I have several pair. They are the only brand I wear for work. Stand all day for 10 + hours and the shoes always are better than the rest.

Brands I'd also recommend: none

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 1, 2014

Dave S

from Ohio

Beautifully constructed robe but the fabric is substandard for this brand and price. Normal wear resulted in multiple pulled threads dangling from the front and sleeves of the robe within one week! Looks tacky. If I still had the packing I would return it. Not a good value.

Brands I'd also recommend: Ecco, Olukai

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 26, 2014

Randall R

from New York

Amazing, comfortable and stylish! And definitely worth the price. I will be purchasing another pair later this year. And the shipping with Zappos was remarkably quick. Kudos to you Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 4, 2014

Chuck B

from Michigan

I bought my Birkenstocks in 1988 while stationed in Germany and call them my "Career Shoes." In 26 years I have only replaced the soles twice, once in 1996 and again just last month, where I also had to have a piece of leather placed in the foot-bed since the shapes of the bottom of my feet have worn clear through the cork. They continue to be unbelievably comfortable. Perhaps that's why I love them so. I am in the medical profession (anesthesia) and have put long hours in while wearing these shoes. Not once have my feet hurt. That speaks to the comfort, quality and support of Birkenstock shoes. All but four years have been spent in this one pair of shoes and I'm confident they will last until I retire. Buy these and you'll be delighted!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 14, 2014

JRS

from New York

As a chef on my feet 50-60 hours a week, I'm pleased to say I've finally found the ultimate kitchen shoe. They're very comfortable, in usual Birkenstock fashion, and I find my feet stay drier in these than the rubbery Birki style. And they're way less narrow and constricting than Danskos. The only downside would be the air vents on the top of the foot...these could be sketchy should hot liquid be splashed on your feet...but they're so comfortable, I'm willing to take that chance. Just bought my second pair, but not my last, not by a long shot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 9, 2014

Keith E

from Ithaca, NY

Another pair of wonderful shoes! As a person with myriad foot issues these are the only shoes that I find comfortable. They wear like cast iron and if the soles wear out, it's very inexpensive to get them replaced by Birkenstock. These shoes are from cheap, but are well worth the price as the last longer than any other show I've ever worn.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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April 5, 2014

Sharon

from The Woodlands, TX

This shoe fit great and was wide enough; however, I couldn't get past the hardness of the sole and can't imagine putting myself through the pain to make it comfortable. I stand on my feet for 8 hours a day and know my legs and feet would be killing me in this shoe.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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March 14, 2014

Alex J

from NM

Sturdy and good looking, these just saved my life. 2 months ago, I broke my foot along the length of 2 metatarsal bones. I drive a manual Jeep and so could not wear the Dr.s "Boot". The stiff sole with arch support kept my bones aligned and are helping me heal and drive (limited). The only shoe break in for me was the heel. The enclosed heel of the shoe slanted + pushed my foot fwd onto the front rim, or it rubbed my heel. After about 2 weeks, it all is fine. This is my 3rd pair of Birks.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks, Redwings, Sketchers, Born

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 13, 2014

Kelly M

from Tempe, Arizona

I have had owned Birkenstock sandals for over 20 years. I could not be happier with the fit and finish of my new London clogs. The quality and workmanship of this brand has not diminished at all over the years.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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February 26, 2014

Jonathan S

from Philadelphia

So very comfortable right out of the box. Foot support might be better than sandals. Slightly disappointed that the oiled black is a "rough" surface and does not take a shine. Consider a size up from your usual Birkie size if you have long toes.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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