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Old Friend Beachcomber Reviews

26 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

52%Rated 5 stars

14%Rated 4 stars

10%Rated 3 stars

14%Rated 2 stars

10%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

68% "Felt true to size"

95% "Felt true to width"

45% "Excellent arch support"

21 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 2/21/12
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

This is my third pair of these sandals over 4-5 years. They get really heavy use. Takes a little getting used to the nibs at first and then they are really comfortable and supportive (I had plantars fascia and they really helped - good arch support). Use them every day at the beach when I'm south and use a pair around the house as sandals. Tried some other similar style shoes, and the nibs would break off in 20-30 days - useless. Was introduced to them by someone else with neuropathy and he swears by them too).

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5 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 8/24/10
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Ouch! I bought these shoes a few week ago, they were spendy but I thought I would give them a try. They were and continue to be painful. I wore them as directed but they do not seem to be adjusting to the contours of my feet, so instead of being massaging they are pokey.

Additional 6 Beachcomber Old Friend Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 20, 2009

Anonymous

from Jackson, MI

I bought these w/the sole purpose of a 4-day camping trip to wear around camp. Breaking them in is the tricky part, take your time with this and do it beforehand. Luckily I did, and at times it feels like the bottom of your feet are on fire (this takes about a day). But trust me, after that, they are a dream. They massage your feet while you walk, it\'s a wonderful feeling. The more you wear them, the better they feel. They look cool and I was paid a lot of compliments along the way.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 30, 2009

Anonymous

from Los Angeles

If you are looking for a pair of massage sandals that aren't painful --these are the ones! The nubs are very soft so they provide a gentle massage & you can wear them around the house for ages. If you want a more hard-core experience, try the Birkenstock Birkis!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 29, 2009

Krista K

from Wheeling, IL

Best Sandal Ever-Comfort - These are not the most attractive sandals around but OMG...comfy and really great for your feet. I used to wear the Adidas sandals with the nubs but no more. These are the best ever! Very durable and worth every cent!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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May 19, 2009

Anonymous

from Southern California

These slippers are exactly what we were looking for; something to massage the feet after a long day and wear around the house. Loved it so much, my husband wanted a 2nd pair to wear outside the house! Shopping on Zappos is the best; and the effort you’ve put into using 360 degree photos make it easy to make a quick buying decision.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 5, 2008

E. C

from Williamsburg, VA

Wonderful Old Friend Beachcomber Shoe - More comfortable than expected, we both love them. My husband previously had massage sandals and liked them but I didn't care for them. So I was very surprised to like them so much. They have helped my plantar fasciitis, and in fact provide the best support of anything else I have in my closet.

Brands I'd also recommend: Would not recommend Addidas which fall apart.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 8, 2007

Jl

from St.. Paul, Minnesota

Finally found my favorite shoe - My sister-in-law brought me a pair of this type of sandal from Japan years ago. The strap was a hideous green bandana type of material and clashed with every clothing item I owned, but I wore them until the soles cracked. Been trying to find an equivalent ever since (Maseur was good for one pair) and finally have! Will be buying a second pair for backup, and would buy more if there were more colors! I couldn't be more pleased and impressed with the swift and efficient ordering and delivery from Zappos.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 18, 2007

Barbara F

from Wilmington, Delaware

Foot heaven - These shoe are the greatest I’ve ever worn.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 17, 2007

Nancy S

from Kensington, Maryland

Good for cold feet - These shoes stimulate the poor circulation in my feet and keep them feeling comfortable. The ongoing mild stimulation feels really good.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 11, 2006

Anonymous

from Fresno, CA

"Spa Sandals" So comfortable! I feel like I'm getting my feet massaged as I'm doing laundry! And they look good with jeans! They've become my new carpool shoes!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 23, 2006

Pam P

from Olympia, Washington

Old Friend's Beachcomber - I love that this company shared my frustration with the "new" massage sandals and made one that wouldn't wear out in about a month! Comfort wise, the Old Friend strap is a bit too big-as I walk, my big toe digit runs into the strap, which is painful depending upon how long I wear these. Overall, I'm very pleased with this product & love having massage sandals that will last again! I live in these. I wear a 7-1/2 shoe & feared the 8 would be huge, but they are just right. Zappos service is extraordinary too - good job!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 28, 2008

Don

from Sausalito, CA

These sandals are an excellent way to get a foot massage. I used to buy cheap pairs of "acupressure" sandals that I liked for massaging my feet as I walked around the house and patio, but they are no longer available. The Old Friend Beachcomber is a much better made sandal and does an excellent job of massaging my feet as I walk. Beachcombers cost a lot more so hopefully they will last a lot longer than my cheapy pairs did. I would recommend that the front edge of the velcro strap be cut back just a little more so it's not so wide – it rubs a little against the top of my toes. AND make the M size just a little wider to better accommodate us M+ sizes.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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May 16, 2007

Carla R

from Kirkland, WA

Comfy But Ugly - For years I wore Maseur Massage Sandals until their quality went down the drain and the company quit producing them because they virtually disintegrated within several months of constant wear. In my search for a replacement I thankfully stumbled upon Old Friends Beachcomber. I wear a 7-1/2 shoe but based on previous reviews that said this shoe ran small, I ordered a size 8 (ladies) only to discover that it was a full size too big. I ordered a 2nd pair in a size 7 and it fits much better. This sandal is quite comfortable out of the box, provided you are already used to walking on a fully nibbed massage insole. However, if this is your first time wearing this type of shoe, I would suggest you get your feet accustomed to the nibs by walking in them for only 10-15 minutes out of each hour and gradually increasing the time over several days until you can wear them for extended periods. After botched foot surgery, this is the ONLY type of shoe I can wear that allows me to walk without the balls of my feet feeling like I'm walking on a rock. I wear them continuously during all my waking hours. And when they get dirty, I just toss them in the washing machine with my jeans and let them air dry. My only gripe is that they're design is just plain ugly and they don't have quite enough arch support. The upper strap is so wide that it looks like you're wearing bedroom slippers instead of casual sandals plus the front of the strap collides with the tops of my toe joints as my foot bends to take a step which can be really irritating. If the manufacturer made the strap half as wide by cutting back the front half, AND increased the height of the nibs in the arch to provide better support, I think these sandals would be perfect from both an esthetic and comfort perspective. Additionally, it would be nice to have more color choices but at the very least offering a tan or beige in addition to the current black and brown choices, would provide a more neutral color that I know women especially would find appealing.

Brands I'd also recommend: None

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 23, 2009

Jane t

from New Hope PA

Sorry, I have to disagree with the other reviewers. These sandals didn\'t feel like they were stimulating the acupressure points on my feet at all. The bottom of the shoes did little to conform to the foot--they mostly consisted of just a flat surface of soft nubs. The nubs certainly didn\'t reach around to stimulate the medial and lateral aspects of the foot, where many important acupressure points lie.\r\n\r\nThere are other acupressure sandals out there that work better and are less expensive as well.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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April 9, 2007

Anonymous

from Los Angeles, California

Overstated - I ordered this shoe based on the description given by the manufacturer. Big mistake. I am disappointed with this shoe. The knobs on the inside are uncomfortable...the strap gives me a blister on the top of my foot and the look of them leaves much to be desired.

Brands I'd also recommend: crocs

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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August 24, 2010

Heather H

from USA

Ouch! I bought these shoes a few week ago, they were spendy but I thought I would give them a try. They were and continue to be painful. I wore them as directed but they do not seem to be adjusting to the contours of my feet, so instead of being massaging they are pokey.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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July 14, 2010

Laura W

from Washington

Ouch! I wore these for about 15 minutes walking and I couldn\'t handle it. I took them off and tried again an hour later for about 5 minutes, till I could no longer take it. My feet hurt the rest of the night. Perhaps they are truly wonderful shoes when you get used to them, there is a lot to be said about the other good reviews, but I just wasn\'t willing to do it.

Brands I'd also recommend: Naot, Finn, Ecco, Born, Josef Siebel

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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May 23, 2008

Anonymous

from San Carlos, CA

Useless when wet - I've been wearing sandals of this type since the late 60's. The best, IMO, are the original Ganter Fusstrainers -- the old German ones with wooden base and slightly softer rubber nibs than these. The Old Friends look fine and feel OK until you get them wet -- then they become useless for a couple of days until they dry out. This makes them useless at the beach, around the pool, or in the shower... not to mention travel (no fun lugging around waterlogged sandals). Very disappointing!

Brands I'd also recommend: Ganter Fusstrainer

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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June 19, 2011

Anonymous

 

I sent the item back since there was a break in period which would require that the nodules break off to fit your feet. If after that happens and I do not feel they are comfortable, I cannot send them back, because the return policy states return item must be in their original condition!

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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April 15, 2007

Ahha

from NYC

aching feet - Although I had once had a similar pair with nubs, I found that these were so hard I actually had bruised feet after wearing them. I'm really disappointed.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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May 18, 2012

Anonymous

 

Bought these for my husband. He loves them so much that we had to get another pair for his workplace. He says they work magic on his tired soles!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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May 12, 2012

Anonymous

from Houston Texas

I do wear these all the time with work and gardening. They are very comfortable. After you get used to the bumps, you love them. Now I am a big fan of bumpy shoes. I have had to glue them several times, but as long as I keep them glued, they are great shoes.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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