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Birkenstock Kairo Reviews

108 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

48%Rated 5 stars

20%Rated 4 stars

28%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

74% "Felt true to size"

89% "Felt true to width"

87% "Excellent arch support"

101 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 4/9/07
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Great Barefoot Thong - My husband and I are active nudists. This barely there thong is the perfect sun worshiper sandal. You are barefoot with a sole. My husband wore flip flops until he tried this thong. Looks great with shorts, skirts or just a smile.

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7 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 9/4/13
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:2 stars!

The sizing on the Kairo is WAY off and the craftmanship of this style seems abnormally poor for Birkenstock. In other brands I'm an 8M/W and in Birkenstocks I've always been a 38M (I own both Madrids and Bostons). The Kairos were easily 1/2 inch too long in the front and in the heel. Oddly the toe bar was sort of in the right place, meaning I had not to size down to a 37M as it would have cut deep into my toes. As I ordered both black and brown pairs, I know it wasn't a fluke. Disappointed as I've had my eye on this sandal all summer.

Additional 88 Kairo Birkenstock Reviews

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August 13, 2013

Anonymous

from NYC

Very uncomfortable. Non-leather straps & HARD inflexible sole. I felt like I was going to get blisters on the soles of my feet the moment I put them on. I returned them asap. So disappointing, since they looked SO comfortable.

Brands I'd also recommend: Aerosoles

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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August 11, 2013

Anonymous

 

This is my second pair of these. They are fabulous in every way, especially if you have cranky feet - I'm a runner, so comfort is most important to me. Big shout out to the Titanium colored ones - I have a pair of the silver Gizeh sandals, and thought the Titanium would be too similar. It is not, and these shoes have turned out to be incredibly versatile. It's basically a neutral, and looks good with almost everything. It's my go-to shoe these days and I highly recommend them, and that color, in particular.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 8, 2013

Laura l

from los angeles, ca

You have to break them in! I'm probably the only person who didn't know that, but in case I'm not alone, you have to break them in! For like 6 hours, 30-60 minutes at a time...or else epic awfulness! Also, manually bending the sole helps loosen things up. After they're broken in, you never want to take them off. It's magical. 4 stars because they require research and hard work, but other than that, they're perfect.

Brands I'd also recommend: born

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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August 6, 2013

Erin P

from New York, NY

I'm a pretty solid 6.5, sometimes even a 7, so I ordered the 37. When it came, the arch support felt like it was in the right place, but the sole was very long. That would have been fine, except for the strap around the back- I don't know what their model was when designing this shoe, but it must have been someone with huge ankles, because the strap hung at least 1.5 inches off the back of my ankle (and I don't think my ankles are all that small). Because of the way the strap is attached, the buckle doesn't really offer much in the way of adjustment. So, I sent them back and tried the 36. These fit better, but the strap still hung about a half inch off my ankle. Because they were so cute, I kept them and took them to a shoe repair shop so that they could shorten the strap. I wore them on my vacation very shortly after buying them, and there was no break-in period necessary. They are very cute and comfortable now that the strap fits the way it should. But after paying so much for the shoes, it shouldn't be necessary to pay to have them adjusted! If Birkenstock would make the strap truly adjustable, these would be perfect.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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August 5, 2013

Anonymous

from Montana

When I purchased these shoes, I had to do what others did: I had to take sharp scissors and shape up the top part of the shoe, so that it did not cover my big thumb completely. Once I did it, the shoes have become my go-to shoes. They are cute and comfy, and I wear them everywhere, as long as there's no rain. Since I wear 8.5 US, I bought size 39 and they fit perfectly.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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August 5, 2013

Erin P

from New York, NY

I'm a pretty solid 6.5, sometimes even a 7, so I ordered the 37. When it came, the arch support felt like it was in the right place, but the sole was very long. That would have been fine, except for the strap around the back- I don't know what their model was when designing this shoe, but it must have been someone with huge ankles, because the strap hung at least 1.5 inches off the back of my ankle (and I don't think my ankles are all that small). Because of the way the strap is attached, the buckle doesn't really offer much in the way of adjustment. So, I sent them back and tried the 36. These fit better, but the strap still hung about a half inch off my ankle. Because they were so cute, I kept them and took them to a shoe repair shop so that they could shorten the strap. I wore them on my vacation very shortly after buying them, and there was no break-in period necessary. They are very cute and comfortable now that the strap fits the way it should. But after paying so much for the shoes, it shouldn't be necessary to pay to have them adjusted! If Birkenstock would make the strap truly adjustable, these would be perfect.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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August 5, 2013

Erin P

from New York, NY

I'm a pretty solid 6.5, sometimes even a 7, so I ordered the 37. When it came, the arch support felt like it was in the right place, but the sole was very long. That would have been fine, except for the strap around the back- I don't know what their model was when designing this shoe, but it must have been someone with huge ankles, because the strap hung at least 1.5 inches off the back of my ankle (and I don't think my ankles are all that small). Because of the way the strap is attached, the buckle doesn't really offer much in the way of adjustment. So, I sent them back and tried the 36. These fit better, but the strap still hung about a half inch off my ankle. Because they were so cute, I kept them and took them to a shoe repair shop so that they could shorten the strap. I wore them on my vacation very shortly after buying them, and there was no break-in period necessary. They are very cute and comfortable now that the strap fits the way it should. But after paying so much for the shoes, it shouldn't be necessary to pay to have them adjusted! If Birkenstock would make the strap truly adjustable, these would be perfect.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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July 30, 2013

Anonymous

from Montgomery Village, MD

The foot bed of this shoe was perfect one size down from my original shoe size but the toe strap was strange. It was longer then my big toe. Returned because the look wasn't appealing.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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July 29, 2013

Erin P

from New York, NY

I'm a pretty solid 6.5, sometimes even a 7, so I ordered the 37. When it came, the arch support felt like it was in the right place, but the sole was very long. That would have been fine, except for the strap around the back - I don't know what their model was when designing this shoe, but it must have been someone with huge ankles, because the strap hung at least 1.5 inches off the back of my ankle (and I don't think my ankles are all that small). Because of the way the strap is attached, the buckle doesn't really offer much in the way of adjustment. So, I sent them back and tried the 36. These fit better, but the strap still hung about a half inch off my ankle. Because they were so cute, I kept them and took them to a shoe repair shop so that they could shorten the strap. I wore them on my vacation very shortly after buying them, and there was no break-in period necessary. They are very cute and comfortable now that the strap fits the way it should. But after paying so much for the shoes, it shouldn't be necessary to pay to have them adjusted! If Birkenstock would make the strap truly adjustable, these would be perfect.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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July 23, 2013

Anonymous

from Los Angeles, CA

The shoe is bigger than regular shoes and the piece that goes between the toes is hard, stiff plastic and feels very odd. Not comfortable to me. Nice looking shoes, though.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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July 18, 2013

Anonymous

 

Amazing comfort especially for a person suffering from plantar fasciitis. The arch support is fantastic and let's me continue my active lifestyle. Plus, the great customer service from Zappos was phenomenal. I'm truly happy with my transaction!

Brands I'd also recommend: sperry's

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 18, 2013

Rebecca W

from Arkansas

I've been wearing these to work almost every day. I am a librarian and on my feet a lot. The excellent arch support and overall cushioning of Birkenstocks have made the brand my new favorite!

Brands I'd also recommend: Rieker, Dansko

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 17, 2013

Leslie R

from Gilbert, Arizona

The color is a bit more khaki/olive than silver. Lovely neutral metallic. This shoe has saved my back and knees from the daily wear and tear of scooting around the classroom. Even my doctor said, "you're wearing the right shoes." Thanks Zappos for making them affordable!

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 8, 2013

Charity S

from Seminole, OKlahoma

Great purchase! I was hesitant to order because I was unsure of the size. It's been 15 yrs since I had my last pair. I am a true 7 with a narrow width, so I got the 37 and it fits perfect. The order was fast on delivery, as always with Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 5, 2013

Karad

from Illinois

I love these sandals. Very comfortable! I can't stand to wear cheap flip flops anymore because they hurt my feet. They also look great with just about everything. Great buy!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 3, 2013

Anonymous

from Solon, OH

So glad I bought these! Helping me recover after foot surgery. I had my big toe joint fused, and I can drive and walk with these. Leather strap is very comfortable, strap is not bothering my incision, arch support is wonderful and they are wide enough for a puffy post-surgery foot. Would be lost without them! Worth every penny!

Brands I'd also recommend: Spenco

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 2, 2013

Anonymous

from New York, NY

I bought them because of the rave reviews. I was surprised at how un-comfortable they were. The shoe is not bulk like I expected, I wear 10.5 but sized down and I could have actually used my true size, my toes were hitting top of shoe. But a sleek look none the less. Besides the fit, the foot bed was completely hard and appeared to be cheap, especially the sole. For the price I expected a little more weight and sturdiness to the shoe. The arch support was good but, that type of support was starting to hurt. I couldn't see me standing in those all day. Some people said they went hiking???? Overall not for me. It's a shame they looked cute on

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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June 27, 2013

Anonymous

from Colorado!

I have gotten a lot of compliments on the look of this shoe. I recently had foot surgery and can only tolerate Birkenstocks and tennis shoes. I did buy one size up after reading reviews about the toe piece being uncomfortable. This seemed to do the trick though I do often end up with a bruise between my first two toes from it but only because is exactly at the surgical site. The footbeds are very comfortable and provide lots of support. Birks are one of the few shoes my podiatrist recommends and with good reason. I have not had any issues with the upper material being synthetic as some reviewers have complained about. There is so little material there that I don't see how breathability could really be an issue.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 19, 2013

TriciaJP

from Seattle, WA

FYI. Graceful Licorice is NOT LEATHER. It doesn't specifically list one way or the other, but it is the same fabric as all the others. Fantastic looking shoe, but I need leather for the wear and tear.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 13, 2013

Sarah

from United States

These sandals are fantastic! I have a variety of foot issues - fallen arches, bursitis, tailor's bunions - which means I should really wear my orthotic inserts as much as possible, however, I just can't wear shoes in the summer - gotta have sandals! These are so comfortable, right out of the box. I was worried the straps would rub on the edges or some other nonsense - no way! These were comfortable for all day wear, right away. Also, a few weeks ago, I was at the orthopedist for tendinitis, and he put me in a walking boot on my left foot. I was of course worried about what to wear on my other foot. And he said these sandals were just perfect! Yep, Birkenstocks got the thumbs up from my foot/ankle doctor. I can't wait to buy another pair - just have to figure out what color I want!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 7, 2013

A

from St. Louis, MO

Why I returned: 1) I ordered Titanium which I expected to be a silver color somewhere in the light to medium range. This shoe color, however, had a very green tint to them. It was more like a dark metal with a green hue. 2) Order a full size down! I wear a 10 in tennis shoes and a 9.5 in sandals. I ordered the 9/9.5 size for these shoes. Too big! I will have to order my next pair in 8/8.5. That's how big they run! They're super long. With all that being said, these shoes felt awesome the first time I slid them on. I will be ordering another pair in a different color and size ASAP. I need something with support that I can wear all the time. I just need to find the right color. Also, I will admit that the ankle strap made them look a little chunky on my feet. Not as streamlined as I had envisioned. I think I'll go for the t-strap style without the ankle strap. I've seen a lot of people where those with every style of clothing, and they look really nice.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 3, 2013

Anonymous

from Phoenix, AZ

These shoes are both stylish and comfortable. I have several other Birks but these are my new favorite. They are perfect for summer!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 26, 2013

Lorraine J

 

I absolutely love these sandals. I can wear them all day they are just that comfortable. I plan on buying them in other colors. Do not sleep on these sandals, they are sure to please!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 21, 2013

Anonymous

 

Very cute in the metallic leather, with lots of nice arch support. But ditto to the reviewers who said the toe thong was placed too far up on the sole -- I could barely reach it! Definitely not wearable for my foot proportions. Sad!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 20, 2013

Anonymous

 

Love them! This is my first pair of Birkenstocks. Yep I see why they are popular. Very comfortable. The shape allows for a comfortable fit around the curves of my feet, no blisters.

Brands I'd also recommend: Blowfish

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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