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Birkenstock Kairo Reviews

108 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

48%Rated 5 stars

20%Rated 4 stars

16%Rated 3 stars

8%Rated 2 stars

8%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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2 people found this review helpful  

March 21, 2007

Janet

from Elk Grove, CA

Another Great shoe for her and him - This is a great shoe that offers it all in a comfort sandal. You get the classic bottom of the Birkenstock bottom. The comfort and style of the thong sandal. The security of the back strap which fits so loose that you hardly feel it. This year back strap thongs are all the rage. My husband and I both have the same pair. We get a lot of great compliments and have fun with them.

Brands I'd also recommend: Timberland, Wood Clogs, Michael Kors

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 21, 2007

Anonymous

from California

Very Nice! Like all Birks, these are very comfy. I love how the t-strap fits so comfy and snug against the top of the foot. From what I've heard, these are limited with the back strap. So if you're thinking about getting them you'd better jump on it fast.

Brands I'd also recommend: Born, Simple, Chaco, Keen, Earth

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 28, 2007

Anonymous

from California

Not as good looking as in the picture - You have to have a certain type of legs for these shoes to work. I think, these shoes will only look good on tall people with very long legs, and certain type of feet with long toes. On my feet, they looked disproportionate. The middle strap covered my big toe completely, which freaked me out.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 29, 2012

Anonymous

 

I love these. They are incredibly comfortable and the straps have never given me any blisters-- even the first time I wore them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 23, 2012

Anonymous

from Atlanta, ga

This is my first pair of Birkenstocks and I love them! My foot is on the wider side of average and these fit perfectly. They do run big; I bought a full size smaller than I usually do. They are fairly stylish; I get compliments on these and people are surprised to find out they're Birkenstocks. I walk all over town in these and my feet feel great!!!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 13, 2012

Anonymous

from Beulah, MI

Love my sandals! I wear an 8 (sometimes 8 1/2) and the 38 fit perfectly. Love that I got them the next day too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 9, 2012

Anonymous

 

I love these good thing I tried them on in a store before so I knew what size to buy. The sizing says a 38 is a 7-7.5 I would say a 38 is a 8-8.5.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 6, 2012

Anonymous

 

These are in a great style! They are a good width for my wide feet. I wear a 8½, which would be a a size 39. I had to return them for a size 38.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 20, 2012

Sally

from Los Angeles

I've worn Gizah for years and loved them. These are even more comfortable due to the back strap, and look nicer too! So comfortable and supportive, I can walk all day in them. The colors are gorgeous, and I hope they come out with a plain leather version too. And of course, I must mention Zappos' awesome customer service too- free overnight shipping, never ever any damaged/worn products, and so friendly on the phone when you have a question!

Brands I'd also recommend: Ecco, Clark

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 1, 2012

Indy d

from washington, dc

I just received my sandals in the mail and they fit perfect! I've been having a lot of heel pain, so from other reviews I decided to give Birkenstock a try. I will be ordering several other styles and colors.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 15, 2012

Anonymous

from Austin, Texas

This is the most comfortable shoe! I ordered the black in a 36, and I am a true size 6, and it's a perfect fit. I'll be getting a second pair for sure.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 16, 2013

Erin J

from Berkeley, CA

I ordered the Kairos in Titanium and found the metallic to be on the greenish side. I was expecting a truer matte silver or "whiter" metallic. Computer screens can be screwy with colors, so I'm just looking for another color to exchange, but FYI to those who are particular about your color shades. I have smallish bunions and usually wear a size 7.5/8 in medium width. I have a pair of Zurich slip-on Birkentocks that are 38 and I always felt they were way too big. I ordered the Kairos in a 37, but my "smallish" bunions peaked over the sides of the sandals. Ugh. Also the toe bar in the foot bed felt funnier than I expected. Otherwise very sexy & fun looking Birks, so I'll be trying a 38 when I exchange the Titanium for another color.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 25, 2012

Gina

 

I love these shoes and I would keep them in a heartbeat, except that I do not have enough toe room. The toe ridge does not give you a lot of leeway if you have longer than average toes. I do not think many people will have this problem, though. My feet are very square (my fourth toe is the same length as my big toe), so the slant of the toe area was just too steep.

Brands I'd also recommend: Aetrex

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 7, 2012

Erin

from Spokane, Washington

I really like this style. I got them in red patent and they are so cute! I went to the Birkenstock website and their sizing chart is different than what Zappos has listed for this shoe brand. I am a size 8 US and on the Birkenstock website it says I should get 38 size for 7½-8 US but Zappos said I should get 39 for 8-8½ US. I opted for the Birkenstock size suggestion and it was the right decision. They fit perfectly.

Brands I'd also recommend: Chacos, Merrell, Dansko, Teva

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 23, 2012

Anonymous

from Houston, Texas

I owned a pair of Birkenstock hiking shoes that offered good comfort and lasted many years. I was excited when the Kairo became available. I wanted a black sandal and I figured the price was well worth it since Birkies are so well made and really hold up well. I have a very wide foot and was happy when the shoes arrived and fit perfectly. Unfortunately, these shoes are not even remotely comfortable. The thong between the toes is very hard and abrasive. It has improved slightly over several hours of wear, and I think it may eventually become a non-issue. But right now it's painful and I have to pull my feet back in the shoe whenever I can to find temporary relief. The foot bed itself is also very hard and offers no real comfort. You feel every little pebble beneath your feet. Walking around my campus, which has pebbled sidewalks, is not pleasant, however the footbed isn't a problem when I'm on smooth surfaces. All in all, I remain optimistic that the shoe will break in and give me years of wear.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 14, 2012

Ruth S

from United States

My first Birk. Hesitant to buy...due to the price...but I have plantar fasciitis and need arch support. Purchased these for two week trip to France. Lots of walking. Breaking these in is no problem. Very comfortable out of the box.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 25, 2012

Valerie A

from NJ

The design is very fashionable. I have very small feet and thought the upper strap covering part of my big toe was awkward and planned to return it, but my boyfriend objected and said I looked good on me regardless. Wearing it inside the house for a few hours at a time was comfortable, but when I decided to take it outside I found that at the end of the day there was a giant blister on my left foot on the toe next to the big one. The middle strap rubbed against it yet my right foot was fine. Needless to say, I'm wary of wearing these sandals out again.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 21, 2012

Anonymous

from United States

I purchased these hoping that they would be a great summer sandal; however, I was sad to have to return them. Birkenstocks just run way too big. I am a 6 1/2 in every shoe that I own and the size that I purchased was advertised as being for a size 6-6 1/2. I have small feet and skinny ankles and the loop around the ankle looked ridiculously too big. Even if I added an extra hole, they still would have looked silly, so I returned them. I did wear them around the house for the day and they did seem to be quite comfortable.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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April 5, 2012

Maresa H

from United States

This is my first pair of Birkenstocks, so I may not be aware of how they feel at first. But these are very uncomfortable for me. I normally wear a size 6-6.5 (37). As per other reviews I sized down to to a 36 (5-5.5). These sandals feel too large even after sizing down. If they made these in a 35, I probably would have sent them back for the smaller size. I decided to keep the 36's anyway and see if I could make them work. The toe separator is uncomfortable, yet I think that will soften. I walked my dog around the block for probably 10 minutes, and when I came back I had a huge blister on the ball of my foot from the insanely high arch. Now I am unsure if I can even wear these again to try to soften them a little more. I bought these to be a cute alternative to flip flops when I take a trip to Thailand (which is now in a week). I'm not sure these will suffice as I can't even wear them for more than 10 minutes without getting a blister. I am disappointed because these are really cute sandals, and I wanted to try out Birkenstock - thinking these were going to be heaven on my feet...and they are not.

Brands I'd also recommend: jambu, tsubo

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

September 4, 2013

Ginger L

from Washington DC

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.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 28, 2012

Anonymous

 

These shoes are not leather. They are made of a shiny plastic-like material attached to a thin layer of foam. I prefer to wear leather shoes because they can be stretched if needed and also because I prefer the look of leather. These shoes run a bit large. I usually buy 8.5 and sometimes a size 9 because my feet are wide. I purchased the 39 and they were too long. The width was perfect. I decided to return these shoes for a pair of leather shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: not sure

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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August 20, 2012

Anonymous

 

I read all the positive reviews and thought I'd give these Birkenstocks a try. The width was good (I have wide feet), but the soles were too hard. My feet are pretty flat, so the arch was kind of annoying for me. The straps were surprisingly extremely comfortable. Style is not that great, but thus far, the best looking Birkenstocks around. The stiff, hard soles are a deal breaker. I'll be returning these.

Brands I'd also recommend: Me Too

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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May 14, 2012

Anonymous

from FL

I wear flip flops all the time and never had a problem with the toe piece until I tried this style. The toe "thong" is very hard plastic. Ouch! Back they go.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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June 26, 2014

Margret T

from Seattle

I love these shoes. Instantly out of the box comfortable with no rubbing anywhere. The only problem is they are too big. I usually wear a US 7.5 and ordered them in EU 38. Too long. I need an EU 37 but Zappos does not have any more in stock. Sending them back and really sad about it.

Brands I'd also recommend: Sanita

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 31, 2014

Julia L

from Austin, TX

I haven't worn Birkenstocks since I went through a '90s grunge phase, but I missed my Birks. These are so cute, and like all Birks they get more comfortable with more wear. This one looks great with sundresses. Love them!

Brands I'd also recommend: Born, naot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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