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Birkenstock Kairo Reviews

108 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

44%Rated 5 stars

20%Rated 4 stars

28%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

58% "Felt true to size"

97% "Felt true to width"

78% "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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May 29, 2014

Anonymous

 

I purchased these and the Gizeh Birco-flor. This is my first Birkenstock purchase so I am not an aficionado or loyal fan (yet). I really thought I would like these better than the Gizeh because of the ankle strap-- I thought they would be more secure on the foot. I hate sandals that flop and click when you walk. Oddly, this style, once the straps were adjusted, were looser than the Gizeh, and thus less comfortable. The Gizeh in perfectly snug, stays on my foot easily and I barely remember I am wearing them. Also, at least on the pairs I received, the part that is connected to the toe bar is just slightly bigger in this pair and hits a different part of the large toe, and not in a good way. The fact that these are patent leather and the Gizeh Birko-flors are regular leather may make a difference, I have no idea. The footbed is comfortable and I don't know if they would require a breaking in period for a Birkenstock newbie like me. So far the Gizeh's are awesome right out of the box. These are going back and the Gizeh birko-flors are keepers. As far as sizing, I wear a true size 9 and the 39s were perfect in both pairs.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 23, 2014

Jamilah J

from Seattle, WA

This shoe has excellent arch support...that is...if you have an arch. I felt so much discomfort from these shoes. If you have flat feet, do not get these shoes! Great style though, just wish I could wear them comfortably.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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May 6, 2014

Anonymous

from Seattle, WA

The plastic toe piece was not as painful as I tried with a different style. I actually liked these shoe, but alas, they were too large. Returns are so easy with Zappos.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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March 14, 2014

Eshe

from Philly

I love these shoes! Not only are they stylish but their comfortable, every time I wear these sandals I always get compliments. I going to buy another pair in a different style for the summer if it ever gets here.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 10, 2013

Anonymous

from Alabama

I was looking for a cute, yet comfortable sandal that offered arch support. I had tried another brand that is well known specifically for its arch support, but I found that sandal to be uncomfortable. I think this sandal is a great compromise. I have a low arch but I can wear these all day. I think after a few more wears they will be perfect!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 16, 2013

Anonymous

from Chicago, IL

This is my first Birkenstock purchase. I have plantar faciitis and was told that Birkenstock shoes would be a great choice for my condition. So far, whenever I wear them, my feet feel fine although it is a challenge to get used to them. However, after repeated wearings, I notice that my feet do feel a little better after each wearing. Additionally, I actually do like the style and am considering purchasing the Birkenstock Dundee boot in the future.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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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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August 31, 2013

Anonymous

from Oregon

These sandals are super cute. I got the pink and they are a little bit darker pink than they look in the picture, but still very cute. They do run a little bit large, maybe 1/2 to full size big.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 28, 2013

Lamia

from Los Angolos , California

It's a great choice for me , I love the colour .it runs a bit large so I ordered 7.5 instead of 8. When wearing it the first time , it hurt a little bite from the front but still I like it a lot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 22, 2013

Anonymous

from San Angelo, TX

I absolutely love Zappos! I ordered the Birks and 3 days later, they were in right before my vacation. No problems and they're so comfy. I'm a happy girl. :)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 19, 2013

Trina V

from San Diego, CA

I sought out walking sandals for a one week trip to NYC. I researched reviews and decided to purchase these after several recommendations. I could not have chosen a better pair of shoes! These are my absolute favorite now- and I keep getting compliments & surprised reactions that they are "Birkenstock's"?!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 18, 2013

Christine T

from Santa Fe, NM

Decided to be kinder to my feet and bought my first pair of Birkenstocks to help with a recurrent foot problem stemming from being very flat footed. Well, not only has my problem improved significantly but I think these patent leather sandals are really cute and feminine! I find them to be incredibly comfortable. I've walked in them for hours on end and my feet didn't hurt a bit. I have to admit that I've always thought of Birkenstocks as looking comfortable but unattractive so I'm happy that they're branching out a bit with patent leather. One note of caution is that they definitely run big. I sent back the first pair I ordered and got a smaller size because they were too big.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 15, 2013

Anonymous

from Re

So you want to look cute and sassy in a pair of Birks. Here's the answer. These are surprisingly cute and comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 15, 2013

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

Fantastic! I had the Birks with the long front strap (no ankle strap) earlier and after seven brave years, their footbed started to crack. So I got these bad boys in the teal, and they are great! Much more secure, I'm not afraid they'll fall off if I need to run in them, and I get lots of compliments. The only problem is that the ankle strap is a little tight (what up cankles) but after wearing them for a few weeks the leather relaxed. But the front strap is still a little long and bunches up ever so slightly when I'm walking. Overall though that doesn't really matter. My new Birks are super comfy and versatile, which is why I love them.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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August 13, 2013

Anonymous

 

I needed to get a pair of comfortable, yet stylish looking sandals, for an upcoming trip to help with my plantar fasciitis. Well, I received my sandals today and I immediately tried them on and went for a long walk to break them in. They felt absolutely comfortable and the arch support is excellent! I read some of the comments and I ordered them one size smaller, I am an 8, but I went with the 38 and the fit was perfect! I am glad that I listened. I have thin ankles, but they do not feel loose around them at all. I have a feeling that these will become my go to shoes from now on, and I am ready for my trip. I cannot wait to order more. Oh, and Zappos' fast delivery saved my hide, so kudos to you all at Zappos land!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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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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