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Birkenstock Kairo Reviews

108 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

68%Rated 5 stars

16%Rated 4 stars

12%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"

Additional 38 Kairo Birkenstock Reviews

1 person found this review helpful  

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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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 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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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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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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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 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  

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 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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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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1 person found this review helpful  

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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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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1 person found this review helpful  

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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2 people found this review helpful  

September 26, 2008

Al B

 

Kairo for guys too! I also own this Kairo style. I love them! Guys can wear stylish sandals like that too. I bought mine in Germany though. They absolutely positively do not carry this style in the US for big footed guys, (I wear a 46 EU/13 US). I have bought many Birkenstocks from Zappos too. I just felt like commenting on the Kairo since I own and love them.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock Rio, Isis, Paris, London

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 3, 2008

Lee

from Bellflower, CA

For Men Also - I'm a guy in my 50's and stumbled across the Kairo style about a year ago. I wanted a durable walking thong sandal that has a heel strap so it would slip off if I walked uphill. I noticed through online stores or stores near my home that these are listed as a "women only" style. I bought a pair of 42 reg and couldn't be more satisfied. They are durable, very comfortable and I've worn them every chance I get. I wish that Birkenstock and other outlets would include them in the men's section. I've seen on some sites that the Kairo might not be continued at some date. I have 2 new pairs in my closet to go with the ones I wear in case that happens.

Brands I'd also recommend: Kairo, Kairo, Kairo

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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8 people found this review helpful  

May 30, 2008

Amanda

from Seattle,WA

It's a weird shoe - I've been a Birkenstock fan for a long time, but have never gotten the thong-style sandals (Gizeh etc.) before. Since gladiator sandals are in this season, I thought I'd get shoes that were both comfy and fashionable. The Kairo is extremely fashionable for orthotics type shoes. You won't see many people walking around with this (as opposed to the ubiquitous Gizeh’s) and the back strap keeps your feet firmly in place. My only gripe is that the toe-piece (thong) hurts my second toe mostly because the sandal is slightly too long. The weird thing about Birkenstock shoes is that one size (I wear 36 i.e. 5 -5.5) can fit feet from anywhere between a size 5 to size 6! That explains why sometimes the length is so long and you feel like you're clomping around in clown shoes. Due to the length, my feet keep sliding forward and crashing into the toe piece. My right foot is fine because it's the correct size, but my tiny poor left foot keeps getting squashed by the toe-piece and I have blisters on the sole of my feet from the sliding and rubbing. I generally find that it takes only a couple days to break in a Birkenstock, but it took a few weeks to break in these shoes. It's starting to get more comfy, and it looks really pretty. So given that, I would recommend that you should be patient with breaking them in, you should make sure that your heels are in the heel cup and not touching the raised sides while giving some space in front for your toes (about 1/2 inch).

Brands I'd also recommend: Mephisto,Clarks

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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5 people found this review helpful  

April 23, 2008

Anonymous

from Detroit, Athens, Rome, Paris

Exotic Beauty - The Kairo is a classy, exotic beauty that disguises the truth-this is one hard working shoe. Climbing the Acropolis in Greece, trudging through the Metro in Paris, dancing at a club in Rome...only Birkenstocks can keep you on your feet for hours and only Kairo looks good doing it!

Brands I'd also recommend: Puma

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 12, 2008

Zynnah

from Whittier, CA

My new favorite Birkenstock! I absolutely love these! I've been wearing Birkenstocks for years, but these are my favorite style and they are so incredibly comfortable! Wish I could wear them to work! You won’t regret it! You gotta have ‘em!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

November 3, 2007

Anonymous

from Lyndhurst, NJ

Comfort and style - Perfect sandal, dress up or down. I love it! I have other Birkenstock sandals, one for ~5 years and another for >20 years. If you take care of them and don't wear them in the rain (they make waterproof options for that) they will take care of your feet, knees, hips and back for many years.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 24, 2007

Janice L

from San Francisco

Perfectly cute - I usually wear a 38, (wide feet, usually a 7.5 or 8 in dress shoes) but in Birkenstocks somehow I am always a 37. Ordered these in 37, worked out great! At first, the little bit between my toes seemed big, then I wore them around the house on carpet doing chores and in 10 minutes, if didn't notice it anymore, they were just comfy. Like the heel strap, can run up stairs in these ;)

Brands I'd also recommend: Simple

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 10, 2007

Min

from New York

Great Birk - Great looking sandal, and like most Birks, very comfortable. There is the usual breaking in the sole. I’d recommend going a half size down; I bought them in my regular size but they're a bit big. Too bad they didn't have the size below available, but I’m still keeping these. I did buy them in the other color in the right size. You can never have enough Birks, even if they last forever. Zappos kicks butt.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 26, 2007

Anonymous

from Ithaca, New York

Where Birks Reign - I love the Kairo more than any other Birk so far (I'd love to try the Rio). I have seven pairs of Birks of which the Gizeh, the Isis, and the Florida are part of my collection (two pairs are Gizeh). The Kairo looks dressier and sexier than other Birks, except perhaps, the Gizeh Exquisite. I rate them above the Gizeh because I love having the strap in the back, which keeps them on the heel well when I'm walking fast and up and down hills.

Brands I'd also recommend: Finn Comfort sandals and Lucchese boots

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 24, 2007

Anonymous

from San Marcos, TX

So comfortable you don't even have to "break" it in! I have had Birkenstocks in the past which can be a bit bulky, so the simplicity and stylish look of the Kairo pulled me in. I had read a few reviews that your foot gets pushed into the plastic thong piece, but this is NOT true for me. I don't even feel it. These sandals are brilliant. The straps do not rub and the Nubuck does not scratch or mark-up as I thought it might. I am waiting for more colors! The ones you can get in Japan with the white soles and light brown leather would be great. (hint) (hint) buyers. :) Or the red ones in Italy.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

June 19, 2007

Lesa G

from Battle Ground, WA

Loved the shoe but had to return for a smaller size. I would have kept the larger, roomier shoe except that the "toe bar" hit me in the middle of my toes - ouch! So back these go for a smaller size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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